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Old 04-09-05, 04:07 PM   #1
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Pedals too tight to remove (help!)

I'm trying to remove some Ritchey clipless pedals to switch over to my new bike. The problem is that the pedals have been on the old bike for 8-9 years, most of which the bike has been in storage. I'm worried they are rusted on, any suggestions as to how to oil them up or something and get them loose? I even tried hammering the end of the wrench to free them up but they are too tight. I'm clueless mechanically and would appreciate any help. THanks!
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Old 04-09-05, 04:12 PM   #2
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I would try squirting some Liquid Wrench around the thread area. Sometimes applying heat helps, too.
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Old 04-09-05, 04:34 PM   #3
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Put some penetrating oil on the threads and leave it over night.

Are you using a bicycle pedal wrench? This is a big help. The left (non drive side) is reverse thread. Hold the bike still ( put the bike on the ground) and push down on the wrench towards the floor. If this does not do it or you are not sure about reverse threads take it to a bike shop.
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when you get the pedals off and before putting them on your other bike, grease the threads to prevent this problem next time.
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I'm trying to remove some Ritchey clipless pedals to switch over to my new bike. The problem is that the pedals have been on the old bike for 8-9 years, most of which the bike has been in storage. I'm worried they are rusted on, any suggestions as to how to oil them up or something and get them loose? I even tried hammering the end of the wrench to free them up but they are too tight. I'm clueless mechanically and would appreciate any help. THanks!
Take it to your local LBS and then put grease on them next time. Local LBS will be able to get them off, will have big wrench etc.
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All you need is leverage. Get a long pipe and put it over the wrench. Use this leverage to free your pedals. Make sure you are loosening them in the correct direction I believe to the rear of the bike.
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Old 04-09-05, 06:48 PM   #7
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Is there a hex key slot on the end of the spindle? (otherside of the crank arm.)
If so, use a hex key and a wrench.
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I encountered this problem today what I did was flipped my bike upside down and I had my priend hold the pedal down with his foot and I pushed the wrenchtoward the rear wheel, it was only my right pedal that was giving me trouble though. I recommend trying this as it worked for me.
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Thanks everyone for the help. I decided to play it safe and took it to my LBS to pop them off for me. They are now happily at home on my new ride.
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