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Old 09-24-09, 07:37 AM   #1
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Pedal and ride advice questions

I have about 450 miles on my first bike in years. The shop put toe clip pedals on it for me the day I picked it up. They have been fine, but I am going on my first organized ride Saturday and I bought a pair of shoes and was thinking about putting the Crank Brothers Smarty clipless pedals on for Saturday. They came with the bike. Is it just a matter of spinning one pedal off and the other back on? Or do I need a special wrench? Also, Am I just being stupid to make the switch before the ride? I am looking forward to using the new gear, but maybe I am supposed to test things out closer to home first?

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I have about 450 miles on my first bike in years. The shop put toe clip pedals on it for me the day I picked it up. They have been fine, but I am going on my first organized ride Saturday and I bought a pair of shoes and was thinking about putting the Crank Brothers Smarty clipless pedals on for Saturday. They came with the bike. Is it just a matter of spinning one pedal off and the other back on? Or do I need a special wrench?
You can use any wrench that works. Some pedals require a thin wrench. Many pedals have an allen-key socket, which can be used instead of a wrench. (Sometimes, the allen-key doesn't provide enough leverage.)

Keep in mind that one of the pedals (the left one) is reverse threaded. Use a little bit of grease on the threads and do not misthread them!

http://www.sheldonbrown.com/gloss_p.html#pedal

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Also, Am I just being stupid to make the switch before the ride? I am looking forward to using the new gear, but maybe I am supposed to test things out closer to home first?
A group ride is generally not the place to be testing radically different new equipment. Also, you might want to practice some before going on a substantial ride.

The general thing to keep in mind is that it isn't fair to the group to inconvenience them in ways that are easily avoided. If you do have problems, it puts the leader in an unreasonable position to have to deal with it.
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For your toe clip pedals you'll need a standard 15mm (thin) pedal wrench. For the Smarty pedals you may be able to use the pedal wrench, otherwise you'll need either a 6mm or 8mm allen wrench (can't remember for sure).
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Thanks. Good advice and info!

I guess I had already come to the realization that the swap was a bad idea. Just tough looking at the new toys and not being able to make the swap. I guess it will just give me something to look forward to after the ride.
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You can make the swap. You'll just need a different tool to remove and install the different pedals.
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