Bike ≠ Car ≠ Ped.
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Washington, DC
Bikes: Some bikes. Hell, they're all the same, ain't they?
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Of course, some pedals use a fat Allen wrench in the inboard end of the spindle (many Crank Brothers, the Time RXS road pedals I have now, and some others).
OP, here's my method of removing pedals --
1. Stand over the bike (if you have a workstand, pull the bike off and put it on the floor).
2. Level the cranks.
3. Put the wrench on the forward pedal, and position it so the free end points towards the front wheel.
4. Brace the bike's top tube against your chest, and pull up on both the wrench and the rearward pedal.
5. That's it; just be careful that you don't yank the wrench into the downtube of the frame.
Since you'd pull up on both ends of the crank, you get a lot of leverage. This will help remove pedals that aren't ridiculously frozen into place. It also helps me to avoid having to remember "lefty-tighty... wait, on which side, as viewed from where?...", although I've also remembered it by thinking that the right side screws on "right", as in "correctly" (righty-tighty, lefty-loosey).