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Greasing Speedplay Pedals

Old 12-06-15, 11:27 AM
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Greasing Speedplay Pedals

I recently switched over to Speedplay from SPDs and just did my first greasing of the pedals. Speedplay says to grease them every 2000 miles or whenever the pedals spin more than 2 rotations when flicked with a finger while stationary. I was wondering though, why do I need to grease the pedals? What damage does it do to leave the pedals spinning more than 2 rotations with old grease inside as long as I continually have proper cleat engagement. I never had to grease my SPDs.
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Old 12-06-15, 11:33 AM
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I've been riding my Speedplays since 2012 and have never greased them. But I do apply this to the pedals and my cleats every couple of weeks.
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They have needle bearings inside. If they aren't greased obviously they will wear out faster. It takes like 2 minutes to do, shouldn't be a big deal unless someone is just seriously lazy. Even SPD's should be greased every once in awhile.
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Yep easy enough to do every 2000. I think the idea is to never let them get to the point where they are loosely free spinning, it's bad for the small needle bearings-should be packed with grease so they feel when new, they don't spin very easily. I use an old pedros grease injector on mine takes a couple minutes.

Which reminds me mine need to get done in 100 miles!

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They have needle bearings inside. If they aren't greased obviously they will wear out faster. It takes like 2 minutes to do, shouldn't be a big deal unless someone is just seriously lazy. Even SPD's should be greased every once in awhile.
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You don't even have to take the pedals off.
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I grease them every 15k miles without fail, and I've never had a bearing issue. YMMV
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I lost a pedal after riding it too long without greasing it. The bearing seized up.

It takes less than 5 minutes per pedal. I picked up an equine syringe from a local tack shop for $1 and used it to suck some Park Tool grease into it, then forced it into the grease port on the pedal until the old grease oozed out around the pedal axle. It took longer to remove & reinstall the pedals than it did to grease them.

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^^^

Yeah I was going to do the same with the syringe to grease the pedals as well instead of the expensive grease gun that they sell. I recently got a titanium spindle and would replace the cromo ones that I have.

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Originally Posted by kkapdolee
What damage does it do to leave the pedals spinning more than 2 rotations with old grease inside as long as I continually have proper cleat engagement..
The irony here is that when they're properly greased, they don't spin as freely, when not under load, but they have less drag under load.

If they're spinning freely they have no, or not enough, grease and actually have greater drag under load.

The friction that wears out the bearings is also slowing you down ( a tiny bit).
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