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Righty Tighty lefty loosie?

Old 09-07-04, 03:21 PM
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Righty Tighty lefty loosie?

I got some clipless pedals for my bike today, I need to take off my other ones. Which way do I turn them? I know one is backwards from standard and one is not. Anyone?

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I have installed and taken pedals off a million times, and now you have me trying to remember....
Hmmmm I think its the left side... If not let me know and I will take my pedals off and tell you...
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The left hand pedal is a left-hand (reverse) thread.
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sooooooooo the left footed side, I use the Lefty tighty righty loosie? and the Right foot is standard thread?

I think I can do that.

Thanks
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Yes.
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Originally Posted by C_heath
sooooooooo the left footed side, I use the Lefty tighty righty loosie? and the Right foot is standard thread?

I think I can do that.

Thanks
Correct. You can thank the Wright brothers for this innovation that keeps pedals from loosening constantly on the left side
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The easy way to remember this is by holding the pedal wrench so that the handle end is pointing straight up. If you pull towards the rear wheel, you will remove the pedal. If you pull towards the front wheel, you will fasten the pedal. Works on both sides.
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booya! there ya go!

thx !!!!!!!
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Originally Posted by KevinF
The easy way to remember this is by holding the pedal wrench so that the handle end is pointing straight up. If you pull towards the rear wheel, you will remove the pedal. If you pull towards the front wheel, you will fasten the pedal. Works on both sides.

Nice tip, thanks
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Great tip Kevin.
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The direction you pedal (forwards) is always "tightening" ... right? Reverse direction would thus be loosening. It would be quite a mess if it were the opposite (pedalling forward would unloosen the pedals) ... ouch!
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Originally Posted by CycleFreakLS
The direction you pedal (forwards) is always "tightening" ... right? Reverse direction would thus be loosening. It would be quite a mess if it were the opposite (pedalling forward would unloosen the pedals) ... ouch!
actually, if you're holding onto the pedal spindle and turning the cranks backward, you're tightening the pedals. if you're holding onto the spindle and pedalling forwars, you're loosening them...but if you're only turning the pedal spindle toward the front of the bike, you're tightening.

always grease the pedal threads, by the way.
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Right hand side =right hand thread.(clockwise )

Left hand side =left hand thread. (anti clockwise)
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