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Old 01-24-12, 10:22 PM
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pedal is stuck

Look pedals. Drive side pedal. I'm giving it all I got. is this side righty tighty or is this threaded reverse?
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Old 01-24-12, 10:27 PM
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pedals are threaded to tighten down towards the front end of the bike

drive side is normal threaded righty tighty
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Old 01-24-12, 10:29 PM
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lots of people/occasionally a shop

will excessively tighten pedals.

not very nice for the next person that has to take them off (usually a shop employee).

stick a pvc tube or something on the end of the pedal wrench to increase leverage.
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Old 01-24-12, 10:30 PM
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DAMNIT!!!!! I'm giving this thing all I got and it wont come off!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 01-24-12, 10:31 PM
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Drive side pedal is always righty tighty. Non drive side is the reverse threaded side.
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Old 01-24-12, 10:34 PM
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Originally Posted by bianchi10 View Post
DAMNIT!!!!! I'm giving this thing all I got and it wont come off!!!!!!!!!!!!
sometimes it takes two people

or one really big dude

just remember this and make sure your pedals aren't as tight next time. also make sure the threads are greased.
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Old 01-24-12, 10:34 PM
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Are you using a pedal wrench or are you using an allen key? Since they go on opposite sides of the thread, if you are using an allen key you might not be turning it in the right direction. I'm not trying to insult you, just trying to understand the situation better.
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Old 01-24-12, 10:39 PM
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Originally Posted by soma5 View Post
Are you using a pedal wrench or are you using an allen key? Since they go on opposite sides of the thread, if you are using an allen key you might not be turning it in the right direction. I'm not trying to insult you, just trying to understand the situation better.
no offense taken. I'm using an allen wrench.
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Old 01-24-12, 10:40 PM
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Leverage should work with any decent pedal wrench.

I use this one, which is long enough by itself. Stick a pipe on the end of it, and it will do any pedal.

Originally Posted by wkg View Post
lots of people/occasionally a shop

will excessively tighten pedals.

not very nice for the next person that has to take them off (usually a shop employee).

stick a pvc tube or something on the end of the pedal wrench to increase leverage.
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Old 01-24-12, 10:56 PM
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this thing isn't moving. I thought I was stripping the bolt, come to find out I was bending the handle of the wrench!!!
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Old 01-24-12, 10:59 PM
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Originally Posted by bianchi10 View Post
this thing isn't moving. I thought I was stripping the bolt, come to find out I was bending the handle of the wrench!!!
get your wife to put all her weight on the non drive side pedal

then put all your weight on the allen wrench w/ extension for leverage (which you should be trying to turn towards the rear wheel of the bike)
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Old 01-24-12, 11:03 PM
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Got an impact wrench? Probably overkill.... Try using a penetrating lubricant, like PB Blaster, on there first. Perhaps there's some corrosion or the "dissimilar metals" bonding action going on.
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Old 01-24-12, 11:11 PM
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Just to make it clear....Since its an allen key, the best way for me to have access to it is by standing on the other side (non drive side) and pulling the wrench to the rear wheel. that correct?
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Exact sme thing happened to me, took it to the shop, guy used a long pedal wrench for more leverage and he took it off with ease.
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Old 01-24-12, 11:22 PM
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Try standing on the non drive side and lean over the bike. Put the crank and allen wrench in a way that you can pull the allen wrench up toward you with the top tube braced up against your chest. Also, put the chain in the big ring. This'll make it more comfortable when you inevitable bash your hands when the pedal comes loose.
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Old 01-24-12, 11:25 PM
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Get a pedal wrench.
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Old 01-24-12, 11:29 PM
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Originally Posted by thinktubes View Post
Get a pedal wrench.
+1. definitely worth it...at least it was for me. look around and see if you can find a wrench that will fit, even if it's not specifically a pedal wrench, because an allen key really isn't going to give you enough leverage. sometimes you practically have to stand/jump on the wrench handle.
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Old 01-24-12, 11:31 PM
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the other side of the pedal where the pedal wrench would go is totally round. I dont see flat spots for a pedal wrench. let me go verify again, I could be wrong.....
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Old 01-24-12, 11:33 PM
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Originally Posted by bianchi10 View Post
the other side of the pedal where the pedal wrench would go is totally round. I dont see flat spots for a pedal wrench. let me go verify again, I could be wrong.....
Yeah that could be the case, i know some Look pedals you can only use an allen key which is extremely dumb.
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Old 01-24-12, 11:35 PM
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yup that is the case. only able to use an allen.
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Old 01-24-12, 11:38 PM
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For gods sake make sure the chain is in the big ring before hauling too hard.
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Old 01-24-12, 11:42 PM
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For gods sake make sure the chain is in the big ring before hauling too hard.
I do. I learned my mistake the first time I ever put pedals on 4 years ago. I have a nice scar from it.
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Old 01-24-12, 11:44 PM
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be careful if you are reaching through from the non-drive side and trying to turn it to the right. there are a LOT of things down there that can take your skin off. just a concerned citizen...don't want you to get hurt. seriously.

edit: apparently, there is more than one person who has learned this lesson the hard way!
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Old 01-24-12, 11:52 PM
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In the past i have used a hammer + allen key to loosen stubborn bolts which have been overtightened, might be difficult on a pedal though...
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I think I have my drive side speedplay stuck in there as well. I might have stripped the pedal as well. But i think I was doing it wrong. After readin this I think I'll try again tomorrow.
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