Removing the pedals.

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    Sep 02, 2012 9:44 PM GMT
    I know they're backwards threaded...already removed one.

    But the other one has turned into a three hour job, bent a heavy duty wrench, and still haven't gotten it to budge.

    The problem: All I have is the 15mm wrench (2nd wrench, just got a replacement for the bent one). I don't have a stand, or even a vice. This is all being done freehand (and with a hammer for the wrench).

    How can I hold the crank arm steady without a proper bike stand? This "5 minute job" has turned into an all day affair.
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    Sep 02, 2012 9:57 PM GMT
    Take a food and drink break, and then come back to it afterwards.
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    Sep 02, 2012 10:03 PM GMT
    BuddyinNYC saidTake a food and drink break, and then come back to it afterwards.
    Already did that.

    I guess I'll just have to wait till the bike shop opens on Tuesday, which will require rescheduling the FedEx pickup (scheduled to pickup the bike on Tuesday morning to have it shipped back to FL). Can't have it shipped till it's in the box, which requires removing the pedals.

    This move has went from bad to worse already. icon_confused.gif
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    Sep 02, 2012 11:23 PM GMT
    Are you using a bike pedal wrench?? They're usually long enough to give you enough leverage. If not, maybe try finding some PVC pipe to extend the wrench. You're gonna need some leverage.
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    Sep 03, 2012 3:24 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidI know they're backwards threaded...already removed one.

    But the other one has turned into a three hour job, bent a heavy duty wrench, and still haven't gotten it to budge.

    The problem: All I have is the 15mm wrench (2nd wrench, just got a replacement for the bent one). I don't have a stand, or even a vice. This is all being done freehand (and with a hammer for the wrench).

    How can I hold the crank arm steady without a proper bike stand? This "5 minute job" has turned into an all day affair.


    Wait, wait, wait. Did you say you "don't have a vice" ? icon_lol.gif
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    Sep 03, 2012 5:59 AM GMT
    SoloXCRacer saidAre you using a bike pedal wrench?? They're usually long enough to give you enough leverage. If not, maybe try finding some PVC pipe to extend the wrench. You're gonna need some leverage.
    No pedal wrench.

    The box I got to ship the bike in (Air Caddy - google it) was "supposed" to be able to fit the bike without removing the pedals. What it didn't mention is that's only if you have clipless pedals, which I don't. I have standard pedals...too big to fit in the box (found out the hard way).

    I wasn't notified that I had to move till Friday (fucking dumbass company - having not-so-nice words with the boss when I get home).

    The FedEx pickup for the box is scheduled for Tuesday morning...before the bike shop opens.

    I have to get this done one way or another.

    Oh, and leverage is NOT what I need. I need something to hold the crank steady. As long as it turns, leverage will do nothing more than turn it even easier.
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    Sep 03, 2012 8:52 AM GMT
    It's a little too late for this, but once you get the pedals off, make sure you grease them up before you install them. They'll come right off with a little force the next time around. I swapped out my pedals onto two different bikes twice last week without any stand or vice and with no problem because I remembered to do that when I put them on the bike in the first place. I used a pedal wrench, but would have been able to do it with a standard wrench if that had been all I had.

    Try tapping around the spindles with a hammer or another wrench. Not banging, tapping. Or have someone tap while you are applying force. You might be able to loosen them that way.
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    Sep 03, 2012 9:30 AM GMT
    Only one pedal is backward threaded! The pedal on the right side(your right hand as you sit in the seat) has normal, right-handed threads. The pedal on the left side has reversed, left-handed threads. The pedals should be marked "R" and "L" on the ends of the threaded part. Are you sure you're not tightening it?
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    Sep 03, 2012 11:40 AM GMT
    Sungod17 saidOnly one pedal is backward threaded! The pedal on the right side(your right hand as you sit in the seat) has normal, right-handed threads. The pedal on the left side has reversed, left-handed threads. The pedals should be marked "R" and "L" on the ends of the threaded part. Are you sure you're not tightening it?
    Fuck...didn't know that.
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    Sep 04, 2012 4:08 AM GMT
    Remove the whole crank assembly and put it in box or carry it seperately .
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    Sep 04, 2012 4:26 AM GMT
    paulflexes said
    Sungod17 saidOnly one pedal is backward threaded! The pedal on the right side(your right hand as you sit in the seat) has normal, right-handed threads. The pedal on the left side has reversed, left-handed threads. The pedals should be marked "R" and "L" on the ends of the threaded part. Are you sure you're not tightening it?
    Fuck...didn't know that.


    So you've spent 3 hours tightening an already likely very tight pedal.

    I'm voting to just take the crank off and save yourself countless hours of misery. icon_lol.gif
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    Sep 04, 2012 4:30 AM GMT
    Sungod17 saidOnly one pedal is backward threaded! The pedal on the right side(your right hand as you sit in the seat) has normal, right-handed threads. The pedal on the left side has reversed, left-handed threads. The pedals should be marked "R" and "L" on the ends of the threaded part. Are you sure you're not tightening it?


    ROFL!!! THIS!! BWAHAHAHAHA