How To Take Off Bike Pedals Without a Pedal Wrench

Have you ever tried to remove a pair of pedals from a bicycle when you find out that they’re really stubborn maybe because they’re rusted in place and over-tightened?

In this post, we are going to show you a quick, easy and simple way to get the most stubborn pedals off any bike. If you are a bike owner and you do not have a pedal wrench handy, there are a few steps you can take as explained below.

Use a standard wrench

Another way to remove pedals is to use a standard wrench. This works any time on both the left and right sides.

First, you must make sure that the pedals are not in a locked position. Then, you need to turn the pedal wrench counter-clockwise to remove the right pedal. The left pedal is the non-drive side. The left pedal is reverse-threaded and cannot be removed with your fingers.

To loosen the pedals, you should place equal weight on each. For the left-side pedal, you should rotate it to the left. This may seem counter-intuitive, but it is the correct way to do it. Then, you need to rotate each pedal counter-clockwise to loosen it from its original position.

Place the wrench in the end opposite to the pedal and hold the wrench in place. Be careful to make sure that you do not damage any of the parts of the crank arm as you work. You should also place a folded towel underneath the pedal to prevent any damage to the floor.

Using a wrench is a good option for bike repairs if you have one. It can be used for a variety of tasks. For example, if you have flat spots on the axle near the crank arm, a wrench can grip these flat spots. Alternatively, if your pedals don’t have flats, you can use an Allen key that fits into an Allen key hole on the end of the pedal axle.

Now, this method is only gonna work on pedals that have a wrench flat area on the spindle like a BMX bike, it’s not gonna work on some mountain bike pedals and road bike pedals.

Use a Spanner

Using a spanner is another option. If you don’t have a pedal wrench, use a spanner to tighten the pedal spindle. Left-hand pedals are reverse-threaded, while right-hand pedals have standard threads. In addition, a spanner will help you remove grease from your pedals.

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Use a Hammer

You can also use a hammer and a large screwdriver. If you don’t have a cycle wrench, you can use both of them to remove the pedals by placing the screwdriver or rod into the pedal and tapping it gently with the hammer to loosen the pedal.

Use a Hex Key

You can also try using a hex key and 15 mm wrench to remove bicycle pedals. While these tools are great for bike repairs, they cannot take the place of a pedal wrench. For this purpose, you can use a standard 15 mm open-end wrench.

You can also use a lubricant to avoid damaging the threads of the crank arm. By doing so, you will make it easier for you to take off the bike pedals. However, if you don’t have these tools, you can still use the lubricant to make them easier to remove.

Use Pliers

You can also use a pair of pliers. You just need to grip the pedal with the pliers and turn it counterclockwise to loosen the pedals.

Final Words

Changing bike pedals is a fairly simple process when you know what you’re doing. However, if you make a mistake, it can lead to a stuck pedal or a ruined crank arm. Regardless, removing bike pedals is a quick and simple process if you have the correct tools.

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