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While I was riding today, about 10 miles in my pedal spontaneously popped off. I was later able to repair it with a wrench, but I'm concerned that pedaling while standing excessively could have caused this. I'm very careful not to place a disproportionate amount of weight on one side or the other. Only one pedal fell off, the right one.

Is this something I should worry about? My bike is less than a year old.

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Hi, by 'popped off' what do you mean exactly? I assume you mean the thread where the pedal meets the crank arm? –  alex Jun 2 '13 at 7:31
    
You should be worried that the pedal "popped off" -- this should not happen, ever. It suggests that something is wrong, possibly bad bearings in that pedal. Please have it checked out at your bike shop. (If the bike's less than a year old this may be a warranty item.) –  Daniel R Hicks Jun 2 '13 at 11:57
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I should have clarified that @alex - yes, the thread where the pedal meets the crank arm. I was worried I bent it out of place by standing. And thank you, Daniel. –  1111IIIIII111111IIII1 Jun 2 '13 at 17:13
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No, pedaling while standing will not cause a properly installed pedal to come off. However, if a pedal comes off, it not particularly desirable to be standing.

As far as weight distribution, putting all your weight on one pedal for extended periods will not hurt you bike or cause things to go wrong with the bike.

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