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The things you push your feet against to make the bike go. Pedaling technique, and other stuff related to pedals. Clips and clipless pedals.

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clink-clink as I pedal

Only happens with any pressure on the pedals. In normal use it clinks twice per pedaling cycle. More specifically, it does it any time there is any pressure on the pedals and I suddenly release that ...
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Power pedals on a fully MTB (riding flat roads), later on road/gravel bike

(Before closing as duplicate, this question is somewhat related but not the same at all: Pedal power meters on off-road / MTB). Background I am an avid runner, and am pondering whether I will branch ...
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Is it possible to replace the flat-top pins on flat pedals with ones that have a dome top?

Is it possible to replace the flat-top pins on flat pedals with ones that have a dome top? I'm finding that SPD pedals are a bad idea — for me. If I make a mistake while trying something new, I'm much ...
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Why are my pedal cleats rattling?

I have used SPD cleats and pedals for many years. Recently I've noticed that a particular combination of pedals and shoes are rattling when I pedal normally. Other combinations rattle less. The pedals ...
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SPD Pedal/Cleat Grinding Noise

I have some third party SPD pedals that have worked for years. Recently the drive side pedal is creaking/grinding. I don't know what it is. Anybody have a clue how to fix this? What should I try? ...
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EZ BUILD Bike Pedals

My granddaughter has one of these bikes, and she is 5 years old. She has the Huffy 20 inch Sea Star kids bike. One of her pink pedals his broken at the end of her pedal. She can still ride the bike ...
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My tricycle wont pedal and the chains are on it just wont engage

While pedalng,I heard something snap on my tricycle and when I went to continue pedaling the pedals just spun,so I checked the chains and they were in place but wouldn't engage and turn the pedals and ...
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How can I measure whether pedals and bottom bracket are properly aligned to each other and parallel?

I get a weird sensation on the left pedal when I'm riding one of my bikes, as if the pedal was not perpendicular to the crank arm. It feels like the pedal is moving under my foot, although there is no ...
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Is it safe to have pedal cage reaching wheel when slightly turned?

This setup doesn't look good to me. If the wheel can touch the pedal cage in when the pedal's in its forward-most position, it could cause me to come off the bike. I have come off recently, I think to ...
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Typical and minimum ground-pedal clearance

What is the typical and generally accepted minimum clearance between the ground and pedal? Does this vary between different bike styles (road, gravel, mountain)? I've read that designs with low ...
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What techniques do experienced commuter cyclists use to avoid scraping the shins and legs on pedals?

What techniques do experienced commuter cyclists use to avoid scraping the shins and legs on pedals? On almost every ride I'm reminded that I should be careful not to strike my legs on the pedals, ...
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I inherited a new bike; when I coast my leg shakes and that thigh burns. What is going on?

My mom bought a brand-new Fuji road bike a few years ago - but because she only used it a couple times, she's now given it to me (female, 31). She's a few inches taller, so I adjusted the seat level ...
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Moving from toe baskets to clipless pedals and cycling-specific shoes

I have literally (and not how the Utes use that word) never rode with bike shoes or clipless bike pedals. Have always had the Breaking Away style 1970s toe baskets and my sneakers. I may stick with ...
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Asymmetrical flat pedals: why and how to use?

My bike has trapezoidal flat pedals, similar to the ones pictured below. One edge is smaller than the other. Since they're just flat pedals, there is no reliable way to favour one position over ...
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Alternative to Shimano TL-PD40 Pedal Tool?

One of my Shimano SP-M520 pedals has gotten quite stiff on the spindle (i.e. the pedal doesn't spin easily anymore). Servicing the bearings requires first removing this nylon nut: And the correct way ...
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How can I alleviate sore hands when riding a rigid mountain bike?

I would like to know of unique tips I may not be aware of. I average a distance of 15km daily on my rigid mountain bike. I have to use moderate PSI to avoid pinch flats and make wheels roll better. It'...
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Cracking noise coming from front gear when pushing on the pedals hard

Usually when the chain is on the biggest gear, whenever I push the pedals too hard, i hear a "cracking" sound from the front gear. I am not sure how to describe the sound, it sounds kinda ...
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Brand-new pedal bearings are almost seized up, should I adjust them or try to "wear them in"?

I bought a pair of brand new XLC PD-C03 pedals and noticed that the factory must have installed the bearing very tightly. While I still can turn the axle by hand, it takes a fair bit of force and I ...
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Can stiff/rough pedals bearings cause crank bolts to loosen? (How?)

I keep an old BSO near work, generally outside. The last few days, the left crank bolt (square taper) has loosened every few km. Admittedly the socket spanner I put in my bag isnt very long but I put ...
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Son has trouble pedalling fast

So my son is 8 and I’ve been working on teaching him to ride. After a lot of work and practice, he is able to balance and pedal without falling down pretty well. He seems to just be having a hard time ...
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Annoying creak from crank area

I'm getting an annoying creaking noise from bottom bracket/crank area-all seems tight and smooth with no play-any ideas folks?
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Is it possible to damage the crankset while removing the pedals?

I got a brand new bike and I wanted to replace the pedals with the ones from my old bicycle. However, while removing the pedals from the new bike, I forgot that one of the threads was reversed and ...
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Schwinn AC Performance Plus with Carbon Blue Pedal Exchange

I want to switch out the pedals on my Schwinn AC Performance Plus with Carbon Blue for the Venzo 3-in-1 pedals (I only use SPDs & don’t like the sneaker cages). On the Venzos, the part that ...
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Pedal Stroke Analysis on a BikeErg

Hello I'm in the market for an indoor bike and am considering the BikeErg. I'd like to know if there is a way I can do pedal stroke analysis like that offered by the Wattbike (https://support.wattbike....
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The spin of crankset creates periodic sideways wobble of the whole bike. What is the problem?

I have enountered a strange problem with a fixed gear build: when the wheel/crankset spin, the crankset's rotation creates a periodically pulsating sideways wobble on whole the bike. It can be felt ...
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How can I stop the stoker's toeclips hitting the road when soloing a tandem?

My daughter and I ride a tandem, and she really finds her toeclips beneficial (without straps, a.k.a. half clips) as they stop her feet bouncing off the pedals over bumps or sliding forwards. However ...
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Fixie bike crank/pedals give in when back pedalling

Recently was given a fixie, but with braking issues. Whenever I back pedal (as in lock up and stop pedalling completely), the crank/pedal seems to give in and not stop the rear wheel from moving ...
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Removing a pedal that has skipped a thread

When getting on my bike I stood on the left pedal and my full weight caused the pedal to skip a thread. The pedal is now squinted and stuck in the crank. The pedals were cheap, but I am hoping to ...
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Adaptative Pedal or crank for a handicap user

I encountered a person with a disability in one leg. They are unable to control their ankle/heel movement. They are unable to maintain their foot parallel to the floor at the top of the pedal stroke (...
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What tool works to adjust the Wahoo Aero pedals float?

Wahoo tells me that a Phillips #0 screwdriver will turn the float adjustments on their disc pedals. I have a genuine #0, and I cannot get good enough engagement to turn the float screws. All it wants ...
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Could the spindle of a pedal have just one set of bearings, not two?

Pedals can be cleaned with a solvent and an air compressor without removing the races from the spindle. How is that possible? It would seem that there must be a second set of bearings—one that's only ...
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Are there recumbent-specific pedals with reflectors on the top and bottom instead of front and back?

At least in Germany, amber reflectors on bicycle pedals are a legally required. All my recumbents have them, but neither of these reflectors is any useful, because they usually point upwards or ...
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I cannot find the correct Crank Arm Bolt for my bike

Recently, when I was riding my bike, one of the crank arms fell off and I realized that the crank bolt wasn't properly adjusted when I ordered the bike, hence when it fell off, I was able to put the ...
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Can anyone identify this pedal a Jamis Nova road bike?

Can anyone identify this pedal on a Jamis Nova road bike? This is my first road bike and I'm prepping to take it out for a spin. I know this is a MTB pedal, I'm just wondering if is Shimano SPD? ...
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I pedal on the flat surface of Shimano 105 SPD SL

I've been cycling on the flat surface of my SPD SL pedals. I never intend to use the clip mechanism. Should I just use flat pedals for better comfort and speed?
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Because of a pedal rattle and squeak should I remove my pedals off and how?

The pedals are little rough and rattle quietly. The spindle creaks sometimes. It is not so much its condition but rather that it fail that worries me. I see no way to get the pedals off separately ...
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alleviating localised pressure from pedal cage

I ride my Brompton in normal shoes with quill/cage pedals and half-clips: I've done 25-100 miles journeys, and occasionally find the balls of my feet get sore / toes go a bit numb. It feels as though ...
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wrench stuck on right side pedal

There are a thousand and one questions and answers, on as many different websites, if your pedals, cranks, or any other part is stuck are stuck. What I cannot find, is advice for my having gotten my ...
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Wondering what type of pedal/adapter I need for these crankarms

Just bought a Rocky Mountain Dirt Jumper, not sure about the exact model because the previous owner custom-painted it. It is missing a pedal and I noticed that the crankarm wasn't threaded like a ...
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Why my bike gear won't change only when I stop pedaling?

I have an issue with my bike, it works nicely until I am changing the gears. Every time I want to change one gear up, I have to stop pedaling or it won't change. There is no issue going back one gear.
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can't stop pedaling or chain drops down

Managed to unstick derailer. But can't stop pedaling or chain drops down.So when trying to stop bike. have to take feet off pedal to not catch chain
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What are the counter-intuitive surprises an amateur bike mechanic encounters, after pedals and cables?

Pedals It's pretty obvious that one of the two pedals needs be tightened counterclockwise, but which one? A brief reflection on the right pedal's sense of rotation (while pedaling forward) with ...
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What's the point of double-sided SPD pedals if SPD pedals with platform are more convenient and lighter?

Briefly I don't get it. Why would anyone want to use dual-sided SPD pedals—such as PD-M520 (left of the image), PD-M8000, PD-M9000, PD-M9100, ...—when single-sided SPD pedals with platforms—such as PD-...
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What type of pedal are these?

My son bought a bicycle with these clipless pedals and is hoping to find the appropriate cleats. What pedal model are they?
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Service DMR V8 pedals - V2 and V2.1

I have been using DMR V8 pedals on my bikes for just a couple of months. They started to spin slowly and make noise really quick so I'm trying to service them. I'm not sure that I got it right with ...
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Noise when powering down on left crank only

This one is a mystery to me. I ride a carbon road bike and just recently a clicking noise has developed when I push hard on the left side crank only (right side makes no noise). I have tried different ...
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Old Motobecane pedals without bolt on axle - How to remove?

I took off some old pedals from a motobecane frame. I wanted to change the bearings but figured out there is no bolt. I have looked everywhere but can't find the model and how to remove it. I thought ...
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Campy cranks and pedals compatibility

I have a campy Super Record crank set from around the 1970’s stamped with 9/16x20F and campy pedals stamped with 9/16x20, but am met with lots of resistance when I try to install them. The cranks came ...
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How to Remove Square Taper Chainring Bolts

I have removed my chainring from my Bicycle, but I do not know how to remove the chainring bolts I have tried using an Allen key but I cannot move it. Do I need a special tool? Here is a photo Any ...
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Mtb vs Road Pedal Stack Height

Recently went from mtb pedals( shimano pd-m520) to road pedals (spd-sl pd-r7000) on my road bike. I feel that saddle is a little bit higher for the road pedals. Is the stack lower on road pedals ...
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