Questions tagged [pedals]

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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Clicking while pedalling

Hi all while I'm pedalling I get clicking noise I feel it in the left side of pedal I change the pedals I thought that may of been the problem but it's still there but funniest thing is if I stand ...
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9/16 pedals wont go in crank - they're too big

What about if you have two gears on the crank. I used a 5/8 open wrench to take out my original pedals on my Schwinn Sierra and the new 9/16 pedals won't go in - they're too big. What size would it ...
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Speedplay pedal grease problem

I’m trying to grease my speedplay pedals, but the little end screw on one of the pedals just spins. It will not unscrew, thereby allowing me access to the grease port. Any thoughts? Thanks, Scott
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New pedal fell off maybe 50 miles after installation. Should I replace the entire crank, just the arm, or repair the thread?

Repair newbie here just getting back into mountain biking after a long absence. I recently bought a Cannondale Catalyst 4 from REI. It's a fine introductory bike for what I'm looking for, but I ...
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Maximum weight of a pedal vehicle

I can't seem to find a straight (approximate) answer to this question. What is the maximum weight of a pedal vehicle (cargo bike, rickshaw etc) an average person can drive at a decent speed, say 15-...
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How do I get a cleat that's stuck in a pedal, detached from the shoe, out?

While out riding on my XC bike today, I encountered an issue with my cleat: The connector between the cleat and the shoe - the part that you screw into - died, and I lost a screw. So I had the shoe ...
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Bicycle clicking popping sound felt in the pedals usually when pedalling hard

Bicycle is a year old fairly cheap road bike with ~1000 miles. Transmission is 2x7 speed-derailleur design, so 14 gears total. Clicking noise somewhere near the drivetrain-ish area when pedaling ...
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My old pedals don't spin freely, is it worth lubing them?

I have a bike that has been left outside and unmaintained for a while, so now I'm trying to fix it back up. One thing I notice is that the pedals don't spin freely if I flick them with my foot. I don'...
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How to choose pedals with 1/2 inch axle (single piece crank) for a non-bmx?

Me and my daughter use a tag-along, and her pedals are slippery. So I'm looking for a pair of metal pedals. Due to the axle size, most of them are advertised as BMX, are too wide and long (10x13 or so)...
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Pedal sometimes getting stuck

Back story During this weekend we went on a trip with rented bikes, and observed the following problem on one of them: the left pedal would sometimes not spin on the shaft (i.e. it remained in the ...
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Damaged pedal axle thread in crank arm [duplicate]

I'm brand new to cycling and I have an entry level Cannondale catalyst 3. I was riding my bike on a trail and when I got home I noticed my right pedal was wobbling around. I tightened it but the pedal ...
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Cruiser bike weird pedaling problems, feels like back tire moving

For awhile pedalling my bike has been getting increasingly difficult. First there was a squeaking. I figured maybe because I had put too much force riding uphill. Then there was a screeching cracking ...
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Re-greasing Raleigh rea268

I have some pedals very similar to the one in the image. It appears both sides have these seemingly non removable pins. The round bit with the logo doesn't appear to be a dust cap. I already tried ...
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How to repair pedal snapped off crank arm? [closed]

The pedal snapped off the crank arm and there is a portion of it left inside. How do I dig this out and replace the pedal?
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What is the proper placement of the feet on the pedals when viewed from the top?

When placing my feet on the pedals with the balls on it, the outer part doesn't fit the pedal anymore. If I moved the foot backwards, the pinky would not be on the pedal anymore. I wonder if that is ...
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Why do my tires seem to be jumping?

I bike for work and I've taken a few days off for the holidays. It's been very cold and rainy and Ive tried to keep my bike covered. I hopped on my bike after about a week and a half of disuse, and I ...
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Pedals not turning

So Christmas day and it seems the new bikes I bought the kids aren't quite going to plan! On my daughters 6 speed Viking Belgravia the pedals are not turning and the chain keeps coming off and on my ...
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Cleat problem, stuck in a shoe

I put the right shoe into the left SPD pedal. (I know, you don't even need to say it.) It was not even attached to the bike at this time. Just took both out of their boxes and thought to self, 'how ...
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Shimano SPD pedal - visible seal ring

I recently got a pair of XTR M9120 pedals. Today I noticed an elastic ring visible on the axel, and bits of grease on it too. The ring can be seen on the service manual This has happened on both ...
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How do you optimize the recruitment of our glutes when using a more upright bike?

How do you optimize the recruitment of our glutes when using a more upright bike? According to an answer for a previous question, rolling the hips forward slightly makes the glutes easier to recruit ...
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With what material should I fix a creaking sound on one of the pedals?

I recently (about 2 weeks ago) changed from regular road clipless pedals to SPD clipless pedals on my road bike. I didn't have time to change them myself so I just asked one of the workers to put it ...
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Pedal threads too big for crank?

I have a 70's bike with Shimano 600 arabesque components and just bought a pair of Shimano PD-M324. The threads on the new pedals seem to be just a tiny bit too big for the crank arm. I find this ...
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Safety guidelines when using MTB clipless pedals on a road bike

Yesterday, I went for a ride and my legs felt really great (hadn't been cycling for about 2 weeks) so when I was climbing on a hill, I decided to go on a full blown sprint and unfortunately... somehow ...
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Pedal: Platform came off axle which remained in crank

I have Shimano PD-T780 pedals. I bought them almost new only a year ago and they aren't cheap pedals. On one pedal, the platform suddenly came off, revealing an axle which tapers off towards its end ...
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Feeling of click/slip when pedalling

This is very hard to explain, but I will try my best. I recently got a Shimano Ultegra cassette, crankset, front and back derailleurs, chain, and cables installed on my Giant TCX SLR1 2015 bike. ...
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Pedals won’t complete a rotation

When I get on my bike and pedal when the right hits the top I can’t pedal and it stays and it keeps happening when the right goes to the top it stops and I can’t keep pedaling how to fix and any ...
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Do Left handed bikes feel different to ride?

Want to buy a BMX bike but they only have left hand drive ones in stock. Does it feel the same as a right hand drive?
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Pedal foot position - balls or arches

I notice that when I pedal that I mostly seat the pedal in the arches of my foot naturally. I also notice that the cycling shoes tend to seat the cleats in the balls of the foot area, as do other ...
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Relation of rebound setting and pedal choice

I used to ride clipless pedals all my MTB life and have recently switched to flat pedals because I feel that having my feet free makes me experiment more with my riding technique and progress faster. ...
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Clicking while pedaling

I recently purchased a 2nd hand bike, and I am facing a clicking noise when I pedal (under slightly higher than normal load). I feel it almost as a pair of clicks in both pedals, and I feel one click ...
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Derailleur tension causing chain friction?

I have a foldie which recently seemed a bit harder to pedal. Specifically back pedaling seems harder than it should be (if I kick the pedal back, it barely travels a quarter or half turn. I noticed ...
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Can't remove 6mm hex pedal

I've ruined two hex wrenches trying to remove my pedal. I actually got one off after blasting it with a hot-air heat gun for a while. The other one remains stuck and Yes, I'm turning it the right ...
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The bolt of my pedal's crank arm broke, what could be the causes?

It broke while as I started pedaling when a redlight turned green. In the pics it is possible to see that basically the metal broke! Was it just a poorly constructed product or are there some common ...
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Tools needed to unmount bike pedals

My two pedals are squeaking a bit and probably need to be lubricated. But, I'm not sure which tools I need to buy to unmount them. What's the size of the square drive sockets to get to unmount the ...
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What is causing this sound?

https://vimeo.com/270962821?utm_source=email&utm_medium=vimeo-cliptranscode-201504&utm_campaign=28749 Guys at the bike shop recommended a bottom bracket change would fix the problem however ...
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Options for servicing Speedplay Zero pedals

I have used Speedplay pedals for ages and I think I am on my third set of pedals. I have the new aero walkable cleats and at the weekend I replaced my old knackered cleats with a new set. Now that I ...
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Are quick-change pedals a thing?

I'm considering buying clipless pedals for riding my bike on the weekend, but they might not be the best choice for a 15 minute ride to work during the week—I'd need to drag along my regular shoes in ...
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Leaving a pedal in a cross threaded state

I have a Kona Jake (specs here) with Shimano M520 pedals and I noticed that one of my pedals wasn't quite all the trough the crank arm compared to the other pedal, see images below: The difference ...
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Why does a loose pedal destroy the crank threads?

Can someone cite with sources the process by which a loose pedal pretty quickly destroys the crank arm threads necessitating a helicoil repair? I'm interested in how the thread on the crankarm gets ...
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My left pedal keeps falling off

my left pedal keeps falling off, I think it's loose, or I'm not tightening it properly, but every time I ride my bicycle it gets loose
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of different pedal formats for a recumbent?

We're reasonably familiar with pedals on conventional bikes. Flats are convenient for normal shoes Clips and Clipless provide foot retention and option of pulling up A recumbent has additional ...
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What is the metric thread diameter of my crank arm pedal thread that's stripped

I'm in the market for a threading repair kit. I live in Australia so the closest options for me are to go to Supercheap Auto or Bunnings Warehouse (links to products from those stores). These repair ...
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SPD pedal float becomes restricted

I have a strange problem with my clipless pedal float becoming restricted. I recently installed Shimano M520 SPD pedals on my bike, with SM-SH51 cleats on SixSixOne Expert MTB shoes. A few weeks after ...
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What is the loud screeching noise coming from my bike?

I can ride my bike for ~10 minutes before a very loud screeching noise starts. It only happens when I pedal; when I brake is the only time there is no sound. Once this noise starts I cannot ride my ...
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Are my pedals greased correctly?

When I spin my pedals by hand they spin very fast and long, almost like a fidget spinner, making a sound too. I somewhere read that this means that the bearings are 'dry', and that pedal spin should ...
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Which ball bearings to put in Union K10491 pedals?

I am trying to put a neglected bicycle back on the road. It has a pedals marked with W. GermanyK10491. Google search revealed that they are Union K10491 pedals. I have found good pictures on ebay. My ...
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Fixed Gear crank arm slips

The crank arm on my fixed gear "slips" when I put large pressure on the pedals like when I take that first pedal to get the bike moving or pulling up hard on my toe straps to slow down. The slip is ...
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Pedal power meters on off-road / MTB

I can't easily change my crankset or hub, so I'm looking at pedal power meters. All of them (PowerTap, Garmin Vector, bePRO, Xpedo Thrust-E) use Look/Keo/SPD-SL cleats. For me, walkable riding shoes ...
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What kind of shoes can you use with Garmin Vector pedals?

I was looking at these Garmin Vector pedal power meters, and the site says they are "Look Kéo Compatible". Can you put different cleats in them for other brands of shoes? Would they work with regular ...
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Why are tandem pedals mounted with the same position?

I have noticed that on all the tandems I have seen the pedals are mounted in the same position. i.e. while the front right one is up, so is the rear right one, and not front right up and rear right ...