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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What should I look for in clipless pedals and shoes?

I am just thinking about investing in some clip-in pedals (and presumably shoes). I want to use them mostly on my older road bike but in the future I might want to move them over onto my mountain ...
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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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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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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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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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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's difference between 1/2 and 9/16 inch pedals?

I've this bike MTB hardtail Marin Bolinas Ridge 2012. And it has generic composite pedals which I want to change. So while choosing pedals I saw two different choices, 1/2 and 9/16 inch pedals. I ...
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Can someone give me a short description and comparison of the different road cycling pedal / shoe systems?

I am looking at buying a pedal/shoe system as the clips and straps I am using are hurting my feet again. It's been a long time since I have bought a road pedal / shoe system, and I have forgotten the ...
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What is this part that came with my eggbeater pedals?

I bought some second-hand Crank Bros Eggbeater pedals. They came in the original box, apparently with all the bits except the cleats. (That's fine. CB cleats are effectively a consumable.) One of the ...
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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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Which Shimano pedals have reverse threaded bearing adjustments?

I was attempting to tighten the bearings in my Shimano PD-M530 pedals. I've done this procedure several times before on my other pedals, and I've never had issues before (M737 and M980). For some ...
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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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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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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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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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Indoor cyclist keeps popping out of clips

I bought a pair of Shimano indoor cycling shoes with two hole cleats to wear during my spin classes. Unfortunately, during my classes, I snap out of the clips. I know part of it must be my form but ...
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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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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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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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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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Pedals and cleats compatibility

I started riding road bikes seriously a couple of years ago at which point I acquired Exustar pedals and shoes. The pedals have kept up well, but my shoes are getting a bit tired and I'm wanting to ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Very rapid clicking on pedals

I purchased a brand new Raleigh Overtake hybrid bicycle last week. On my fourth ride, the pedals started clicking loudly and rapidly, not unlike the sound of winding an alarm clock. It only makes the ...
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Tricycle wheels won't turn when pedaling

I have a tricycle that I just changed the tubes on all wheels. Went to ride it and the pedals will just turn but not engage the chain or wheels. Chain is on correctly, wheels are on the same side as ...
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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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How to reassemble spring assembly on Shimano M520 SPD pedals

I have a pair of shimano m520 pedals which were damaged in an accident. The springs rotated past the tension bolt and now the back section, usually under tension, now hangs free. How can I re-...
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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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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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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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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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Carbon crank with loose pedal thread

I have a FSA Carbon crank where the thread/bolt for my pedal has become lose and wobbles. In all fairness the crank has has 20,000KM on it. Can it be repaired, can I replace just the crank, or do I ...
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Screwing reflectors to pedals - what washers do I need, and where?

I have Shimano M324 pedals on my bike, and I decided to buy the optional reflectors (Shimano Y41B98010). They arrived with no fitting instructions. There are 4 reflectors, each with 2 threaded "...
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Do both SH51 and SH56 cleats work with all SPD-compatible pedals?

This answer mentions that Shimano makes two kinds of SPD cleats, one that allows unidirectional release (SH51) and one multidirectional (SH56). Are there other differences between the two? Will both ...
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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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