How to Change BMX Pedals

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How to Change BMX Pedals

BMX biking is a fun and challenging hobby. In addition to providing exercise, BMX enthusiasts enjoy customising their bikes. However, sometimes bicyclists want or need to change their BMX pedals and lack the proper knowledge to do so. Professionals offer this service, but many prefer to do it on their own. Bicycle retailers offer a wide selection of BMX bike pedals. When changing pedals or altering a bike, consult expert how-to videos and guide manuals.

 

Preparation

First, when preparing to remove old pedals and install new pedals, one must make sure to have the right tools on hand. Have a pedal wrench on hand. Because most pedals are 15 mm, one must make sure that their pedal wrench is the proper size. Pedal wrenches are longer to offer better leverage and have thin jaws that fit onto the narrow pedal axle. One may also need an Allen wrench in certain cases.

Selecting Pedals

Because different pedals offer different advantages and disadvantages, one should always have a good idea about what type of pedals they are looking for.

 

Brand

Model

Material

Weight

Shadow Conspiracy

Ravager Plastic Pedal

Injection moulded composite with moulded pins

386 g

Stolen

Thermalite Pedals

Thermalite (nylon based)

369 g

Stolen

Thermalite SP Pedals

Thermalite (nylon based) with steel pins

411 g

Eastern Bikes

Alloy Pedals

Aluminium alloy

652 g

Eastern Bikes

Magnesium Pedals

Magnesium

510 g

 

Once all tools are assembled, remove the pedals from the BMX bike and install the new pedals. Prepare the work area and plan to spend a few hours on the task.

 

Removing the Old Pedals

Removing pedals can be a little tricky. There are a few irregularities when it comes to pedals that need to be addressed when one goes into removing the pedals from their BMX bicycle.

Removing the Left Pedal

According to BicycleTutor, a key thing to remember is that the left pedal has a reverse threaded nut. Thus, one must turn the nut clockwise as opposed to counterclockwise. After attaching the wrench firmly to the nut on the left pedal, turn clockwise until the left pedal is removed.

Removing the Right Pedal

Once the left pedal is removed, turn the right pedal which loosens with a normal counter-clockwise motion. Following the same pattern as the removal of the left pedal, attach the wrench firmly to the nut on the right pedal and turn counter-clockwise until the right pedal is removed. Once both pedals are removed, attach their new pedals.

 

Attaching New Pedals

With the experience of removing old pedals, attaching new pedals will be significantly easier. However, there is an additional step prior to attaching new. Before installation, new pedals should be properly lubricated. Make sure to apply a waterproof grease to the pedal threads to lubricate the new pedals. Now attach the new pedals. When attaching new pedals, identify an 'L' for the left pedal and an 'R' for the right pedal near the pedal threads. French pedals may have a 'G' for 'gauche,' which means left and a 'D' for 'droit,' which means right.

Attaching the Left Pedal

First, affix the left pedal to the bicycle crank. Then, turn the left pedal counter-clockwise with their pedal wrench. Once the pedal is suitably attached, attach the right pedal.

Attaching the Right Pedal

Following the same instructions as the left pedal, make sure the right pedal is affixed to the bicycle crank. Then, in contrast to the left pedal, turn clockwise to tighten. Once the pedal is suitably attached, the new bicycle is ready to go.

 

How to Buy BMX Pedals on eBay

eBay offers a wide selection of BMX pedals for your consideration. Instead of simply searching for BMX pedals in general, you can focus on a particular type of pedal, like metal or plastic, by including that in the search query. For instance, using the search phrase 'Metal BMX Pedals' restricts your results to pedals made of metal. By contrast, using the search phrase 'Plastic BMX Pedals' restricts your results to pedals made of plastic. Though changing your BMX pedals is not easy, with the proper knowledge you will be swapping out pedals like a pro.

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