Squidworx modular Pedals

How To: Install/Remove Bicycle Pedals

Tools required to remove and fit a pair of bicycle pedals

Required Tools.

Depending on the pedals, you'll need:

  • A pedal spanner or an appropriately sized hex key.

  • Some suitable bicycle-related grease.

  • A torque wrench (optional).

Our Squidworx pedals use a 6mm hex wrench, because who carries a pedal spanner on them while on the trails?

For the seasoned cyclist, installing and removing a set of bicycle pedals is a quick and easy job. But if you're new to the cycling world or just never done it before, it's worth taking a second to read through our instructions as there a few things that can catch you out. And if installed wrongly, can result in damage to the pedals or the cranks.

There is only one really important thing to know when installing and uninstalling pedals and that is the LEFT pedal (non-drive side) has reverse threads. While the RIGHT pedal (drive side) has regular threads. What does this mean? Well, it means you tighten the LEFT pedal by turning it counter-clockwise and the RIGHT pedal by turning it clockwise.

The difference between left and right pedals

How To tell your left from right pedal:

  • Look for an "R" or "L" on the pedal bodies.
    (Squidworx pedals don't have this)

  • Look at the collar on the pedal axle. Many people (bike mechanics included) don't know that you can tell your pedals apart by looking here. The RIGHT pedal has a solid collar.

  • Look at the direction of the thread. If all else fails, look at the thread direction on the axles.

How to remove pedals:

  • Place your pedal wrench on the axle or a hex wrench through the inside of the crank arm

  • Loosen the spindle: Turn clockwise for the left-side pedal, counter-clockwise for the right

  • Rotate the spindle until the pedal pops off, then repeat on the opposite side

Fit pedal spanner or allan key
Turn pedal spanner
Remove pedal

How to install pedals:

  • First, identify which pedal is the left (non-drive side) and the right (drive side)

  • Apply bike grease to the axle threads

  • Insert each pedal straight into their side’s crank arm at a 90-degree angle. They should easily thread into place

  • Place the pedal wrench on the axle or hex wrench through the inside of each crank arm

  • Tighten by turning the right pedal clockwise and the left pedal counter-clockwise

  • Once you feel resistance, tighten the pedal to the manufacturer’s specified torque, or about 1/8 of a rotation further

  • Now get out, and go ride

Grease pedal threads
Insert allan wrench or pedal spanner
Fitted pedal