​How Do You Inspect a Bike Pedal?

How Do You Inspect a Bike Pedal?

Why would you want to check a bike pedal anyways? Good question! This is a question that comes up a lot (and I say “unfortunately” to that). Bike pedals are small and somewhat fragile. They are actually quite prone to damage too because they stick out just asking to get clipped by a tree or bushes (or whatever else can get in the way).

I would highly suggest that you have a good look at your pedals to see if they are still in good working shape. I’ve provided a link on how to check a bike pedal which really sums it all up in a nice clear way. They discuss 3 things to do:

​How to Check a Bike Pedal (3 Steps)

How to Check a Bike Pedal (3 Steps)
  • ​Check to see if the pedal is loose – Simply spin the bike pedal and if it freely spins for 2-3 revolutions than your pedals are in good shape.
  • ​Check to see if the pedal is tight enough – loose pedals will eventually cause damage to both the pedal as well as the crank arms. To check, just grab the pedal and try to move it away from your crank arm. If there is a bit of “play” then the pedal is loose and needs to be adjusted. Important Note: Right and left pedals do not tighten in the same direction. For proper tightening procedures and directions see the post on installing pedals.
    Check to see if the pedal is tight enough – loose pedals will eventually cause damage to both the pedal as well as the crank arms. To check, just grab the pedal and try to move it away from your crank arm. If there is a bit of “play” then the pedal is loose and needs to be adjusted. Important Note: Right and left pedals do not tighten in the same direction. For proper tightening procedures and directions see the post on installing pedals.
  • ​The last thing to check on your pedals is to see if the pedal axle is bent. As the article states, a bent pedal is very hard on a cyclist’s knee. To check, spin the pedals and crank arms backwards and closely watch the pedal. The axle should stay in the same plane at all times (at right angles to the plane of the crank arms). If it doesn’t, then the pedal unfortunately needs to be replaced.
    The last thing to check on your pedals is to see if the pedal axle is bent. As the article states, a bent pedal is very hard on a cyclist’s knee. To check, spin the pedals and crank arms backwards and closely watch the pedal. The axle should stay in the same plane at all times (at right angles to the plane of the crank arms). If it doesn’t, then the pedal unfortunately needs to be replaced.

​Three things to check are all that are required to check the working shape of your pedals. These simple steps should take you only a few minutes, which then leaves you lots of spare time to go on out for a ride.

​Ever bent a pedal (I know I have a few times)? How did you do it and did you notice it right away or did it take an inspection be yourself or a bike mechanic to find it? Tells us about it, we’d truly love to hear!

Robert Flaherty
 

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