Check A Bike Pedal

Introduction

Bike pedal bearings are small and pedals are vulnerable to crash damage. Riding hard on a pedal with a bent axle can injure a rider's knee.

Step 1

<h3>Step 1</h3><p>Spin the bike pedal by hand. It should spin freely for a few turns before is slows down and stops.
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Loose Enough?

Spin the bike pedal by hand. It should spin freely for a few turns before is slows down and stops.

Step 2

<h3>Step 2</h3><p>If you pull the bike pedal sideways there should be no discernible play.
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Tight Enough?

If you pull the bike pedal sideways there should be no discernible play.

Step 3

<h3>Step 3</h3><p>Turn the cranks backwards and watch the bike pedal closely. If the axle doesn’t stay in the same plane, at a right-angle to the plane of the crank circle, the pedal axle is bent and the pedal needs to be replaced.
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Bent Axle on the Bike Pedal?

Turn the cranks backwards and watch the bike pedal closely. If the axle doesn’t stay in the same plane, at a right-angle to the plane of the crank circle, the pedal axle is bent and the pedal needs to be replaced.