Replace And Set Up A Clipless Pedal

Introduction

If the pedals that you are replacing are clipless, then there are a few extra steps in getting them set up correctly. Clipless pedals have adjustment screws that increase or decrease the tension required to clip-in, and clip out, of the pedal. Modern screws are usually marked to allow you to easily identify which fits the left crank, and which fits the right. Once the pedal is attached, be sure to check they are secure to prevent injury. This is a long guide, so you can choose to either watch the entire video above, or follow it in smaller chunks by clicking on the individual steps below.

This is a long guide, so you can choose to either watch the entire video above, or follow it in smaller chunks by clicking on the individual steps below.

Steps to Replace And Set Up A Clipless Pedal:

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1. Dismount A Bike Pedal

Bike pedal axles are usually made of steel. They thread into crank arms that are usually made of aluminium. They are threaded so that any friction in the pedal bearings tends to wind them on tighter. If they've been ridden for some time they may be hard to remove.

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2. Mount A Bike Pedal

If the bike pedals are single sided you can tell which is left and right. Double sided pedals are marked - either on the flat end of the axle or beside the 15mm flats for screwing them on. Modern pedals are always marked 'R' and 'L'. Older French or Italian pedals may be marked 'D' and 'G' or 'D' and 'S'. The material of the pedal axle is usually harder than the material of the crank so take care as it's easy to damage the soft thread of the crank.

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3. Set Up And Adjust A Clipless Pedal

Often with a clipless pedal it's possible to adjust the release spring tension.

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4. Check A Bike Pedal

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.