today i have a bike chick tip for you!
bike chick tip # 15- pedals and how to change them!
what i find super important on a bike besides your saddle & fenders are your pedals! most new bikes and even vintage bikes come with stock pedals. they are normally narrow and do not have a great grip to them. when i started riding the mister bought me a pair of bmx/mountain bike pedals that i just LOVE! the reason i love these is that the pedal is much wider so my foot has more room, plus it makes it easier if i am wearing chunky shoes or boots with a heal and they have little stubby tread that really keeps your foot from slipping off. odyssey makes some fun colored ones as well as some cute patterns so you can really spruce up your bike with some bright fun color! since i am a classic girl, the silver color works for me :D
|my clip pedals|
pedals may be expensive to buy at first but you will have them forever and they are so worth it! so what do you need to change your pedals? just a wrench! you can get a pedal wrench which is a bit thinner then a normal wrench...it can be tricky sometimes because the space between the pedal & the crank arm may not be able to accommodate a normal wrench.
first thing... start with the pedal that is on the same side of the chain and gears, this is called the drive side...to unscrew this pedal remember...lefty loosey righty tighty....for the opposite pedal it is the opposite ....righty loose, lefty tight. the reason the pedals are threaded differently is the movement of you pedaling could unscrew one of the pedals...
okay pedals are off....now to put on your new amazing pedals! you will need some oil which will make putting the pedals on much easier. just a bit and then spread it around the threads and just remember the above little phrase depending on which pedal you start with.
and then you are done and you have great pedals which make for a happier rider :D