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.

Step 1

Grease the bike pedals - Mount A Bike Pedal

Grease the bike pedals

Coat the threads with anti-seize assembly grease to make them easier to remove when they have to come off. Anti-seize forms a chemical barrier between the two metals to prevent bi-metallic corrosion.

Step 2

Gently - Mount A Bike Pedal


To avoid damage to the soft threads in the crank make sure you have the correct bike pedal for the correct hole. Introduce the two threads carefully and gently. Begin screwing with finger-force only. If the axle has a hexagonal socket use a hex driver for speed and to limit the torque.

Step 3

Lock - Mount A Bike Pedal


Once the bike pedals are screwed on fully use the extra force generated by a pedal key to lock them on. If the axle has no flats use a long ‘L’ shaped hex key to lock them tight.