How to Remove Bike Pedals

If you need to remove your bike pedals, whether to replace them or for some other reason, it’s actually not that difficult. All you need is a pedal wrench and a little bit of know-how.

Here are tips on how to remove bike pedals, so you can get the job done quickly and easily.

1. Start by Putting Your Bike in a Repair Stand

This will make it easier to work on and will prevent you from having to flip the bike over, which could damage it.

2. Use a Pedal Wrench

You can use either a 15mm or an 8mm wrench. The smaller the wrench, the more torque you’ll be able to apply, so if you’re having trouble removing the pedals, try using a smaller wrench.

3. Loosen the Left Pedal First

The left pedal is always reverse-threaded, which means that you’ll need to turn it clockwise to loosen it and counter-clockwise to tighten it. The right pedal is standard threaded, so you’ll turn it counterclockwise to loosen it and clockwise to tighten it.

4. Apply Even Pressure

When you’re trying to remove the pedals, be sure to apply pressure evenly so that you don’t end up stripping the threads.

5. Use Your Body Weight

If you’re having trouble breaking the pedals loose, try standing on the wrench with one foot while you turn it with your other hand. This will give you more leverage and make it easier to break the pedal free.


With these easy tips, removing your bike pedals will be a breeze! Just remember to use a pedal wrench, start with the left pedal (which is reverse-threaded), and apply even pressure as you loosen or tighten them. If all else fails, try using your body weight to help break the pedals free.

Allen Joe

Allen is an adventurous and creative individual who loves to explore the open road. An avid cyclist, Allen is always pushing himself to new limits. When he's not cycling, you can find him using his writing talents to share tips and tricks for biking on his blog.

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