how do you remove look pedals?!?

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how do you remove look pedals?!?

Postby sir_lozz » 18 Mar 2010, 2:27pm

I have moved from road bike cleats to SPDs.......... at least I was until I attempted to remove the "look" pedals.
As far as i can see you put in the alan key and turn with all your might but they will not budge! there is no nice flat bit to get a spanner onto as per the new shimano SPDs

this is getting rather frustrating! :oops:

Has anyone had any experience of this in the past?
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Re: how do you remove look pedals?!?

Postby NUKe » 18 Mar 2010, 2:33pm

yOur doing the right thing remember the lefthand pedal has a lefthand thread. The spindle may have corroded in to the crank, pouring boiling water over the crank may be enough to break the oxidation seal. Otherwise keep squirting with penetrating oil may take a couple of days.
If the pedals are to be thrown away you could use mole grips on the Shaft for extra leverage.
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Re: how do you remove look pedals?!?

Postby jezer » 18 Mar 2010, 4:32pm

For the future I suggest taking the pedals off a couple of times a year, cleaning the threads and lightly greasing before putting them back on, not too tightly.
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Re: how do you remove look pedals?!?

Postby CJ » 18 Mar 2010, 4:57pm

Extend the allen key with a length of tube, or the hole in the handle of an adjustable wrench, or a ring spanner ...

A good quality allen key should twist before it fractures and will take lots more torque than the average cyclist's under-exercised arm can apply without the addition of a little cunning. :wink:
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Re: how do you remove look pedals?!?

Postby thirdcrank » 18 Mar 2010, 5:20pm

It is also possible to get allen keys built in to 1/2" drive sockets which you can then use with any of the range of long handles available for socket sets. They may not be available in every tool outlet but Britool certainly make them. (Somebody [PW?] has posted that therir LBS has a length of scaffolding marked "PARK TOOL" to provide extra leverage.)

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Re: how do you remove look pedals?!?

Postby matt2matt2002 » 18 Mar 2010, 5:55pm

jezer wrote:For the future I suggest taking the pedals off a couple of times a year, cleaning the threads and lightly greasing before putting them back on, not too tightly.


Good idea this - also applies to lots of other bits on the bike
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Re: how do you remove look pedals?!?

Postby 531colin » 18 Mar 2010, 6:57pm

Tie the pedal you are NOT working on to the chainstay with a toestrap or two, to give yourself a free hand.

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Re: how do you remove look pedals?!?

Postby PW » 18 Mar 2010, 7:16pm

As CJ. There's an old piece of chainstay in my shed specifically to use as a lever with allen keys.
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Re: how do you remove look pedals?!?

Postby Mick F » 18 Mar 2010, 8:04pm

matt2matt2002 wrote:Good idea this - also applies to lots of other bits on the bike
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Seat posts, cranks and bottom brackets come to mind ........
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Re: how do you remove look pedals?!?

Postby sir_lozz » 18 Mar 2010, 9:26pm

all good suggestions thank you

I resorted to putting on my fingerless cycling gloves and one has come off but the other is stuck fast :?

I am hoping the generous amounts of WD40 and bike lying on its side overnight will make it possible in the morning.

AS for removign a few times a year - this is the 1st time they have been taken off in about 2 years :oops: lesson learnt the hard way!
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Re: how do you remove look pedals?!?

Postby MartinBrice » 19 Mar 2010, 9:37am

stick the Allen key in and gently tap with a hammer. (Make sure you are trying to turn it the correct way....) Keep tapping. It will not work at first, so keep tapping. Then tap a bit more. Have a bit of a rest and tap some more. Tap a but harder - again, you do need to be sure it is the correct direction of turn. These little taps will eventually make it move very slightly. Tap a bit more.... and of that still doesn't work, just tap some more....

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Re: how do you remove look pedals?!?

Postby MikewsMITH2 » 19 Mar 2010, 10:57am

It's surprising how much easier this kind of job can be if you can remove the component from the bike and get it securely mounted in a vice. Application of heat from a hot air gun can help too. An impact driver set is a good investment. You might not need it very often but when you do you can save hours of frustration and skinned knuckles. I have one like thishttp://www.justoffbase.co.uk/Impact-Driver-Set-15pc-Sealey-AK208 Also when you fit the new pedals use some copper grease and they don't need to be very tight. I only do mine up hand tight.
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Re: how do you remove look pedals?!?

Postby sir_lozz » 19 Mar 2010, 4:13pm

they are off!

thank you all for your advice. In the end copious amounts of WD40 and tap tap tap tapping with the hammer made it budge.

SPD shoes are immensly more comfortable when out and about than road bike cleats

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Re: how do you remove look pedals?!?

Postby thirdcrank » 19 Mar 2010, 7:12pm

MikewsMITH2 wrote:... and they don't need to be very tight. I only do mine up hand tight.


Yes. I think it's worth pointing out that all the suggestions for increasing the leverage to remove components do not apply to tightening things up.

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Re: how do you remove look pedals?!?

Postby mark_w » 19 Mar 2010, 7:44pm

sir_lozz wrote:they are off!

thank you all for your advice. In the end copious amounts of WD40 and tap tap tap tapping with the hammer made it budge.

SPD shoes are immensly more comfortable when out and about than road bike cleats

thanks all


Hehe. As it happens I've just done an almost identical thing. I had a nice set of Look Carbon pedals which I got with my bike (as Wiggle gave me a chunk of cash to spend on accessories with my bike). Except when out touring I hated the road cleats and destroyed two sets when walking around. So I also have switched back to SPD's and remember why I loved them!

Here's a question for everyone, though, on this topic. I use a light smear of Copper Grease (I had some handy and thought it would be OK) on the threads when I screw the pedals onto the crank. Is that a bad idea (i.e. will it react with the pedal/crank), or is that the right stuff to use?
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