The Club

By: Chanoch Redlich

January 11, 2011 (FR) 0 comments Category:Behind the Scenes (FR) Tags:, ,

I’ve gradually begun noticing the trend… I never ride the same bike two days straight. No, it’s not because I have lots of test bikes on loan from the store (mostly never more than three bikes at the same time), but rather because I simply own lots of bicycles. Oh, it’s also because I have the tendency to find interesting new ways to take apart and reattach pedals from bicycles. That’s just the way it is when you have just three different bike pedals and ten bicycles in your storage shed at any given time.

Okay, nix the road bikes and it’s just eight bikes.

Over the years I’ve perfected the art of dismantling bike pedals. It’s all about which tools you have and the type of pedals you’re dismantling.

Assuming that you are “serious” about bicycling, it’s safe to surmise that you already know that there is one type of pedal with reverse threading.

It’s also safe to assume that, like me, you learned about this pedal in the worst possible way – you ruined your left crank arm. You are not alone…

If you have a pedal that can be dismantled and installed with a 15-wrench – then more power to you. In most cases, 15-wrenches are long enough to use as “leverage” for easing open a strongly bolted pedal. If your pedal requires an 8 mm Allen wrench – you’re still in a relatively good situation, even though you have to loosen the pedal from its inner side, we’re still talking about a big wrench. Big and long enough to act as “leverage” to open difficult pedals.

The problems start when you have a pedal that can only be opened with a 6 mm Allen wrench. If you are among those riders with the dangerous affliction of 6 mm pedals, your life has been condemned to a perpetual hell of two day pedal disassembling ceremonies. These ceremonies are known for their bitter tears, cold sweats and the use of 80’s style MacGyver tactics.

The problems grow in direct relation to the size of the Allen wrench, the difficult access to the hellish pedals, and because of the impulse to try and take them apart with an incompatible Allen set.

Leverage? None. Decent access? Not a chance. Bleeding gashes on your right arm from the inevitable rendezvous with oily, painfully sharp spokes while trying to take apart the right pedal? Check. Double-check. Triple-check.

Welcome to the shadiest club in the bicycle industry – the international club for scars from removing pedals.

I’ve been waiting for you.

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