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Clockwise or counterclockwise to remove pedals?(21 posts)

Clockwise or counterclockwise to remove pedals?mmaggi
Jul 31, 2002 5:56 AM
I have LOOK 357 pedals on a Campy Chorus crank that I need to remove in order to pack my bike for a trip.

Before I ruin anything I just want to make sure if I need to turn clockwise or counter in order to remove them. My guess is counterclockwise as is with mostly everything.

Thanks in advance and sorry for the stupid question.
re: Clockwise or counterclockwise to remove pedals?ClydeTri
Jul 31, 2002 6:05 AM
assuming Campy are like Shimano...are they? They would be this way..on the crank on the same side as the chain, you turn them counter clockwise to remove..on the side opposite the chain, you turn them clockwise to remove..done this way to prevent them from backing out while riding...
Always pull toward rear of bike to remove. (nm)Quack
Jul 31, 2002 6:13 AM
Jul 31, 2002 6:16 AM
I have read somewhere that bikes with "Italian" bottom brackets were not threaded in a way that that would work. This true?
Jul 31, 2002 6:18 AM
That is not true. I've got Italian threaded and English threaded BBs currently. They are the same to get the pedals off.
Not according to Sheldon!ClydeTri
Jul 31, 2002 7:03 AM
I found this link..and I have recently read elsewhere the same info.
He's talking about....No_sprint
Jul 31, 2002 7:09 AM
BB insertion, not pedal installation/removal direction.

Pedal installation/removal is definitely the same on all the Italian thread and English thread bikes I've owned.
Always pull toward rear of bike to remove. (nm)mmaggi
Jul 31, 2002 6:25 AM
I think I remember someone else telling me this.

Turn the wrench to rear of the bike to remove the pedal.

I'll give it a try.

Thanks again.
Except when south of the Equator.jtolleson
Jul 31, 2002 6:32 AM
Just kidding. Always to the rear. It has just enough of a "mnemonic device" quality that I've always had been luck remembering it as "to the front to put on, to the rear to remove" ... as if "to the front" is like getting ready to ride.
This should help...SS_MB-7
Jul 31, 2002 6:28 AM
From the always-useful-and-trust Park website, Installing and Removing Pedals

Ride Hard,
Mike B.
Thanks alotmmaggi
Jul 31, 2002 6:40 AM
Now I got it.

Thank you all for your help.
FYI- historical background.SnowBlind
Jul 31, 2002 7:07 AM
The reason pedals are this way goes back to fixed gears and bad parts.
The theory is that if the (crappy)bearings in the pedal seized while you were strapped to the pedals (no clipless pedals!), the forward motion of the bike would unscrew the pedal from the crank, instead of unscrewing your ankle, knee or hip.
Sounds pretty gruesome, having your leg stuck in the pedals while the cranks spin at 110 rpm...
back off!tarwheel
Jul 31, 2002 8:24 AM
This is an easy way to remember -- Back Off!
or, righty righty tighty, lefty righty loosey? nmDougSloan
Jul 31, 2002 8:31 AM
LOL! nmNo_sprint
Jul 31, 2002 8:38 AM
that only works on the crank sidetarwheel
Jul 31, 2002 10:04 AM
on the non-drive side, it's righty loosey and leftie tighty
that's what I said...DougSloan
Jul 31, 2002 10:07 AM
righty (right side) righty tighty, lefty (left side) righty loosey!!!
sorry, my bad ...tarwheel
Jul 31, 2002 10:12 AM
I didn't read your message closely enough. You can tell I'm not a lawyer!
pedal forward to remove...AaronL
Jul 31, 2002 8:40 AM
Put the wrench on, turn the cranks forward to remove.

Do the opposite to instal. Works for both sides and it's the only way i can remember to do it.
"Back it out"off roadie
Jul 31, 2002 8:53 AM
That's the mnemonic I use for pedal removal. With the cranks held stationay, you can always rotate the pedal wrench towards the rear of the bike from the 12 o'clock position to remove the pedal.
Aug 1, 2002 7:21 AM
There will be a letter stamped on the spindle of the pedal, right by the wrench flat. If it says "R" or "D" (french, for the word droite), this is a conventional right-handed thread. The letter "L" or "G" (for gauche) is a left-threaded, which loosens clockwise.