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How bad is it to swap out pedals constantly?(10 posts)

How bad is it to swap out pedals constantly?speedisgood
Jan 27, 2003 10:17 AM
Is it bad to swap pedals between 2 bikes a couple times a week or so? This is assuming aluminum cranks and Speedplay stainless axles. I'm trying to decide whether I need to spring for another set of pedals for a new bike.
good thread. will be interested in the answers. nmJS Haiku Shop
Jan 27, 2003 10:26 AM
(read Yoda-cryptic): Yes, threads good you will need;-)nmSpunout
Jan 27, 2003 10:30 AM
Hrrrmmm, yes, strong is the Force in that one :-) nmSkidoo
Jan 27, 2003 7:49 PM
OK. if you don't crossthread or overtighten...nmrwbadley
Jan 27, 2003 11:54 AM
I have never worried about itPODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Jan 27, 2003 11:55 AM
I used to have to change my pedals constantly between my road and track bike. Didn't bother me... it'd take a lot of talent to strip the threads out of a good Shimano or Campy crank and if you do I think as long as you don't disclose how much you changed the pedals they would probably warrantee it.

However, on my mountain bike which has Race Face Next LP cranks I'm a bit more cranky but I think thats only because they are powdercoated and I don't want to ruin the pain too much :)

I think in the end its just a matter of being sure to tighten them only as much as they need to and keep the threads greased.

Just my 2 cents from experience,
Nick (still on probation)
I didn't either.dzrider
Jan 27, 2003 12:06 PM
Then one evening I was removing a drive side crank arm and I found myself holding a crank puller full of threads and a threadless, Shimano 105 crank. I know its a different task, but it made me a lot less confident in the strength of aluminum threads.
Thats differentPODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Jan 27, 2003 12:25 PM
Crank pullers are tricky... since your pulling directly on the aluminum threads it isn't fun. Thats why if I ever have to take my cranks off I just take it to the LBS. They have much more experience than I do.

But with pedals there is a stop where the pedal cannot go any further into the crank. As long as you only tighten about a quarter of a turn after theres some resistance you'll be fine.

I do it all the time with the same pedals you haveTig
Jan 27, 2003 12:10 PM
I swap a pair of X-2's between my regular road bike and my fixed gear a few times per week (both have aluminum Shimano cranks). No need to buy a second set of pedals. As long as you keep the threads greased and don't over torque, all should be fine. I've found that only a little torque is all it takes to keep pedals secure. Too many people "gorilla-grip" their pedal spindle's torque.

The only thing I'll wear out is my old 15mm cone wrench until I buy a pedal wrench.
spring for the new pedalsColnagoFE
Jan 28, 2003 8:11 AM
what a pain having to swap pedals twice a week. i'd go for the extra set of pedals. that way you can just hop on and ride.