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Old 3-speed pedals...can I overhaul them? Help! [o](8 posts)

Old 3-speed pedals...can I overhaul them? Help! [o]girchygirchy
May 4, 2003 10:22 AM
I'll be heading out in a few days to get some bits and pieces for an old project bike, including some new bearings for its pedals. So I figured I'd take apart the pedals on my other project bike, a '73 3-speed, which need overhauling badly. Here's the type of pedals it has:

So I removed them and pried off the outer platform, only to find that there are no threaded fasteners on the outer end holding the spindle together. Crap. To illustrate what's going on, here's a picture of the bike side of the spindle...

And a view of the outer spindle side, with lack of threaded fastener shown...

SOL I'm afraidWalter
May 4, 2003 12:21 PM
Those rubber pedals were never intended to be overhauled I'm afraid. I remember seeing some break back in the old days but don't recall anyone ever, successfully, taking a pair apart and getting them back together.

When it comes to 3 speeds the best sources I know of on the net are:

Menotomy Vintage Cycles
Harris Cyclery
That's what I thought, sigh...girchygirchy
May 4, 2003 2:19 PM
Maybe I'll try hammering the thing together more, to tighten it. But I'm sure it'll need replacing sometime, so I might as well bite the bullet. I'm going to see how much the Electra pedals cost, they look pretty authentic. Hopefull they'll be cheaper than the $25 ones on Harris' website. Thanks!
That's what I thought, sigh...M_Currie
May 5, 2003 4:26 PM
I'm not at home at the moment, so I can't tell you if I have any of those lying around, but there's a good chance I do, and if so I don't need them. I'll try to check it out in a couple of days. Nag me if I don't get back to you by sometime around Thursday night.
Great! Just one thing....girchygirchy
May 5, 2003 8:25 PM
You probably figured this out, but just in case, mine are smaller than modern pedals, I guess they're 1/2" compared to 9/16". Just making sure, since I don't know if the 1/2" was the standard size for the old pedals like that.

I'll nag if I don't hear anything, thanks a lot!

1/2 rubber pedals aren't hard to findStraightblock
May 6, 2003 7:32 AM
It's the standard crank/pedal thread on most BMX bikes & any inexpensive bike with one-piece cranks. I've seen black rubber pedals at Target & WallyMart in the "bike & toy" department, as well as the LBS, and they sure must be cheaper than $25 plus shipping. You shouldn't have to mailorder something as simple as this.
I know, but...girchygirchy
May 7, 2003 7:04 AM
I just found out my LBS can order them for $10, which is great. But I was trying to keep the classic patina with the bike, and use either the original or period-correct parts. I thought about Wal Mart and Target too, but I'd rather spend my money at the LBS. So if I can't find any originals, I'll go for the LBS ones.
I gave up on those miserable things decades ago ...Humma Hah
May 13, 2003 9:26 AM
Hang on to the old ones "for show", that is, on the off chance that you'd ever put the bike into a museum, you would have the correct parts. For that, it does not matter that the bearings are roached.

But don't try to actually RIDE a bike equipped with them if you value your shins. I remember 'em with pain, especially if your shoes ever got wet.

They're most likely 1/2" UNF threads, commonly available in modern BMX pedals (which I use on the cruiser). Modern platforms like the Diamondback Bigfoot are worlds better than old rubber block pedals.