Monday, October 23, 2006

Getting those pesky pedals off

TriBikeTransport requires the pedals to be removed before taking the bike for shipment to Ironman Florida. OK, fair enough. But it's a real challenge when those pedals haven't been off in a couple of years and have been tightened on with every pedal stroke!

I do have a pedal wrench (uh, thanks for the tip, Flatman, yeah, that's step one) and went at it.

I thought hard and remembered the correct way to turn them to remove them: Taking off the bike pedals - it's BACK = off (pedal wrench at 12 o'clock goes toward the back of the bike) and FORWARD = on.

Still no result. They were stuck on there like concrete.

So I put out an all-points-bulletin to my email lists for help. Am I doing it wrong?

Within minutes I had several helpful responses. Yes, I was turning them correctly.

Special thanks to:
THAT WORKED! Off they came. I cleaned them and put them in a ziplock and then straight into the gear bag.

Yay! READY TO GO!! ON TO IRONMAN FLORIDA!!

What did we ever do without the Internet??

THANKS AGAIN!

3 comments:

Flatman said...

Yes, thank you Al Gore, for inventing it...

(glad you got the pedals off)

It would have been a pity for you to miss your race because you couldn't transport your bike! ;)

Fe-lady said...

I think the tricky part is getting them back on without stripping them...but it sounds like you will have no problem!
I think I will ship my bike to a bike store and have them put it back together for me- I am SO lazy and not into working on bikes anymore!
Good luck! I can't believe the race is just around the corner for you all! YEAH!

Fe-lady said...

DUH- I just read your previous post! I guess I will still have to take my bake APART, unless I let our local shop do that part too!