Pedal Problems

When my right pedal broke, I thought it would be a straightforward matter to replace it.  Wrong! For some reason my right pedal, unlike the left, (yes I know, odd pedals) was a different size to the usual and too big for my pedal spanner.

So it had to be an adjustable, and this didn’t give me enough leverage….

Give me a lever long enough…..

Putting Archimedes to the test meant extending the length of my lever:

This gave me a six foot long spanner, which still didn’t do the job …

Admitting defeat I headed off to my LBS  (Local Bike Shop) which on this occasion (I have a choice of LBS’s) was Supreme Cycles in Crewe. Returning an hour later  they had succeeded – I didn’t ask how.  Probably had the right tool for the job.








Supreme Cycles have only once turned down a job for me, when the seat post on this same bike was well and truly attached to the frame and wouldn’t budge.  I had to sort that out myself, and the solution involved lumphammers, drilling, and very long levers….


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2 Responses to Pedal Problems

  1. Chandra says:

    I have resorted to using a long pipe over a spanner sometimes. I have also had some luck with WD-40 to loosen any rust and grime.

    Glad you got it sorted out!

    Peace 🙂

    PS. I notice the cycle shop is a Dawes delay – Hooray!

  2. Thanks Chandra, I tried plenty of WD 40 without any luck. I think the problem was the adjustable spanner being slightly ‘loose’ so with enough force it slipped and started to round the nut. At one point I started to think I’d have to get a new chainwheel….

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