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How to Install Pedals

Posted by Matt Wells on

Before using your new Framed bicycle you will need to install a set of pedals on the crank arms. The right(drive side) pedal has a different thread pattern than the left(non-drive side) pedal. It is VERY IMPORTANT the pedals are installed on the correct crank arms. If the pedals are not installed properly, irreparable damage will most likely occur.

    1. Apply a light layer of bearing grease to the threads of each pedal spindle.
    2. Identify the right and left pedal. Often “R” (right, drive side) and “L” (left, non-drive side) are stamped on the end of the pedal spindle identifying which pedal is which. If there is not a clear stamp of “R” and “L” on your pedal spindle, please refer to the manufacturer for details on how to identify the orientation of your pedals.
    3. Install the “R” drive side pedal by inserting the spindle into the drive side crank arm and turning the spindle clockwise to tighten. Use your fingers to start the threading process. If the spindle is not easily threading into the crank arm, stop and start over. Then, after you are confident the pedal spindle threads are inline with the threads in the crank arm you can use a wrench to tighten the pedal and torque to specs.
    4. LEFT PEDAL IS REVERSE THREADED. Install the “L” non-drive side pedal by inserting the spindle into the drive side crank arm and TURNING THE SPINDLE COUNTER-CLOCKWISE TO TIGHTEN. Use your fingers to start the threading process. If the spindle is not easily threading into the crank arm, stop and start over. Then, after you are confident the pedal spindle threads are inline with the threads in the crank arm you can use a wrench to tighten the pedal and torque to specs.


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