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Pedals have two sets of ball bearings; there is one set more or less at each "end" of the pedal. These bearings are often not adjustable, and our standards for them aren't nearly as high as on other bearings on the bike. The criteria for pedals being ok are that they should have bearings, and the pedal should not be otherwise broken, or missing parts (most often the end caps).

Toe clips and straps

Some pedals are made for these and some aren't. For purposes of evaluating the pedal, they don't make any difference - if they are on, but broken, or if one pedal in a pair has a clip and the other doesn't, it makes no difference. They can be removed or replaced, so judge the pedal on its other aspects
[picture of pedal with clip and strap to show what they are]


You can check the bearings in the pedal by turning the spindle, and then by trying to wiggle it up and down. If the axle won't turn, the pedal is probably bad, since it could be rusted together inside. If it seems otherwise in good shape, or even un-used, the grease is just dried out, and can be softened with some light oil. If it turns ok, but moves up and down a lot when you wiggle the spindle, it may not have bearings. Hold it by the spindle and shake it around. If the sound it makes is more of a "click", it probably has loose bearings. If it really rattles, it is missing the bearings, and you should throw it out. Finally, hold teh pedal and turn the spindle while looking at it from the threaded end: if the spindle seems to wobble, it is bent, and not useable.
[picture of pedal to show what the spindle is?]

Broken parts

If any part of the cage (the body of the pedal) is broken, or if parts are missing (ber sure to look for the caps on the outside end), the pedal is not useable.

Created by: admin. Last Modification: Wednesday 31 of January, 2007 02:03:13 UTC by JSheehan.