Every bike rider should be confident in their ability to install pedals correctly. Whether it’s swapping flats for clips, installing a new pair, or a routine safety check, riders at all levels deal with their pedals often. It’s not rocket science, but there are a couple factors that can trip you up. This quick video shows you all you need to know to get up to speed.
Identify your left and right pedals. Pedals are marked “L” and “R.” This is important because the left pedal is reverse-threaded (you’ll have to turn it counter-clockwise to tighten it).
Lightly coat the threads with grease. This will ensure a solid connection and easier removal down the road.
Thread the right pedal snugly onto the drive side crank arm first. Be sure to make sure your wrench is thin enough so as not to get caught between the pedal and the crank arm upon tightening. A dedicated pedal wrench works best.
Repeat with the left pedal. Remember those reverse-threads!