Your flat pedals sometimes lead a rather hard existence. They bash against rocks, have to deal with you moving your feet on them in the grittiest conditions, transfer your vigorous pedalling into forward motion and take the initial impact when you hit the jumps.
So all in all, they sometimes need a little bit of extra TLC. Today, we are going to look at the simple yet important ‘How to…’ of replacing the pins in our super popular alloy flat pedal (for example CC-PED07F - order here) that comes with 20 pins per pedal. As the next ‘How to…’ we will check out how to service and to replace the bushings and bearings on the same pedal…but more about that in a little while.
Most of the time you might only need to replace one or maybe a hand full of pins (due to wear, impact or loss of) and to do that we offer a simple and super affordable pin kit (CC-PEDPIN01 - order here) that gives you 22 pins – enough to do a whole pedal and a bit more.
1.) What you need for the job; Allen key set (with a 2mm Allen key), your pedal and our replacement pedal pin kit.
2.) Take the pins out of the pack and get your Allen key ready.
3.) Insert the 2mm Allen key into the pin and turn it anti-clockwise till the pin has come out of the pedal body. If the Allen key hole is blocked or damaged, simply use a set of pliers to unscrew the pin.
4.) Get your new pin ready. Make sure that the pedal is undamaged where you intend to fit the new pin and that the area is clean and the hole is not filled with dirt or grit.
5.) Take your 2mm Allen key, ‘load it’ with your new pin, and screw the new pin into the hole in a clockwise direction until it is tight. Please make you don’t over tighten the pin as it might damage the pedal and/or the pin.
6.) You can use a low to medium strength Loctite to prevent the pins from coming loose over time.
7.) All done, ready to hit the trails.
Next time – ‘How to service and replace the bushing and bearing’ on our alloy pedals.
Please note that our ‘How to…’ guides are only advisory and that we cannot be held accountable for any damage or cost in relation to this article. If you use the information in this document, you take full responsibility for the outcome. If you are at all unsure please have a qualified bicycle mechanic do this job for you. Incorrect installation can lead to failure and serious injury.