Pedal Wrench (Park Tool)

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Pedal Wrench (Park Tool)

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This Park Tool PW5 pedal wrench is the same professional pedal wrench that we use in our electric bike repair shop in San Diego, California

This pedal wrench comes equipped with a nine sixteenths head along with a half inch pedal slot. It's also got a nice little hanging hole and really long lever. It tends to take quite a bit of force to get pedals on and off, so having a long 16 inch handle is beneficial to get the proper amount of force.

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Pedal Wrench

This Park Tool pedal wrench is the same professional pedal wrench that we use in our electric bike repair shop in San Diego, California

This pedal wrench comes equipped with a nine sixteenths head along with a half inch pedal slot. It's also got a nice little hanging hole and really long lever. It tends to take quite a bit of force to get pedals on and off, so having a long 16 inch handle is beneficial to get the proper amount of force.

How often would someone find themselves tightening or un-tightening a pedal?

As a rule of thumb, you should check every nut and bolt on your bike at least three times a year. Pedals can become loose over time due to excessive force and if your bike ever falls badly on its side. Generally, you will change or remove and replace your bike pedals anytime the pedal is worn out or broken. Riders will switch pedals on and off, depending on which bike they're riding, and whether they have special pedals for their cleats or shoes. Generally speaking, you will just use a pedal wrench to check that your pedals are firmly situated. 

Do you really need a bike pedal wrench?

You can't get the type of force by hand that you can with a pedal wrench, and you can't really use a standard wrench to tighten your pedals. Some pedals will receive a standard wrench, but with most bicycle pedals, the distance between the pedal itself and the crank arm, or where you apply the pedal wrench to, is too thin for a standard wrench. A standard wrench will bind up against the crank arm or against the pedal. Pedal wrenches are engineered specifically for installing pedals on bikes, and it’s important to use them as opposed to a regular wrench.

You don't need a pedal wrench to assemble your bike, but it is very helpful. Due to the specific design of the wrench, it allows you to tighten the pedal to a point where you can not get with a standard wrench. And then, like I said before, it's a certain thickness. So it'll often get into an area where a standard wrench can not.

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