Monday, October 6, 2014

Pedal Update to Trek Antelope 830

Bottom:Tioga Surefoot VI, Top: Sakae/Ringyo (SR) SP-152
After initial wrangling and wrenching on 30-year old pedals (bottom in photo) in hopes of regreasing bearings and tightening bolts, I set the project aside for a while. Then upon a kind reader's suggestion, I tried to loosen and remove 4 Allen head screws, a painstaking and seemingly unnecessary task, if you ask me - other pedals don't require this kind of finesse - and yet, is imperative to allow space to insert a ratchet on spindle nut. If properly done, the pedal would come apart in two sections: an inner part resembling an "H" and the outer "U" shaped wraparound. Except, with many frozen screwheads, lacking patience, and the reality that I sometimes have to let go of old but loved pedals (bye bye cool grease-ports) I decided to replace them altogether. The pedals are not totally trashed and may still have life in them as a back up pair (one is in okay shape). I saved the toe-clips for later use.

SP-152 pedals, original to Peugeot UO-14.
I looked into ordering similar pedals to what I have on the Miyata, MKS AR-2. I am amazed that the model is still available after 30 years. However, as a last resort, I scavenged boxes of  parts and came up with pedals I'd removed from my brother's Peugeot. Better to reuse whenever possible.

The pedals came with metal toe-clips, not my preference, so with tiny wrenches, and a cry of help to my husband for his strength (he held the screwdriver tightly while I slowly turned tiny bolts), we freed the rattraps. I planned to use plastic toe-clips (saved from the old pedals), however, I hadn't realized that the two holes where clips attach are in unique positions. Metal clips secure on top of pedal, while the plastic version has a 90 degree bend, which latches to side of pedal (see above photo).

Plastic mountain-style toe clips have wider toe box. Metal version pinches my bike
 sandals, especially on recent bike overnight. I will adjust metal with pliers.
With a deep breath (in another session) I replaced the original toe clips, this time with new screws and bolts. As with any bike project, it's easier completing a task the second time around.

I like the simple uni-body design. The spindle protector has strategic arc cutout, allowing a socket wrench to fit, should the pedal require future regreasing. This feature seems like a no-brainer to me. I also like the recessed reflectors. Often reflectors protrude and are easily broken within the first year of use.

Who knew that dealing with pedals would become a four session, hours-long process? It almost made me weep. It almost made me go out and buy cheap, plastic pedals. Almost.


  1. I'd say that was excessive work, but I've spent hours with my pedals, too. And I bought two different pedal-specific tools--MKS wrench, Shimano TL-PD40. And a pedal clamp to fit in my vice. So I should probably not talk. They're worth it when the roll quiet and silky.

  2. I have a difficult time figuring things out, so much so, that I don't know when to quit or when to just go out and buy knew parts. Frugality and time versus money. I guess we all have different tolerances.

  3. When I used to ride with clips, as I passed the strap through the pedal I gave it a complete twist, it stops the strap from moving.


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