Clipless pedals increase pedalling efficiency by allowing you to pull up as well as pushing down when you pedal.
They are a must for any serious road cyclist or mountain biker, and fitting them to your bike is easy when you know how.
What you need
- A pair of clipless pedals to fit – check out our buyer’s guide on how to choose clipless pedals
- A pedal spanner
- An appropriately sized hex key
Need to stock up on tools before you start? You can purchase the Park Tools used in the video at a number of dealers across the UK and internationally.
What to do
We’ve put together a couple of video guides on how to fit clipless pedals on a road bike and a mountain bike. You can also follow the written instructions below.
Video: How to fit clipless pedals to a road bike
Video: How to fit clipless pedals to a mountain bike
Remove your old pedals
Start by removing the old pedals from the bike. Remember that the left-hand pedal has a reverse thread so both pedals will tighten in the same direction – or as you pedal.
Apply grease and fit washers
Once you’ve removed the old pedals, apply some grease to the threads of the new pedals and fit pedal washers if you have them.
Check your left and right
Pedals are right- and left-specific and will have an R or an L printed on them to show which is which. It’s vital not to get the pedals mixed up, as they have different threads, and trying to attach the wrong one will mean permanent damage that may end up with you having to replace the pedals or the cranks
Fit your new pedals
Take one of your pedals and insert the thread into the crank of the correct side. Start turning the pedal by hand, but when it becomes tight you will need to finish it off with a hex key or pedal spanner.
There is no torque setting for pedals, but when the thread stops turning, you’re pretty much there. They will self-tighten when you start pedaling so just getting them to finger-tight is ok if you are stuck without tools.
Make adjustments if needed
There isn’t a lot to adjust on a pedal once it’s fitted, apart from the tension screw. This small screw adjusts the tension of the clipless mechanism.
If you’re new to clipless pedals, you might be better off running a looser setting to start with. Alternatively, if you find your feet are pulling out of the pedals, you might want to tighten them up.
To do this, wind out the lug screw fully, then retighten – as you tighten, you’ll notice clicks – these will help you to get one pedal how you like it and then match the other side to it, by counting the clicks.
If you haven’t already fitted the cleats to your shoes, look for the link in the video description for a guide on how to do this.