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How to avoid stiffening bearings
on 6 April 2013
Mindful of reviews complaining of stiffening bearings, I examined my new pairs of pedals closely.
It was immediately obvious that the pedals had been assembled without any lubrication at all. If you tried to spin the pedals, they stopped after a couple of rotations, making the clear sounds of dry bearings.
I couldn't find an obvious way of getting at the bearings (so I could apply good quality motor grease) so I dribbled oil down the spindle, and into the bearing, rotating the pedals all the time. After a few minutes the initial roughness had disappeared, and the pedals rotated freely, going at least 10 rotations before stopping.
Presumably, the black plastic cap opposite the threaded end of the spindle can be removed to service the bearings, but there's no obvious way of getting that out without prying, and that would damage the seal. If anyone knows an easy way to remove these caps, I'd be grateful if you told me.
Whilst I was at it, I also greased the moving parts of the pedal folding mechanism, so now it operates very easily.
If you follow my advice, then please ensure that you wipe away any lubricant which finds its way onto the surface of the pedalling area. Any oil/grease on the pedals can lead to unpleasant injury to your shins, or worse (the voice of experience here...)