Removing Straps from Bicycle Pedals

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Removing Straps from Bicycle Pedals
Remove the straps from your pedals when you are ready. (vtt 01 image by Philcopain from

There are two common types of bicycle pedal-strap combinations. One consists of a single strap that connects to both sides of the pedal at an angle, allowing the rider's foot to pass underneath it. The other style connects to a cage that surrounds the end of the rider's foot. Both styles do the same thing. Adults more commonly use the single-strap style, while the cage type is often found on a child's bicycle pedals. At some point, most of us abandon straps. When you are ready to take yours off, they are easy to remove with tools you should have in your garage.

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Things you need

  • 4mm Allen wrench
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Razor knife

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    Detach the setscrews that connect the strap to the pedal, using a 4mm Allen wrench. There is one screw on each side. One is at a diagonal, slightly above the pedal inside a small compression bracket that holds the end of the strap. The other one is on the other side, screwed straight into the pedal body. The strap will fall away once both screws are removed.

  2. 2

    Remove the remaining bracket on one side of the pedal using a Phillips screwdriver. There are two screws attaching the bracket to the pedal. Detach the screws, letting the bracket fall away.

  3. 3

    Remove any nuts or parts that may have come loose inside the pedal housing.

  1. 1

    Remove the two 4mm Allen setscrews in the ends of the strap. If the strap is riveted on, cut the strap with a razor knife and pull it free of the cage if you want to keep just the cage on the pedal.

  2. 2

    Unscrew and remove the four screws connecting the cage to the pedal, using either a 4mm Allen wrench or a Phillips screwdriver. One screw connects the cage to the pedal on each end of the pedal, and two screws connect the cage to the pedal along its horizontal edge.

  3. 3

    Pull the cage and strap assembly off the pedal.

Tips and warnings

  • If the cage assembly is riveted to the pedal, use a screwdriver and hammer to cut the end of the rivet off. Place the end of the screwdriver against the end of the rivet and hit it with a sharp tap of the hammer perpendicular to the rivet; this should pop the head off the rivet.
  • Some cage-and-strap assemblies use the same holes where small reflectors were originally installed. Pedal reflectors can now be reinstalled on the pedal for safety. If you can't find the original reflectors, pick some up at the local bike shop.

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