How to install look keo pedals

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How to install look keo pedals
Look introduced its first automatic pedal in 1983. (Oli Scarff/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

At first glance, a pair of bicycle pedals appear identical. Each Look Keo pedal includes a platform for the foot and an axle around which the platform rotates. A series of threads at the tip of each pedal allows the pedal to attach to the crank arm. Don't be fooled, however -- one pedal features reverse threads, and installation of this pedal differs slightly from the other pedal. Installing your Look Keo pedals correctly protects the threads and ensures a secure fit between the pedal axle and crank arm.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Waterproof bicycle grease
  • 6mm Allen key

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  1. 1

    Dab waterproof bicycle grease onto your finger. Cover the threads at the end of each pedal axle with the grease.

  2. 2

    Join the threads of the right Look Keo pedal axle to the threads on the right crank arm. The right pedal is labelled "D/R."

  3. 3

    Rotate the axle clockwise to seat the threads.

  4. 4

    Insert a 6mm Allen key into the pedal axle tip. Turn the Allen key toward the front of the bike to tighten the axle.

  5. 5

    Attach the threads of the left Look Keo pedal axle to the threads on the left crank arm. The left pedal is labelled "G/L."

  6. 6

    Turn the axle counter-clockwise to seat the threads. The threads on the left pedal run in a reverse direction. Turning the axle counter-clockwise tightens the axle onto the crank.

  7. 7

    Press the 6mm Allen key into the tip of the left pedal axle. Turn the Allen key toward the front of the bicycle to tighten the pedal axle onto the crank.

Tips and warnings

  • Prior to installation of the pedal, use a rag or brush to clean the crank arm threads in order to ensure the tightest fit.

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