1. The most important thing about buying a new bike is to make sure it fits. The only way you'll know if the bike is right for you is to size up the bike and make sure that the bike's geometry matches your body's geometry. Ask questions and do some research.
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    How to take pedals off?

    I have a Hardrock Sport. I just bought some new pedals -- clipless on one side, platform on the other. And now I can't get the original pedals out of the crankarms! My wrenches are too wide to grab only the 9/16 bolt; they grab some of the pedal too. What's the trick? And someone mentioned that righty-tighty, lefty-loosey doesn't is backwards for pedals? What's that about?
    Any tricks to getting off the old pedals?

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    As far as "righty tighty" thing not working, the pedals are reverse threaded. Try rotating the other way.

    Wrench too wide? What kind of wrench are you using?

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    Grind the wrench thinner at the jaw or get

    Quote Originally Posted by ecox
    I have a Hardrock Sport. I just bought some new pedals -- clipless on one side, platform on the other. And now I can't get the original pedals out of the crankarms! My wrenches are too wide to grab only the 9/16 bolt; they grab some of the pedal too. What's the trick? And someone mentioned that righty-tighty, lefty-loosey doesn't is backwards for pedals? What's that about?
    Any tricks to getting off the old pedals?
    a pedal wrench, Sometimes cracking them free is a biatch but remember

    Rt side/drive side is normal thread (counter clockwise to loosen) and

    Lt side is backwards (clockwise to loosen)

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    Oops!

    Quote Originally Posted by Bike Nazi
    a pedal wrench, Sometimes cracking them free is a biatch but remember

    Rt side/drive side is normal thread (counter clockwise to loosen) and

    Lt side is backwards (clockwise to loosen)
    TRUE
    My mistake, only the left side is reverse.

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