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    Pedal maintenance question

    I recently managed to destroy 2 of the bearings in my platform pedals after they seized during hard pedaling (I blame the muddy water from last weekend's ride). Does anyone know where to get replacement balls? Didn't know if the balls were a standard size or change from manufacturer to manufacturer. The races look undamaged so it seems much cheaper to repair than replace. Thanks.

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    Collect the bearings, or at least one bearing, and head to a shop. They should have the ability to, a) size the bearing for you, and b) have bulk bearings on hand. Make sure you count the bearings and get the quantity that you need. If you think you may have lost a few, count what you have and then get 10 more than that. They're not very expensive, maybe .05 to .10 each. Pedal bearings are usually quite small, but there isn't a single standard size. There a 2 or 3 common sizes that are used. Which size you have depends on the pedal manufacturer. So you will need to get the correct size bearings as the races will be sized specifically for that diameter of bearing. Oh, and make sure you use a good water proof grease when you repack em. Not all greases are specifically water proof and will wash out when subjected to water. Something like Marine grease, used for boat trailer wheel bearings works well.

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    I have some heavy lithium grease I've used in other bearing applications. Would that be suitable for repacking these pedals?

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    i use car bearing grease

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cerberus044 View Post
    Does anyone know where to get replacement balls?
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