Just thought I'd post my experience here reconditioning my year-old Candy 1 pedals. This is a very straightforward and simple 30 minute project and will likely extend the life of your pedals. Mine were feeling a little gritty, which prompted this exercise, and now they feel new again.
Tools you will need:
1) flat-head screw driver
2) 8mm hex wrench
3) 8mm socket/driver
4) waterproof grease
5) isopropyl alcohol (not pictured)
6) sharp box knife
7) small screwdriver (to use as a bearing press) not pictured
8) a cold beer
1. Remove pedal end cap.
2. Counter-loosen the nut under the end cap with the 8mm hex and 8mm socket on either end. Lefty-loosy.
3. Remove the nut. Pedal axle should slide out with ease. Put both aside for now.
4. Stand the pedal on end with the bearing (threaded) side down. Insert long end of hex wrench into the pedal body shaft and gently press down or tap lightly with a hammer to release the bearing. The bearing should pop out without much resistance.
5. Surface clean the bearing with a cloth or paper towel just to get any residual dirt or grease off of it.
6. There are two bearing seals on either side which are easily removed if you have a steady hand and are careful. *Gently* wedge the box knife blade on the outside ID of one of the seals and pry up. The seal will lift up with very little resistance as well. Now the bearings are exposed.
7. Now take your small screwdriver or a toothpick and dab some of the waterproof grease into the bearing recesses. Mine weren't too bad but I added grease anyways.
8. Replace the bearing seal with your fingers (not the knife). Flip the bearing over and repeat steps 6 and 7.
9. Now onto the pedal axle. Slide off the rubber seal (pay attn how it sits on the axle) and clean it with some dish soap and warm water. Set it aside.
10. Clean off the pedal axle with some isopropyl alcohol. Get all the gunk and old grease off.
11. Re-insert the rubber seal you removed in step 9 and proceed to re-grease the axel. I applied pretty liberally, especially to the bushing and bearing seat areas. Set the axle aside.
12. Place your now-reconditioned bearing in the end of the pedal in came out from and insert a small screwdriver through the bearing hole. You can press it in by hand but I used a small hammer to re-seat the bearing into the pedal body. Just a couple of taps.
Fully seated (9-10mm deep)
13. Re-insert the pedal axle into the pedal body and attach the nut you removed in step 2. Tighten firmly, not crazy-tight.
14. Put the endcap back on and wipe off any excess grease. You're done!
** Don't forget to reinstall your pedal washers **
No you've reconditioned your Candy 1s and it didn't cost you anything.
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