pedals don't fit

Discussion in 'Cycling Equipment' started by Arathald, Jul 29, 2005.

  1. Arathald

    Arathald New Member

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    I just bought a road bike at a garage sale: a barely used Huffy 626 12-speed for $10. When I first got it in, I looked at the tire pressure, and is says max 75 psi, so, I figured, low-end tires probably hold less pressure (they're 27" by 1.25", dont know if that makes a diff.). So I went on for about an hour making adjustents (deraillers, brakes, seat) and installing my comp on it, then the FedEx guy came with my shoes. So, excited to try out my new pedals, I det the box down, unpack my brand new Shimano M520's, take off the old pedals, then, when I tried to put in mine, they don't fit! They're just a little too big. Is there anything I can do about this (even if it involves ruining the bike as far as putting the original pedals back on, etc. its a cheap bike, i just don't wanna mess up the pedals).
     
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  2. Fat Hack

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    what type of cranks are they?

    do they have a thread measurement written on them?
     
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    This is a joke right? You are going to waste time trying to figure out how to put your new pedals on a bike you paid ten dollars for? Nothing wrong with saving money, but that is a little like kids that drive '82 rusted out Escorts with a 2K dollar stereo.
     
  5. Fat Hack

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    Oh my god, you need new cranks :)

    I don't know what the heck they are.

    You might have some problems getting stuff for that frame -- the bottom bracket looks a litte large (an odd size, maybe?).

    any chance you could get another bike?
     
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    The cranks look like "BMX" arms, 1/2", the pedals are 5/8", there is not enough meat in the crank arms to re-tap the threads to 5/8.

    Either use old pedals, or buy a new crankset, a TX71 Shimano and matching BB would be the go... :)
     
  7. 50mph

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    if you put clipless pedals on an old huffy you will break stuff. That will be way more power than the bike can handle. You will crack the frame, the crank, the bottom bracket, something serious is going to break if you ride that bike with clipless pedals. There's no way that bike can handle that kind of power.
     
  8. Arathald

    Arathald New Member

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    Hey, no need for an attitude. I have an extremely limited budget. I saw a bike that worked, it was really cheap. I'm 16 years old, I don't have the money for a custom whatever. If nothing else, I can resell the bike, or just use it until I find something better (without the clipless). And for you info, I do drive an escort, and their stock speaker system is pretty darn good, and the radio unit was less that $200.

    I don't appreciate being ridiculed for not being able to afford a nice bike, or for not knowing exactly what I'm doing (hey, I asked for help instead of trying to hammer the pedals in like I'm sure someone, somewhere has).

    I'm glad at least a few people here are decent enough to offer advice minus the judgment.

    Oh, and everyone else, thanks for the advice-- I'll start looking around garacge sales for another bike pronto. Anyone have any suggestions of something I should be looking for specifically (It seems that road bikes aren't very easy to find in my area....)?

    And can anything that fits the pedals handle the pressure?
     
  9. John M

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    You did the right thing in not ruining your pedals.

    That is BS that the bike can't handle the pressure of clipless pedals. While efficiency gained with clipless pedals, the absolute maximum force applied is not going to be much more. Unless you are a huge guy, or some incredible brute of a sprinter, or the bike is rusted out, the bike frame and components will probably withstand your pedaling.

    The problem with the bike that you have is that the threading of the crank does not match that of the pedal.

    Good luck. And any ride is probably better than no ride.
     
  10. Arathald

    Arathald New Member

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    Exactly.

    Thanks, I'm gonna go looking now. Wish me luck.
     
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    " You can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear" Enjoy you $10 Huffy as it is, and save the pedals for a better bike. When the day comes that you get a more expensive bike keep your Huffy and use it as a "beater". You're not going to chain up your new "TREK" at the mall when you go see a 4 hour movie, and find it there when you get out, but your good old Huffy will probably be there. Everybody needs a "beater" it's just that some people still don't know it!
     
  12. Doctor Morbius

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    They do that in Brasil too? I thought only the States had teenagers like that. I'm especially fond of the coffee can on the exhaust pipe trick that makes it sounds like a corvette engine ... yeah, right. :rolleyes:
     
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    First off, I wasn't trying to give an attitude, it makes no sense that you are trying to put $60 pedals on a $10 bike. Either you are nuts or you are a troll, perhaps both. If you are just nuts and not a troll, consider the fact that for $70 you could have gotten a bike that needed nothing.
     
  14. Arathald

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    The pedals were $30. the other $40 was for the shoes, which, because of sizing, were next to impossible to find used. And my bike bugdet is $40-$50,but I saw a working (nicely working, may I add) bike for $10, barely used, very comfy, and figured I'd get it, no harm done. The reason I'm investing more in the pedals than the bike is that many people I talked to told me that the most important thing is having clipless pedals, and that any working road bike should do for starters. The bike works basically the same way whether it costs $10 or $5000, but there's a huge difference between clipless and platform pedals, and one of the reasons I needed clipless isthat I'm using biking as cross-training (I'm a runner), and I need to have the full range of motion (circular, not just pushing). Plus, as already pointed out, any bike is better than no bike. I'm not a moron. I thought this through extensively. So get off my back.
     
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    Don't let the comments get to you, sometimes things come across harsher in writing than if the person were in front of you talking. Then again, some people may just lose all sense of civility when using forums. :)

    If I were you, I would either find different clipless pedals, or move to toe clips as a cheaper interim step until you find a different bike or a settle on a longer term solution.

    The toe clips would do the job. They worked just fine for years before the clipless pedals hit the market.

    Heck, the first track race I remember seeing in the late 70's, I seem to recall that there were toe clips in use by some of the riders. :p
     
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    for a moment there i thought you were english because they do it over here too! £500 for the car, £800 for the alloys, £1000 for the stereo...
     
  17. robkit

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    when i was 16 in circa 1990 i started riding with a very old bike (we're talking late 70's, no joke) but the thing is in the long run it cost me a lot because no upgrades were compatible with a lot of the '[email protected]' sizings (as compared to modern bikes), i'd typically have to upgrade 3 things instead of just 1.

    my honest advice - sell this one on and buy something more modern.
     
  18. Arathald

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    exactly what I'm doing. There's a big church yard sale tomorrow morning, so I'm beating the rush of Mexicans (no, not a racist comment, I'm hispanic too-- hey those Mexicans generally know where to find a good deal) and getting there as soon as it opens, and this time im bringing a wrench and one of my pedals with me, just to be sure :p

    I stuck the clipless on my dad's hybrid today and rode around on them a bit. It didn't take me long to get used to clipping in and getting out of them, and I seem to have no trouble at all with it. But, knowing how things work, I'm gonna ride out one day, fall unexpectedly, and learn not to be so sure of myself... Or hopefully I'll actually be used to them enough by then. Well, here's hoping.
     
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    Estate sales are good, too. And the "block sales" that neighborhoods hold sometimes with everyone on the street involved. You might uncover a gem. It happens. Good luck (and sell the Huffy :D ).
     
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    You could use pedal adaptors from harris cyclery: http://sheldonbrown.com/harris/pedals.html
    "New! 9/16" to 1/2" Pedal Thread Adaptors $44.95
    These adaptor bushings have a male 1/2"-20 thread to fit into your one-piece crank, and a standard 9/16"-20 female thread that will let you install standard 9/16" pedals, even modern clipless pedals.
    These install with a standard 6 mm Allen wrench. "
     
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