Popping Pedals

Discussion in 'rec.sport.unicycling' started by evil-nick, Jun 11, 2004.

  1. evil-nick

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    Hey all, this may have been answered before, but I couldn't find it...
    I just got a Nimbus 24" Muni, and I've noticed that after hard riding
    (lots of torque on hills, or bunny-hopping a lot) the pedals start
    popping, badly enough that I can feel the pop with my feet. I checked
    the pedal's tightness, but they seem tight, and I can't usually get them
    either tighter.

    Thanks all!


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  2. unigamer

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  3. Robbie

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  4. There's more to tighten (and clean) than just the connection between
    pedal and crank. If you can, open up the pedals and clean out and
    re-grease the bearings, etc, then tighten it back up and put the pedal
    back on. It may be worth taking them to a bike shop and getting them to
    do it as they'll know how tight to tighten the insides.

    Andrew


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  5. evil-nick

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    Cranks should be tight, unicycle.com put 'em on for shipping... I've
    only had it a week, but it didn't seem to do it today...


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  6. LessIsMore

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    I have the same problem on one of my Nimbus 26". I tightened up the
    pedals and the cranks today, I hope the "pop" is gone tomorrow...
    I get the "pop" on my right pedaly only, about when I go through 2:00
    I have an older Nimbus 26" and a new 24" (three kids!) that have not
    shown any popping yet. Is it because I am trying to learn to hop?
    Do you do many drops or much hopping?

    Popping in San Diego :(


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  8. unigamer

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    That's kind of spookey. My right pedal pops at exactly 2:00 to. I hope
    there isn't some kind of defect in all the latest ones. I couldn't get
    my dad to be able to fix it becasue he really needs to ride the uni to
    know the problem. (and he can't ride). I find the problem comes on and
    off.


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  9. evil-nick

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    It happens a lot when I've been hopping a lot... I was practising left
    foot forward hopping a lot this week, and my (competent) left foot
    forward hop. Lotsa poppage after that. Yesterday I actually hit
    trails, with little or no poppage that I recall.


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  10. LessIsMore

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    Well, I tried tightening the pedals, but still got popping. Since I am
    riding with my three sons and we have two Nimbus 26" Munis, I swapped
    right pedals, hoping to find out if it was the crank/hub or pedal...

    Neither Unicycle now pops... (Although my son was riding the one with
    the formerly popping pedal, I only tried it briefly)

    Go figure.

    Actually, thinking about it, Andrew may be on to something with his
    advice to take the pedal apart and re-pack with grease, perhaps the
    bearing is just a little loose?

    That would make sense with two of us getting popping at 2:00, that is
    about the point when one begins to put significant pressure on the
    pedal, and maybe we are just "tweaking" the loose bearing?

    Any advice would be appreciated!


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