How to Build a Road Bike Step 2, Installing the Crankset and Pedals
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To see Step 1, Installing your Bottom Bracket click here.
Step 2 – Crankset and Pedals (Video Below)
What you Need
- Torque Wrench (TW-2 or TW-6)
- Socket and Bit Set (SBS-1)
- Hex Set or Pedal Wrench (HXS-1.2 or PW-5)
- Park Polylube 1000 Lubricant (PPL-1)
- Crankset (GXP Compatible)
Before you Get Started
- Make sure you have a properly installed bottom bracket (see Section 1 of this book if not).
1. Apply a thin layer of lubrication to the inner bearing races, spline assembly, spline assembly threads, and the crank bolt assembly (see Figure 1). Please watch the video for a more detailed view.
2. Insert the drive side of the crank through the drive side of the bottom bracket (see Figure 2).
3. Connect the non-drive side crank arm to the spline assembly and join the two with an 8mm hex until finger tight (see Figure 3).
4. Torque the 8mm hex to the manufacturers recommended value using a torque wrench (see Figure 4).
5. Make sure there is no lateral play after the crankset is assembled. If there is, back off the 8mm hex and re-torque the crankset. It may take several attempts to ensure there is no lateral play in the crankset. If there is no lateral play, you have properly installed your crankset (see Figure 5).
8. Insert the pedals into the crank arms and tighten using an 8mm hex or pedal wrench (see Figure 8). Remember that the right pedal has a standard thread (clockwise to tighten) and the left pedal has a reverse thread (counterclockwise to tighten).
9. Torque your pedals to the manufacturers recommendation.
10. You now have properly installed pedals (see Figure 9).
This completes the installation of your crankset and pedals.
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