Last modified: January 3, 2012

How to Adjust our Standard Track Pedals

Let's chat about the Standard Track Pedals (STP) for a moment.  The STP's are a part of All-City's line because we like them and thought you would appreciate a low cost pedal that you could really put some miles on.  Some of the reasons we like them is that they have four windows in the pedal body for double straps, have a nice cage profile, can comfortably be ridden with or without clips, and are really really inexpensive.  They retail between $20-26 depending on the finish (black anodized on the low end, white powdercoat on the high) and in my experience can and will provide years of reliable service.  

A major reason the price point is so reasonable is that they feature non-sealed bearings and non-sealed bearings, as you know, require proper adjustment to function at their best.  Many times out of the box these pedals will feel tight when you spin them in your hands,  if this is the case you have two options.

Option 1: leave them alone, mount and ride
Option 2: adjust them

Option 1 results:  Don't worry, they usually break in and loosen up after a week or so

Option 2:  If you're like me, you like to tinker with your parts and don't mind putting in a little elbow (or bearing) grease to make the average feel sublime.  In that case, here is my step by step guide to a quick and dirty adjustment that will have your pedals feeling great and running smoother for longer.

Tools Required: 
                       Razor Blade or Screwdriver
                       12mm socket
                       15mm pedal or box end wrench (or adjustable)
                       Bearing grease

Step 1
Find yourself a small flat head screwdriver or a razor blade to pry the end cap up with 
If you look closely at the plastic cap in this photo, you'll see some pry marks from the screwdriver.  The razor blade is the best solution and is easiest to use for this task and doesn't leave tool marks on the plastic.  However since you are all good boys and gals and your mothers taught you not to leave razor blades lying about, the screwdriver or any other thin object will work.

Step 2
you now have the end cap off and can see inside the belly of the beast.  That nut staring up at you is 12mm.
What you need my friend is a 12mm socket

Simply put your 15mm wrench on the pedal spindle and the 12mm socket on the nut like so.
Now just loosen the nut, don't be alarmed if this requires a bit of effort as they can be fairly tight and stubborn.

Step 3
Now that the nut is loose, simply reverse the process and retighten it.  Hold the 15mm wrench steady and simply turn the socket against it (don't be afraid to put some weight into it either, you don't want it to come loose on it's own) .  While it may seem silly to just break it loose and re-tighten, you'd be amazed at the difference it can make.  The machine that tightens the nut at the factory just applies a little too much torque, making the pedals feel chunky out of the box.  By breaking the nut and retightening using common sense and human power one can usually obtain a much better feel, and as I stated what we're doing here is a quick and dirty adjustment. 

Step 4
Since you have that cap off, you might as well pack it with some grease
The grease will help keep it running smoother for longer and will also serve as a barrier from contaminents that work their way under the end cap

Step 5
pop that cap back on and spin the pedal spindle between your fingers. Smooove.
Repeat process with other pedal, mount and ride. 

 Now don't you feel smart? Your $20 pedals now feel like a million bucks

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