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I want put my racing pedals (is it called spd pedals or clipless?) on a bike with platform pedals.

Is this easy?  Do I need a special tool?

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You'll probably need a pedal wrench like Cameron says but some pedals (most notably eggbeaters and their variants) can be taken on and off using a regular hex key.

I am around today and have a pedal wrench, give me a call and I will hook you up
the pedal that is left hand threaded is the drive side, after wrenching for years at shops, the easiest way to remember this is thus: facing the drive side, with the rear wheel to your left, turn the pedal wrench counter-clock wise, or towards the rear wheel. the pedals will have marks "L" and "R" on the end of the threaded shaft that fits into the crank. the "R" is the drive side, when you come to put it back on. and the "L" is the non drive. after hand threading the "R" drive side into place, turn the pedal wrench towards the front wheel to tighten.
even thought the "L", or non-drive side, is regularly threaded, you will still end up loosening the pedal by turning the wrench towards the rear wheel of the bike, and tightening it towards the front wheel. hence, my simple moniker: "to make the bike unrideable, turn towards the rear, to make it go, turn the wrench towards the front" (clumsy i know, but i usually say it in my head while staring at a customers bike in the stand. for reference, the bb works the exact same way in terms of the left and right hand threading, when dealing with an english BB.
(i apologize if this is way to much information and confuses the hell out of you)
good luck!
The way I always remember it is that the long end of the wrench should be moving toward the rear wheel while you're trying to pry the things off. I have a wrench you can have on semi-permanent loan if you need it, as I never swap my clipless pedals on. Also remember to put lots of grease on the pedal threads when you're changing them, as that will prevent future incidents where it takes three strong men and a vise to get the damn things off.
Joe Harris nailed it.

A pedal wrench, as well as your own appropriately-sized cone wrenches for your bike(s) are two of the first bike-specific tools any bike owner should own. I have an Aviner one from Amazon that cost $10. The next time you order anything from A-zon and need to round up an order to get free shipping throw it on. It's an indispensable tool for working on bikes.

Another bike-specific tool that comes in really handy is a crank puller and the correct freewheel/cassette wrench to fit your bike.

All these bike-specific tools together will set you back about $50 and will be about everything you need to work on your bike and will pay for themselves the fist time you use them. I'm assuming you have the basic wrenches/other tools most people own.
I don't think you'll make it to Open Shop tonight at West Town Bikes, but if you haven't changed your pedals out by tomorrow night swing by Women's Night where you'll find all the tools and know how needed to do that fix yourself plus more. You know, you've been there and can attest for yourself!
Thanks Alex. I wish I could go to Women's Night but I have prior obligations. Myybe I can swing by at the very end. I'm lovin Women's Open Shop At West Town.

Bikefreeek said:
I don't think you'll make it to Open Shop tonight at West Town Bikes, but if you haven't changed your pedals out by tomorrow night swing by Women's Night where you'll find all the tools and know how needed to do that fix yourself plus more. You know, you've been there and can attest for yourself!
Mikey,
Thanks for the offer. I wasn't home today. Prob is I need the bike to get to the other bike so I will just do it at west town (picking up other bike from there anyways).


Michael A said:
I am around today and have a pedal wrench, give me a call and I will hook you up
does this mean you're gonna race more cross!?!? :) THINGS NEEDED: pedal wrench, left pedal is reverse threaded (WHY>> to prevent the pedal from loosening as you pedal forward).

sounds like you've got some amigos below willing to lend a wrench, but you could also stop by a local bike shop and they'll help switch out too.
Julie, I have a spare pair of spd pedals that have the spd clips on both sides, this way you can leave your pedals on your bike. Let me know if you want to borrow them

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