Squeeze side plates together with thumb and index finger, and pull ends of string (which may take two more hands!)
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How bad was the roads from Dolores CO to Pubelo CO taking route 550 to the 50 (Dolores, Montrose, Poncha City and Pueblo)?
It has to be VERY warm, downright tropical, for one to be comfortable in the rain with no rain gear
its not very joyful to ride in full rain gearI do loathe riding up hill with rain gear. You tend to either get wet from the inside or the outside.
Was that with anything in recent decades where the left pedal is left-hand threaded?The pedals were Shimano PD-M770 which I bought in 2009, crank (Shimano FC-M569) threads were in good shape, pedals were new, all threads cleaned and greased before installation. Left hand pedal has left hand threads, right hand pedal has right hand threads (I have never seen any other pedal thread arrangement, or cranks that would match anything else). The combination has been fine since I torqued it.
Many pedals now have a hole for a 6mm allen wrench. Check yours and see if yours have it.Thanks for the idea, I would love to lighten the toolkit a bit. Unfortunately the situation is actually worse than I stated. My pedals have no flats and require an 8mm allen key. My wifes pedals only have flats. So we have to take a big allen key and a short pedal wrench.
It can't apply as much torque as a real pedal wrench, but there's no need to get pedals very tight since precession keeps them from loosening as you ride.Despite the thread arrangement I have had pedals loosen up. A nice thing about the 8mm hex hole is that you can use a torque wrench instead of an allen wrench (at home). Shimano specifies a torque of 35-55N-m (26-41ft-lbs), which I consider to be fairly tight.