So on the forum I heard Nate talking about bringing power based pedals to get in workouts on the gym bike, and thought “wow!” That would be great!
Bought some faviero Assioma Uno pedals, a pedal wrench and two Allen pedal wrenches and headed out to a conference in San Francisco.
Went to the ritzy hotel fitness center, and they had a bike with a lever to adjust friction. Took off the pedals (threads a tad bit rusty) and out on the Unos.
But I noticed that with all the plastic around the frame of the gym bike, I wouldn’t be able to get an Allen wrench behind it to take them off- so I hand tightened them lightly.
Of course after an hour workout, I could not loosen the pedals by hand, try as I might. The crank arms had the same Allen thread as the peals so I went to loosen them to remove. The loosened easily but then got really tight as I kept turning… so… stupid me I thought maybe the were pressed on.
So I went and asked the gym boy for some pliers, thinking I could get a grip on the Unos and start them. Nothing doing.
So I asked for a screwdriver thinking I could remove the plastic fairing to get behind the pedals. He rolled his eyes a bit but gave me one. 20 minutes later I realized without getting the crank arms off, the fairing was stuck.
So I went back at the crank arms and used all my cyclist upper arm strength and they actually came off. Got the pedals off. Gym boy comes by an asks grumpily if he needed to get someone. I told him I got it. Put the bike back together and gave him back his tools. Mumbled something about rusty threads and that I fixed them so “tomorrow when I come back” it would be fine. He looked at me and said “ok” finally.
Other than realizing the cranks would
Come off- any suggestions for me? I think I’ll bring some lithium grease next time- but what do y’all do to avoid this? Beyond the fact that the little friction knob made it super difficult to meet the over under power numbers on Carpathian, it was nice to not totally miss a workout.
Oh, and I also realized Carpathian +2 is not To be a fasted workout!