How to Remove Bike Pegs

by Wade Shaddy
Pegs add extra positions for your feet.

Pegs add extra positions for your feet.

Pegs are used to perform tricks or stunts, typically on BMX bikes with reinforced forks and frames. Attaching pegs to anything other than BMX bikes could result in damage to the bike or to you. The two types of pegs commonly used are threaded and bolt on. Both can be removed in minutes.

Bolt On Pegs

1.

Insert a 17-mm deep socket with ratchet and extension into the peg from the outside. The socket fits over the axle nut. Turn the socket until you feel it fit the nut. If it won't fit, switch to a 19-mm socket.

2.

Turn the socket and ratchet in a counterclockwise motion to loosen the axle nut and remove it.

3.

Slide the peg off the axle. Replace the nut and tighten it with the ratchet and socket.

Threaded Pegs

1.

Insert a screwdriver through both of the drilled holes in the end of the peg. The screwdriver should pass completely through the peg and be perpendicular to the length.

2.

Turn the peg counterclockwise, using the screwdriver for leverage. It may take some force to loosen the peg.

3.

Remove the screwdriver and finish unscrewing the peg with your fingers to remove it.

Items you will need

  • 17-mm socket
  • Ratchet
  • Extension
  • 19-mm socket (optional)
  • Screwdriver

Tip

  • There are three types of pegs: Steel, aluminum and plastic. Steel is the strongest, aluminum is a close second and plastic is light duty.

About the Author

Specializing in hardwood furniture, trim carpentry, cabinets, home improvement and architectural millwork, Wade Shaddy has worked in homebuilding since 1972. Shaddy has also worked as a newspaper reporter and writer, and as a contributing writer for Bicycling Magazine. Shaddy began publishing in various magazines in 1992, and published a novel, “Dark Canyon,” in 2008.

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