How to Remove Bike Pegs

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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.

Items you will need

  • 17-mm socket

  • Ratchet

  • Extension

  • 19-mm socket (optional)

  • Screwdriver

Bolt On Pegs

Step 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.

Step 2

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

Step 3

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

Threaded Pegs

Step 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.

Step 2

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

Step 3

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


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