Buying new pedals is such a tough decision to make due to all the options out there. Most of the time we have to buy a new set because the old ones are broke, worn out or just so beat up that you feel bad and really want to retire them. Here is a tale of making a set of old faithful pedals look good again and no spray can was needed.(ok maybe a sharpee was used a bit)Enjoy the most anticipated PB Customs video yet!Check this PB Customs video!
I got a set of used (yes I got some used pedals) DMR V12 Magnesium pedals about 3 years ago from my buddy Justin. Now when they came into my possession they had already served what most would call a good life, so I decided they would be my “back ups”. These back ups might as well have been my full timers as they tended to get on a bike and stay there until the bike left. (most of you that know me say that’s about 6 months a bike) Over the past 3 years, I’d say it’s safe to guess that they were on a minimum of 5-7 bikes that were tested, lent out or my own rides.
Thankfully I am not a street rider and all that they have encountered has been logs, rocks and lots of dirt. (oh and way too much rain) For the most part the old set screws are all still there, but they’re a little worse for wear-ranging from beat flush with the pedal to just slightly less sharp than new set screws. The paint is pretty chipped too but that is just aesthetics there. Yep these are my faithful back ups.
Well a few months back I was in Las Vegas and I ran into some fine fellows that were there representing DMR at a trade show. I was checking their wares when I saw this fancy little box that said “Pimp my Pedal” on it and upon further inspection I noted that infact it was a replacement set screw kit for DMR’s V12 pedals. Yes a kit to either replace old worn set screws and end caps or simply add some flair to a new pair of shin eaters. Either way this was what the doctor ordered for my DMR V12s, so after some hard bargaining I was on my way with a fancy little box full of anodized gold set screws and end caps. Definitely a great find!
Fast forward back to Canada and me being full of great intentions. The plan was to replace the old set screws with the fancy new ones on the first rainy day and have fresh grip for the sunny day that would follow. Well a lot of rainy days have gone by and even a few nice days have passed me by too. You’d think that it would be easy enough to just grab a 2mm allen key, remove all the old set screws and then grab a 6mm allen key for the end caps. But nope, it turns out these old allen key heads have encountered their fair share of rocks and may not want to or be capable of receiving an allen key back into them. So needless to say my great idea got put on hold due to a lack of patience at the time or a proper game plan.
Well today was the day where it all was going to happen. I made a list of what was needed to make it all happen:
-2mm allen key
-6mm allen key
-Blue Lock Tight
-Can or two of Rock Star
With all the tools laid out it was time to jump into the task of “Pimping out my Pedals”. Man these old faithful shin splitters had no idea what they were in for, but I was stoked to get er’ done. Step 1
- Remove old pins, clean pedals and get them ready for new pins. Easier said than done as the 2mm set screw heads wanted nothing to do with the allen key that was provided and infact a set of Vice Grips would be required to remove all the set screws that would come out. In the end 4 of the original set screws will remain forever in these pedals. Since we know that they are ok in a little bit of water it was time to take a tooth brush and some soap to these beauties to clean the dirt off. Ok now we’re ready to put the new pins in.Step 2
- Empty the DMR “Pimp my Pedal” box out, prep the set screws and install new set screws and end caps. Take the 2mm allen key and put a fancy gold set screw on it and apply some blue lock tight to it. Install new set screw into the pedal using the 2mm allen key and tighten it, but don’t force it as you’ll strip something out by being a tough guy. Repeat the lock tight and set screw installation process until you have them all done and now lets move on to the end caps. Using your 6mm allen key remove the end caps from the pedals. Add a little grease to your new gold caps and install them in the place of your old beat ones. Easy as pie!Step 3
- Go Ride! Yep that’s what you do next, go ride your bike!
Well that is the story of me taking my old faithful DMR V12s and giving them some much needed love via some new gold set screws and end caps. (and maybe a black sharpee too) Now that they look all fresh, clean and PIMPIN’ it's time to go for a little rip.