What are bike pegs?
Bike pegs are small metal cylinders that are attached either to the rear wheel, front wheel, or both. They are usually mounted at the center of a bike’s wheel where the spokes meet.
Bicycle pegs are mostly seen on BMX bikes as their frames are tough enough to embrace their purpose. They are primarily intended for bikers who perform bike tricks and stunts. They may likewise be customized on standard bicycles like a mountain bike, but not necessarily recommended.
You have the option to purchase a BMX bike that is already equipped with a peg, but you may also avail of it as a separate accessory. However, some riders opt not to use bike pegs, especially during bike races because it greatly affects their speed and performance.
What are Bike Pegs for?
Bike pegs allow riders to execute more stunts and tricks with their BMX bikes, which includes the wheelie and the double peg grind. Aside from being able to use a BMX bike in exhibitions and competitions, pegs can also benefit as a passenger carrier.
If you try putting your feet on the bike peg, you’ll notice that you have more control on your bike. It’s actually surprising that pegs offer more stability than pedals.
How to Install Bike Pegs on a Bike
- ⅜” Ratchet
- Socket Extension
- 15-mm, 17-mm, or 19-mm Deep Well Socket
- 5-mm Allen Wrench
NOTE: If the axle size is ⅜”, use a 15-mm socket, but if you have 14-mm axle nuts, use the 17-mm or the 19-mm socket.
1. Remove the Axle Nut
First step is to loosen the axle nuts with the use of a deep well socket and a ratchet one at a time until they fall off. You also need to take off the washers between the fork or frame and the axle nuts.
2. Fit In the Adapter Washers
If you will install a 14-mm bike peg on a 14-mm wheel axle, you don’t need to perform this step. You only need to use the adapter washers if you will install a 14-mm bike peg on a ⅜” wheel axle. All you need to do is to slide the washers into the axle.
3. Install the Anti-Roll Pin
There are some bike pegs that contain anti-roll pins, which is useful in preventing the pegs from spinning while doing ledge grinds. You’ll also come across pegs that only have one hole, while others have several holes. After you’ve positioned the anti-roll pin, you now have to tighten it using an allen wrench.
Ensure that the pin is properly secured so as to prevent it from jiggling or vibrating while you’re riding your bike.
4. Mount the Bike Pegs
Slip the bike peg at the end of the wheel axle. In case the peg has an anti-roll pin, make sure to turn the bike peg until it’s within the dropout slit.
Now, place the axle nut at the tip of the deep well socket and slide it into the other end of the bike peg. After which, turn the axle nut in a clockwise direction, but do not tighten it just yet.
5. Adjust the Bike Chain
If you will install a bike peg on your front wheel, leave out this step as this is only applicable when you’ll be mounting on the rear wheel.
While the axle nut is not tightened, see to it that the wheel is properly aligned and that it does not touch the bike chain as well as the brake pads. Also, the chain should not be hanging down.
To make sure that the wheel and chain are aligned, turn the cranks. If you think they are out of line, undo the axle nut a bit and make the necessary adjustments. Once everything is already in line, you may now tighten the axle nut.
If you intend to mount more pegs, simply do the steps all over again.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are bike pegs damaging to bikes?
But, if you are into extreme bike sports, you will not definitely be thinking of the damages that bike pegs might do to your bike. As long as it gives you satisfaction, this will never be an issue.
Is it safe to step on bike pegs?
Can bike pegs be installed to any type of bikes?
In general, bike pegs are designed only for a specific purpose, which is to be able to perform bike tricks and stunts. But this doesn’t automatically mean that it can be mounted on any bike. They are made especially for BMX bikes and for bikers who are into extreme bike sports.
It’s true that pegs may be used to carry a passenger, but make sure that they are properly secured and that it can handle the back ride’s weight. But this again is not recommended for it can either damage your bike or cause injury to your passenger.