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How To Remove BMX Stunt Pegs

By: Alex Bristol

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BMX pegs getting in the way?

To some, BMX bike pegs are a cool addition to your BMX bike, but for others, it simply gets in the way of their riding. When you’re trying to figure out a way to pick up speed on your racing BMX or make freestyling stunts easier, having a bulky bike pegs can be annoying.

If you’re a beginner, it’s easier to start off with a low-cost, entry-level BMX bike pegs, but if you’re serious about BMX, you’ll want to upgrade your pegs, and to do that you’ll have to know how to remove pegs from bike.

So here’s the deal.

Whether you’re trying to know how to remove bike pegs to lighten your BMX bike, or to replace them with better pegs, knowing how to remove them and how to put pegs on a bmx is key, before you can go ahead and hunt down the best BMX pegs.

Not everyone knows how to install pegs on a BMX or how to remove them. Luckily I know a thing or two about BMX pegs so I will take you through all the steps you need to do to remove BMX bike pegs.

It’s easier than you think.

How to remove pegs from bmx bike

Types of BMX Pegs

Pegs are usually only used on BMX bikes, particularly the ones with reinforced forks and frames for strength. If you don’t own a BMX bike, installing pegs on a regular bike may not work and could end up damaging it.

You can find pegs in a variety of materials, mostly metal such as steel or plastic with a core inside. They come in two sizes, 14mm or 3/8inches, depending on the kind of axle you have. You’ll also find a variety of colors and lengths as well as slippery and grips to suit your riding style and tricks or stunts.

When removing pegs, you need to know that there are two types, either threaded or bolt on. Both of these methods are easy to install, and most importantly to remove.

Before you get stuck in to remove those pegs, you’re going to need a few things.

Tools you’ll need:

  • Ratchet
  • Screwdriver
  • 17mm and 19mm socket wrench
  • Extender

How to remove Bolt On Pegs

Bolt on pegs are attached via the axle nut on the hub using a bolt inside to attach it.

1.Place the socket over the nut

Step 1- Grab your 17mm deep socket using a ratchet and extension onto the peg, from outside. The socket should fit over the axle nut. Adjust the socket by turning it until the socket fits. If it doesn’t fit, then try with a 19mm socket.

2.Turn the socket

Step 2 is pretty obvious, simply turn the socket and ratchet counterclockwise to loosen the axle nut so you can remove it.

3.Remove the peg

Step 3 is to simply slide the peg off the axle, which should be easy to do as you’ve loosed it.

4.Replace the nut

If you don’t want to add a new peg, you can simply replace the nut and tighten it up again using the ratchet and socket.

How to remove Threaded Pegs

If your peg has been screwed onto your bike, then you’ll need a slightly different method to remove it as they are threaded pegs.

1.Put a screwdriver in the peg holes

In step 1, you need to insert a screwdriver in both of the holes that have been drilled onto the peg. You can find the drilled holes at the end of the peg. If you’re doing it correctly, the screwdriver will be able to pass completely through the peg and be perpendicular to the length.

2.Turn the peg

Using the screwdriver, simply twist and turn the peg counterclockwise. Don’t be afraid of using some force for this.

3.Unscrew the peg

You can now get rid of the screwdriver and unscrew the peg by hand to remove it, just twist and slide or pull it off.

Final Thoughts

Bmx bikes often come with front pegs or rear pegs that you may not want or need. The good news is you don’t need to go to the bike shop, since it’s just a question of making the screw loose so you can remove the bolts that secure the pegs.

Most bikes use one of two methods, and both simply need you to loosen a screw. Even if you feel you have no idea about this kind of stuff, there are a some easy tricks you can use as well as using the right tool to help you. Plus there’s always youtube right?

Getting pegs removed is not hard.

Have you tried this before?

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