Cycling in Melbourne Australia
I have a confession to make...but first, the story, and yes you'll laugh...
The thing is, I've recently borrowed my partner's Xtracycle/ute thingy, to ease the strain on my back of carrying clothes and a cut lunch to work, and because I've always been envious of it anyway. (Strange to have utility bike envy, I know.)
Over a week or so, with daily commuting, I've gradually set the bike up so it fits me as well as can be expected, and is more efficient to ride. Last weekend I swapped the seat and pedals from my 'old' commuter. Nice to sit on a seat that your bum is used to...
And changing it over to SPD pedals was the bit I was looking forward to the most. Again riding with clip on pedals that you're used to is so comforting.
So, with a smile on my face, waving goodbye to the kiddies, I clipped in this morning and rode off down the laneway to join the commuting maelstrom.
The thing is, the pedals immediately felt a bit 'funny'...so I rode for a bit to see if it improved...and then I thought, 'this isn't getting better, I'll stop and check it out'....
You guessed it, I'd put the pedals on back to front, AND COULDN'T GET MY RIDING SHOES UNCLIPPED!
In the end, I didn't fall off with the bike still attached, I did get back home, and after snapping the end of a good screwdriver disengaging the pedal from the clip, I swapped them over, and eventually got to work.
Man, what a dill I am!
Thanks Richard, good deal on that one; nearly finished my 'xtracycle' joining an old 27""Repco frame to a 26"Diamondback by cutting the front off the Diamondback and mounting the BB into the rear dropouts of the front 27"bike then putting two kids seats on top - looks weird but should work. Sick of driving short trips with kids to kinder/school/pool/shops - wasn't allowed to buy a new bike, so had to combine two I already had.
Still not sure how the threads swapped though - are there little shavings of metal coming out of the pedal holes in the cranks?
Not to mention that the KHS urban Extreme retails for more than $1000. You did well.
I once threaded up a bottom bracket in reverse, but that involved a tremendous amount of effort, lots of swearing and a big shifting spanner. Can't work out how you did it with pedals though.