How To Remove Bike Crank Without Puller? [4 Easy Methods]

It is a very common problem that people face when they need to remove the bike crank without a puller. There are several methods to remove a bike crank without a puller. One way is to use a strap wrench and tighten it around the crank. You can also use a pipe wrench and tighten it around the pedal arm. This will allow you to loosen the pedal arm and remove the crank.

The most important thing to remember when removing bike cranks without a puller is that you need to be careful not to damage any of the parts in your bike, especially if you are using tools like pliers or wrenches.

In this article, we will discuss how to remove the bike crank without a puller.

What Can I Use If I Don’t Have A Crank Puller?

If you do not have a crank puller, then you should be able to use the tools that are most readily available to you. The first thing that should come to mind is the socket wrench. This tool is usually used for loosening bolts and screws. These can also be used for removing nuts from bolts and screws as well as tightening them in place.

Also, you can use a pipe wrench, a socket wrench, or any other type of wrench that is made for removing nuts and bolts. You can also use a hammer and a chisel to loosen the bolt.

If you don’t have any of the above tools, you can try using a screwdriver to loosen the nut on the back of your bike’s pedal.

Tools Needed To Remove Bike Crank Without Puller

In order to remove a bike crank without a puller, you will need the following tools:

  • Screwdriver
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Pipe wrench
  • Crescent wrench
  • A set of Allen keys or hex keys

Screwdriver

You can use a screwdriver to remove the nut. It just takes a little more time than removing it with the right tool.

Adjustable wrench

The adjustable wrench is the most common tool used because it can fit any size of the bolt head. This type of wrench is also typically cheaper than other types of wrenches.

You can use an adjustable wrench to loosen the nut. Again, this will take more time than using the right tool.

Pipe wrench

The pipe wrench is also fairly inexpensive and it provides more leverage than an adjustable wrench. The pliers and vise grip provide the least amount of leverage but they are both very versatile in terms of what they can do with them.

You can use a pipe wrench to loosen and tighten the bolt on your bike’s frame as well as loosen and tighten your pedals.

Crescent wrench

A crescent wrench can be used to remove a bike crank without a puller. A crescent wrench can also be used to remove the bolts on the bottom bracket of a bike.

A set of Allen keys or hex keys

Allen keys are the most common type of wrench used to tighten or loosen bolts. Allen keys come in a variety of shapes and sizes, with the most common being hexagonal.

How To Remove Bike Crank Without Puller?

Bike cranks can be removed using a variety of methods, depending on the type of crank and the type of bike. Let’s take a look at some of the most common ways.

  • Method 1: Using the Allen wrench
  • Method 2: Using an adjustable wrench
  • Method 3: Using a rubber band
  • Method 4: Using a screwdriver

Method 1: Using the Allen wrench

  • Step 1: Remove the pedals from the crank arm.
  • Step 2: Loosen the pedal bolts by using an Allen wrench and then remove them from the crank arm.
  • Step 3: Place a rag or other soft material on top of the pedal and then tap it with a hammer to loosen it from the crank arm and then pull it out of place.

Method 2: Using an adjustable wrench

  • Step 1: Remove the pedal from the crank arm.
  • Step 2: Place the bike on its side, with the pedal sticking out away from you, and remove the axle nut with an adjustable wrench or large pliers.
  • Step 3: Push down on one side of the axle and slide it out of its slot in the frame, then do this for another side of the axle as well until both are out of their slots in the frame
  • Step 4: Hold the bike firmly by the saddle and handlebars so that it does not tip over while you work on removing the crank arm
  • Step 5: Remove the bolt holding the crank arm to the bottom bracket using an Allen wrench or socket wrench and then pull it out of place.

Method 3: Using a rubber band

  • Step 1: Wrap the rubber band around the crank arm at the bottom of the chain stay.
  • Step 2: Tighten it until it is tight enough to hold onto but not too tight that it will damage the rubber band or chain stay.
  • Step 3: Take your screwdriver and place it on top of the rubber band at an angle towards you so that you can pry off the crank arm with your screwdriver.
  • Step 4: Pry off slowly and evenly until you have removed all of one side of your crank arm.
  • Step 5: Repeat steps 1-4 for the other sides of your bike crank until you have removed all 2 arms from your bike.

Method 4: Using a screwdriver

  • Step 1: Get a long screwdriver and place it into the slot of the crank arm, then turn it counter-clockwise to loosen the screw that holds the arm in place.
  • Step 2: Remove the screw by pulling it out with your fingers.
  • Step 3: Remove any other screws on the bike’s frame that may be holding down wires or cables, then remove these wires and cables from their clips on either side of the frame.
  • Step 4: Place your foot on one side of the bike and use your weight to press down on it while you pull off one side of the frame from its mounting points with your hands (make sure you have removed any bolts or screws that may be holding it in place).
  • Step 5: On the left side, use your fingers to gently pull the cable that is connected to the crank arm off of its clip on the frame. If necessary, you may need to remove the remaining bolts or screws holding down the right side of the frame.

FAQs

How do you remove a Shimano crank without a tool?

The following steps should be taken to remove a Shimano crank without the use of a tool:

1. Find a circular object with a diameter that is close to the width of the crank arm.

2. Put one end of the object on top of the pedal spindle and push down, while holding onto the opposite end of the object to keep it from moving.

3. The pedal should be lifted off and you will see that there is now enough space to slide your fingers between it and the crankset.

4. Use your fingers to rotate one side of the crank arm in an anticlockwise direction until it pops off from its socket on either side of where it meets with other parts of the crankset, then remove it by sliding it outwards in an anti-clock.

Conclusion

There are many ways to remove a bike crank without a puller. But, if you don’t have the right tools, you can use some other tools that are available in your house.

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Hi, I'm the initiator and writer of this blog. Bikes were and will be my first love, and my favorite hobby, that's why I decided to start this blog and write about my discoveries and techniques to improve my bikes or repair them.

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