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(Copied from an email I sent somebody)Hello!,My name is Jimmy and I come from the windy dirt roads and rough woodland of western/northern North Carolinaand I was wondering if you could help me. Recently I was riding my bike on a road I had never ridden before andI came around a corner that was as I found out practically a downhill U-Turn with a dropoff and as I was going downwhen I relised I was going to fast I applied the brakes and the bike hit some gravel and went out of control. I wentover the dropoff but thankfully didnt get beat up in the trees because I slowed down on the edge of the hill itselfand hit a rock. Well thankfully I can walk & run fully again after getting a really bad scrape on my arm and right leg.But anyhow when I finally managed to get back up the hill and get home (I lived not to far from where I crashed)I noticed that half my pedal (right) got chewed up and now I have to replace it. I have an older Mongoose with similarpedals that I can use on the damaged bike which is a Quasar Catapult (very nice bike). I have only one problem.How do I get the dustcap off? (The little plastic cap that covers the inside of the pedal) and another thing. They sayI should greese the pedals & threads before I put them on. What exactly is greese? Oil, old oil etc..? Thanks
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Ok, depending on the quality (value) of the bicycle, the dust cap will be threaded, free-forced, or even sometimes siliconed. So, it may be possible to unscrew it. It may be possible to pry it off with a screwdriver. It may just have to be busted off. Inspect the cap for markings, such as plier theeth-marks, or any indentations that may be molded into or around the cap for removal. Do not attempt to bust the cap off unless you are entirely sure you it is not threaded or forced. You may end up breaking the end of the cap off, leaving the remainging part inside. Then you might need a tap and die set :D If you need to break it off, most bicycle stores carry replacement caps. If you can find a match, good. If not, a smaller size will have to suffice, by using something like silicone glue to seal it.As for the grease: grease is grease. It's another petrolium refined product, like oil and glass. Grease is more of a creamy substance. Normally greyish-tanish in color. But fear not. The same bicycle shop is BOUND to carry bicycle grease. Heck, I wouldn't be surprised if you local supermarket has a small tube of all-purpose grease in their "hardware" section. Grease reduces the wear and tear on moving parts, (read as: reduces friction) and makes parts last longer. Most greases also protect from rust, and help lubricate when dust and dirt gets into the parts.
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