When removing or fitting pedals on a bike, take care not to damage the pedal spindle. Always fit the pedals to the crank end of the spindle, and use a hex key with a long handle for this step.
FAQ about how to remove a bike pedal
A hex key with a long handle is best for removing pedals, and a T-shaped hex key with a sliding end is ideal because it allows you to move the long part of the hex key to avoid the bike’s chainrings. Note you always fit or remove pedals from the crank end of the pedal spindle.