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Squeaky Pedal ... Cleats?(4 posts)

Squeaky Pedal ... Cleats?Sherpa
Jun 12, 2001 8:06 PM
Please help ... this pesky squeak is driving me nuts!

I have a squeaky right pedal. I have been using a spray lubricant to combat the problem. But, after about 5 miles the squeak returns. I have cleaned and re-lubed the threads of the pedal posts and the threads of the crank arms ... that too hasn't helped.

Could it be my cleat ... I use a look style cleat ... this is weird!
I would look at the cleat...Mike Prince
Jun 13, 2001 2:52 AM
As I had a similar problem a few weeks back and checked everything (BB, chainring bolts, crank bolts, pedal bearings, etc.) before checking my cleats. They were not too worn, but a new set took care of the squeak. You may want to try cleaning the current cleats with some Simple Green and then lubricating with dry lube or paraffin wax before trying new cleats. Sometimes the cleat is just dirty or dry vs. worn out. Next time I will check the cleat first.

Also, make sure that there are no stones or grit in the cleat. This can scrape against the pedal and sound like a creak/squeak while riding. Hope this solves the problem.
I would look at the cleat...Sherpa
Jun 13, 2001 9:14 AM
Yup, I think you are right ... I also checked a few earlier posts and it seems that we're not the only ones with this problem ... apparently it's common with look-style cleats ...

I am going to take your advice and clean up the bottoms of the cleats and then apply the lubricant.

re: Squeaky Pedal .../Clean and then apply Armor-AllTC
Jun 13, 2001 10:19 AM
same stuff you use on the car. Works real good. I let it sit overnight and then before the next ride wipe off any excess and then problem solved.