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Look pedal squeakbianchi boy
Sep 26, 2001 6:16 AM
I've got some Look 357 pedals that I've been using about 6 weeks. On Sunday, I got caught in some rain near the end of a 45-mile ride. The pedals started squeaking, and I figured it was just from getting wet and dirty. So I thoroughly cleaned them off, as well as the cleats, after I got home. Yesterday, when I rode the squeak was worse than ever, although it was restricted to the left pedal/shoe/cleat. The sqeak got louder and louder and was very annoying, almost embarrassing.

After I got home, I tried riding my other bike, which also has new Look pedals (247s), to see if the squeak continued. It didn't happen on the other bike, so I concluded the problem is not coming from the shoe. It must be coming from the pedals or cleats. Anyone have any suggestions on how to cure this annoying problem? I know from previous posts that others have complained about squeaking Look pedals/cleats but I hadn't had the first problem until this occurred.
Metal polish.Dog Breath
Sep 26, 2001 7:53 AM
Clean the pedal surface with metal polish. Finish up with citrus cleaner. Lightly sand cleat surface with emery board
(for nails - avail. at drug store). Use a very small dab or ArmorAll or sim. on rubber portion of cleat.

Hope this helps.
re: Look pedal squeakmickey-mac
Sep 26, 2001 9:41 AM
Someone on the VN board recently said that he used white lithium grease stick with very good results. I don't know anything about it or where to get it: just passing along someone else's suggestion. You might still be able to track down that thread on the VN web site. Good luck.
re: Look pedal squeakspindog
Sep 27, 2001 7:35 AM
i had the same problem. i removed the cleats and greased the bolts again. i torqued down on them hard. it worked. i still get a slight squeak from time to time, but not the chilling squeak i'm sure you're experiencing.
re: some ideasdzrider
Sep 28, 2001 7:59 AM
Each of the following cures has fixed screaching Look pedals. None of these has fixed the problem every time which leads to the conclulsion that lots of little things can make that gasping chicken sound.
Light coating of grease around the edges of the cleats.
Cleaning as well as I could the area around the part of the pedal that moves and T-9 on the pivot points.
Wax on the pedal surface.
New cleats.
A layer of shoe goo on the front of the cleat. I removed the cleat to get it on the surface that faces the sole of the shoe.
re: some ideaschristopheclark
Sep 29, 2001 2:02 AM
I had this problem on holiday when the noise reached embarrasing proportions. I smeared butter around the cleat/shoe interface - completely cured! (Just don't walk around the house in them!)