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Look cleats creak(7 posts)

Look cleats creakEric16
Feb 4, 2002 9:08 AM
I know this question has probably been answered several times on this board in the past, but I was just wondering if anyone has any advice on how to silence a creaking look cleat. I love the Looks (especially since I was using SPD's before) but after about 1500 miles they started creaking. I've heard that just lubricating the cleat and pedal in general helps...anyone know the specifics on where to apply the lube? Also, when should the cleats be replaced? As I said I have 1500 on them and I don't think I walk THAT much on em...any words of wisdom?
re: Look cleats creakLC
Feb 4, 2002 10:08 AM
Silicon spray, the kind that you spray on car door seals works well. When it dries, instead of attracting dirt it keeps it from sticking, unlike other methods. I just spray it on both the pedal and cleat and let it dry at least overnight.
Armor All the cleats or spray with Silicon (nm)Dave Hickey
Feb 4, 2002 11:24 AM
Armor All the cleats or spray with Silicon (nm)LC
Feb 4, 2002 12:13 PM
Armor All washes off quickly on wet streets.
when to replaceKEN2
Feb 4, 2002 12:46 PM
Look around the edges: do they have a chewed appearance? The bottom of the cleat per se doesn't matter, but the smoothness of the edges affects entry and exit. Lubing will also help entry/exit smoothness.
when to replaceEric16
Feb 4, 2002 2:13 PM
Thanks everyone
when to replaceflybyvine
Feb 4, 2002 6:54 PM
I have just replaced mine again after 4 months (riding 6 days a week). It would seem that the most important aspect is the wear on the front "point" of the cleat. Once this has worn down to 1-1.5mm (i.e. almost sharp - hard to describe) then I start to get the cleat pulling out of the front of the pedal after pulling up hard. Not good when trying to outsprint a bus.

Seems to be worse on the left shoe. I generally wear cleat covers when walking but still only get about 4-5 months out of a pair.