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Look pedal problem - need advicebayride
Mar 4, 2002 9:12 AM
Terrible squeaking with my Look pedal (drive train side only). It happens only under pressure, for instance when climbing. I've put on new cleats. I've also checked the pedal itself and that seems ok. Is the problem with my shoes? Can't figure this one out. Thanks.
Try thisDave Hickey
Mar 4, 2002 10:38 AM
Tighten the cleats again and then spray the cleats with silicon or ArmorAll. I use ArmorAll(only because that's what was in my garage). Keeping the cleats lubricated has stopped mine from squeaking.
Clean?Mike Prince
Mar 4, 2002 11:52 AM
Another suggestion would be to check the cleat/pedal engagement points. I have found on my LOOKs that over-aggressive lubrication of the cleat results in a lot of grit, etc. building up here. Worth a try and has worked for me a few times when all else fails. You would be surprised at how dirty the rag is after wiping under the "toe hook" on the pedal if you have never done this.

What kind of shoes do you have? If the cleat seems to be loosening with use, try some BLUE loctite on the cleat screw threads. That should hold them secure.
Mar 5, 2002 8:15 AM
The best thing to do is add locktite to the screws and tighten. Clean the contact points with degreaser. The lubing adds to the problem in my opinion. Keeping the contact points clean as worked well with me.
the cursed Look squeaktarwheel
Mar 7, 2002 9:05 AM
I've battled similar squeaks for the past 6 months and finally threw in the towel. Ordered some Speedplay X-2s yesterday. I've never heard any complaints about them squeaking, and I'll save 150 grams in weight.

I have found a few "temporary" solutions to the squeak, but it always comes back. You can try lubing the cleat/pedal interface with a lightweight grease, like lithium. that helps for a while but also gets dirty. Another trick that seems to help is to take an emery board (for filing nails) and file down the rough edges on cleats where they rub the pedal, primarily near the front of the cleat.

I've tried the Armor-All trick and it doest nothing to help the squeak in my Looks.
the cursed Look squeakIronbutt
Mar 7, 2002 5:05 PM
I have found three simple means to avoid the dreaded Look squeak. first, when installing new cleats, be sure that the screws are very securely tightened. Then, use a razor blade or sharp knife to shave off the little rubber cushion in the center of the cleat, which will make entry/exit from the pedals easier as well as giving a more "free floating" interface. Finally, rub a little candle wax on the cleat. It won't pick up grit, and makes the squeak go away. Just be sure to use cleat covers whenever you're walking, or you can do your own Brian Boitano imitation!