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LOOK PP396 Pedals. What's the yellow 'doo-dad' in back do?(6 posts)

LOOK PP396 Pedals. What's the yellow 'doo-dad' in back do?serbski
Feb 24, 2003 6:41 PM
I currently have the LOOK PP247's (adjustable float) and am curious as to what the PP396 have to offer in terms of adjustment by comparison. (Mainly I'm wondering what the yellow adjustment "knob" on the back of the pedal actually *adjusts* as I've only seen pix in catalogs). I'm not concerned about the weight advantages, cornering clearance (if any) etc of the 396's versus the 247's, rather I wondered if anyone had any thoughts on the comfort/biomechanical/save the knees aspects of these more "high end" LOOK pedals. Thanks in advance for shedding any light on this subject...
re: LOOK PP396 Pedals. What's the yellow 'doo-dad' in back do?Rex Perry
Feb 24, 2003 8:12 PM
I have the PP396's. The yellow knob is supposed to adjust the amount of arc; 3,6,or 9 degrees. However, if you buy the red arc cleats, the knob really doesn't do much. You may get just a tiny bit more arc than the 247's with red cleats, but I don't think the knob is worth the extra money.
re: LOOK PP396 Pedals. What's the yellow 'doo-dad' in back do?ParticleMan
Feb 24, 2003 8:28 PM
Hi..I agree. I have the same pedals, and using the red cleats makes not much difference when adjusting the yellow knobs. If your 247s are working fine, stick witgh them. You may wan to wait for the enw Look models to be available later, such as the cx6, a3.1, a5.1
re: LOOK PP396 Pedals. What's the yellow 'doo-dad' in back do?rogue_CT1
Feb 25, 2003 7:22 PM
I absolutely agree. I have the PP396, I only bought them because the price was right on e-bay ($79) and I needed new pedals since up to last spring I was still using my Look Competition pedals from 1987. That's right, the original black Look pedals. I use the black fixed cleats and I absolutely hate any amount of float. I tried the red cleats and they made my knees hurt for some reason. So the adjustable float feature on the 396's is nothing more than dead weight to me. If you need new pedals then the 396's are an affordable option but don't buy them just for the adjustable float. Otherwise, I am very satisfied with the pedals.
Thanks for the info! One more thing I neglected to ask...serbski
Feb 24, 2003 9:31 PM
...but my drivetrain-side pedal has taken to squeeking quite a bit (it's the pedal not the BB or anything). I've removed and cleaned the cleat to no avail. I've seen numerous posts here mentioning that LOOKS are pretty notorious for this type of thing. Any suggestions? If I should lube them, how does one go about doing this? It's not a major deal but does make extended climbs just *that* much more unpleasant! Thanks.
Creaky Look fix....SS_MB-7
Feb 25, 2003 5:36 AM
My Looks creaked too almost right-out-of-the-box. I read through the archives here and tried all of the creak remedies posted (sanding, lubing, waxing, etc.). The one that has worked the best and longest (still no creaks after 6 months) is the following.

Install one of the brass rectangular washer (comes with the cleats) under the cleat at the tip/toe. This will raise the cleat slightly off the sole of the shoe. My cleats/pedals have been quiet and the extra washer has caused me no problems engaging/exiting.

Ride Hard,
Mike B.