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Look PP396 pedals - hard to unclip, why?(8 posts)

Look PP396 pedals - hard to unclip, why?mtnpat
Mar 21, 2003 5:01 AM
I just switched from SPD style pedals on my road bike, to Look model PP396 pedals. While they clip-in with a nice smooth motion, I have found that clipping-out is pretty darn hard. Any reasons why?

Here are some facts:

1) release tension is set as low as possible.
2) float is set at 6 degrees.
3) I have used clipless pedals of different types for about 5 years, this is my first pair of Looks, so I think I have the "motion" down for getting out.

re: Look PP396 pedals - hard to unclip, why?Spunout
Mar 21, 2003 5:41 AM
Generally, there is alot of float, and a good angle needed to twist out. That is the way they go.

Much different than SPDs, more range of movement needed to clip out.

Other than that, inspect the cleat position to make sure that there is not a shoe/pedal interference.
re: Look PP396 pedals - hard to unclip, why?terry b
Mar 21, 2003 9:01 AM
I was using the 6 setting on my 296s and had to turn way out to unclip. Set the dial to 0 and no more problem. I figured it was the float. For me, the red cleats provide enough without confusing the issue by setting the dial. I now use 247s since I'm not taking advantage of the dial setting.
re: Look PP396 pedals - hard to unclip, why?KEN2
Mar 21, 2003 9:42 AM
Are you using the red (float) cleats? If so you've probably got too much float. I use the black (no float) cleats and 6 degrees on the pedal setting, and they feel very similar to my SPD pedals when releasing.
Thanks EVERYONEmtnpat
Mar 21, 2003 11:21 AM
Yes, using red cleats, was wondering if that was requirement to work with the adjustable float...sounds like it is not. I will try my red cleats with 0 degrees of float first, if that doesn't work, I will get some black cleats.

thx again
one more thing (well, several)DougSloan
Mar 21, 2003 11:45 AM
Try spraying the cleats and pedals with teflon dry lube. Helps going in and out.

The black cleats will eliminate float, no matter what the pedal setting.

Check that the cleats are not loosely bolted to your shoes, too. A little play makes it hard to unclip.

one more thing (well, several)spuncrazy
Mar 22, 2003 6:47 AM
Lemon pledge also works
one more thing (well, several)russw19
Mar 22, 2003 8:10 PM
Armor-All eliminates pedal/cleat squeak too.