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Look CX-7 pedal dis-engagement difficulty(4 posts)

Look CX-7 pedal dis-engagement difficultympj
Apr 3, 2003 3:20 PM
About 3 weeks ago I purchased a brand new pair of Look CX-7 pedals. Nice carbon fiber body, with excellent looks, and probably more adjustments than I needed.

Anyway; my problem is the fact that these are particularly difficult to clip out of. I noticed it immediately, even though they were first installed on my bike set up in the trainer, to get used to them. Well; its been still pretty cold here in West Michigan, so I have only been on about 4 rides, and am having great difficulty in clipping out. I thought to myself; that perhaps they would just take some getting familiar with the extra effort it takes to clip out; but this is far beyond familiarity.

Upon return from a ride yesterday I came very close to going down while trying to clip out. The only thing that saved me was a parked car which I used to lean up against – actually more like fall up against. Anyway; I'm fairly strong {6 ‘ 175 lbs}, so cannot believe its just a sign of weakness; also prior to getting these pedals I used Look PP396 pedals, and never had any problems whatsoever. I use the red Look cleats; and the release tension is set on the minimum tension setting – fully counterclockwise.

I like the feel/looks/various adjustments on these pedals, but if I'm having this much trouble getting out of them, perhaps I should look into getting a different model, although I just spent a ton on these? Any suggestions? Anybody have a pair of CX-7 pedals, who are having trouble? Any input would be very welcome. THANKS!
never had a problemDougSloan
Apr 3, 2003 3:51 PM
I've used them since they first came out, and never a problem.

Any chance the cleats are a little loose on your shoes? Just brainstorming here. Maybe try a little dry lube on the cleats and pedals.

Can't think what it could be.

RE: Never had a problem ....mpj
Apr 3, 2003 6:36 PM
Hey Doug; THanks for your input! No; cleats are not loose; but maybe a little dry lube would help matters out? It certaintly is worth a try. I'm almost beginning to think that perhaps my pair of pedals have a factory defect; or else would not others be complaining? I will pick up some dry lube in the morning. Thanks, Marc
A couple of ideasKerry
Apr 6, 2003 5:11 PM
Dry lube on cleat and/or pedal often works. Another possibility is that you've warped the cleat by tightening it to a shoe sole that has different curvature than the cleat. If this is the case, a few thin washers under the cleat will fix your problem.