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Creaky Look Cleats...(7 posts)

Creaky Look Cleats...Farmer John
Jul 10, 2003 3:23 AM
I've got 'em, don't want 'em.

They were fine until I made a minor for-aft adjustment, now they won't shut up and I can't divorce them like I did my last wife.

I've loosened, tightened, cleaned, lubed (not sure how smart that was) and everything but replace them.

Any ideas? Solutions? Similar experiences?

Clips and straps are sounding better all the time...
The sun shines, the wind blows, rain is wet andOldEdScott
Jul 10, 2003 5:29 AM
Look cleats creak. You'll be offered lots of 'fixes,' but all the fixes are temporary. If you're gonna use Looks, you may as well surrender to the noise. Resistance is futile.
spray the contact points in the pedal with teflon lubeterry b
Jul 10, 2003 6:03 AM
lasts 1000s of miles - no noise.
metal ones?DougSloan
Jul 10, 2003 6:32 AM
The ones with metal platforms creak. Try the 206 or CX7 or CX6; they have plastic inserts that never creak. The 206 is only about $80; I have them on 4 bikes.

Doug
metal ones?WrigleyRoadie
Jul 14, 2003 1:36 PM
I've got the CX-7s and they creak like a MoFo when they're wet. I eventually switched out the cleats, and they were soft and silent... until about 1000 miles. Return of the Creak!

Just think how much you're annoying the opposition, though.
re: Creaky Look Cleats...Ironbutt
Jul 10, 2003 8:26 AM
Most likely, the creaking is coming from the shoe sole's touching the pedal differently than before. When you made the minute change in the cleat's position on the sole, you changed the interface between the shoe and the pedal, however minutely. Shoes have a slightly different curvature of the soles, and because the Look cleats are not inflexible, they will adapt to the sole of the shoe. Because the sole does not always match the design parameters of the Look pedal, it causes a squeak. Usually a little candle wax rubbed on the area of the sole surrounding the cleat will alleviate the creak. I have several sets of Look pedals, and three sets of shoes. The Sidi and the Look shoes are totally silent, and have been since day one. The Diadora shoes have squeaked, also since day one.
spray cooking oil...pappy_d
Jul 10, 2003 10:11 AM
its been over three hundred miles since my last sqeek, and I used a little squirt of FredMeyer generic cooking oil spay on the contact points of the cleats- wipe off the excess, it can attract dirt.