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Look pedals are squeeeeaaaaaaaking......(15 posts)

Look pedals are squeeeeaaaaaaaking......10kman
Aug 5, 2003 10:27 AM
Hey all,

I have a set of Look 396's, and I swear to God, the cleats squeak non-stop. It has to be one of the most annoying sounds ever.

I have tried putting some light chain lube on the pedal/cleat interface, it works for a little while (like 2 miles), then starts back up.

Is there some way to stop the noise, or is it a normal thing???

First, rid top of pedals of all dirt, then lube....BIG RING
Aug 5, 2003 11:23 AM
nothing worse than a pedal squeak. Happens to me after a rain on the 396 platform. I take a wet rag and thoroughly clean the pedal of road grime, especially in between the grooves on the surface of the pedal. then I add a small ampint of Tri-Flow to the rear mechanism and wipe off any excess. Then I am good to go. Good luck.
First, rid top of pedals of all dirt, then lube....10kman
Aug 5, 2003 12:03 PM
Sounds like a plan, I'll give it a go tonight.

That is probably the most annoying squeak EVER. that, and maybe a creaky seatpost or something similar.

thanks again.......
most annoying squeakbiggearlover
Aug 6, 2003 2:20 AM
Even more annoying than the squeak of your ow pedal, is that of the guy in front of you, who you are trying to follow eyeballs out (plus that muddy and rusty rear wheel that's in front of you)!
Same herestratoshark
Aug 5, 2003 12:05 PM
With the 396, I agree with keeping them clean, and I also sand off any of the black marks on the cleat and pedal, using fine sandpaper. I've tried Semichrome polish on the pedals' machined ridges, sprayed lemon Pledge and silicone on cleat/pedal, which helps, and still they squeak. Even with new pedals.

All of the above applies to my experience with red LOOK cleats. My experience with black cleats: no squeaks, so if you can try that, may be problem solved. I may yet go back to the black cleat, and/or the PP247.
Look cleats: red to black, and knee painDerrick VL
Aug 5, 2003 12:16 PM
6 weeks after I changed to black look cleats, I got terrible pain in the knees. Visiting the doctor, echos, etc, resulted in: back to the red cleats again. And yes, 2 months (!!) later (2 months without bike, terrible), the pain disappeared.
So watch out with these cleats, some people use them without problems, others cant.
Well saidstratoshark
Aug 5, 2003 12:41 PM
You're right, I should have stated that in my post. My experience with black cleats was fine, but the red cleats were developed to address knee problems caused by the fixed cleats, IIRC.
About the cleats - red and black....10kman
Aug 5, 2003 4:43 PM
With my 396's, I'm still on the original red cleats (not worn down yet).

I have a question though. The pedals have the little yellow dial on the back to adjust the release angle, or the "float" right?? why is it necessary to use the red cleats, which allow floating, along with the already adjusted for float pedals? won't the black ones do the same thing, pretty much letting the pedal control the float, not the cleat???

Just thinking outloud, as I am looking at my bike now and wondering how to fix this. I was tempted to dig out that piece of rubber on the stupid cleat, what good is it?? maybe it helps me walk around...... ha.


ps - does Look know/care about this, or do they take the "oh well" approach??
About the cleats - red and black....Spunout
Aug 6, 2003 3:54 AM
Blacks won't float on any setting.

Red cleats work with the dials better. My squeaking stopped when I turned the dial to 0. The squeaking happens under the toe of the cleat, look under the front hook of the pedal and you may see where ther is some wear or missing paint. Clean, scrub, and lube that area, and it should fix your problem a bit.
Will they still float though??10kman
Aug 6, 2003 3:59 AM
If I use the 0 setting with the look pedals/red cleats, will the pedals still float around, or will it lock them down to a fixed setting??
No float at 0 degrees setting. nmSpunout
Aug 6, 2003 6:14 AM
Are you sure about that ?MR_GRUMPY
Aug 6, 2003 11:03 AM
I've got a friend with 396's that has float at the 0 deg setting. If you are sure, maybe something is wrong with his pedals.
re: Look pedals are squeeeeaaaaaaaking......mikemca
Aug 6, 2003 2:22 PM
i had the same problem
remove the black rubber pad from your cleat,if you don't you won't be able to click in. tie one of those plastic ties around the pedal platform at the back.
this will stop the pedal from rocking side to side which causes the nose of the cleat to rub on the inside of the front of the pedal.
it's the only thing that has worked for me.
i've been squeak free for months
You can stop the squeaking by...SS_MB-7
Aug 7, 2003 5:09 AM
You can stop the squeaking by replacing your Looks with a pair of the new Shimano SPD-SL Ultegra pedals. Seriously. I had a pair of Look 396s that developed the infamous squeak/creak relatively early. I searched these boards for tips and tried everything...TriFlow, wax, Lemon Pledge, etc. About the only tip that provided some long-term quiet was to install one of the rectangular washers under the toe bolt. This effectively raised the toe from the shoe. This worked for several weeks and then it started again. This time, I was done with Looks and bought a pair of the new Ultegra SPD-SL R600 pedals from EBay and could not be happier. Finally, peace and quiet! Ah!

Ride Hard,
Mike B.
re: Look pedals are squeeeeaaaaaaaking......tarwheel
Aug 7, 2003 7:41 AM
I've tried all the suggested cures for squeaky Looks. First, make sure you wear cleat covers when walking around. Keep the pedal and cleats clean. I've tried lubes, such as lithium grease, but they only work for a while. What works best for me is to take some sandpaper and sand off the greyish-black spots where the red cleats contacts the pedals. That gets rid of the squeaks for me for several weeks at a time.