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LOOK Pedal cleats(5 posts)

LOOK Pedal cleatsNoam
Dec 17, 2003 4:44 AM
Black or red and why. Please advise. For some reason I prefer the black while everyone I know use the red.

Noam
re: LOOK Pedal cleatsDave Hickey
Dec 17, 2003 5:17 AM
Black has no float ie: your foot is fixed and cannot swivel from side to side. Red cleats allow float.
Black cleats heredzrider
Dec 18, 2003 12:42 PM
I find the red ones bother my achilles tendons and the black ones don't. I find float to be over-rated.
Red...DINOSAUR
Dec 17, 2003 10:00 AM
I tried the black cleats, I liked them, I felt more connected to by bike. I started to experience little aches and pains in my knees, so I went back to the reds. I think if you have the red cleats dialed in right the only difference I could really feel is when I unclip as I have to rotate my feet more. And for some reason the black cleats seemed to wear better (maybe less wear and tear caused by unclipping?)

The biggest problem with the Look cleats in general is they wear down fast. It seems to me they could come out with a better material, such as a hard rubber compound. I don't do hardly any walking at all and I can get about 2 months out of a set of Look cleats. I pack the Look cleat covers if I go for long rides, but I have never used them (knock on wood)....
re: LOOK Pedal cleatsMike Prince
Dec 17, 2003 10:25 AM
What are you using now? I rode mostly black cleats when I had LOOKs - I never had knee issues and it seemed like the black cleats lasted longer and also reduced the dreaded LOOK squeak.

When red cleats came out, everyone switched to them. Any pair of new LOOKs now come with red cleats. So, any new rider sees everyone on red and follows along. That's probably why you see so many people on red cleats.

I would say that if you don't have any issues with what you ride on, don't change. If it ain't broke... :)