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Anyone have noisy SIDI's?(9 posts)

Anyone have noisy SIDI's?Mike Prince
Aug 15, 2001 9:18 AM
I've got a new pair of Energy's. Love them except for one thing. They creak! I've lived with the noise for many miles (at least 500) and am sure it's the shoes. I notice it especially on hard pedal strokes, standing, etc. and it is driving me crazy. I think the noise is coming from the el cheapo inserts (LOOK) that are supplied with the shoes. Have also noticed that the cleat bolts seem to loosen a little bit after a few rides, which may or may not be caused by the sole insert as well.

Anyway, I'm planning on taking the cleats/inserts off tonight and using something like vaseline on the shoe side of the insert to see if this helps. Also I'll plan on a bit of grease on the cleat bolt threads when I re-install the cleats. Any other ideas out there?

Cheers,
Mike
Yeah, but it stoppedCRM
Aug 15, 2001 9:41 AM
I have a pair of Energy's, too, and they creaked a lot shortly after I got them. I applied a heavy grease to the cleat bolts and tightened them down firmly. I had a significant problem with the cleat bolts coming loose for a while, too, and constantly had to tighten them. I also sprayed silicone on the pedal (Look) surfaces. That was last summer. Now, everything seems to be okay. I occasionally have to tighten the bolts, but no creaking and they seem to be fine.
Yeah, but it stoppedMaverick
Aug 15, 2001 9:56 AM
don't use the bolts that came together with the Energy, use the those that came with the LOOK cleats. they fit better. no problem for me.
Energy is a damn great pair of shoes and not a single noise so far. customer service at SIDI is excellent. been wearing SIDI for the past 10 years. SIDI=Excellent
re: Anyone have noisy SIDI's?Maverick
Aug 15, 2001 9:49 AM
i've got a pair of Energy. trust me, they dont creak, your cleats do. grease them well at the threads and they will go away.
use the bolts that come together with the replacement LOOK cleats, they fit better. dont use the bolts that came together with the Energy. i ride in the mountains and pedal hard all the time and no noises so far. good luck
The Other Tackgrzy mnky
Aug 15, 2001 9:57 AM
Actually Id look at using medium strength *blue* Loctite on the bolts - you want them to stay put not become easier to loosen up. Blue LT is easy to break loose when it's time to change. I notice cleats make the more noise as they wear - you could be getting ready for a new set. Use fresh screws so you can really snug up the whole assembly.
re: Anyone have noisy SIDI's?MikeC
Aug 15, 2001 10:51 AM
I had the problem, too. It came out of nowhere one day last week, diminished the next day, and was gone by the third day...all without me doing anything!
It's scary when it starts up in the middle of a ride, because you can actually feel the "click" in your foot. I didn't know if it was the pedal, the BB, or what else it could be.
By the way...MikeC
Aug 15, 2001 10:57 AM
the only Sidis mentioned here are Energys, so I'm guessing that the problem has something to do with the adjustable stiffness. Maybe the flex causes the cleat to break free or shift slightly, or causes the inser to move within the recess? By the way, I use Campy ProFits, which are similar to Look cleats, and use the same insert/bolt pattern.
Thanks all - had a quiet ride this morningMike Prince
Aug 16, 2001 12:37 AM
Thanks for all of the advice. I took everything apart last night and cleaned/greased/reassembled. Had a quiet ride this morning. I'm not sure the sole stiffness has much to do with it as mine are cranked to rigid. I wonder if G3 owners have a similar problem as the insert is the same as the Energy's.

If I get more bolt loosening, I'll give loctite a try (thanks grz!). It looks like the LOOK bolts are too short compared to the SIDI bolts (b/c of the insert) but I'll give that a try too if the noises reappear.

Thanks for the help.
Thanks all - had a quiet ride this morningMaverick
Aug 16, 2001 9:10 PM
oops, i'm sorry..what i meant was use the bolts that came with the Energy, not the one with the LOOK cleats. yes, there was a bolt which is shorter than the other one..
good luck