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Greasing of Pedals/Cleats(12 posts)

Greasing of Pedals/CleatsAztecs
Oct 19, 2001 7:26 AM
New into cyciling. When I got my new setup I noticed that the LBS greased the cleats on my shoes (clip-ins). How often should this be done. Do I just grease the cleat? What about the pedal itself? Does everyone do this?

I put a bit of oil on when they get sticky....vanzutas
Oct 19, 2001 7:31 AM
It depends on the type of cleat you are using. I use SPD (Small metal cleat). if my contact area starts creaking I put a little bit of oil on the pedal itself where the cleat sits. if I have trouble getting in or out I will do the same thing. Also keep them clean. dirt will grind up the cleat and pedals.

Oct 19, 2001 7:31 AM
I don't want to second guess your bike shop, because they know your particular situation better than I do, but I've never known a cleat that needed grease. A little chain lube never hurt an SPD or other metal cleat, but any regular grease schedule would make a real mess. Without knowing what kind of pedal you have, I'll make just the basic recommendation- every so often (month or two) put a drop or two of chain lube into the pedal mechanism.
Bad ideamr_spin
Oct 19, 2001 7:32 AM
I've seen this done on mountain biking cleats, but not on road cleats.

I've done this in the past, but not for years. The grease doesn't usually last long because the clicking motion scrapes it off. Usually on the first click in. What's left just picks up dirt.

If you have trouble getting in or out, it's probably a tension problem, in which case grease won't do anything. Lessen the tension--it's usually very simple to do.

If you still want to grease your cleats, don't use grease. Use a teflon spray of some kind. And just spray the pedal mechanism.
Use a silicone spray like Armor All...Greg Taylor
Oct 19, 2001 7:43 AM
...instead of oil or grease. I spray it on the pedal, rather than the cleat. It quiets any squeaks, and is generally a little cleaner than oil.
Furniture polish works great for Look cleats. nmMLG
Oct 19, 2001 7:44 AM
works great for Look systems. Just spray some on the cleat and wipe off the excess.
Pedro's Bike Lust is good on cleats, too. (nm)RhodyRider
Oct 19, 2001 8:24 AM
Oct 19, 2001 8:52 AM
Is this a your squeak/creak cure as well?
Grease seems excessiveRich Clark
Oct 19, 2001 8:26 AM
Awfully messy, and there's not enough grinding between metal surfaces going on to warrant it, IMO.

What works for me with SPD's is to drip a drop of chain lube into each spring whenever I lube my chain. I use ProLink, btw.

Oct 19, 2001 8:58 AM
I just put a spray of graphite lube on my spds as and when I do the chain. Looks get nothing. Greasing cleats sooner or later = grease on carpets => hard time from wife...
The only time I'd use greaseColnagoFE
Oct 19, 2001 9:14 AM
is on the pedal spindle threads when you put 'em back on the bike after taking them off. It'll turn into a big mess if you put it in the mechanism itself. I sometimes use a little White Litening if I'm getting squeeks.
re: Greasing of Pedals/CleatsDINOSAUR
Oct 19, 2001 9:44 AM
I've never heard of anyone greasing their cleats. I do just the opposite. I keep them as clean as possible and when I start having trouble disengaging it means they need to be replaced. Grease would attract a lot of dirt and grime. I usually check my cleats after a ride and if I see any dirt I just clean them off with simple green....