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Pedals Squeak. HELP.(8 posts)

Pedals Squeak. HELP.UGB
Dec 18, 2001 9:54 AM
I hate when my road bike makes noise. I started out with SIDI shoes and TIME pedals = high pitch squeak. Kept the shoes but switched to LOOK 396 pedals with the Red Cleat = louder squeak. Am I the only poor bastard out there with this problem. Please, any remedies and commiseration would be appreciated. THANKS.
lately I'v used wax to make it go awaydzrider
Dec 18, 2001 10:12 AM
I put it around the edges of the cleat and it's the best solution I've found. It is truly maddening.
Have you tried beeswax?tarwheel
Dec 18, 2001 1:04 PM
Beeswax seems like it might work although I haven't tried it yet. I got some Look pedals this summer and the squeak is driving me crazy as well. I've tried rigorously cleaning the pedals, applying Armour All and lithium grease. The grease works for a while, but it's messy and the squeak eventually returns. I'm gonna try a few more remedies such as soap and wax, and if that doesn't work I might just break down and try another pedal system. I can't believe Looks have been around as long as they have without someone figuring out a solution to the annoying squeak. I even sent an e-mail to Look seeking their advice, but they never responded.
SolutionsDog Breath
Dec 18, 2001 5:01 PM
The PP396 and PP296 with their new surface seem more resistant to squeeking then the earlier versions.

What to do:

1. Clean the black gunk off of the cleat surface with a mild solvent, or gently file it off.

2. Armorall the black rubber portion very lightly the night before you ride.

3. Use an emory board (for nails, avail. at drug store) to file smooth the cleat, esp. the areas which turn black during a ride. Don't forget the very front of the cleat, and underneath it's lip. Only a little filing is necessary.

4. Clean the back portion of the cleat with soap and water.

5. Clean the pedal surface with aluminum polish, then finish up with citrus cleaner (Pedros, etc.). (This step will help, but may not be necessary. to fix the squeek.)

6. I would not use wax, or lube on the cleat. They attract dirt which brings back the squeek.

7. For temp. relief during a ride, use a small amount of water on the cleat.

8. If the problem persists it may be time to replace the cleats, or the pedal surface may be uneven.
Solution #9tarwheel
Dec 19, 2001 11:22 AM
9. Get some new pedals.

I appreciate your suggestions, but isn't that a lot of work to keep your pedals from squeaking? Why can't Look just desing some pedals and/or cleats that don't squeak? I'm afraid that if I don't find a relatively simple solution fairly soon I'm just gonna break down and buy some Speedplays. I will try your tip about filing the cleats smooth with emery boards, though. That seems like a relatively easy fix, if it works.
Solution #9UGB
Dec 20, 2001 8:17 AM
Cheers...never thought clipless pedals would be so much work. I can tell you that if maintaining LOOK pedals is a dailey 12 step ritual...then count me out. I'm going to look for a new pedal system. Any differences with the BLACK cleat?
Thanks, Dave
re: Pedals Squeak. HELP.Dutchy
Dec 19, 2001 9:46 PM
My guess is that it is time to get some new cleats. Mine are 5 years old and now they sqeak quite a bit.
They never used to though. Also make sure the cleat screws are nice and tight, they do loosen over time.

re: Pedals Squeak. HELP.UGB
Dec 20, 2001 8:18 AM
This squeak is occurring with brand spankin new cleats...FIRST RIDE on the suckers.