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Anyone use LOOK PP357's?(5 posts)

Anyone use LOOK PP357's?MVN
Mar 22, 2002 10:04 PM
A few days ago I posted a topic about good pedals for a relative beginner and some replies suggested LOOK pedals. My LBS owner suggested a wider platform (LOOKs) to combat hotspots. After weighing all the info I could dig up on LOOK and Shimano, I decided to start shopping for LOOKs. By the way, I appreciate all the replies and advice. I stumbled across some PP357's for $90. Anybody use them and if so, are they easy to use/maintain? Anything I should watch out for? All answers appreciated.
re: Anyone use LOOK PP357's?grandemamou
Mar 23, 2002 4:38 AM
I have about 2k on a new set. I had the 357's when I had my new bike built up. After about 1k they started squeeking horribly I tried everything new cleats,pledge,lube and armor all. I had them replaced by LBS and I have about 2-3k on new ones with no problems.

I personaly like Looks. I tried Speedplays they felt fine JRA but when it was time to hammer the platform was just too small and the float too excessive for my taste. At 90 bucks you can't go wrong. If you don't like them you can always swap out later. They do have a nice wide plateform pretty good float and at that price maint. free. When I'm done I'll just replace them.

I considered Campy profit but I have Looks on my other two bikes so I would have been forced to replace all 3 or use an older pair of shoes with 2 bikes.
re: Anyone use LOOK PP357's?DINOSAUR
Mar 23, 2002 6:55 AM
I've been using Look PP247's, the older generation of the PP357. I have a brand new set of the PP357 ready to install on my new bike. I've had good luck with the Looks. Wide platform and easy to engage and disengage. The PP357 have a narrower body than the old model. Both have the adjustable release tension. $90.00 is an excellent buy. I paid $137.00 for mine on sale. I have had no encounter with the infamous Look squeak. It might be a problem encountered with carbon soled shoes and the Look plastic cleats. The only problem with the Look's is that the cleats tend to wear fairly quickly. If you do anytype of walking you should consider Kool cover cleat covers that snap over the cleats. The PP357 have the 9o float, which some riders have trouble adjusting to. Pedals are a personal preference, there is no right or wrong answer. I would have purchased the Campy Pro Fits but I wanted to use the same pedal system for both of my bikes so I could use the same shoes. For $90.00 you can't go wrong, excellent buy, that would motivate me to buy them...
cautionbianchi boy
Mar 23, 2002 7:05 PM
I bought a pair of PP-357s last August and they started squeaking terribly within a few weeks. About the same time, I found some PP-247s on sale even cheaper and put them on my backup bike. The 247s didn't squeak, so I put them on my good bike and left the 357s on my bike I don't ride much. Recently I decided to sell the 357s because they were practically new and I had since gone back to using SPDs on my backup bike. When I picked them up to clean them, a clear plastic cover on the bottom fell off one pedal. It was broken. The 247s do not have this piece of plastic. It got me wondering if that was causing the awful squeak. Anyway, I returned the 357s to the place I bought them (Excel) and asked for a refund or credit. The long and the short of it is I would not recommend the 357s. If you can find the 247s, they are functionally identical and much less expensive. I think Excelsports.com has the 247s on sale right now for $68.
cautionDINOSAUR
Mar 24, 2002 9:33 AM
I have a brand new pair of Look PP357's sitting in a box alongside my computer table. I just looked at them and don't see any clear plastic cover. I'm kind of lost here. Don't know about the squeak, but maybe I could get them to co-ordinate with the squeak of my ti railed saddle..