I recently bought a set of Look Keo Sprint pedals and the left is now making a horrible creaking noise after < 250 miles (it showed up immediately following the first rainy ride). I can actually feel the friction at a certain point in the pedal stroke.
This morning, I cleaned and lubricated threaded portion of the pedal that attaches to the crank arm threads. No dice. I believe the noise is generated from the cleat binding mechanism somehow.
Any advice on how to proceed? Do I have to tear down the pedal already?
Trek 1000, two mtbs and working on a fixie for commuting.
I would suggest using a small brush to get any grim out before doing DeadSailor's remedy, which I agree with. I've been tempted to use my girlfriend's mascara brush for this job (I have the same pedals), but I'm not sure if she'll let me, or how to get that gloppy black stuff off....