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Old 02-14-18, 09:40 AM
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Just started using Look PP 247 pedals a couple of weeks ago, a gift from another BF member. Blue, to go with my blue/smoke '89 Centurion Ironman. I got a pair of inexpensive Scott Road Pro shoes and delta cleats from Jenson USA.

First time I'd used foot retention since the 1970s-'80s, when I wore cleated Detto Pietros with toe clips. When I resumed cycling in 2015 after a long break I just used platforms for a couple of years. But after half a year with the Ironman I was ready to try clipless.

The red floating cleats felt really weird at first, like ice skating on the pedals. But after a few rides I'm accustomed to it. Foot position doesn't seem too critical, no knee pain, etc. I noticed I seem to prefer my left foot more or less straight but my right foot turned inward quite a bit. So if I'd chosen the zero-float black cleats I might have experienced knee pain quickly.

And I've used toe covers on a couple of chilly rides. The elastic strap is fused right in the middle where it goes under the cleat so it interferes slightly with clipping in. It will clip in and hold, but it's a mushy feel so I need to pull back to be sure I'm actually clipped in while wearing the toe covers. After these wear out I'll look for better designed toe covers. A little more insulation would help too when the temp is below 40F. The Scott shoes are summerweight, too much ventilation for winter use.

I'm not any faster so far, but I've had only four or five rides, mostly in the 15-30 mile range, just getting used to the pedals. And it's been very windy, and I'm just getting over a month long bout with flu. The speed will come.

Right now the main advantage I can see is consistency on climbs and downhills, especially on rough chipseal. I'm not needing to concentrate on keeping my feet planted on the pedals. I have set some personal bests on Strava segments that had thwarted me for months, on climbs and on downhills where I'd been spinning out using platforms. But those were all wind assisted, so it's difficult to say how much difference the pedals alone make.

One clipless tumble so far, on grass so no injury, just a minor bruise on the thigh from the top tube. I hesitated to unclip while waiting for some other cyclists and joggers to pass and couldn't track stand well on soft grass.

So to develop better habits I'm stopping and unclipping at most stop signs in my neighborhood. Gotta program that muscle memory so it comes instinctively in an emergency stop.
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Look white with red

Mine were lost in shipping 10 years ago. I loved them.been on shimano licenced since. However I got a pair yesterday at a great deal bike shop. It will be great to put period pedals on my old Dale!
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Loved them "back in the day". About to try a pair of N.O.S. Shimano 105s on my Litespeed.
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Back in the 80's the "fit kit" system had a pair of pedals where the cage of the pedal floated, there were two rods that extended one on the cage and one on the core pedal, when the rods aligned with the cleat adjustment set- all was good - really solved many a rider's knee pain.

frequently now I see riders pedaling along where one it both legs take a wild displacement side to side as they pedaling- I catch them at a light I ask how their knee pain is... They all say, "how did you know?" Easy, it is in your pedal stroke. I ask if they have had their cleats professionally fitted... So it goes.
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Of course I'm still riding the Look clipless on any road bike newer than 1985. Which for the moment means my three (yes, the third one is finally on the road, documented in the "what have you done lately?" thread) Rossins and my early 90's Diamondback Expert. Everything else is traditional clips and straps, with the exception of my Magneet tourer (SPD on one size, plain rattraps on the other) and my Trek 4500 (SPD).

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I was psyched to find a set of the Campy Look pedals for my ’82 Bianchi this weekend at Recycled Cycles. I strongly suspect that they’re just rebranded Looks, as the spindles have a “D” and “G” stamped on them (French) rather than a “D” and “S” (Italian).

In general, they’re great pedals and are highly available in used parts bins. I use them exclusively on all my bikes.
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Old 04-29-19, 01:11 PM
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Still rocking a pair of PD-6402s that came on my mid-80's Battaglin.

Nice float and adjustable release tension. Reasonably light.

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