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Old 07-27-17, 05:19 PM
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Which Vintage clipless pedals

So in my horse trading I've acquired two sets of old Look clipless pedals. Since I've got the pedals I figured I'd grab some cheapo shoes off the Bay and give clipless a try. I dig the toe clip pedals I've used, but I'm ready to try some higher milage road trips and weekend getaways.

So one pair is Delta system, plastic, pp-something or other, and entry level. The other set is Arc system, in rougher shape but aluminum. Is there a big difference in system quality? Does it matter? I've seen shoes for 30-50 bucks and I might just get one of each? Or Sell one set and keep things simple...

I dunno, someone want to school me a little?

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Although most older Look pedals worked well and we're quite reliable, a few did come up as not so good with inner side bearings that wore out too soon. Actually, I think they weren't even ball or roller hearings, but just simple bronze bushings that the inner spindle races rode on. IIRC, they were some models from the late 80's to early 90's that had the bearing wear problems. You can actually still Google reviews on these older pedals and get user input before deciding which ones to choose for your bike.
BTW, I had seen lots of opinions out there from Look pedal owners that the earliest pedals were actually better made and more reliable than the later ones.
I still have model PP76 Look pedals I bought way back in sometime like 1985 or 86. They are still going strong on my Peugeot, after all these years.
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Look made two typed of cleats Black (no float) and red (9 degrees of float).

With the standard delta pedals you can use either the black or red cleats. With the arc pedals, you need to use to black cleats, because the float is in the pedal.
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If you decide against LOOK, give me a shout, I need a set of pedals. I love them. Effective simple, and cheap
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I use a set of old red Look Delta pedals for my indoor trainer. Red cleats, they seem to work just fine. (Mine say Carbo on them ? IIRC). Clicks seem more "positive" than my usual SPD-SLs.
I don't have a vintage red bike to match them to, so they're inside
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There are many different versions of the pedal from Look and a bunch of knock-offs. If it is the original Look design they are all compatible with the red or black plastic cleat. At least in my experience, over more than a dozen pedals, from various manufacturers. They should fit on any shoe with the 3 bolt design.

And yes, they are readily available on the used market. $5 - $10 is what i pay, but scratches are not a biggie for me.
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I think Look also made a grey cleat, which had float in between black and red cleats.
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Does anyone remember when Look pedals came with a template, and you had to drill out the cleat mounting holes in your cycling shoes, yourself? IIRC they came with some T nuts or something. Somehow drilling peoples shoes was always my job BITD, when I was the teenage slave/helper at the LBS.

There were a lot of competing clipless pedal systems in the early days. Some of them are pretty obscure, some still exist. Time and Speedplay were both around early on, and still exist. Aerolite are still around also I think. There were those Sampson pedals, and the funny clunky Campy ones. Look was clearly the leader, and arguably the best.

The Shimano pedals of the time were Look licensed and compatible, until Looks patent ran out and they came out with SPD-SL.

I suppose none of this info is particularly useful to the OP. oh well.
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