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Old 07-06-05, 08:40 PM
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Pedal creak...

I know this could go under the bike mechanics section but I get better responses here. I've been riding my look pp357 pedals and cleats for about 4 months now. All of a sudden the pedals are creaking. I know it is the pedal surface because if I dab a little water on the contact surfaces, the creak goes away... at least for a little while. Do I need new cleats? What do you guys (or girls) think the issue is? It gets quite annoying. Oh and before someone suggests it, I tried some chain lub on the contact surface and it helps... at least for a little while. I'm looking for a permanent solution. Thanks in advance.

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Mine will do the same thing. I just rub some Boeshield over the contact surfaces. No more creak.

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There IS NO permanent solution to this problem. It's a common problem with LOOK pedals. I'm also riding PP357s. I recently got some of their new Teflon coated pedals, but those do nothing to stop the squeak as the teflon parts are at the tips and the squeak comes from the pedal/cleat surface.

I wipe down the contact points/surface with a rag and wipe it down with Finish Line lube and that helps for a while. That's all you can do. I've heard some people with some kind of nutty concoctions and solutions, but I can't comment as to their effectiveness.
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Originally Posted by B10Cycle
There IS NO permanent solution to this problem. It's a common problem with LOOK pedals. I'm also riding PP357s. I recently got some of their new Teflon coated pedals, but those do nothing to stop the squeak as the teflon parts are at the tips and the squeak comes from the pedal/cleat surface.

I wipe down the contact points/surface with a rag and wipe it down with Finish Line lube and that helps for a while. That's all you can do. I've heard some people with some kind of nutty concoctions and solutions, but I can't comment as to their effectiveness.
CRAP!!!! That is what I thought. Thanks guys.

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file/sandpaper off the black marks that appear on the cleats around the edges. this should stop the squeaking for a couple hundred miles
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I've used Looks for more than 15 years and the one time that this has come up, I used a stick of paraffin wax and rubbed it on the cleat bottom and edges - clean, leaves no residue, repeat occasionally, never had it again. Like waxing skis (when skiers did such things...) and I have only done this with one set of older pedals not on current ones in use. Currently use PP396, and A5.1's and have not had this problem, but if I do, the paraffin stick lasts forever. Good luck.
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