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Sidi shoe squeak

Old 05-03-14, 05:15 PM
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Sidi shoe squeak

I have a pair of Sidi shoes from a few years ago Genius 5 maybe - CF sole, ratchet cross strap and two velcro straps.

The damn things squeak and creak to beat the band. I'm using them with speedplay pedals, but I don't think that's the problem. I've mounted them per the directions including torque settings and greasing threads etc.. I think the squeak is just the Lorica shoe itself?

Any guidance? It's driving me nuts.

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Originally Posted by JohnJ80 View Post
I have a pair of Sidi shoes from a few years ago Genius 5 maybe - CF sole, ratchet cross strap and two velcro straps.

The damn things squeak and creak to beat the band. I'm using them with speedplay pedals, but I don't think that's the problem. I've mounted them per the directions including torque settings and greasing threads etc.. I think the squeak is just the Lorica shoe itself?

Any guidance? It's driving me nuts.

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OP, what did you think you were paying all that money for if not a little something extra? In Louisiana we call that lagniappe. Just think of the squeaks as a little bonus.

(Hey, just pulling your chain. If I knew how to help you with this, I surely would.)
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Did the shoes always squeak or did something happened to the shoes to get them to start squeaking?

take them to a shoe place, maybe they can treat the leather to make the squeaking stop.

Good luck.
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Lorica is not leather so there is nothing a cobbler can do for them. I would try cleaning them as best as possible, I vaguely remember this happening to me years ago after a wet ride.
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Well, major problem solving day today. So I took some of that WD40 silicon spray (not the regular WD40) and sprayed it between the tongue and the shoe upper and also at the point where the two velcro straps go back on themselves. Then, after some google work, I found a post where some guy had discovered that where the heel pocket piece/counter came up there is another piece that comes down from the top and where they meet, they can rub on each other and squeak/creak. Mine did that two so some carful work with a small scissors trimmed them back so they don't touch. No squeaking on my ride today.

Now I need to find a more durable lube for my shoes than silicon spray. Any ideas?

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Interesting. I have no help for you, but my Sidi shoes do occasionally squeak. I always thought it was the pedals. They don't squeak that often though.

I'm riding in Sidi Ergo 3s.
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Interesting. I have no help for you, but my Sidi shoes do occasionally squeak. I always thought it was the pedals. They don't squeak that often though.

I'm riding in Sidi Ergo 3s.

I've had these shoes for about 5 years. They've been great then all of a sudden, they start squeaking really loud. I think it has something to do with the Lorica - maybe when it gets dirty or something it starts in with this. Dunno, but it definitely is a new thing with these.

I did two things at the same time to the shoe so I don't know what was the conclusive solution but I suspect it might have been the trimming on the back of the shoe.

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Are you sure it is not the cleat squeaking on the surface of the pedal. I had a lot of problems with that using Look Delta pedals, but none since switching to Keo. You can test for that by spraying water from your bottle onto the cleat and pedal. If the squeak goes away, that's it.
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Originally Posted by rpenmanparker View Post
Are you sure it is not the cleat squeaking on the surface of the pedal. I had a lot of problems with that using Look Delta pedals, but none since switching to Keo. You can test for that by spraying water from your bottle onto the cleat and pedal. If the squeak goes away, that's it.
Yes, I'm sure.

I did nothing to the pedals (speedplay zeros). Only changes where to the shoes.

I've never had the speedplays squeak except if the cleat is not tight to the shoe. If the speedplay cleats are not lubricated, they get hard to engage (if there is any dirt) but don't squeak.

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Originally Posted by clausen View Post
Lorica is not leather so there is nothing a cobbler can do for them. I would try cleaning them as best as possible, I vaguely remember this happening to me years ago after a wet ride.
True, Lorica is not leather (my bad). A shoe repair person, however, might be able to offer suggestions based on his experience dealing with all types of shoe materials.
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I mainly ride with both Speedplay and Sidi. Literally, thousands of miles on them. The only time I get an annoying squeeze is when my pedals need to be lubed internally with a Teflon grease ***. If this isn't the cause, I would probably try spraying the cleat as recommended above with the WD40 Silicone spray.

Another recommendation is to buy Speedplay only cycling shoes. Sidi carries them. This eliminates the whole base cleat kit and it's also much lighter too. Just my two cents.
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I ride Shimano SPD-SL pedals/cleats. I have Sidi and Shimano road and mountain bike shoes. A basic preventive maintenance I do is spray a little silicone spray on the ratchets, as I remember reading somewhere long ago that it helps prevent squeaks and facilitate smoothness. I also occasionally rub some wax (canning wax from a grocery store) on my cleats/pedal interface. Never ever had a problem with squeaks!
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