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Old 08-01-10, 09:55 AM   #1
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Shimano Pedal Problem

My LHT is over four years old. My LBS built it for me just before Surly came out with the complete build. By this forum's standards, I don't ride a lot of miles, so I am disappointed with the problems I'm having with Shimano pedals.

I started with M324s. Within months, I was hearing a clicking sound on every upstroke of the crank (on the right side, I think). My LBS eventually diagnosed it as a broken pedal and put on a set of A530s. The noise disappeared.

Last spring, the problem returned. I shelled out for another set of A530s, and once again the problem disappeared. On a ride last week, the problem started again. Is it possible that I've broken or worn out my third set of Shimano dual-side pedals before I've worn out the bike's original set of Marathon Schwalbes? Has anyone else had similar problems? Is there a similar style of pedal that's more durable?
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I think your pedals are lose.I would take them off clean them up and grease them before I put them back on.I have the Shimano XTR pedals they work good for my LHT.I don't see how you could wear out a set of pedals if you don't ride all that much.Your pedals my be working lose on you check that out first.Hope this helps a little.
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Ok i am no pedal expert aside from riding them for years, but if the pedal is working, how can it be broken? Sounds more like it needed lube instead of a completely new pedal. The springs in mine with start to click and groan if i don't lube it up. Also the cleat screws tend to get rusty and will make grindy noises after many miles (I ride flexy commuter shoes).
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I use the M324 on my foldup bike, no problem but I have less than 1,000 miles on that bike.

I recently had a clicking sound in my Ritchey V4 left pedal on my LHT, I slid the seal back on one side and removed the cap on the other side so that I could put some new grease on both the inner and outer the ball bearings. Several miles later, no clicking. If you still have the old M324 pedals, put some light oil on them so that it can flow into the bearings and put those back on the bike and see what happens. Grease is better, but I think that you need some odd tools to take the bearings apart on the M324 so you might not be able to get grease into them.

Clicking can be from loose chainring bolts, loose crankarm, or many other bike problems. You should not have to buy new pedals.
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