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Hi All
I just got done with my second ride of a brand new bike, a look 555, that I thought was going to be absolutly quiet. No gear noise, no creaking frame or no cables hitting the headtube. You know the deal, dead silent! Anyway about halfway through the ride my pedals start to squeek, you know the annoying every pedal stroke kind that does not stop when you are standing so you kow it is not the saddle type of squeek. I was wondering if any of you have any ideas of how to stop the squeek. It is driving me nuts.
I have a pair of look 3.1 pedals and am considering 3 options
1 wd-40 for some reason I think this may work. It always did when I was a kid.
2 Lather the cleats up with oil or some other concoction (sp).
3 Buy a pair of keo's
What do you say? Thanks!
 

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I spray the pedals & cleats with WD 40, then wipe them off. It's a temporary fix, but mine usually remain "squeekless" for at least a month at a time.
 

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WD 40 works well for me, too.

I bought some on the road after a rain storm when the pedal noise became unbearable. The cleats were pretty damned slippery getting in, but they were quiet the rest of the ride so I forgot about them. The fix lasted long enough to become my new method for keeping them quiet.

Ime:
black cleats are quieter than red ones
new cleats are quieter than old ones
clean pedals are quieter than dirty ones
206 pedals are quieter than others Looks I've used
if I get caught in the rain, they will squeak when the rain stops
 

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Keo's or switch to Speedplays.

;)
 

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No Wd-40!!

Your squeaking problem was very common with the older style Look cleats as I imagine you are well aware. Last year Look developed a new cleat with a Teflon coated material (it's the white part on the new cleats) that will eliminate any and all sqeaking that you are getting.
Don't spray WD-40 on your shoes/cleats/pedals. The "WD" in WD-40 stands for "water displacement" which is what this product was designed for. For some reason over the years, people decided that this was a lubricant and began spraying it on everything that they could find. This is not the intended use for this product and it actually does more harm than good on just about every part of your bicycle as it will not inhibit corrosion. In fact, some say that it does the opposite.
Sooooo, the solution is to purchase new cleats. And while you're at the bike shop, buy some good lube as well.
<img src="https://www.cycle-yoshida.com/look/pedal/5delta_cleat_red.jpg"
 

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red and white cleats

FVK Member said:
Your squeaking problem was very common with the older style Look cleats as I imagine you are well aware. Last year Look developed a new cleat with a Teflon coated material (it's the white part on the new cleats) that will eliminate any and all sqeaking that you are getting.

Sooooo, the solution is to purchase new cleats.
<img src="https://www.cycle-yoshida.com/look/pedal/5delta_cleat_red.jpg"
I second the red and white cleats. For years I tried every trick to stop the squeaking, some worked for a while, none of them worked permanently. Then, last year, I switched to the new red and white cleats and have not heard a squeak since then.
 

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Thaksfor replies guys. Looks like I'm gonna go to the LBS this afternoon and get some new cleats!
 

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For some reason over the years, people decided that this was a lubricant and began spraying it on everything that they could find.
Where'd they get that idea??? Probably from the freakin can it comes in.
I've never had a problem with it as a lubricant. Here, educate yourself: http://www.wd40.com/Brands/wd40_faqs.html


And I also tried the red and white cleats but still got squeeks. On to eggbeaters I went.
 

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Thaksfor replies guys. Looks like I'm gonna go to the LBS this afternoon and get some new cleats!

One more thing before you run off - try some Silicone Spray. Available at Lowe's/Home Depot. It fixed one pair of squeaky pedals that had defeated all other intervention (Orange Pledge). I spray it on the noisy ones before heading out - good for 3-4 hours at least.
 

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Where'd they get that idea??? Probably from the freakin can it comes in.
I've never had a problem with it as a lubricant. Here, educate yourself: http://www.wd40.com/Brands/wd40_faqs.html


And I also tried the red and white cleats but still got squeeks. On to eggbeaters I went.
Well have at it then. I personally believe that there are much better products available as a lubricant but that's just me, I guess.
Good luck with your Egg Beaters!
 

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Jesse D Smith said:
Do you use it as a chain lubricant? Why or why not.
WD-40 dries very quickly and while it does displace water very well it doesn't leave behind any true lubricating agent after it evaporates. It may do a fair job lubricating just after it is freshly applied but that's it from my experience.
There are much better compounds available (I am a fan of the wet lubricants more than the dry lubricants) through your LBS.
 
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