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After buying some Look Keo Blade 2 pedals I used them for the first time today. My 15 mile ride to work was all ok however my 30 mile hilly ride home was not so good. Whenever I was climbing both in and out the saddle the right pedal/cleat was really clicky. It was almost like a popping noise.

People riding with me thought it was the bike as it was so loud. Has anyone experienced this? Can anyone advise what might be causing it? Before I take them back and risk looking stupid I'd rather try and solve the problem.

As always thanks in advance for your advice

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Flying Scot [918 posts] 2 years ago
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Are you 100% sure the cleat is secure on the shoe?

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craig749 [36 posts] 2 years ago
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Yes the cleat is as tight as I can get it.

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Nick T [913 posts] 2 years ago
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Lubricate the metal plate with your chain oil. It's the rubber cap in the middle of the cleat rubbing against the pedal as you float, happens on Looks all the time. Pedal and cleat cleaning should be part of your regular maintenance anyway, so drop a bit of lube on every time you do your chain.

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craig749 [36 posts] 2 years ago
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That's great Nick, I'll give that a try tomorrow. Hopefully that will do the job. Maybe this is a sign that I should have bought Speedplays!

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therevokid [948 posts] 2 years ago
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with speedplay you'll be cleaning and lubing
more often .... I know  1

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centurion48 [13 posts] 2 years ago
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Same happened to me on the past two rides. Very annoying because it is quite loud and quite unlike normal squeaks and rattles. My cleats are also tightly secured. Will try Nick T's advice tomorrow.

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Charliegr555 [13 posts] 2 years ago
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I had a similar problem try increasing the force required to release just a bit (make sure you can still get out of them though)

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surly_by_name [360 posts] 2 years ago
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Charliegr555 wrote:

I had a similar problem try increasing the force required to release just a bit (make sure you can still get out of them though)

Are you sure? I didn't think you could change the release tension on a Keo blade without changing the carbon "blade", which is why they sell them in 12nm and 16nm versions?

My blades got very noisy a couple of months ago. (Through trial and error I narrowed noise down to pedla - initially I thought it was BB.) Removed cleat from shoe and then threw away the little rubber bumper in the middle of the cleat. No noise.

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Miles253 [198 posts] 2 years ago
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I had a pair of Looks, from new they squeaked, annoying too as I liked them. Used both the rubber cleats and non rubber

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glynr36 [637 posts] 2 years ago
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Keo's always creak. Just have to live with it!

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Miles253 [198 posts] 2 years ago
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glynr36 wrote:

Keo's always creak. Just have to live with it!

It was so annoying I couldn't live with it, plus when you buy something I kind of expected it to work. So I switched to Time  1

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craig749 [36 posts] 2 years ago
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After another ride I've given up on the pedals! Bought some Dura Ace pedals which are brilliant and more importantly don't squeak or click!

Thanks for all your feedback/advice  1

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glynr36 [637 posts] 2 years ago
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Miles253 wrote:
glynr36 wrote:

Keo's always creak. Just have to live with it!

It was so annoying I couldn't live with it, plus when you buy something I kind of expected it to work. So I switched to Time  1

It's not that it doesn't work, I can't fault the sets I have.
Just creak and squeak, I found its worse then the pedal/cleat are dirty or the cleats are wearing too much.

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Martin R-L [1 post] 1 year ago
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Bought 16 Nm Blade 2 for me and 12 Nm for the Mrs.

The Mrs doesn't ride as much as me, but they squeak.

My pair squeak like h*ll! I've tried everything. Have even taken them apart and lubed them three times.

It has absolutely nothing to do with the cleats, as suggested all over the Internet.