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How to Stop Squeaky, Creaky, Noisy Cleats and Pedals… FOR GOOD.


I happen to be the owner of a race bike that is worth more than the vehicle I drive. I have a rain bike that I’ve got more money into than most would spend on ten bikes. I’ve got a gravel bike, a mountain bike, and a tandem that almost cost as much as the freaking race bike.

The one thing they all had in common? Squeaky. Creaky. Noisy. F**king. Pedals.

God have mercy on my soul.

I’ve tried micro adjustments of my cleats. I’ve tried cleaning the cleats and pedals. I’ve tried a little drip of light chain lube on the cleats and pedal… nothing works for any length of time.

I’ve gotten to a point I almost wanted to chuck my bike in the woods and walk away.

You pay that much money for a bicycle, the last thing you want to hear going don the road is, reeet, reeet, reeet, reeet, reeet...

And then it dawned on me one day… everyone is going all gaga over wax lube or waxing their chain… wax.

I waxed my cleats and the cleat bed of my pedals. Nothing special, just rubbed cold, hard candle wax on the pedals and cleats and it worked.

First, get the cleat bed on the pedal.

Then the front part of the cleat… get right up in there, too. You want to leave some of the wax on the cleat.

Then do the back of the cleat. Again, get in there…

And that’s all there is to it. Your cleats will be quiet. I like to repeat the process every Friday and haven’t had to hear my pedals in a couple of months.  The silence is glorious.


  1. unironedman says:

    I’m tempted to ask if it works on other things, but I’ll get into serious trouble…

  2. Thank you for this post! My son is training for his first Ironman in August. He just replaced his bike and prepping it. Passing on this helpful info 🙌🏼

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