Pedal Grip Test
After years of explaining to people how much grip our pedals have, I decided to put some numbers on them to make the explaining easier. Also, I was rather curious myself to see how our pedals stacked up against each other and stock rubber pedals. Basically, we mounted the pedals to a steady platform. Next, we put a rubber soled shoe (a Reebok)on top of the pedal. We then applied 28.6 lbs of weight to the pedal. This weight was chosen since it was the weight of a battery we had sitting in the shop, and seemed a reasonable weight for a light pressure stop. We then pulled the shoe off the pedal using a pull scale to measure how much force was required. We then repeated this process for all the pedal types a total of 5 times. The results were remarkably consistent. We then repeated all the tests again 5 times just to confirm the results.
After running the dry tests, we wanted to check the adverse condition traction of the pedals. We decided to use ArmorAll on the pedals as it is extremely slick, as well as easy to apply in the squirt bottle. We applied the ArmorAll to the shoe at the beginning of the 5 pulls, and to the pedal for each of the 5 runs. The results for all the testing is below.
We've been making the GRID style pedals for some time now. I recently started experimenting with the pointy tipped, or Pyramid style, grid pedals. They look very much like the standard GRID pedals, but have even greater traction. After seeing the results of this testing we are going to switch all our GRID pedals over to the Pyramid style grid. It might take some time to update all the pictures on the website.