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  • Should your next groupset be electronic?

    Should your next groupset be electronic?

    At the top end of the bicycle market, you’ll now almost always find bikes kitted out with electronic groupsets. Every pro team uses electronic shifting. Although the tech remains stubbornly expensive, that’s now showing signs of changing. So what are the advantages of electronic shifting?
  • What’s the big deal with gravel riding?

    What’s the big deal with gravel riding?

    Gravel bikes have really taken off in a big way in the last few years and there’s more and more choice of gravel equipment - not just bikes but wheels, tyres, clothing and luggage. All the big groupset makers now make gravel-specific groupsets too. So why are riders taking to gravel bikes?


    Pearson’s new Swift Half sweatshirt celebrates the extraordinary work of Frank Patterson, the prodigious pen-and-ink virtuoso and cycling’s very own great master. By Jack Buxton. Patterson's drawing of Surrey's famous pub and our inner sweatshirt tribute.  Since the first bicycles appeared in the late 18th century, artists have tried to capture both their liberating pleasures and cultural significance. Some have tended toward the idiosyncratic. Take Marcel...
  • How to wrap your bar tape perfectly

    How to wrap your bar tape perfectly

    If your bar tape has seen a bit too much abuse, or maybe you’ve invested in an upgrade to a flashy new set of handlebars - or you just plain fancy a colour change - it’s time to swap your bar tape. It’s not a difficult job, just a bit fiddly. Here’s how to get it right.
  • Kick Back (a Shorts History)

    Kick Back (a Shorts History)

    Whether you’re balancing work, life, or a tray in the beer garden, Pearson’s Kick Back Shorts offer style, performance and sustainability. Perfect for post-lockdown riding. 
  • How to set your cleats up perfectly

    How to set your cleats up perfectly

    For many cyclists bolting their cleats to their shoes is a bit of an ordeal. If you get it wrong it might result in discomfort and inefficient pedalling. Here’s our in-house bike fitter Nas’s advice on how to get it right.
  • How to keep your bike serviced at home

    How to keep your bike serviced at home

    There’s a lot you can do to keep your bike running at its best, before you need to head down to the bike shop. Here are our tips on some of the easier servicing jobs you can do at home. The basics of bike maintenance are pretty straightforward. Keeping your bike cleaned and lubed and the tyres pumped up will help prolong the life...


    A by-product of the global pandemic was a cycling boom. Yet it might also change the way we live, work (and ride) forever.


    Have you ever wanted to visit Kings Langley? The setting of William Shakespeare's Richard II, Act III, Scene IV. Home of Kings Langley FC. Birthplace of John Milbank - the Anglican theologian. Well, if you follow the Grand Union Canal from Brentford, then you are in for a treat!
  • How to choose the right size road bike

    How to choose the right size road bike

    So you’ve decided to splash out on a new bike - we hope it’s a Pearson - and have decided what spec you want and how much you want to spend. The next thing is, what size bike do you need? There are a few ways to zero in on your perfect road bike size and we’ll run through them. Choosing the correct bike...
  • Leith Hill - Brighton - Leith Hill.

    Leith Hill - Brighton - Leith Hill.

    A suitably epic gravel rid. Ride from the base of Leith Hill down to the coast and back through the South Downs & Surrey Hills. Taking in some of the best gravel in the South East, this is a classic summer off-road challenge.
  • The Pearson Guide to Shimano road and gravel bike groupsets

    The Pearson Guide to Shimano road and gravel bike groupsets

    Shimano offers a massive range of components for your bike, whether you’re riding road, MTB, gravel, cyclocross, track or an e-bike. Here’s our run-down of Shimano groupsets for road and gravel bikes from the pro-level Dura-Ace, found on bikes costing up to £10,000, to Tourney, fitted on bikes costing a couple of hundred pounds. We’ve also demystified the GRX gravel groupset options. What is...
  • Pearson guide to bib shorts and cycling shorts

    Bib Shorts: WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR

    If you’ve spent the winter riding in tights, you’ll be looking forward to the swap to shorts now that the weather has started to warm up. But what should you be looking out for in cycling shorts? And why bib shorts rather than waist shorts? Why buy bib shorts? Most male cyclists ride in bib shorts rather than waist shorts, as the bib gives...
  • Pearson's Rutland Classic

    Pearson's Rutland Classic

    A lovely 3-hour road ride from Cafe Ventoux, a well-known cycling Cafe in Leicestershire. From Ventoux, you head north on some typical Leicestershire lanes before taking in the climb of Burrough on the hill. 


    Our popular Hammerandtongs carbon road bike is marking its 10th birthday with some striking new aero updates. Pearson bike designer Scott Decker explains how we’ve improved on a classic.  
  • Strava vs Komoot: what's the best cycling app?

    Strava vs Komoot: what's the best cycling app?

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    You know what they say: if your ride isn’t on Strava, it didn’t happen. But Komoot has carved itself out a nice niche that doesn’t overlap much with Strava and that gives cyclists a different experience. What does each app offer, what do they cost, and which should you choose?  Strava and Komoot give you different functionality to support your cycling: Strava is focussed...
  • How to fit tubeless tyres

    How to fit tubeless tyres

    Tubeless tech for road bikes has a reputation for being a faff. But road tubeless has matured to the point where it works well consistently and I now never ride with inner tubes if I have the option. Here’s why you need to convert to tubeless and how to set up and maintain tubeless tyres. Tubeless tyres: what are the advantages? We’ve covered this...
  • How to set your perfect saddle height

    How to set your perfect saddle height

    Getting your saddle height dialled is important. It doesn’t just affect your comfort on the bike but the biomechanics of pedalling, helping you to ride more efficiently and potentially faster too and may eliminate some cycling aches and pains. So how do you go about finding your optimum saddle height and what’s involved in altering it? Sports scientists who have studied the effect of...
  • Mind How You Go

    Mind How You Go

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    Riding regularly is good for both body and brain. But there are times when it can give us even more, that Zen-like peace you can only find on two wheels. Few activities offer the sense of release that cycling can provide. Coasting downhill or cruising along the flat, rarely is the marriage between basic physics and simple technology so rewarding. Aside from the occasional...
  • How To Tame A Dragon

    How To Tame A Dragon

    Think cycling up Snowdon is tricky? Try doing it twice on the same day. In the first of a new series of epic rides, Pearson reports on a Welsh mountain classic, as well as some of the finest other off-road routes in the UK. By Mike Higgins All the gear and a great idea. Snowdon/Yr Wyddfa is irresistible. Though not quite as elevated as...
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