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  • BRYTER LAYTER

    BRYTER LAYTER

    Pearson’s first waterproof cycling jacket is inspired by an icon of Britain’s musical past but designed with future generations in mind. The musician Nick Drake enjoyed a prolific, if brief, musical career. His first album, Five Leaves Left, was released in 1969, his third and final, Pink Moon, in 1972. Sandwiched between them is the 1971 release Bryter Layter, an album as well known for its idiosyncratic...
  • THE PERFECT SET-UP

    THE PERFECT SET-UP

    ‘Bike-fitting’ is a process in which the set-up of your bike and equipment is carefully positioned to suit your ability and needs as a cyclist. The goal is to achieve a riding position that is comfortable, efficient and allows good control...
  • SIMPLY Off The Charts

    SIMPLY Off The Charts

    WHY GRAVEL?  To get off the road, de-stress, widen your horizons and develop new skills. This type of bike riding is more interesting and engaging than anything you've done before – and it’s also pretty safe for all ages. See the world around you and get closer to the natural environment. Demanding on the whole body, not just your legs but also keeping your balance...
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    Magic Circles

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    Pearson’s latest bike for city riding draws inspiration from an unlikely source – a celebrated adrenaline junkie who took his own cycling to the wire...
  • THE UPSIDE OF DOWN

    THE UPSIDE OF DOWN

    Synthetic insulation is tough stuff. It’s also an environmental time-bomb. Thanks to the sustainable products in Pearson’s new autumn-winter range, warming your body needn’t mean cooking the planet...
  • World Mental Health Day – Look Out For The Beauty Around Us

    World Mental Health Day – Look Out For The Beauty Around Us

    "Cyclists see considerably more of this beautiful world than any other class of citizens. A good bicycle, well applied, will cure most ills this flesh is heir too."
  • An adventure into isolation

    An adventure into isolation

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    Adventure riding can offer splendid isolation, so it’s likely to be popular this winter. But thanks to the new Pearson Adventure Insulated Jacket, you’ll never feel cold and lonely.
  • HOME COMFORTS

    HOME COMFORTS

    With rumours of another lockdown circulating, at Pearson we have the perfect cycling kit to keep you in shape on the home front. Don’t panic (buy), Mr Mainwaring. By Emma Winterson. At the request of the Prime Minister – what could possibly go wrong – we’re all being advised to work from home again. Unlike the March lockdown, a thoroughly alien experience that kicked...
  • Gravel Curious?

    Gravel Curious?

    With our high-performance bikes and dedicated rides, gravel riding with Pearson offers the chance to see things differently. If you’re new to off-roading, Pearson is the perfect place to start (and finish).  By Alistair Lawrence Solo, or with friends. Gravel riding is a great way to find some valuable headspace. If you’re a lifelong road rider, you might not see the point of gravel riding....
  • THE POWER OF THREE

    THE POWER OF THREE

    At Pearson’s London bike-fitting studio, our rider-centred philosophy means your bike is the very last thing on our minds. (Sort of.) By Louise Waugh A common misconception about bike fitting is that it’s only for the pros. Strange, given the object of a bike fitting is to determine a cyclist’s optimum position, thus enabling them to ride as efficiently as possible. It’s something the...
  • Put The Hammer Down

    Put The Hammer Down

    Forged with Pearson’s trademark quality, reliability and craft, the new Hammerandtongs offers some timely updates to a long-standing Pearson favourite.
  • CYCLING RITUALS FOR BETTER PERFORMANCE

    CYCLING RITUALS FOR BETTER PERFORMANCE

    Cycling, I LOVE cycling, I mean what sane person wouldn’t? The freedom and happiness that a simple mode of transport delivers is, to me, priceless. As with most things in life though, there can be a consequence of cycling that goes beyond fatigue and a sore posterior...
  • THE NEW ABNORMAL

    THE NEW ABNORMAL

    The decline in public transport use is unlikely to be terminal but something significant is happening in the way we navigate our towns and cities by bike.
  • The Great Escape

    The Great Escape

    Pearson’s Adventure cycling collection has been designed for intrepid exploration. So, a journey that starts in south-west London might take you further than you ever imagined.
  • TO PASTURES NEW

    TO PASTURES NEW

    As the nation crosses its fingers ahead of lockdown easing, the Pearson Adventure collection includes two pieces to get you on your bike and off the beaten track. By Alistair Lawrence. In this, Pearson’s 160th year, we’ve looked to the past to design cycling jerseys for a better future. Better because they will keep you riding at a time when public transport is proving...
  • HOOKED ON CLASSICS

    HOOKED ON CLASSICS

    In this, our 160th year, Pearson is releasing two ‘anniversary jerseys’, classic, high-performance road cycling jerseys that commemorate two equally classic rides. Classic cycling routes attain such status for a reason. For some riders, that first taste of a classic route is enough to make them fall in love. For others it’s repetition, the familiarity turning a route into an old friend. In 2020,...
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    Reasons to be cheerful. 10 Keys to happier living (PT2)

    Life seems to be opening up following the depths of the coronavirus crisis. It is great to have more freedom to cycle with friends again and to share the joys of the open roads. We first talked to Mark Williamson back in April and during our chat with the Action For Happiness CEO he couldn’t have been clearer about his views on how cycling can boost mental health. “It helps us...
  • IN PRAISE OF LYCRA.

    IN PRAISE OF LYCRA.

    THE PEARSON BIB SHORT GUIDE FOR ALL CYCLISTS The new cycling boom is the perfect time to break out an essential piece of kit. Pearson’s cycling bib shorts offer supreme comfort and performance, wherever you ride.
  • The greatest invention of humankind?

    The greatest invention of humankind?

    On World Bicycle Day, Pearson hails the mode of transport that, in these challenging times, is proving especially valuable. Is the humble bike one of our finest creations?
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    UTILITY VEHICLES

    The launch of Pearson’s new Summer 2020 range has coincided with a cycling boom. A fortuitous by-product of unfortunate events, we raise a glass to the ultimate utility vehicle and the pioneering thinker who, now more than ever, would have recognised its value.
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