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  • 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.
  • British Summertime Begins.

    British Summertime Begins.

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    Pearson’s launch best sustainable road cycling bib shorts yet. Made entirely from recycled materials, Pearson's lightweight cycling 'British Summer Time Begins' bib shorts owe their name to a lightbulb moment from a fellow rider. By James Faulkner. Pearson's new road cycling bib shorts are designed for blissful summer riding. Those days when the sun seems never to set and your legs don’t get tired....
  • The bicycle. A golden opportunity to change gear.

    The bicycle. A golden opportunity to change gear.

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    Despite such a terrible backdrop of the Covid crisis, this is truly a golden opportunity to make cycling a serious part of our daily transport. Not just for London, but across our nation’s towns and cities. The reasons are many.
  • Look after Number One - Stay Self Sufficient On Every Ride

    Look after Number One - Stay Self Sufficient On Every Ride

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    Being self-sufficient is more important than ever at the moment, with fellow riders understandably reluctant to stop and help with those...
  • AN AERO ROAD BIKE FOR A BROAD RANGE OF CYCLISTS

    AN AERO ROAD BIKE FOR A BROAD RANGE OF CYCLISTS

    Inspired by the original ‘mockumentary’, writes Emma Winterson, Minegoestoeleven is the flagship of the Pearson Road cycling collection. A versatile, full-carbon road bike it is equally suited to both the everyday cyclist and the aspiring race rider.
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    REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL. 10 KEYS TO HAPPIER LIVING (PT 1).

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    Maintaining mental health is important for us all. And when searching for charities to support, Action for Happiness jumped out at us, their proactive approach really fits with our ethos. We firmly believe cycling is a force for good, to actively maintain and improve mental wellbeing. 
  • GO THE DISTANCE. OUR FAVOURITE BIKE RIDES FOR CYCLISTS.

    GO THE DISTANCE. OUR FAVOURITE BIKE RIDES FOR CYCLISTS.

    To ‘go the distance’, a term derived from the gruelling world of boxing, when two contenders would complete the scheduled length of a fight, without being stopped or either being knocked out. Boxing has ancient roots. Early depictions of ‘sparring’ have been found on Minoan frescos in Crete, dating as far back as 1500BC, in which two figures are wearing padded gloves in what appears to be...
  • Introducing Pearsons New Insulated Road Bib Shorts

    Introducing Pearsons New Insulated Road Bib Shorts

    It’s a strange suggestion, to make firm something designed to be flexible. Stiffen the sinews, the fibres that connect your muscles to your bones. Any cyclist will tell you that warm and well-stretched is a far better state. At Pearson we’re not averse to a bit of artistic license.     We’ve always interpreted Henry V’s rousing speech to his compatriots not simply as...
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