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  • Pearson Road Cycling Bib Shorts Stiffen the Sinews

    Pearson Road Cycling Bib Shorts Stiffen the Sinews

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    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...
  • GOING SOLO GUIDE: HOW TO BUY A PEARSON BIKE ONLINE

    GOING SOLO GUIDE: HOW TO BUY A PEARSON BIKE ONLINE

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    While our Sheen store remains very much open, government advice regarding Covid-19 means we must ask that appointments be made in advance. Fortunately, Pearson’s online service is every bit as comprehensive as our renowned in-store experience. In fact, at Pearson we believe good, friendly advice should be hardwired into any online purchase. Advice that puts the emphasis on your long-term investment and riding welfare....
  • Three Ways Cycling Makes You Healthier and Happier

    Three Ways Cycling Makes You Healthier and Happier

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    By guest writer James Hewitt. It can feel challenging to fit everything into our increasingly complex lives. Many of us are​ ​trying to succeed at work, maintain good relationships, all while staying fit and healthy.​ ​Unfortunately, as much as we might enjoy riding our bikes, it all too often gets cut from our​ ​schedules. In case you need some extra ammunition to convince yourself...
  • Cycling solo - 8 tips to keep you safe on the road - Pearson1860

    Cycling solo - 8 tips to keep you safe on the road - Pearson1860

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    During times of uncertainty (whether that is political, financial or medical) we’ve found that the humble bicycle can get you through the tough times, and out the other side with a smile on your face. Here are a few tips to help you out before you jump on your bike.
  • Budget 2020 - an open letter to the Chancellor.

    Budget 2020 - an open letter to the Chancellor.

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    As it seems that the budget is to go ahead, we would like to take this opportunity as a business to appeal to you regarding another crisis on the agenda. My hope that high up on your list of longer-term priorities is the government’s recent promise to improve the health of the nation, and one sure-fire way to do this, is to improve cycling...
  • Plight of the Navigators

    Plight of the Navigators

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    Got a taste for adventure riding? Leave the cycling computer at home and not only will you be following our ancient ancestors, you’ll give your brain a workout, too. 
  • Survival of the Fittest: The Evolution of Man. (And Bib Tights…)

    Survival of the Fittest: The Evolution of Man. (And Bib Tights…)

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    Responsibly designed from recycled materials, Pearson’s new cold-weather bib tights offer exceptional comfort and performance. They are built around a unique pad, whose construction is informed by a decade’s worth of bike-fitting data, accumulated at Pearson Performance
  • Pearson Inside Out Gravel Series 2020

    Pearson Inside Out Gravel Series 2020

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    Welcome! The Pearson Inside Out Gravel Series consists of four organised gravel rides in south-west London, one for each season starting in March and then running every quarter until November. Book your spot for today, 100% of entry fees go to our two excellent charities. The object of the Pearson Inside Out Gravel Series is to introduce and enjoy outstanding gravel riding, which exists in and around London! We also aim to highlight the...
  • Gravel Unravelled Evening. Pearson Sheen

    Gravel Unravelled Evening. Pearson Sheen

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    A demystification of gravel riding for all types of rider interested in this exciting new form of cycling. Talks and experiences from experts and newly adopted gravel riders.
  • Stiffen the Sinews: An Alternative Guide to Wellbeing.

    Stiffen the Sinews: An Alternative Guide to Wellbeing.

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    The phrase ‘stiffen the sinews’ first entered popular consciousness in 1599, when William Shakespeare’s Henry V galvanised his countrymen on the eve of a fictional battle of Agincourt. Frankly, the...
  • When Adventure Comes Calling

    When Adventure Comes Calling

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    Our new Adventure products are created for customers who take the road less travelled.
  • Pearson 1860  -  Sustainable cycling  - The next generation

    Pearson 1860  -  Sustainable cycling  - The next generation

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    Christmas is a time for family, and Pearson 1860 has been a family cycling business for 160 years. Now in the hands of a fifth generation, we hope future Pearsons will continue our mission, to get more people cycling and produce the most sustainable bikes and kit.
  • In the beginning: 1860, a year in brief

    In the beginning: 1860, a year in brief

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    When Tom Pearson, our founder, first opened for business, in 1860, he probably thought his humble bike shop was a low-key affair, writes James Faulkner. At least compared with what else was happening around the world...
  • Wellbeing: Natural Highs

    Wellbeing: Natural Highs

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    We know cycling is good for both body and mind, even if we’re not exactly sure why. It releases endorphins. That’s the best most of us can muster as we regale some poor soul with the time-splits for our latest sportive, or the benefits of hill reps. Heaven forbid we’ll be asked to explain what endorphins actually are.
  • Introducing 160 Year Old Cyclist

    Introducing 160 Year Old Cyclist

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    After over a century and a half in business, it still comes back to the same things  -  be kind and look after your customers. We’ve had one friend longer than any other, Fraser has been with us since the beginning.
  • Test Your Mettle

    Test Your Mettle

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    At Pearson, we design the bikes in our Road collection to ensure you get the most from your riding experience. We design them to provide an optimal position, then build them to guarantee years of comfortable use.
  • Badge of Honour

    Badge of Honour

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    The Pearson Rose has been our guarantee of provenance for more than150 years. Emma Winterson looks back at how this humble bloom became a big noise.
  • Introducing the new Pearson 1860 Urban Range

    Introducing the new Pearson 1860 Urban Range

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    Pearson has always prided itself on being adaptable. That’s why the new Pearson 1860 range reflects the changes we’ve seen over time to various boundaries. As the world’s oldest cycling company, we’ve witnessed Sutton, home to our original store when it opened in 1860, slowly change from a country village to a small town; it was finally absorbed by the growing metropolis of London...
  • Always Read the Label: Because It’s There

    Always Read the Label: Because It’s There

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    Whether riders or rock-climbers, the mountains have called adventurers for generations. Pearson’s Adventure collection raises a glass - champagne, naturally - to an icon of exploration.   When you’ve been around as long as Pearson has, that’s a lot of history. A lot of wandering off the map. A lot of firsts. We like to think of that history as a palette of influences,...
  • Introducing the new Pearson 1860 Adventure Collection

    Introducing the new Pearson 1860 Adventure Collection

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    You might know that our founder Tom Pearson first opened his shop in 1860. You might know that from mending boneshakers and penny-farthings we expanded into other bikes. And today Pearson is the oldest bike business in the world. You might not know that at the ripe old age of 159 (and counting) Pearson Cycles is proud to announce an exciting new direction. It’s...
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