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    Head For Change

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    A cycling mindset for pro rugby.   Even with upwards of 74,000 baying fans packed into a rugby stadium, the sound of two giants coming together in a full-blooded tackle is enough to make you wince. But in a silent, Covid-era ground, that crunch becomes almost unbearable. It’s as if you can feel the air being smashed out of a player’s lungs as he’s...
  • How to look after your waterproof cycling jacket

    How to look after your waterproof cycling jacket

    Sooner or later you’ll be riding in the rain and realise that you need a good waterproof cycling jacket to keep you dry. Once you are a proud owner, you will need to maintain its effectiveness and extend its useful life. Here is a guide to help you care for your trusty outer shell. The Bryter Layter jacket has all the features you need, including a high collar and dropped...
  • The Roots of Gravel

    The Roots of Gravel

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    The roots of gravel riding are said to be planted in the mud of cyclocross racing. We highlight the differences between gravel versus cross riding. Gravel bikes have been borne out of an amalgamation of a variety of riding disciplines, all forged together to form a machine able to handle hugely varied terrain. A lot of the influence comes from the humble ‘cross bike’, alongside a good dollop of...
  • Streets Ahead

    Streets Ahead

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    The growing popularity of cycling can only be a good thing for our health, fitness and mental wellbeing. While many cities are making progress, a lot more needs to be done to make urban roads safer. By Ian Collier. To help more of us to get out and about on two wheels, Pearson asked a panel of experts for three suggestions of what they...
  • 5 tips to be brilliant on Zwift

    5 tips to be brilliant on Zwift

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    With the indoor cycling world being dominated by Zwift, here are five pearls of wisdom from our resident ex-pro and indoor training expert Edmund Bradbury to help maximise your efforts in the pain cave. Make sure you're getting the most out of your turbo time.
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    Tyre Tracks

    Nemone, the 6 Music DJ (and Pearson bike rider) offers an expertly curated playlist to kickstart your riding in 2021. Nemone is a woman of many talents. A qualified psychotherapist, she is best known as a high-profile, globetrotting DJ, and eponymous host of BBC Radio’s ‘The 6 Mix with Nemone’. A keen runner, in 2004 she made an (only just) unsuccessful bid to compete...
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    A Thank You From Pearson.

    Christmas offers the chance for reflection, a time to bid farewell to the old year and look ahead to the new. The 2020 edition can’t come soon enough and, if we haven’t quite made it through the pandemic yet, it feels like we’re getting there.
  • An Unfinished Journey-Pearson1860

    An Unfinished Journey

    In the second instalment of Pearson’s interview with Emily Chappell, the celebrated endurance cyclist and author reflects on how far she’s come personally – but how far the wider sport still has to go. 
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    Long-Distance Relationship

    Endurance rider Emily Chappell discovered the mental-health benefits of cycling the hard way. Not only did it make her (insanely) fit, it also launched a successful writing career. By Ian Collier. We wouldn’t suggest for one minute that ultra-cycling is for everyone, but Emily Chappell’s story is one that can’t fail to inspire all of us to spend more time on two wheels. Her...
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    BRYTER LAYTER

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    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-Pearson1860

    THE PERFECT BIKE 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-Pearson1860

    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-Pearson1860

    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-Pearson1860

    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-Pearson1860

    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-Pearson1860

    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?-Pearson1860

    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-Pearson1860

    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-Pearson1860

    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.
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