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  • 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...
  • Pearson Road Cycling Bib Shorts Stiffen the Sinews

    Pearson Road Cycling Bib Shorts Stiffen the Sinews

    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

    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

    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

    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.

    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...
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