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  • Wellbeing: Natural Highs-Pearson1860

    Wellbeing: Natural Highs

    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.


    As we bid farewell to another year of the pandemic, Pearson looks back at some of the seismic events of the past 12 months. (And some not so much). The period between Christmas and New Year is a time to take stock. Few stories better captures this spirit of reflection than Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Regular Pearson followers will know we’ve always felt a bit of a bond...


    At this time last year, 6 Music DJ Nemone created an exclusive Pearson playlist to keep you cycling through the dark days of winter. And this month, she’s done it all over again. So, tune in, zone out (just not too much) and get riding.A qualified psychotherapist, Nemone’s latest BBC series, Journeys in Sound, investigates the links between music and our minds. Which makes...
  • Bling Bling - coming through

    Bling Bling - coming through

    Your guarantee of cycling quality for the better part of a hundred and sixty years, in 2022 the Pearson rose head badge is set to get a glamorous makeover. At Pearson, you might say we have a thing about heritage. It’s hard not to, when you’re the world’s oldest bike company and run by the fifth consecutive generation...
  • How to light your way this winter

    How to light your way this winter

    It’s that time of year again, when a cyclist’s fancy turns to lights. Each year when brands bring out their new lights there’s an arms race, with new models with greater illumination and longer run times promised. So what are your options to lighten your darkness this winter? Let’s start with front lights. There are tons of lights available and the classic split is...
  • Pearson chevron design


    The humble chevron features across the Pearson range. From bikes to apparel, this centuries-old design is sure to have you heading in the right direction. If you’re looking for the origins of the word ‘chevron’ you won’t get much help from Google. The top-ranking results can leave you feeling a bit like Jack Malik, lead character in the Richard Curtis film Yesterday. Waking one...


    The Cop26 summit held in Glasgow over the past fortnight has offered genuine hope for the future. Some say cycling wasn’t given its due at the event but to simply heap the blame on Bojo and co is to miss a key point. Picture by UK Green Building CouncilWith the Cop26 climate conference having drawn to a close, representatives of the attending nations are...
  • Shimano 12 speed

    What’s new with Shimano Dura-Ace and Ultegra 12-speed?

    We’re expecting a drop of Shimano’s latest 12-speed Ultegra groupset at Pearson soon and will be offering it as an option on our road bike range, which you can pre-order now. What’s new with 12-speed Ultegra and Dura-Ace? They’ve been a long time in the works, rumoured to be appearing for years now, with an equal number of rumours about what they’d offer that...
  • A guide to power measurement

    A guide to power measurement

    For many cyclists, a power meter is an essential piece of equipment to monitor and improve their performance. But even the least expensive power meters cost well over £200 with prices heading up over £1,000. What do you get for your money and what explains that price difference? The original cycling power meter was developed by German company SRM in 1986. It was quickly...
  • The weather’s changing - time to winterise your ride

    The weather’s changing - time to winterise your ride

    With the change in seasons, we’ve got months of cold, wet weather to look forward to. How should you prepare your bike for riding through winter? Winter can be tough on your bike. Roads turn damp, grit gets washed onto them, gritting lorries start scattering salt over the surface to stop ice forming and your bike will get the lot sprayed over it whenever...
  • Group Therapy - Mental Health Awareness Day

    Group Therapy - Mental Health Awareness Day

    Going riding with your nearest and dearest can be the equivalent of a ‘brain vaccine’. Ahead of World Mental Health Day, Pearson invites you to buddy up, saddle up and roll on out.
  • The perfect indoor training set-up

    The perfect indoor training set-up

    It’s that time of year again when the thought of a ride outdoors is that bit less tempting. The weather and diminishing hours of daylight may make it less of an option too. So maybe now’s the time to think about moving some of your training indoors. Here’s what you need for the perfect indoor training set-up. The days of indoor workouts being mindlessly...
  • Here Today, Here Tomorrow.

    Here Today, Here Tomorrow.

    Cost effective, exceptional performance, negligible carbon footprint. In creating our new Pearson Everyday collection, we’ve our put our money (not yours) where our mouth is.


    Inspired by the original ‘mockumentary’, 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.
  • How to change your pedals: everything you need to know

    How to change your pedals: everything you need to know

    Sooner or later you’re going to need to remove the pedals from your bike. Although it may seem like a really simple operation, we’ve got a few tricks to make sure it goes smoothly. There’s a tendency to think that pedals are fit and forget. Modern pedals will usually run for years with little or no maintenance, but you may find that you need...
  • Guide to bikepacking: what to ride and what to take

    Guide to bikepacking: what to ride and what to take

    Heading off for a few days on your bike is a great opportunity to get off the beaten track and explore new areas a bit further afield. A bikepacking trip lets you travel light and fast. We’ve just launched the ideal bike for bikepacking too. Preparation and planning are everything when it comes to a successful bikepacking trip - you don’t want to be...


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    If you worry you’re an underachiever, Simon Hayes’ CV might not be a comfortable read. BMX prodigy, jujitsu black belt, Hollywood Oscar winner, thank goodness he only recently discovered road Growing up in East Sheen, a stone’s throw from Pearson HQ, Simon Hayes states that he wasn’t particularly academic, his teenage years occupied by hip-hop and sport. At the age of 11, he caught...


    Bikepacking is a beautifully simple concept. Take one of the ever-growing numbers of high-performance gravel bikes on the market and kit it out with everything you need. If you’re going for the day, that might be no more than a rain jacket and a credit card; if you’re going for longer, it could be a tent, camping stove and everything else you’ll need to create a rolling...
  • How to touch up chips and scratches in your bike's paint

    How to touch up chips and scratches in your bike's paint

    You’ve looked after it lovingly, spent money on upgrades and kept it well serviced. So you’ll want to fix chips and scratches in your bike’s paintwork. It’s a job you can do yourself with a bit of patience and the right materials. Here’s how. It’s more-or-less inevitable that your bike’s paint will pick up scratches as you use it. That may be from flying...
  • An Ode To Adventure Racing

    An Ode To Adventure Racing

    For city types, being ‘off grid’ means turning off the smartphone; for survivalists, it’s a tin-foil helmet; for dedicated Pearson customer, John Hull, it’s the Pan Celtic endurance adventure race.  Our Off Grid gravel bike has captivated many of those seeking the ultimate all-rounder, performance-driven machine. It’s versatility has allowed adventure goers the opportunity of experiencing the rugged off-road trails whilst still keeping up...
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