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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.
  • 2021 REVIEW. WELL THAT WENT WELL.

    2021 REVIEW. WELL THAT WENT WELL.

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    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...
  • PEARSON TYRE TRACKS VOLUME TWO, BY NEMONE

    PEARSON TYRE TRACKS VOLUME TWO, BY NEMONE

    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...
  • Pearson chevron design

    A NEW ANGLE

    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...
  • IT'S A COP-OUT

    IT'S A COP-OUT

    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...
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • AN AERO ROAD BIKE FOR A BROAD RANGE OF CYCLISTS-Pearson1860

    MINEGOESTOELEVEN MK III

    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.
  • SOUND GUY

    SOUND GUY

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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...
  • FORCE OF NATURE - A BIKEPACKING ADVENTURE

    FORCE OF NATURE - A BIKEPACKING ADVENTURE

    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...
  • Should your next groupset be electronic?

    Should your next groupset be electronic?

    At the top end of the bicycle market, you’ll now almost always find bikes kitted out with electronic groupsets. Every pro team uses electronic shifting. Although the tech remains stubbornly expensive, that’s now showing signs of changing. So what are the advantages of electronic shifting?
  • What’s the big deal with gravel riding?

    What’s the big deal with gravel riding?

    Gravel bikes have really taken off in a big way in the last few years and there’s more and more choice of gravel equipment - not just bikes but wheels, tyres, clothing and luggage. All the big groupset makers now make gravel-specific groupsets too. So why are riders taking to gravel bikes?
  • PORTRAITS OF THE CYCLIST

    PORTRAITS OF THE CYCLIST

    Pearson’s new Swift Half sweatshirt celebrates the extraordinary work of Frank Patterson, the prodigious pen-and-ink virtuoso and cycling’s very own great master. By Jack Buxton. Patterson's drawing of Surrey's famous pub and our inner sweatshirt tribute.  Since the first bicycles appeared in the late 18th century, artists have tried to capture both their liberating pleasures and cultural significance. Some have tended toward the idiosyncratic. Take Marcel...
  • Kick Back (a Shorts History)

    Kick Back (a Shorts History)

    Whether you’re balancing work, life, or a tray in the beer garden, Pearson’s Kick Back Shorts offer style, performance and sustainability. Perfect for post-lockdown riding. 
  • THINK BIKE.

    THINK BIKE.

    A by-product of the global pandemic was a cycling boom. Yet it might also change the way we live, work (and ride) forever.
  • DESIGNER’S GILD

    DESIGNER’S GILD

    Our popular Hammerandtongs carbon road bike is marking its 10th birthday with some striking new aero updates. Pearson bike designer Scott Decker explains how we’ve improved on a classic.  
  • Mind How You Go

    Mind How You Go

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    Riding regularly is good for both body and brain. But there are times when it can give us even more, that Zen-like peace you can only find on two wheels. Few activities offer the sense of release that cycling can provide. Coasting downhill or cruising along the flat, rarely is the marriage between basic physics and simple technology so rewarding. Aside from the occasional...
  • How To Tame A Dragon

    How To Tame A Dragon

    Think cycling up Snowdon is tricky? Try doing it twice on the same day. In the first of a new series of epic rides, Pearson reports on a Welsh mountain classic, as well as some of the finest other off-road routes in the UK. By Mike Higgins All the gear and a great idea. Snowdon/Yr Wyddfa is irresistible. Though not quite as elevated as...
  • alix popham head for change pearson

    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...
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