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  • A VIEW FROM THE CONVOY

    A VIEW FROM THE CONVOY

    Watching a bike race from the road side is like watching one game in a tennis match - you get a little bit of atmosphere and understand who might be doing well but you don’t get the full story; the full narrative, the ebbs and flows, are missing. That’s why TV is so suited to watching bike racing and why informed commentary is so...
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    IT'S ALL FOR YOU

    Built from the frame up, every Pearson bike is assembled with the utmost care. In fact, our experts enjoy building them so much it’s a wonder our bikes ever leave the workshop. As the world’s oldest bike company, Pearson is proud of the fact we don’t provide ‘bikes from a box’. Instead, we hand build each and every Pearson bike to fit the specific...
  • TIME FOR LES FEMMES. Women's pro cycling is finally getting the profile it deserves

    TIME FOR LES FEMMES. Women's pro cycling is finally getting the profile it deserves

    The inaugural Tour de France Femmes marks another milestone for women’s cycling. We take a look at the state of women’s pro road cycling and where it’s heading. This year’s launch of the Tour de France Femmes has generated huge interest amongst cyclists, the media and brands and finally offers a premiere women’s stage race to match the men’s Tour de France. Although this...
  • WHERE THERE’S A WILF

    WHERE THERE’S A WILF

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    Wilf Sinclair is more than Pearson’s lead mechanic. He’s also our longest-serving employee and practically one of the family. (And he only popped in to spend his pocket money)...
  • THE GREEN LANTERN

    THE GREEN LANTERN

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    In reaching a Wimbledon singles semi-final, Cameron Norrie achieved a uniquely British form of sporting immortality. But his choice of off-court transport might make him a torch-bearer in other ways.
  • 2022 THE STORY SO FAR

    2022 THE STORY SO FAR

    As we pass the halfway point of 2022, we round up Pearson’s highlights of the past six months. Here at the world’s oldest cycling company, it probably comes as no surprise that anniversaries are a bit of a thing. While the Queen recently celebrated 70 years in business, so to speak, it’s a milestone Pearson reached back in 1930, when Her Maj was just...
  • BIKE THE STRIKE - SIMPLY ROLL WITH IT

    BIKE THE STRIKE - SIMPLY ROLL WITH IT

    With industrial action on rail services planned for next week, now’s the perfect time to switch a different kind of tube. At Pearson, we’re well-stocked to get you rolling on two wheels, the ideal way to get across – even out of – town. 
  • Team Backstedt battle in the National Champs

    Team Backstedt battle in the National Champs

    Report written by Mattie Dodd. Last weekend the National Championships took place up in God’s Own Country (Yorkshire) on the edge of the Howardian Hills (I seriously question why we live in London when places like this exist). Both the TT and the Road Race used the same 17.5km lap (with 275 metres of elevation), albeit with different start and finish locations on the...
  • TALKING HEADS

    TALKING HEADS

    Sunday 15th May sees the end of Mental Health Awareness Week here in the UK. In America, meanwhile, the entire month of May has been given over to highlighting this important subject. At Pearson, we believe it’s something that should last longer than a week or a month...
  • BACKSTEDT TEAM RACE REPORT

    BACKSTEDT TEAM RACE REPORT

    Race report:  After a tough race on the Saturday, Dylan, Mattie and Nathan decided to give a race in Duisburg a go. It was a race consisting of 14 laps of a 6km circuit, it had decent, corners, and a climb to the finish with a short stretch of cobbles. The race went straight from the gun, people were hopping off the front within the...
  • COVERING THE ANGLES

    COVERING THE ANGLES

    An interview with Lead Bike Designer Scott Decker on the art (and science) behind the perfect Pearson bike.
  • GENDER NEUTRAL - Bike design for individuals

    GENDER NEUTRAL - Bike design for individuals

    As the world’s oldest cycling company, Pearson has spent 160 years not making bikes for women. And that’s not about to change anytime soon. In the modern battle of the sexes, most headlines are commanded by things such as pay inequality. An area which gets little, which is to say no attention, is bikes. A quick spin through the websites of some of the...
  • Pearson x Lake: Tearaway Cycling Shoes/Born Unslippy® Pedalset

    Pearson x Lake: Tearaway Cycling Shoes/Born Unslippy® Pedalset

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    Grafted to a luxury Lake sneaker-trainer, the Tearaways feature proprietary RUG® technology. The acronym stands for ‘Road, Urban, Gravel’ because this really is the only cycling shoe you’ll ever need.
  • BLIND DATA

    BLIND DATA

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    Will Pearson gave up his car in favour of environmentally friendly transport – and yes, more cycling. In the second of our series looking at ‘active’ travel, we look at what the government is doing to help others to follow in his tyre tracks. Figures recently released by the Department for Transport suggest that bike travel in Britain has increased significantly in the past...
  • TWO WHEELS ON MY WAGON

    TWO WHEELS ON MY WAGON

    In light of Pearson’s commitment to sustainability, owner (and cyclist) Will Pearson recently decided to give up his car altogether. With a family and business to maintain, would he come to regret his decision? Before the big switch, what part did driving play in your everyday life?I live in Wimbledon, not far from the Pearson Performance store, in Sheen. It’s a distance of only...
  • 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...
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