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  • Beginner's guide to the Tour de France

    Beginner's guide to the Tour de France

    For a pro cyclist, the ultimate accolade is to be picked by their team to ride the Tour de France. But most will finish hours behind the eventual winner - if they finish at all. Here’s our beginner’s guide to the Tour de France, its route, the riders and the contenders.
  • Shimano vs Look pedals: What’s the difference?

    Shimano vs Look pedals: What’s the difference?

    For most riders, the choice is between Shimano and Look pedals for their road bikes. Here’s a rundown of the two pedal ranges and what they each offer.
  • Should you go 1x or 2x for gravel?

    Should you go 1x or 2x for gravel?

    Gravel bikes aren’t one size fits all and there’s a lot of diversity in how they can be specced for different objectives. One of the largest decisions is whether to fit a double chainset or go one-by. Here’s what to consider. As gravel bikes have developed, there’s a range of bikes to suit different off-road uses. That’s reflected in our range of adventure bikes,...
  • Brompton declassified: a guide to the folding bike range

    Brompton declassified: a guide to the folding bike range

    It’s the most recognisable folding bike in the world, seen under everyone from London commuters to ex-pro David Millar riding around Girona. But there’s not just one Brompton, with a range of different specs, weights and prices and lots of options. We’ve broken the Brompton code and will tell you what it all means.
  • Dura-Ace vs Ultegra - what’s the difference?

    Dura-Ace vs Ultegra - what’s the difference?

    With the introduction of 12-speed Dura-Ace and Ultegra last year, Shimano narrowed the options available and also the differences between its two top end groupsets. But there are still reasons why you might prefer one over the other.
  • TIME TO CHANGE

    TIME TO CHANGE

    24 speeds from a single ring groupset - how does that work? The answer is: with Belgian brand Classified’s clever new hub gear.  Photo Credit - David Arthurs Here at Pearson we’re always looking for the best new products to up your cycling experience. That’s why we’re proud to be one of the first UK brands to stock the Classified hub gear system, available...
  • TEAM BACKSTEDT TRAINING SESSION

    TEAM BACKSTEDT TRAINING SESSION

    Mattie Dodd - training like a pro.  "This is a session that my coach sets me quite often, especially during the winter. It has multiple different effects, the main one being that it gets your body used to the micro-accelerations that happen constantly during a race. It also simulates a large break where you’re kicking through on the front and improves your body’s ability to recover...
  • Pearson disc brake pad collage

    THE BRAKE REVOLUTION

    It’s not so long ago that disc brakes were treated with horror by road cyclists, with the pros staging protests and refusing to use them. But a few years later they’re standard kit on almost all new bikes. What’s changed and why are disc brakes a good option for road bikes?
  • What to eat on your ride - A contrarian view

    What to eat on your ride - A contrarian view

    The coffee stop is a staple of many cyclists’ excursions, offering a chance to rest up, take in some fluids - and eat a large slice of cake. It’s great from a social angle, but - sorry to be a killjoy - probably not the best nutritionally to keep you going on a long ride.  I’m a bit of a contrarian when it comes...
  • Planes trains and automobiles. A guide to travel with your bike.

    Planes trains and automobiles. A guide to travel with your bike.

    Now that the world is opening up again, it may be that you’ve set your sights on riding further afield. Here’s what you need to know about travelling with your bike. The last couple of years has left us largely restricted to riding around our home patch. Just when we think that things are getting better, another outbreak of Covid has seen new restrictions imposed and...
  • What’s the difference between a gravel groupset and a road groupset?

    What’s the difference between a gravel groupset and a road groupset?

    There’s a whole array of gravel bike groupsets available from all the major brands. But why do you need a gravel-specific groupset and what are the options? Can you run road gears on a gravel bike? Actually, for the first generation of gravel bikes, that’s exactly what manufacturers did, as there were no two chainring gravel-specific alternatives.  A few years back I rode plenty...
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