The Pearson community share a love for cycling by posting tried and tested Strava rides for others to enjoy. Below is list of some of our favourites. They all link through to the Strava app for easy access, and we have added some basic ride details to help you choose what's right for you. For future automatic alerts don't forget to follow Pearson 1860 on Strava.

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  • 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.  By William Pearson. We Brits have an alarming number of ways to describe our leisure time. Not so long ago, ‘veg out’ was once the go-to descriptor for a spot of R&R but now feels dated, a bit Bridget Jones’...
  • How to set your cleats up perfectly

    How to set your cleats up perfectly

    For many cyclists bolting their cleats to their shoes is a bit of an ordeal. If you get it wrong it might result in discomfort and inefficient pedalling. Here’s our in-house bike fitter Nas’s advice on how to get it right. Your feet are one of your three points of contact with your bike, and the one that’s least easy to adjust - you...
  • How to keep your bike serviced at home

    How to keep your bike serviced at home

    There’s a lot you can do to keep your bike running at its best, before you need to head down to the bike shop. Here are our tips on some of the easier servicing jobs you can do at home. The basics of bike maintenance are pretty straightforward. Keeping your bike cleaned and lubed and the tyres pumped up will help prolong the life...
  • 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. By Will Pearson. For many cyclists, this is the time of year they retrieve their bikes from their winter habitat (aka the shed). Dragging them into the sunshine after months of hibernation, this time-honoured ritual precedes the arrival on our city...
  • TO KINGS LANGLEY!

    TO KINGS LANGLEY!

    Have you ever wanted to visit Kings Langley? The setting of William Shakespeare's Richard II, Act III, Scene IV. Home of Kings Langley FC. Birthplace of John Milbank - the Anglican theologian. Well, if you follow the Grand Union Canal from Brentford, then you are in for a treat!
  • How to choose the right size road bike

    How to choose the right size road bike

    So you’ve decided to splash out on a new bike - we hope it’s a Pearson - and have decided what spec you want and how much you want to spend. The next thing is, what size bike do you need? There are a few ways to zero in on your perfect road bike size and we’ll run through them. Choosing the correct bike...
  • Leith Hill - Brighton - Leith Hill.

    Leith Hill - Brighton - Leith Hill.

    A suitably epic gravel rid. Ride from the base of Leith Hill down to the coast and back through the South Downs & Surrey Hills. Taking in some of the best gravel in the South East, this is a classic summer off-road challenge.
  • The Pearson Guide to Shimano road and gravel bike groupsets

    The Pearson Guide to Shimano road and gravel bike groupsets

    Shimano offers a massive range of components for your bike, whether you’re riding road, MTB, gravel, cyclocross, track or an e-bike. Here’s our run-down of Shimano groupsets for road and gravel bikes from the pro-level Dura-Ace, found on bikes costing up to £10,000, to Tourney, fitted on bikes costing a couple of hundred pounds. We’ve also demystified the GRX gravel groupset options. What is...
  • Pearson guide to bib shorts and cycling shorts

    Bib Shorts: WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR

    If you’ve spent the winter riding in tights, you’ll be looking forward to the swap to shorts now that the weather has started to warm up. But what should you be looking out for in cycling shorts? And why bib shorts rather than waist shorts? Why buy bib shorts? Most male cyclists ride in bib shorts rather than waist shorts, as the bib gives...
  • Pearson's Rutland Classic

    Pearson's Rutland Classic

    A lovely 3-hour road ride from Cafe Ventoux, a well-known cycling Cafe in Leicestershire. From Ventoux, you head north on some typical Leicestershire lanes before taking in the climb of Burrough on the hill. 
  • 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.  
  • Strava vs Komoot: what's the best cycling app?

    Strava vs Komoot: what's the best cycling app?

    You know what they say: if your ride isn’t on Strava, it didn’t happen. But Komoot has carved itself out a nice niche that doesn’t overlap much with Strava and that gives cyclists a different experience. What does each app offer, what do they cost, and which should you choose?  Strava and Komoot give you different functionality to support your cycling: Strava is focussed...
  • How to fit tubeless tyres

    How to fit tubeless tyres

    Tubeless tech for road bikes has a reputation for being a faff. But road tubeless has matured to the point where it works well consistently and I now never ride with inner tubes if I have the option. Here’s why you need to convert to tubeless and how to set up and maintain tubeless tyres. Tubeless tyres: what are the advantages? We’ve covered this...
  • How to set your perfect saddle height

    How to set your perfect saddle height

    Getting your saddle height dialled is important. It doesn’t just affect your comfort on the bike but the biomechanics of pedalling, helping you to ride more efficiently and potentially faster too and may eliminate some cycling aches and pains. So how do you go about finding your optimum saddle height and what’s involved in altering it? Sports scientists who have studied the effect of...
  • Mind How You Go

    Mind How You Go

    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...
  • Why it’s a good idea to upgrade your wheels

    Why it’s a good idea to upgrade your wheels

    They’re a key part of your bike, affecting its performance and your riding enjoyment. But many bikes are sold with sub-par wheels. Here’s why your bike’s wheels may be its weakest link and why a smarter pair might be a smart investment too.
  • alix popham head for change pearson

    Head For Change

    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...
  • How to look after your waterproof cycling jacket

    How to look after your waterproof cycling jacket

    Sooner or later you’ll be riding in the rain and realise that you need a good waterproof cycling jacket to keep you dry. Once you are a proud owner, you will need to maintain its effectiveness and extend its useful life. Here is a guide to help you care for your trusty outer shell. The Bryter Layter jacket has all the features you need, including a high collar and dropped...
  • The Roots of Gravel

    The Roots of Gravel

    The roots of gravel riding are said to be planted in the mud of cyclocross racing. We highlight the differences between gravel versus cross riding. Gravel bikes have been borne out of an amalgamation of a variety of riding disciplines, all forged together to form a machine able to handle hugely varied terrain. A lot of the influence comes from the humble ‘cross bike’, alongside a good dollop of...
  • Streets Ahead

    Streets Ahead

    The growing popularity of cycling can only be a good thing for our health, fitness and mental wellbeing. While many cities are making progress, a lot more needs to be done to make urban roads safer. By Ian Collier. To help more of us to get out and about on two wheels, Pearson asked a panel of experts for three suggestions of what they...
  • 5 tips to be brilliant on Zwift

    5 tips to be brilliant on Zwift

    With the indoor cycling world being dominated by Zwift, here are five pearls of wisdom from our resident ex-pro and indoor training expert Edmund Bradbury to help maximise your efforts in the pain cave. Make sure you're getting the most out of your turbo time.
  • Tyre Tracks-Pearson1860

    Tyre Tracks

    Nemone, the 6 Music DJ (and Pearson bike rider) offers an expertly curated playlist to kickstart your riding in 2021. Nemone is a woman of many talents. A qualified psychotherapist, she is best known as a high-profile, globetrotting DJ, and eponymous host of BBC Radio’s ‘The 6 Mix with Nemone’. A keen runner, in 2004 she made an (only just) unsuccessful bid to compete...
  • A Thank You From Pearson.-Pearson1860

    A Thank You From Pearson.

    Christmas offers the chance for reflection, a time to bid farewell to the old year and look ahead to the new. The 2020 edition can’t come soon enough and, if we haven’t quite made it through the pandemic yet, it feels like we’re getting there.
  • An Unfinished Journey-Pearson1860

    An Unfinished Journey

    In the second instalment of Pearson’s interview with Emily Chappell, the celebrated endurance cyclist and author reflects on how far she’s come personally – but how far the wider sport still has to go. 
  • Long-Distance Relationship-Pearson1860

    Long-Distance Relationship

    Endurance rider Emily Chappell discovered the mental-health benefits of cycling the hard way. Not only did it make her (insanely) fit, it also launched a successful writing career. By Ian Collier. We wouldn’t suggest for one minute that ultra-cycling is for everyone, but Emily Chappell’s story is one that can’t fail to inspire all of us to spend more time on two wheels. Her...
  • BRYTER LAYTER-Pearson1860

    BRYTER LAYTER

    Pearson’s first waterproof cycling jacket is inspired by an icon of Britain’s musical past but designed with future generations in mind. The musician Nick Drake enjoyed a prolific, if brief, musical career. His first album, Five Leaves Left, was released in 1969, his third and final, Pink Moon, in 1972. Sandwiched between them is the 1971 release Bryter Layter, an album as well known for its idiosyncratic...
  • THE PERFECT SET-UP-Pearson1860

    THE PERFECT BIKE SET-UP

    ‘Bike-fitting’ is a process in which the set-up of your bike and equipment is carefully positioned to suit your ability and needs as a cyclist. The goal is to achieve a riding position that is comfortable, efficient and allows good control...
  • SIMPLY Off The Charts-Pearson1860

    SIMPLY Off The Charts

    WHY GRAVEL?  To get off the road, de-stress, widen your horizons and develop new skills. This type of bike riding is more interesting and engaging than anything you've done before – and it’s also pretty safe for all ages. See the world around you and get closer to the natural environment. Demanding on the whole body, not just your legs but also keeping your balance...
  • Magic Circles-Pearson1860

    Magic Circles

    Pearson’s latest bike for city riding draws inspiration from an unlikely source – a celebrated adrenaline junkie who took his own cycling to the wire...
  • THE UPSIDE OF DOWN-Pearson1860

    THE UPSIDE OF DOWN

    Synthetic insulation is tough stuff. It’s also an environmental time-bomb. Thanks to the sustainable products in Pearson’s new autumn-winter range, warming your body needn’t mean cooking the planet...
  • World Mental Health Day – Look Out For The Beauty Around Us-Pearson1860

    World Mental Health Day – Look Out For The Beauty Around Us

    "Cyclists see considerably more of this beautiful world than any other class of citizens. A good bicycle, well applied, will cure most ills this flesh is heir too."
  • An adventure into isolation-Pearson1860

    An adventure into isolation

    Adventure riding can offer splendid isolation, so it’s likely to be popular this winter. But thanks to the new Pearson Adventure Insulated Jacket, you’ll never feel cold and lonely.
  • HOME COMFORTS-Pearson1860

    HOME COMFORTS

    With rumours of another lockdown circulating, at Pearson we have the perfect cycling kit to keep you in shape on the home front. Don’t panic (buy), Mr Mainwaring. By Emma Winterson. At the request of the Prime Minister – what could possibly go wrong – we’re all being advised to work from home again. Unlike the March lockdown, a thoroughly alien experience that kicked...
  • Gravel Curious?-Pearson1860

    Gravel Curious?

    With our high-performance bikes and dedicated rides, gravel riding with Pearson offers the chance to see things differently. If you’re new to off-roading, Pearson is the perfect place to start (and finish).  By Alistair Lawrence Solo, or with friends. Gravel riding is a great way to find some valuable headspace. If you’re a lifelong road rider, you might not see the point of gravel riding....
  • THE POWER OF THREE-Pearson1860

    THE POWER OF THREE

    At Pearson’s London bike-fitting studio, our rider-centred philosophy means your bike is the very last thing on our minds. (Sort of.) By Louise Waugh A common misconception about bike fitting is that it’s only for the pros. Strange, given the object of a bike fitting is to determine a cyclist’s optimum position, thus enabling them to ride as efficiently as possible. It’s something the...
  • Put The Hammer Down-Pearson1860

    Put The Hammer Down

    Forged with Pearson’s trademark quality, reliability and craft, the new Hammerandtongs offers some timely updates to a long-standing Pearson favourite.
  • CYCLING RITUALS FOR BETTER PERFORMANCE-Pearson1860

    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-Pearson1860

    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-Pearson1860

    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-Pearson1860

    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-Pearson1860

    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,...
  • Reasons to be cheerful. 10 Keys to happier living (PT2)-Pearson1860

    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.-Pearson1860

    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?-Pearson1860

    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?
  • UTILITY VEHICLES-Pearson1860

    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.-Pearson1860

    British Summertime Begins.

    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.-Pearson1860

    The bicycle. A golden opportunity to change gear.

    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-Pearson1860

    Look after Number One - Stay Self Sufficient On Every Ride

    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-Pearson1860

    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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