At Pearson, we’ve been converts to the benefits of road cycling for 160 years. We’re thrilled to welcome Oscar-winner Simon Hayes to the fold. So thrilled, in fact, we took the liberty, as Lock Stock’s Hatchet Harry might say, of asking Simon to combine his Oscar-winning sound expertise with his newfound love of road cycling. The result is a unique recording, featuring sounds every rider will be familiar with, the hum of steel cogs and chain.
On 25th May, as dawn broke in Richmond Park, Hayes mic'up both man and machine, in order to record himself on a lap of the west London cycling mecca. “We used the very highest level of film kit on the lap,” he explains. “One mic on the cassette to record the gears, another on the headset to capture wind noise and speed, plus a stereo pair above both my left and right ears to record my breathing.” The resulting sound waves could then be applied to the artwork to give us “an idea of the effort required from a 51-year-old leisure rider”.
We've combined the sound file from this recording and the finer details of Richmond Park to create a limited edition tee, showing a graphic of the harmony between the rider and their bike, whilst taking on a lap of the park. Each line indicates the noise level of the gearing in light blue, shared with altitude in white, and the main gates are highlighted in red.
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- S – 36″ (91cm)
- M – 38.5″ (97cm)
- L – 40.5″ (103cm)
- XL – 43″ (109cm)
- XXL – 45″ (114cm)
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