Friday, 26 November 2010

Pearson Cycles' Christmas Wish List

Christmas Presents

Here at Pearsons, we're gearing up for Christmas and what better way to prepare ourselves for the big day than to put together our Christmas wish lists. We're all a little bit keen on our cycling, so there is a lot of cycling gear on our lists, but what else would you expect from us?

If you're in need of any inspiration yourself, below you'll find some of the items on our lists. Feel free to add your own suggestions or wish lists in the comments; you never know, someone might even get it for you.

Not us.

But someone else might.

William Pearson

William Pearson

William always wants the best kit, so his Christmas wish list doesn't compromise on quality.



As well as being a little bit messy with his eating, Cameron is a fan of traditional cycling gear, so is looking to deck out his classic road bike.



Shannon has taken more of a scatter gun approach to his Christmas list with bling, practical stuff and novelty gifts.



Luke doesn't seem to have grasped the idea of a Christmas list and has only asked for one thing this Christmas.

I suppose at least he'll be warm on his ride to work.

Hopefully this has given you some ideas for your Christmas list, but if you're after some more ideas, why not check out our stocking fillers page.

Monday, 8 November 2010

Pearson Rider Beats Chris Hoy

Felix English beating Chris Hoy

Yes, you read that correctly, a Pearson rider has beaten Olympic gold medallist Chris Hoy on the track!

Pearson rider, Felix English (competing for Ireland, hence the green kit), was competing in the European Elite Track Championships in Poland. Having qualified for the men's sprint, he was put up against Chris Hoy in the first round and pulled off the shock of the championships. If you don't believe us, check out the video of the race below:

Here's what Felix had to say to Cycling Weekly: "It's nuts, I'm not even a sprinter. I was facing the best sprinter in the world and was just planning to take it from the front and expecting to lose." "The gap wasn't that big -about three lengths- so I rushed the gap on the last bend and came past him in the last 50m. He didn't notice until too late and that was it."

Chris Hoy, thinking that he had an insurmountable lead over Felix, took his foot off the gas over the last hundred metres and was made to pay the price! If you want to hear Felix's reaction to the result, check out his blog article (there is some swearing in the article, but wouldn't you be swearing if you'd just beaten Chris Hoy?!).

Needless to say, we here at Pearsons are immensely proud of Felix's achievement and we'll keep you posted on his future accomplishments.

Monday, 1 November 2010

Airbag Helmet


Two Swedish students, Anna Haupt and Terese Alstin have developed an airbag helmet, called the Hövding, as part of their thesis project. It comes as a collar (as modelled above) and when it detects that an impact is imminent, it automatically inflates and provides protection for the cyclist's head by surrounding it with an air-filled cushion.

For the fashion and hairdo conscious, this would solve the problem with helmets being inherently unfashionable and the age-old issue of helmet hair. Like us, you're probably wondering just how reliable could this be; there are just so many ways that you can crash (and I've probably tried most of them), how reliable would its firing mechanism me? Check out the video below and see some of the tests that they did with it:

We were pretty impressed here, it seems to handle a good variety of crashes (although I'm not sure how many cyclists get rear-ended by cars, as opposed to side-on collisions). We did have one slight concern with the whole idea, though:

You're cycling along, the wind in your hair, looking all stylish in your jacket and craftily disguised airbag collar when, out of the corner of your eye, you spot a rather attractive member of the opposite sex (in the case of the model pictured above, a very dapper looking young man). You snap your head to the side to get a better look and then......BLAM.......


.....mushroom head!

What do you think? Could this be the next step in helmet evolution?

Cyclists’ Airbag Helmets Bursts Forth from Stylish Collar - via Wired

How the Hövding works - via Hövding

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Cycle Show Hangover

Blurry Cycle Show

We've been in a little bit of a daze since since Cycle Show earlier in the month, hence the lack of blog updates, but things are slowly returning to normal and the blurry vision is all but gone. We thought we'd take this opportunity, though, whilst the events are still relatively fresh in our minds, to give you a quick run down of how the show went.

First and foremost, our competition to win "The Ride of Your Life", a chance to ride, for a month, one of our Pearson custom bikes that has been fitted precisely to your specifications, was a great success with hundreds of people entering. We're pleased to announce that Peter Mann has won the competition and we will be contacting him shortly to arrange the build of his dream machine.

We've also received a bit of attention in the cycling press about our stand and the bikes that we had on display, notably on Bike Radar and also on

Bike Radar paid a lot of attention to our newest addition to the range, the Kipper, a collaboration with Timothy Everest. You'll find their view of the Kipper at the bottom of the article. gave a broader summary of the bikes that we had on offer, commenting particularly on our Carbon Audax, a bike we're also very proud of. We would definitely dispute their assertion, though, that our claim to being the world's oldest bike shop at 150 years old meant that we were sitting on our hands for 35 years. Finding agreement on the infallible source that is Wikipedia, the bicycle's forerunner, the dandy horse was around long before Pearsons came into existence in 1860. If you keep this little bit of historical correction in mind, their article is well worth a read and you'll find the bit about us around 2/3 of the way down.

One more round of Alka-Seltzers and we should hopefully have shifted the worst of the Cycle Show hangover and normal service on the website/blog front should resume shortly.

Monday, 4 October 2010

Cycle Show 2010

It's that time of year again and we're gearing up for yet another cycle show, preparing the bikes and polishing the plinths. Seeing how it's also the 150th anniversary of Pearsons, we've lined up a great stand for this year's show.

We're bringing along a selection of our hand-built bikes, including our full carbon race, sportive, single speed, audax, cyclo cross and touring models. On top of that, we're running a competition to win a month's use of a Pearson bike of your choice, built to your specification. As if all that wasn't enough, we'll also be featuring our newest creation, the Pearson 'Kipper', a collaboration with bespoke tailor, Timothy Everest. It's named after an old Saville Row nickname for a tailoress, honest, we haven't just developed a weird interest in fish!

Now I know that the Pearson stand is all you're really interested in seeing, but in case it's so rammed that you can't get anywhere close, here are some of the other things at the show to help pass the time while you wait for a lull at our stand:

Commuter test track – a chance to test ride a wide range of road and hybrid bikes, including a number of our bikes.

Tirol/Dare 2b Mountain Bike Experience – yep, they've actually built an indoor off-road course for you to try out mountain bikes from loads of top brands. They've even provided Austria’s national team coach, Kurt Exenberger, to give expert coaching sessions.

Rock 'n' Roll Bike's Street Jam – three times a day, 16 professionals will battle it out, performing amazing aerial stunts.

For the lady cyclists among you, or the bike widows dragged to the show, Debbie Burton - the founder of minx-girl - and Jenn Hopkins, 24-hour solo rider and Great Divide Race competitor, will be answering your questions. Whether it's style tips or equipment advice, these two are sure point you in the right direction.

The cycle show runs from Thursday 7th October (trade and press preview day only) until Sunday 10th October, open to the public from 10am to 6pm (5pm on the Sunday). If you'd like tickets to the show, you can get advance tickets here. You can find us at stand D24, or just look out for where the crowds are heaviest.

Monday, 20 September 2010

"White is for winners"

I know, I know, cling onto the last vestiges of summer for as long as you can, but there’s no denying it: the cross season is nearly upon us. Here at Pearsons, we’re looking forward to a season of driving long distances, getting cold, wet, dirty, and having what only a true cyclo cross rider (or the clinically insane) would call fun.

Previously, only Matt and Wilf had shown any interest in cross, but this year they look set to be joined by Shannon and Luke, who have both been setting up their newly built cross bikes. Luke has been taking a more pragmatic approach to his bike build, but Shannon has shown his typical taste in unusual colour combinations. Below you can see what happened when Matt took Shannon out for a bit of pre-race training.

As well as the more junior staff taking an interest in cross, Guy Pearson has been building a white cyclo cross bike, complete with white components, for the coming season. Yes, you read it correctly, an entirely white cyclo cross bike! So was there any specific reason for it? When asked, he replied, “white is for winners, isn't it?”

Although Guy was a medal winner in the U16 nationals, this was back in a time when Viking raids were still a serious threat. At 43, Guy is still convinced that this pedigree makes him a top prospect for the 2010/11 season and a pimped up bike is a necessity for a champion. We strongly suspect that his dreams will share the same mud-splattered fate as his once shiny white bike.

If you’re interested in joining the Pearson riders for this season’s cross, get in touch and we’ll be happy to keep you up-to-date with the races we’re going to. If, however, you prefer to stay warm dry and in one piece this winter, we’ll be posting updates here on our cross exploits throughout the season.