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