Cyclocross Bikes vs Gravel Bikes

At first glance, cyclocross and gravel bikes look very similar, and it’s understandable why. Both come with wider, knobbly tyres, drop handlebars, disc brakes and are designed to be ridden off-road. However, there are some subtle differences between these two categories, which drastically effect versatility and ride quality. Here are some of the key differences between the two that you should consider before taking a leap of faith into your next two-wheeled off-roader.

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Pearson Guide: Bib Shorts

Finding a great pair of shorts to suit your body doesn’t always come easy. It can take a cyclist years of sore backsides and an almost limitless budget. Here’s our guide for what we think you’ll need to consider when purchasing your next pair of shorts, something that fits well, offers increased saddle support, helps you to ride faster, longer and in much greater comfort.

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Five Valuable Upgrades For Road Cyclists

There is a seemingly endless supply of equipment and kit for cyclists available on the market. While the latest upgrades are continually tempting us, the unfortunate lack of ‘money-growing trees’ means we need to choose our upgrades wisely. To help you make the most effective purchases, we’ve compiled a list of our most popular upgrades which offer optimum bang for your buck.

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Four Reasons Why Your Next Bike Should Be An Aero Bike 

While some think that aero bikes are a fad, we wholeheartedly disagree. Here are four reasons why we believe aerodynamically optimised frames are one of the best developments in modern cycling design, and why you should go aero with your next bike purchase. 

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A First Attempt At 24 Hours

This colossal feat is fast approaching for this fairly fresh cyclist. We wanted to ask Leo a few questions about what led him to take on this challenge and considerations going into his first 24-hour event, covering topics from mental health to aero water bottles.

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A Difference In Fit: How The Modern Industry Overlooks Everyday Athletes

 Over the last few decades, there has been a growing predisposition for cyclists to choose bicycles designed and produced by larger manufacturers due to technological advancement. With fabled attributes of feathery lightweight and aerodynamic performance, this trend could be considered understandable. Although these machines may offer undeniable performance benefits that seemingly outweigh everything else available, there are a few pitfalls that these manufacturers bypass which can negatively impact the everyday rider.

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Footwear As Part Of Proper Fit

Cycling shoes are considered one of the most crucial contact points between rider and machine and as a result, have become a tremendously scrutinised topic in recent years. Although footwear is a vital component of proper cycle fit, too often can improper selection serve as a hindrance to rider comfort and performance. Although there is seemingly an endless amount of choice and professional opinion when it comes cycling shoes, it doesn’t have to be a complicated issue. In fact, we think the process of finding a correctly fitting shoe can be reasonably simple.

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The Pearson House Design (PhD) Geometry: Efficiency = Maximum Comfort x Maximum Control (E=MC2)

Bicycle geometry can be defined as the infinitely variable shape of the bicycles main triangle as determined by the angles used between the main joints in the frame. This design means the bicycle can be exceptionally well tailored for individual riders and riding styles, hence why we at Pearson have built our own.

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The Road More 'Virtually' Travelled 

When Matt Hayman won Paris-Roubaix in 2016 the turbo trainer market revved into overdrive after it was revealed that, following early-season injury, Hayman had in-fact entirely trained in his garage using the online virtual reality platform ZWIFT. Since then, the market has rapidly developed and expanded, giving great opportunities to those stuck for time or keen to take their training to the next level in the comfort of their own home.

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