Monday, January 21, 2013
Pearson - the World's oldest Bike Shop
I bookmarked the Pearson page to remind me to post about it.
Visiting it now I re-read the heritage page to discover that it is the world's oldest bike store. I had no idea!
The original Pearson store is on the High Street of Sutton a town in the South of London where I once lived and would have bought my flat in if I hadn't moved to NYC. They cater to all types of cyclist from children to the top racing cyclists, I have always suffered from some kind of bike store shyness/fear which I kind of overcame at Pearson. In fact I bough my favourite bike ever from them. Aluminium, brushed finish, carbon triangle, springy as hell but such fun to ride and looked smashing. Unfortunately it was killed by a close encounter with Prospect Park's rugged road surface.
Since I have left London they have opened a second store which caters to the performance customer. It is still owned and run by the 5th generation of the Pearson family, brothers Guy and Will, a couple of very friendly blokes as you can tell by the photo.
Here is a link to the heritage page on their site: Pearson Cycles - Heritage
and here is their flagship bike the 'mine goes to eleven'.