If it has two wheels, I can ride it. Currently I’m riding a Seven 622 on the road and a Seven Tsunami when I commute or hit the trails. I have been fixing bikes for more than 20 years. The most common repair I do at Higher Gear is the standard tune-up, but I can do it all, from the most basic repair to the most complex — just don’t bring me any electric scooters! I love building wheels and now I’m Higher Gear’s BG Fit expert. Like Todd and Brendan, the owners, I am from Omaha, Nebraska.
I started racing mountain bikes back in college. Soon after, I took up road and track too. When I began riding, I learned to work on my own bikes, so I’ve been working on bikes for about 20 years. In that time, I’ve spent many hours building wheels. When I’m not riding or working, I spend my time handcrafting custom aluminum guitars. I love riding my touring bike. For my road bike I’m riding Specialized for the first time. I have to say, I’m really impressed with my Tarmac SL4, upgraded with Reynolds Assaults.
I saw my first crit – 1983 Coors Classic (where both a young Chris Carmichael and Bob Roll were racing) – and I was hooked on the atmosphere of cycling. Now I’m an avid cycling/multisport enthusiast with a passion for spectating. I love cheering on my personal training clients as they reach their goals and friends and customers as they head toward their finish lines. When I’m not on my SCOTT CR1-Team, drafting behind my IronMan husband, I enjoy running, swimming and playing soccer.
Joe “Pepe” Sullivan is a junior cyclists from Evanston, Illinois. He goes into the 2014 cycling season as a 16 year-old, riding a Specialized Venge, named “El Diablo Dos.” Pepe races for Higher Gear in both cyclocross and road. When he’s not racing, you can find him most of the summer and many weekends in our Wilmette location.
I dedicated ten years to the Chicago Improv Scene, studying at Second City’s Improv Olympics and The Annoyance Theater, while working on my BFA in Theater/Film at Columbia. Check out the documentaries I made about two of my passions – Originality Is Perhaps Instinct, about Chicago’s improv scene, and Orphans, about the banning of BMX from skate parks. When I’m not at Higher Gear, you’ll find me on my BMX bike or playing Chicago clubs or at SXSW as part of the duo Blak2Con.
After growing up in southern Illinois, I’ve spent the last 14 years in North Carolina. I’m a roadie who has spent a lot of time riding on the Blue Ridge Parkway. There’s nowhere I’d rather be than riding my bike up a mountain. In fact, every summer, I make time to ride the Hot Doggett 100, a ride in Madison County, NC that offers 9,600 feet of elevation over its 100 miles. I currently ride a Specialized Venge Pro and a Tarmac Comp.