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Banjo Brothers: A Better Bag by Even Better Guys

Higher Gear Banjo Brothers Interbike 2014 cycling bike bags Fredo Brandon Olson

In a world of $6,000 carbon fiber bikes and $150 bike shorts, it’s hard to imagine finding useful bike gear for less than $10, but local bike bag company Banjo Brothers rings the bell with its $5.99 phone wallet. Built …

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2014 Chicago Cyclocross Season Opener

Chicago Cyclocross Cup CCC CX 2014 Caldwell Woods Higher Gear Joe Pepe Sullivan Gearhead

Sunday, Sunday, Sunday! Sunday, September 28th, the Chicago Cyclocross Cup season officially opened at Caldwell Woods with a race sponsored by Chicago’s own xXx Racing. Local brew Goose Island was flowing,  cowbells were rung and heckles were tossed like beads …

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The 30th Annual – and a First – North Shore Century

2014 North Shore Century Evanston Bike Club Specialized Higher Gear Sherrick Eyler

Some of you may have read about my husband’s and my spontaneous metric century in 2013, the 29th year of the local Evanston Bike Club’s North Shore Century. We have such fond memories of our first NSC experience: a relaxed …

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Going the Extra Mile

Daniel Dan Ephraim David Dave Bradford CAF Challenged Athletes Foundation CAFrica bicycle bike touring tour Africa charity ride

  “There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” – Nelson Mandela   This was a brutal winter. Cyclists in the area …

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Teaching the Next Generation of Cyclists

Chicago Youth Cycling Beginning Cycling Northbrook Velodrome Track Paul Swinand Higher Gear

Several of our customers have been making it to the Northbrook Velodrome this summer. They’re not there for the Thursday night racing, however. Instead, they’ve been going to the track to watch as their kids are taught bike handling skills …

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The Power To Do Good

Rahsaan Bahati Foundation Wrigley Field Road Tour WFRT 2011

Many of us take for granted the opportunities our upbringing allowed us. We enjoy our relative success and, sometimes, fail to see that others don’t have it so easy. It takes a special person to appreciate what they have and, …

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