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May 2016 Cycling Races, Rides & Events

Joe Sullivan Pepe Higher Gear Gearhead road racing Monsters of Midway Specialized Venge Fiona

May is National Bike Month. Dust off your bike and get it in to Higher Gear for your Spring Tune-Up, so you’re ready to ride.   Whether you’re looking to jump into cycling action yourself or you’re looking for family-friendly …

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Explore the Midwest – 2016 Edition

RAIN Ride Across Indiana

There are lots of great cycling events and challenges for every type of cyclist. If you’re looking for something to do this summer – whether you want to race, ride for charity or cheer on pro riders – check out …

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Spring Training

Higher Gear Saturday Morning Group Bike Bicycle Ride Wilmette 2016 Cycling

So, it was a just a little chilly for our First Ride of Spring. Instead we spent the morning test riding fat bikes and then recovered from those efforts with made-to-order omelettes. (Spring training, even when cut short, is tough …

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2016 1st Ride Recap

2016 1st First Group Ride Bike Bicycling Road Higher Gear Wilmette Specialized Demo Truck Event Test Best

We didn’t really have a “First Ride of Spring…” It was more so a “Last Ride of Winter…”     But does anything ever ruin fun at Higher Gear?     Our ride involved an episode of Ice Man Truckers, …

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Pepe’s Race Report: 2016 Skyway Classic

Higher Gear Joe Pepe Sullivan Gearhead 2016 Skyway Classic Chicago Racing Race Report

The Skyway Classic, formerly known as Gaper’s Block, has some awful luck when it comes to weather. Last year, there were thunderstorms on two of the nights, and Chicago voting on a third night. I was only able to make it …

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April 2016 Cycling Races, Rides & Events

Andre Odendaal Gearhead Higher Gear 2014 Barry Roubaix

Snow-to-70-degrees-and-back-again. Welcome to springtime in Chicagoland!     Whether Mother Nature is ready for spring or not, we cyclists certainly are – and there are plenty of cycling events this April to please those of us who have been chomping …

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