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More Than a Bike Shop, a Community

Higher Gear Gran Fondo Hundo WBR World Bicycle Relief 3 third annual Kenosha Kingfish Gearhead

In our eight years together, we shared laughter. We shared pain. (The good kind of pain, though, right?) We met new faces. We bid farewell to familiar faces. We shared our customer stories. Together, we forged memories.       …

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2017 – Year in Review

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Oh, the places you’ve been! 2017 was a good year for Higher Gear customers venturing out to explore far away places by bike.     Higher Gear’s own Pepe sure covered a lot of ground – in Belgium, of course, …

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New Horizons

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When we asked Higher Gear co-worker and Bike Fitter Ryan Ramirez his thoughts on the shop closing, he said, “I’m so bummed. I’m sad to leave the shop, but school is definitely on the horizon for me.” Bid Ryan good-bye …

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The Power of Human Connection

World Bicycle Relief WBR charity Buffalo Bike Power Mary Beth Johnson Africa Rides

In 2011, Higher Gear worked with World Bicycle Relief to bring you the first Wrigley Field Road Tour. In 2013, we introduced you to WBR’s Africa Rides program by way of the Higney family. We revisited Africa Rides again with …

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After Eight Great Years, Higher Gear Is Closing

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  After eight great years, with many successes and far more fun times, we are closing Higher Gear at the end of this calendar year. We celebrate all that we accomplished in our time with Higher Gear and bring reflection …

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Together We Rise – A Journey That Matters

World Bicycle Relief WBR Buffalo Bicycle Bike Power Together We Rise Journey That Matters 2017 year end campaign charity Kenya

In sub-Saharan Africa, 34 million children are missing out on their education. Knowledge is a way forward, and bicycles are making a difference.     At Umoja Secondary School in Eldoret, Kenya, distance, safety and cultural expectations stand between these …

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