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Specialized Bicycle Components Morgan Hill Mike Sinyard Brendan Sullivan Higher Gear Wilmette

Yes, we gush on Specialized. We feature their bikes month after month. We talk about the ways they are constantly improving, the good they’re doing in communities and just how awesome they are all around. If you’ve figured out that …

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Gearhead Cyclocross – 2017 Edition

Dan Ryan Woods Chicago Cyclocross Cup CCC 2012 Higher Gear Gearheads

Come fall, Gearheads’ thoughts turn to cyclocross. 2017 is no exception. With Labor Day weekend behind us, we may have only just entered the “unofficial” start of fall, but fall cyclocross is already on our brain. In Chicagoland, the ever-fun …

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Avoid the SAG Wagon

Amgen Tour of California CA TOC 2016 Joy Aaron Sherrick

You’ve been training all summer. Miles building on miles. You’ve made sacrifices. You’ve called it early many nights. You’ve set your alarm for early morning rides. You’ve done the work. YOU’VE GOT THIS. But is your bike ready? Whatever cycling …

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Fall 2017 Cycling Races, Rides & Events

North Shore Century 2015 Evanston Bicycle Club Higher Gear Elyer Sherrick

The sun is setting on another summer well-spent on two wheels. We’ve enjoyed the company of friends on our group rides, for another “winning” Gran Fondo Hundo and at the races. But we’re not done yet! 2017 still has a …

Posted in Bicycle Touring, Group Riding, Junior Racing, Local Events, News & Tips, Racing

Safe Routes to School

Specialized Back to School Bikes

It’s Back to School time, again! After a lazy summer, it’s all too easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of a new school year. Do I have all the necessary school supplies? Is my bike ready …

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Riding for Focus

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Move over fidget spinners; we’re going old school!     One in every nine schoolchildren is diagnosed with ADHD, yet 50% of American schools don’t provide the minimum daily requirements for physical activity. With budget cuts, more schools are eliminating …

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