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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

Donegal Ireland Rohde family Higher Gear Wilmette Ireland cycling bicycling bike riding travel touring

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

Ryan Ramirez Higher Gear Wilmette bike cycling Specialized BG Fit specialist Morgan Hill

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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Hello, Fall!

Chicago lakefront path beach Ruth Anne Renaud Larry Berlin

Friday marked the first day of fall, 2017. Remarkably, it didn’t feel much like fall at all. As temps soared throughout the Midwest, a few brave souls overlooked the less-than-cx-friendly weather and ventured to Waterloo, Wisconsin for the Trek CX …

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Pepe’s Race Report: 2017 Intelligentsia Cup

Joe Pepe Sullivan 2017 Intelligentsia Cup bike bicycle road racing cycling

Every year the whole Chicagoland area gets fired up for the same short period in July (except you cyclocrossers who have already given up on road season): the Intelligentsia Cup.     For me, it was a chance to crush …

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