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The Belgian Summer

Joe Pepe Sullivan Higher Gear Belgium Specialized Roubaix racing race bike cycling

May is a special time in Belgium. The weather changes from the chilly, rainy, overcast days of March and April into plenty of days of 16º-20ºC (~60-70ºF) sunshine. It may not be beach weather, but it’s surprisingly pleasant regardless. The …

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Spring Breakin’

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At Higher Gear, we know how to party. By party, we mean: ride bikes, drink good beer, eat great food and enjoy good company. When it comes to a break from school or work, we take advantage of as much …

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Pepe’s EuroReport: Paris-Roubaix

Specialized Roubaix Paris-Roubaix velodrome cobblestones cobbles road race Joe Pepe Sullivan Higher Gear

I’m a believer in the FutureShock. Every day on the bike is an absolute joy. Always smooth and comfy over various pavé, but responsive when I get out of the saddle and takes corners like it was on rails. The …

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The Perfect Fit

Tim Duet Higher Gear Specialized

“My wife and I were blessed with twin boys two years ago…” So begins my conversation with Higher Gear customer Tim Duet. A former football player, Duet learned a year or two before his boys were born that he would …

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Did Somebody Say Donuts?

Pastry Brest Aurora Illinois donut bike ride bicycle family Demopoulos Hessert

This past weekend offered plenty of opportunities for those seeking the road less traveled. Saturday, adventurers and gravel-grinders headed to Michigan for a rain-soaked Barry-Roubaix ride. Others heard the call of pastries beckoning from the west.     The Paris-Brest …

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Pepe’s Race Report – Heide Linter

Joe Pepe Sullivan Higher Gear Specialized Venge road racing cobbles Belgium Spring Classic

So it’s March! Race season has begun for me here in Belgium, starting with a 1.18 kermesse at Heide Linter. My first race in over 6 months, I was getting very excited to get out and race again.   In …

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