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.
Above all, we shared a passion. Of course we had similar interests: cycling, fitness, baseball, good beer, great food, the Cubs… But our passion went deeper. We shared a passion for camaraderie. All those interests, really, just gave us a good excuse to get together Saturday mornings throughout the summer, weekend mornings in the CompuTrainer Studio, charity rides in the summer and late Thursday evenings in the shop. Our true passion, however, was for the relationships we built and shared together, the friends who become family.
At Higher Gear, we didn’t just sell bikes. We built a community. Our Higher Gear family.
As we set our sights on the horizon, it’s been wonderful hearing kind words from all of you. We value your “Higher Gear” stories and your best wishes. So we thought we’d share some of them.
Whether you reached out to us in a public forum or privately or even just wished us well in your thoughts, thank you. Thank you to each of you who has made our community so special!
We will miss you. You have not been just a bike shop, but a collection of good neighbors and a big part of the community. – Michael Foradas
You guys inspired me to take up road biking and eventually participate in a triathlon- and I always had great service when I went into the shop- you’ll truly be missed!! – Letitia P. Mann
Through [Higher Gear] I got my first and second Bianchi and my first mountain bike. Through it I learned how to cyclocross. Through it I have learned to wake up for 7 AM rides on Saturdays and for computrainer sessions as early as 6 AM all winter. Through it I have learned a new definition for fitness and exercise and fun.
Most important, through it, I have made the most wonderful friends. Riding together and laughing together and accomplishing goals (100 mile rides, many trips to the cemetery, rides to Wrigley, donations to World Bicycle Relief and so much more).
Thank you my friends, thank you so much for 8 wonderful years. I hope and plan on our paths continuing to cross all the time. – Larry Berlin
Will miss you for sure. Incredible shop, incredible people and a wonderful part of the community! I’ve really enjoyed getting to know you guys and participating in the Saturday rides. – Scott Epstein
Thank you Higher Gear for the excellent race support (above), friendship, rides, indoor training, parties, and products. – Russ & Tina Hoefer, Bike Tour Finder
Sorry to see this guys, but big congrats on 8 years and being a big part of the Wilmette community. Thanks for inspiring me to purchase my first road bike and doing those crazy Wrigley century rides….incredible memories! All the best to the Higher Gear gang. – Tim Fagan
First road bike, first carbon bike, lots of sweaty computrainer hours, and so much encouragement for someone who never considered herself an athlete. Thanks Higher Gear for helping to make my 50s fabulous! – Kiki Demopoulos
Thanks Higher Gear for hosting the Saturday morning ride all these years. I’ve met a lot of new friends and love to come every weekend to enjoy our own sport through cycling. – Chieu Nguyen
Sorry to hear about the closing. My wife wendy still loves the specialized globe we picked up. Now my daughter loves it. Thanks again and all the best Brendan! – David Tzau
You all have become my cycling family and helped push each other to higher goals and successes. Let’s keep riding!
I’m not crying, you’re crying. – Ed Brill
Thanks for the fun memories. Best of luck in your next adventures! – Adam Lueken
Sorry to see you guys go! – Bruce Belrose
Best wishes good people – Brian Palmer
Higher Gear was a very special place. I miss you already. Best wishes for your new adventure. – Margarita Hewko
So many memories. And many more friendships. – Joy Sherrick
Sorry to see you guys go. Great shop. Good people. – Scott Wagner
You will be missed. – Nancy Owens
No. Thank YOU for eight great years!!!! – Lissa Druss Christman
Thanks for the memories, Higher Gear! – Tim Fagan
Thank you, Gearheads for eight great years! Celebrate every moment we’ve made and memory we’ve shared with us at our Closing Celebration, December 21st >>