2012 Holiday Gift Guide

2013 Scott Foil aero road bike carbonHigher Gear is here to make your holiday shopping – & making your own holiday wish list – easier. We have the perfect gift for every cycling enthusiast! So if you’re not sure what to get your cyclist or if you don’t know how to explain why you need the latest and greatest cycling gear, you’ve come to the right place.

 

Give the Gift of Cycling

Thinking about upgrading your (or your loved one’s) ride for 2013? Our Black Friday special is for you! Purchase any bike from us for $2,000 or more by the end of December and get unlimited use of the Higher Gear CompuTrainer Studio in January 2013. Start the new year off right!

 

SRAM Red Quarq power training crankGive the Gift of Power

The biggest advantage to training in our CompuTrainer Studio is using power to maximize workouts. Cyclists and triathletes know that power – unlike perceived exertion or heart rate – is an objective measurement, allowing for real gains with focused workouts. But why limit yourself to this kind of training in the winter only when the technology is available for year-round and outdoor use? Could the CycleOps PowerTap (a rear hub-based system) or the SRAM Quarq (a crank-based system) give you or your triathlete the edge needed in training? Our experts can help you decide which system is right for you.

 

Mavic Wheelsets Higher GearGive the Gift of Speed

Upgrading your wheelset is one way to make great gains in your cycling. Adding stiffness and lessening weight allows you to ride faster. If you’re looking for an entry level wheelset to replace the one that came with your bike, the Mavic Kysrium Elite might be right for you. If you want carbon and to go with a more aero wheel, you might be interested in the Mavic Cosmic Carbone SLE. We have a range of wheelsets available from $400 to $3,000. We’re sure to have the right one for you in your price range. Interested in learning more about selecting the right wheelset for you? View our instructional video.

 

Garmin Edge 800 cycling computerGive the Gift of Information

Data. Feedback. It’s what anyone serious about training wants. Whether you or the person on your gift list is a cyclist, triathlete or runner, Garmin has the right computer. The Garmin Edge 800 has all the bells and whistles a cyclist desires. The more economical Garmin Edge 500, as DC Rainmaker puts it, is “the golden standard of GPS bike computers these days.” For triathletes tracking cycling, running and swimming, “there really is no other unit in the same league” as the Garmin FR910XT. For the cyclist who runs to cross-train or the runner who cross-trains by cycling, the newcomer Garmin FR10 is the perfect computer for the runner.

 

Indoor Cycling Training Trainer Accessories Block Roller Tire CycleOps ContinentalGive the Gift of Warmth

Are you or the cyclist on your gift list a fair-weather rider? How about staying fit on the bike without having to leave home? We can put all your at-home training needs together in one package – a CycleOps trainer, a riser block and a training mat. Voila! Your shopping is done and your gift says just the right thing, “Honey, I love you and I want you to have access to the sport you love year-round.”

 

Cygolite Explion 700 Light Cycling Safety VisabilityGive the Gift of Light

The right light can serve two functions: it can make a cyclist visible to others and it makes the way visible to cyclists. See and be seen with USB-rechargeable Expilion lights from Cygolite. The Expilion series raises the bar for one-piece lighting systems with the ultra bright lumen output for flawless illumination on the road and trail. The exclusive quick-release battery sticks can be swapped on-the-fly for virtually endless run times. The Expilion provides unmatched functionality and value and is truly fit for any riding style.

 

Fred Fredo Higher Gear Bike Tune-Up Overhaul Race Check MaintenanceGive the Gift of Caring

Bikes need TLC too. Show the cyclists in your life that you understand their needs and their bikes’ needs. Fair-weathered riders typically get a Standard Tune-Up each spring. Commuters and more serious cyclists will have their bikes tuned-up several times a year. Triathletes and racers add a Race-Check before competition. Cyclocross racers need their bikes cleaned and adjusted constantly. A Standard Tune-Up makes a thoughtful and practical gift.

 

Higher Gear 2012 Kit cycling jersey sleevelessGive the Gift of Style

Higher Gear’s cycling kit (combination of jersey and bibs or jersey and shorts) makes a thoughtful gift for the cyclist on your list. Made with quality materials, Higher Gear’s colors and the Chicago skyline, it’s sure to please. For cyclists who commute or tough it out through the cooler temps, consider adding a Higher Gear vest or jacket.

 

Specialized BG Element Wire Tap Gloves Body GeometryGive the Gift of Warm Hands

Hands get cold quickly on the bike. That’s why having a good pair of cycling gloves is important. With Specialized’s Body Geometry Element your hands are protected from wind, water and chill with a Gore® Windstopper upper and Hydrophobic suede fit palm. Bonus: these gloves are touch screen compatible with WireTap technology. Now you can change your music or make a call (not while riding of course!) without taking off your gloves. The highly visible reflective upper hand detail makes these our favorite gloves for cyclists and runners.

 

Specialized Hotwalk Girl Gloss PinkGive the Gift of Cycling for a Lifetime

Did you know that it’s easier for a toddler to learn the balance and skills required to ride on her own is with a walking bike? Skip the pedals and start with the basic skills needed. There’s less frustration on your little one’s part and a lifetime of cycling ahead. Specialized’s Hotwalk is make in aluminum – so it’s lightweight and it won’t rust when left outside. Your toddler will be riding in no time. For those growing fast, we have lots of 2013 Specialized kids bikes ready to go out the door this holiday season.

 

 

World Bicycle Relief WBR Wrigley Field Road TourGive the Gift That Can Change a Life

World Bicycle Relief is transforming individuals and their communities through The Power of Bicycles. All donations made to World Bicycle Relief through December 31, will be matched $1 for $1, making your gift go twice as far. Donate this holiday season in honor of a loved one. Send an e-card, downloadable card, or for contributions of $134 or more, let WBR mail a personalized gift card for you.

 

2013 Specialized Venge Expert M2 58cm red white carbon
We also have stocking stuffers and plenty of gifts $25 or under.

Still not sure what to get the cyclist in your life? Stop in to Higher Gear and our friendly staff can help you find the right gift in your budget.

When in doubt, a Higher Gear Gift Certificate is sure to please any cyclist!

 

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