Every Dad Should Have His Day

Kid Bike Dad Cycling ShoesDad’s always been there when it mattered most – like on the day you learned that important life lesson of how to ride a bike.

Maybe your dad has moved beyond the family rides and has joined the legions of the Lycra-clad who make cycling more of a religion than a sport. Or maybe not. Maybe dad just likes to tool around on his bike every now and then.


Dad works hard. He plays hard. He rides hard.


And riding hard means always needing new cycling equipment. Higher Gear has you covered for this Father’s Day.


Zipp 404 Firecrest Carbon Clincher Wheel Wheelset Speed WeaponryWheelsets

You’ve heard us say it before, but it bears repeating. When you’re not ready for a new bike but your bike to perform better – or if you’ve recently invested in a new bike are ready to invest a little more – it’s time for a new wheelset. Wheelsets are the first upgrade most people make to their bikes.

At Higher Gear, we can help you find the right wheelset to match dad’s needs and your budget. From Mavic to Zipp, from aluminum to carbon, we’ve got dad’s new wheels.


2013 Higher Gear Team Kit Capo Elastic Interface Technology Corsa Modena Aaron Sherrick


2013 Cycling Kit

You may hang your head in shame when dad heads out the door in Lycra, but we at Higher Gear know how to make Lycra (and dad) look good. New for 2013, Higher Gear teamed up with Capo for our team kit (jersey + bibs or jersey + shorts). Made in Italy out of the best materials, this cycling clothing is made for maximum performance and comfort.

Whether dad is a casual cyclist or preparing for a century ride, he’ll appreciate the high-performance chamois and the moisture-wicking fabric as he rides this summer.

Plus, he’ll look cool.

Fredo Higher Gear Wilmette Sunglasses



SPY Sunglasses

Speaking of cool, when was the last time dad got new sunglasses?

In reality, wearing sunglasses on the bike is not (only) about looking cool. Glasses protect dad’s biggest asset on the bike, his eyes. Sports eyewear has three functions – impact protection, UV protection and optical clarity.

At Higher Gear, we make sure our sunglasses will perform all three functions AND have dad looking good. Check out our collection of SPY eyewear.


Specialized 2013 RBX Pro Bib Short Bibs



Specialized RBX Pro Bib Shorts

Long hours in the saddle could rub dad the wrong way. That’s why he needs those funny looking Lycra shorts.

The RBX Pro Bib Shorts are Specialized’s highest end cycling shorts. The generous, but unobtrusive RBX Pro chamois is specifically engineered for long days in the saddle. The RBX short is a comfortable and reliable endurance ride partner.

DeflectUV fabrics to protect dad from the harmful UV rays on those long rides. Moisture transfer fabrics help to keep dad dry and cool.


Garmin Edge 810 Cycling Computer Live Tracking Maps Mapping


Garmin Cycling Computer

Dad doesn’t need directions. Or does he?

The Garmin Edge isn’t your old cycling computer. It does more than track speed and distance. It has live tracking, social network sharing and activity profiles for different cycling disciplines. And, yes, maps.

The Garmin Edge 510 is designed for the competitive cyclist who seeks the most accurate and comprehensive ride data. The souped-up Garmin Edge 810 features routable maps.

At Higher Gear, we stock the 510 in our stores. The 810 is available to order. (So plan a week ahead if you want to get dad the 810!)



Specialized S-Works Helmet Prevail whiteSpecialized Prevail Helmet

Does dad rush home from weekend soccer and softball games in July to catch up on the action of the Tour de France? If dad is a cycling junkie, he’s familiar with Specialized’s S-Works Prevail Helmet. The Prevail has dominated the heads of pro riders for years.

The S-Works Prevail is the ultimate lightweight racing helmet – combining great ventilation, aerodynamic design, and ultra-light construction for the best all-around performance. And doesn’t dad’s noggin deserve the best?


WFRT Century Ride

Wrigley Field Road Tour WFRT Chicago Cubs Charities World Bicycle Relief WBR 2012 Todd Ricketts FK Day Garret HigneyJust like mom needed her day on the bike with like-minded women, dad deserves a day too. And what a day for a cyclist and Cubs fan!

The Wrigley Field Road Tour is a fabulous day out on the bike, all in support of two great charities. The 100-mile ride benefits the global work of World Bicycle Relief and the local work of Chicago Cubs Charities. The ride end with an unforgettable party on the outfield of Wrigley Field.

Maybe dad needs a little motivation to get in shape this summer? Surprise him with a WFRT entry. It’s a win-win!


Specialized BG Fit Body Geometry Fit Integration Technology Andy PruittBike Fit

If dad spends a lot of time in the saddle, the best investment he can make is to be properly fit on his bicycle.

Higher Gear is now offering Specialized BG Fit, a comprehensive fit system that creates the perfect marriage between bike and body.

BG Fit:  Improving life by improving your ride.



Come in to Higher Gear for more gift ideas for dad. We have gifts – large and small.

Not sure what to get dad for Father’s Day? Dad can use a gift certificate from Higher Gear to put towards whatever cycling gear or clothing he desires.



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Highland Park | 847-433-2453
Wilmette | 847-256-2330

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