The Cyclist’s Holiday Gift Guide – 2013 Edition

2013 Scott Foil aero road bike carbonHigher Gear is here to make your holiday shopping easier. We have the perfect gift for every cycling enthusiast and even gifts for other outdoor enthusiasts!

If you’re not sure what to get the active individuals in your life, we can help with gear for cyclists, runners and skiers.

This holiday season, consider staying local and shopping small with us. We’ll help you knock out that shopping list.

If a new road bike is on anyone’s list, take a look at the deal we have going until Christmas.

Short of a new bike, check out some of our suggestions for the various levels of cycling enthusiasts you may have to buy for:



Gifts for Your Die-Hard Cyclist


Specialized BG Fit Body Geometry Fit Integration Technology Andy PruittBG Fit

If your loved one spends serious time in the saddle, their time would be much better spent with a proper bike fit. The Specialized BG Fit addresses areas of pain or discomfort when riding and puts riders in the most efficient position on their bikes. A BG Fit is not only appropriate for serious racers. Anyone who wants to get the most efficiency out of their two wheels and who wants to experience the fewest amount of aches and pains during and after their time in the saddle can benefit.


Endura Stealth Jacket black bike bicycle clothing winterEndura Stealth Jacket

Endura’s Stealth Jacket is a Eurobike award-winning and first ever fully waterproof, breathable soft-shell cycling jacket. The externally seam-sealed waterproof breathable soft-shell fabric with stretch fabric front collar, underarms and side panels create a superbly well fitted garment. We guarantee Endura’s Stealth Jacket will be a hit under your cyclist’s Christmas tree this year.



Gifts for Your Commuter


Arkel Commuting Laptop Briefcase cycling bicycle biking bikeArkel Briefcase

If you have a commuter to buy for, look no further than the Arkel Briefcase. This stylish, soft-sided attaché case has plenty of internal and external pockets. A laptop sits in a padded pocket, suspended in the bag, keeping it protected even in a fall. The briefcase attaches securely to a rear bicycle rack using the the same mounting hardware as Arkel’s famous touring bags that remains hidden when the case is off the bike. This stylish case takes important files from the bike to the boardroom in style.


Endura Luminite II Jacket high vis visibility cycling bicycling commuterEndura Luminite II Jacket

Endura’s Luminite II Jacket is the ultimate commuter cycling jacket or for anyone willing to tough it out through nasty conditions or ride in the dark. This cleverly-designed waterproof, breathable jacket has a red LED light strip integrated into the rear pocket that gives 50 hours of flashing light. Your loved one will light up the night from any angle, especially in the high-visibility colors, but even the black is extremely high-vis when in a headlamp. Available in men’s and women’s sizes.


Superlite Overtrouser Endura bicycling cycling clothing winter commuting commuter winterEndura Superlite Overtrousers

The perfect choice for commuters who risk unforeseen weather and need layering pieces they can travel with. Your commuter can throw these Endura Overtrousers on over their work or cycling pants. The fully seam-sealed fabric keeps the rain and wind out. The lightweight fabric means they get compact enough to stow in their own rear pocket. Like other Endura outer wear, these Overpants are both waterproof, yet breathable.


Cygolite Explion 700 Light Cycling Safety VisabilityCygolite Bicycle Lights

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 bicycle lights from Cygolite. The Trion 1300 offers ultra-bright, intense light output with maximized beam angle and throw, ideal for mountain and road cyclists. 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.



Gifts for Your Triathlete


SRAM Red Quarq power training crankPower Meter

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.


Garmin Edge 800 cycling computerGarmin Cycling Computer

Whether the person on your gift list is a cyclist, triathlete or runner, Garmin has the right computer. For cyclists, the Garmin Edge 810, or the more economical Garmin Edge 510, have been upgraded to feature cell phone connectivity and integration, allowing transfer of courses and activities to and from a mobile phone. Garmin also has watches for triathletes and runners. Higher Gear is an authorized Gamin retailer; while we don’t keep all items in stock, we can order what you need to arrive when you need it.



Gifts for Your Fair Weather Cyclist


Computraining CompuTrainer Studio Higher Gear Highland ParkCompuTrainer Studio Package

If the cyclist in your life is looking to stay fit during the chilly winter months or if he has an early-season event in 2014, Higher Gear’s boutique CompuTrainer Studio packages makes a great gift. Give the gift of a month of unlimited sessions. Or pay for 3 months up front ($300) to get the fourth month free (a $400 value). CompuTraining provides effective endurance training and precise real-time data for cyclists who want to optimize their outdoor cycling performance.


Indoor Trainers cycling bike CycleOps Fluid Fluid2 Kurt Kinetic Rock Roll higher gearIndoor Training Package

Higher Gear has the solution to keeping your fair weather cyclist bicycle fit without their ever having to leave home. We can put all your at-home training needs together in one package – a 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.”



Gifts for Your Committed Cyclist


Mavic Wheelsets Higher GearWheelset Upgrade

Wheelsets are typically the first upgrade cyclists make to their bikes. If the cyclist in your life has been riding the same wheels for years or, gasp, the wheels a bike came with, it’s time to look into lighter weight and more aerodynamic wheels. At Higher Gear, we have a range of wheelsets available, from $400 to $3,000, from top manufactures like Zipp and Mavic. For information about selecting the right wheelset, view our instructional video and then come in to speak with one of our expert staff.


James Little Bicycle TuneUp Bike Maintenance Higher Gear WilmetteBike Tune-Up

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.



Gifts for Any Cycling Enthusiast


Tifosi bike bicycle bicycling cycling sunglass eyewear ey protectionTifosi Sunglasses

Sunglasses don’t just provide protection from the sun’s harmful rays. Cyclists wear glasses in all conditions to protect their eyes from wind, precipitation and debris from the road. Cycling glasses also protect a cyclist’s eyes’ in the event of a crash. Sunglasses may not be on your mind during these days of limited sunlight, but we guarantee they will get ample use from the cyclist or runner in your life. Plus sunglasses from Tifosi are priced right for gifts or stocking stuffers.


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

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, it’s sure to please. For cyclists who commute or tough it out through the cooler temps, consider a Higher Gear cyclocross kit.



World Bicycle Relief WBR Wrigley Field Road TourWorld Bicycle Relief Donation

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.



Gifts for Kids


Specialized Hotwalk Girl Gloss PinkSpecialized Hotwalk

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.


2013 Specialized Hotrock 24" 7-speedSpecialized Kids Bikes

For those growing fast, we have lots of Specialized kids bikes ready to go out the door this holiday season. All the kids bikes we carry are aluminum, making it easier for mom and dad to carry them in when left outside and making them resistant to rust when forgotten outside.



Linus-Bike-XmasBikes for Bigger Kids

Higher Gear also has bikes for big kids! For those looking for the latest technology from the best manufacturers, stop in to see 2014 bikes as they arrive all winter long. For commuters and casual cyclists, see our newest line of Linus Bikes.





2013 Specialized Venge Expert M2 58cm red white carbonOdds and Ends

If a new road bike is on anyone’s list, take a look at the deal we have going until Christmas.

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!


Stop in to Higher Gear and let our friendly experts help you with your holiday shopping.



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