Friday, December 15, 2006

Midwest Multisport TRI Symposium.

Midwest Multisport-Triathlon Symposium

Location: Prairie Life Center 8525 "Q" St. Omaha, NE 68127
Date: Saturday January 6th 8:00am to 4:00pm
Sunday January 7th 8:00am to 2:00pm
Cost: $100 Includes lunch both days and symposium goodie bag

Registration: High Gear Bicycle Store of Omaha 8610 Brentwood Dr La Vista, NE
Trek Bicycle Store of Omaha 7214 Jones St. Omaha, NE
Prairie Life Fitness Center 8525 Q St. Omaha, NE

Featured Presenters:

Chris Lieto.
Chris was a top ten finisher and the first American at the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii this year. Chris is also a professional triathlon coach.

Trek Wind Tunnel Engineer Mark Andrews

Bontrager Speed Product Managers John Balmer/Bill Miller

Coach Kevin Paladino Professional Triathlon Coach

Pat Dibase and Carol Olson
Professional swim coaches that will introduce Dartfish technology with underwater videotaping.

Highgear Bicycle Store of Omaha
TREK Bicycle Store of Omaha
Prairie Life Fitness Center

Wednesday, December 13, 2006


$99 Project One PromoMake it a very happy holiday with $99 Project One paint schemes.
From now until the end of February, Project One is offering all Custom Flame, Dart, and Dot paint schemes on Madone and Pilot bikes for just $99. Compare that to the average $450 cost for these paint schemes and it's a huge savings just for you!
Create your dream bike on our Project One site and then see your dealer to order and for all the promotion details. It's that easy.
Offer only available through Feb. 28 and only valid in the US.
Visit Project One to start designing your new bike now.

Monday, December 11, 2006


The Flying Ace TTX is now in at Highgear, as well as the new Speed bottle and carbon cage.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Highgear closing early December 19th @ 6:00

Highgear Bicycle Store of Omaha will close early
Tuesday December 19th @ 6:00pm.
We will be celebrating our company Holiday Party. Tuesday night trainer rides will be canceled as well. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Happy Holidays from all of us at Highgear!

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Congratulations Phil

When Phil wizzes by you on his bicycle don't be suprised he's riding his brand new
Serotta Concours CS.

Thanks Phil enjoy your beautiful new bicycle.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Congrats CX State Medalists!

Congrats to all our sponsored athletes that took home medals in the State Cyclo-cross Championships this past weekend. In addition to Kevin Limpach (pictured left) taking the 3/4's Gold we have.....

Cat 1/2/3

Tony Wilhelm (Trek VW/Midwest) Gold
Aaron Pool (Lincoln Plating/LeMond) Silver
Troy Krause ('s) Bronze


Sydney Brown (Lincoln Plating/LeMond) Gold


Marc Walter (Lincoln Plating/LeMond) Gold

I know there are others, but the complete results are not posted yet. Great Job to everyone and thanks for flying the colors!

Monday, November 13, 2006

Starting a Holiday Wish List?

Great Holiday Gift Ideas .

Cycling computers
CO2 Products
Floor pump
Light systems

SPY Sunglasses
Tire Repair Kits
Timbuk2 messenger bag
Pearl Izumi winter and Summer clothing
Camelbak Hydration Systems

NEW Camelbak waterbottles
Bell Helmets

And if your not sure what to buy you can always get a Highgear gift card the gift that always fits.

Friday, November 10, 2006


Garmin Edge 205/305 are great for on and off-road cycling. Take your training to the next level! The Edge features time, distance, speed, elevation, and optional heart rate and cadence. The Edge allows you to race your self on recorded courses in real time.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Winter Activities to Keep You Warm & Smart

This Fall / Winter season will be jammed packed with fun activities at Highgear Bicycle Store of Omaha.

Trainer Nights

The return of the "No One Gets Dropped" Indoor Trainer Night will start November 7th @ 7 o'clock. These trainer nights will last roughly an hour. We will watch different training videos and enjoy each others conversation and suffering.Trainer nights will run weekly on Tuesday and Thursday nights 7pm - 8pm until February 22nd 2007.

There won't be Trainer Nights on the following dates:

  • Thursday November 24, 2006
  • Tuesday December 26, 2006
  • Thursday December 28, 2006
  • Tuesday January 2, 2007

If you don't have a trainer we will have trainers to rent for $3.00 per night. You are more than welcome to store trainers at the shop.

Saturday Morning Maintenance Clinics

Something new for us at Highgear is Saturday Morning Maintenance Clinics. We are very excited to introduce this service. Our goal is to help cyclists of all abilities have a better understanding of the mechanics and upkeep of their bicycle.

Paul Ullman, Highgear's service manager, will lead these Saturday Morning Maintenance Clinics beginning Saturday November 11 @ 11 o'clock. Each clinic will last roughly an hour or until all questions are answered.

Much of the clinic time will be spent on:
  • How to fix flats
  • How to lube a bicycle chain
  • Pre-ride check over
  • How to clean a bike

We will also touch on:

  • How to adjust brakes, derailleur, bearings
  • Wheel truing

Paul loves challenges, so please, bring lots of questions. If possible please RSVP, otherwise walk-ins are welcome.

Saturday Morning Maintenance Clinics are scheduled at 11am on these dates:

  • November 11, 2006
  • November 25, 2006
  • December 2, 2006
  • December 16, 2006
Saturday Morning Women's Maintenance Clinics

Paul will also be conducting Women's Only Saturday Morning Maintenance Clinics. These clinics are scheduled at 11am on the following dates:
  • November 18, 2006
  • December 9, 2006

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

New Fall/Winter Hours

We have switched to Fall/Winter hours.


"We Support a Community in Motion"

Raffle to win a Trek Bicycle and Lance Armstrong's John Hancock!

Is that Lance at the Indy 500?
I guess racing is racing.
Stop by High Gear for your chance to win.
All money raised will go to the LiveStrong Foundation.

All of us at Highgear Bicycle Store of Omaha are proud to announce the raffling of a Trek 1500 bicycle signed by Lance Armstrong and Indy Car driver, P.J. Chesson. The bike was used in the Race to Replace, in which hundreds of amateur cyclists competed to be the newest team member of the Discovery Channel team. This bike is currently located in our Kansas City store and will be raffled within all four stores.

At the Race to Replace amateur cycling hopefuls raced around the Indianapolis 500 race track to win a spot on the Discovery Channel team. Both Armstrong and Chesson signed the frame of the Trek bike. Raffle tickets for the bike will be sold at all four Midwest stores until December 31, 2006. The raffle tickets will be sold at $5 each, or $20 for 5 tickets. All proceeds from the raffle will go to the LiveStrong Foundation. The winning ticket will be drawn on January 1, 2007.

Starting November 1st all purchases at High Gear over $350 will receive one FREE raffle ticket.
This offer is good thru December 31st.

This is the actual bike you can win. If you are in the Kansas City area stop by the store and see what you can win.

Friday, October 27, 2006

Join us on the E'tape Du Tour 2007

Yesterday the ASO announced the route of the 2007 Etape – it’s a route filled with beautiful Pyrenean climbs (and is rumored to be the hardest stage in this year’s tour!).
We’re in the final process of finalizing our self-guided packages and will announce those over the next 10 days.
If you would like to be a part of our exclusive invitation / first looks for those packages, please register on our email waiting list here:
Packages will Include:
· Guaranteed Etape Entry (numbers are assigned randomly – sorry we cannot control this)
· Three nights at a 3* Hotel 50 km from start
· One Night Hotel near Finish
· Luggage transfer from start to finish and coach to start morning of race
· Training plan, pre-race logistics package, detailed route descriptions, local ride guides, etc.

Stay tuned and we hope to be a part of your ETAPE in 2007!


The team at High Gear Travel

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Pearl Izumi 101 All are Welcome!

WOW, it's getting cold out there and we've got a full stock of Pearl Izumi gear to keep you warm! If you find all of that technical jargon on clothing confusing, come to High Gear Bicycle Store of Omaha November 8th and sit in on a Pearl Izumi clinic presented by our Pearl rep Doug Plummer. We're going to look at some of the winter items like jackets, tights, gloves, and booties. Doug can answer your questions about Pearl Izumi products and if we're lucky he might give us a sneak peek at some products for the spring!

This clinic is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC so stop in for the clinic and enjoy a 20% discount on all winter Pearl Izumi products, plus great discounts/promotions on all remaining summer merchandise. Deep discounts are available on selected 2006 bikes as well.
Where: High Gear Bicycle Store of Omaha
8610 Brentwood Drive LaVista NE 68128
When: Wednesday November 8 @ 7pm
Questions: 402.935.1988 or

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Warm Piglets

When planning the winter wardrobe the Lake MXZ 301's are a must.

-BOA mechanical closure system-
-Pittard's WR100 leather-
-Outlast temperature-regulating liner-
-3m Thinsulate toe box lining-
-Thermosol composite insole-
-Alpine outside-

Mudstuds and adapter for flat pedals/trekking
The Outlast temperature regulating lining, 3M Thinsulate lining in toe box, and Thermosol wool insole make this winter shoe work great in temperatures from 5-50F.

Stop by soon and find the size that works the best. When choosing sizes think about what winter socks you would be wearing. Going up one size from your summer shoes work well. These Lake shoes tend sell out from our distributor mid December.

$235 and warm piglets are in your future. These shoes last for years.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Our models only look cool, they are actually quite warm

Look, over there, the cold weather is coming.
Fall can be the best time to ride, if you have the right clothing. Stop in the shop today to check our winter clothing from Pearl izumi, Trek, Nike, and more. There are many types of clothing for cool weather riding, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have about what clothing is right for you.

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Ride the Best Demo Days!

Would you like to try out the latest hardware from TREK, LeMond, and Gary Fisher? Well, here's your chance. Join us for some test rides on Saturday, October 21st, at Lake Manawa State Park or on Sunday, October 22nd, at Platte River State Park. See you then.

Friday, October 06, 2006

Bring the Whole Family

Next Saturday, October 14th at 10:00 AM the Trek Bicycle Store will be hosting a 10 mile no-drop bicycle ride to raise awareness for breast cancer. Entry is $25 with 100% donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. All participants will recieve a pink water bottle cage and water bottle as well as a goody bag. Everyone will also be registered for great raffle prizes. Refreshments will be provided before, after and during the ride. Go to to register. It's not just for ladies so bring the whole family for a fun ride down the Keystone trail and help support the fight against breast cancer.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

How fast is Cervelo?

Silver medalist David Zabriskie (United States)

World Champion Fabian Cancellara (Switzerland)

The Fastest in the world!

Monday, September 18, 2006

Ducati MotorCycles

Bianchi has partnered with the Italian motorcycle manufacturer, Ducati, to build their own brand of man-powered bikes. The two companies believe the partnership is obvious.
Motor-bikes and bikes allow you to move easily in town. Traffic challengers will love the Ducati bicycle with a “street fighter” soul. It is equipped with all indispensable qualities of city motor-bikes: extreme lightness, naked technical features, high level components.

The line-up will include two all-carbon road bikes, an alu-carbon one, a hardtailed MTB, and a fully suspended one. Ducati cycling clothing and accessories are sure to follow.

It turns out that Ducati Superbike team rider, Troy Bayliss is quite a cyclist, too. "If I hadn’t become a pilot of motorcycles," he states, "I’d ride a bike as a pro rider. I can’t stand without my bike: I cover about 400 km per week in the saddle of my Bianchi."

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Mountain Bike State Championships

The competition for this weekend's Nebraska State Mountain Bike championship is looking tougher than ever. These guys are rumored to be returning from the last race, peaked, trained and ready to burn off that back to school stress. Come join us at Swanson Park in Bellevue for the fun. Hope to see you there riding, racing or just cheering on the riders.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Ironman Wisconsin

Wet, Cold and Windy! That was Ironman Wisconsin today. Yet in true iron man fashion they pushed on.
Dana finished 11:25:59
Christina finished 12:08:55
Lindsey finished 13:50:25
On a day when most people wanted to stay close to a fire, these guys swam 2.4 miles , rode 112 miles and ran 26.2 miles.
All I can say is WAY TO GO!!

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Back From Trek World

Myself, Matt, and the Highgear crew visited Wisconsin this week to check out all the new product coming out this year from Trek, LeMond, Gary Fisher and Bontrager. While we were there Lance decided to stop by for a while. Super Cool. I asked him to race for us in 2007. As you can see, he is giving it some thought. (-:

Even more excitement came when we checked out all the new product on the way for 2007. Bontrager is leading the way in aero product for the coming year, coupled with the new TTX Equinox frames from Trek. If your more into the Dirt, both Trek and Fisher have some exciting new product like the 69er, Ferrous 29er and HiFi models. To top it off LeMond has new carbon bikes with sub 900 gram frames. Stop by and check it out. We'd love to tell you all about it.

Monday, August 14, 2006

IMBA scheduled to show Omaha who's boss

IMBA will be in town this Friday, Saturday and Sunday doing Trailbuilding School sessions, slideshows and of course, riding. The schedule is as follows:

Friday, August 18th
8:00-12:00 pm- Trailbuilding School classroom session at Homestead National Monument
1:00-3:00 pm- Trailbuilding School field session at homestead National Park
6:00 pm- Around the World with IMBA slideshow @Highgear (snacks provided)

Saturday, August 19th
Meet up with area IMBA reps Ryan and Kristin at Swanson Park in Bellevue during the Nebraska State Championship Mountain Bike Race. Events start at 10:00am.

Sunday, August 20th
7:00am- Bacon ride at Platte River State Park with lots-o-bacon and breakfast buffet afterwards.

Hope to see everyone out this weekend!

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Nebraska Bicycle Polo

Its almost polo time

Monday, July 31, 2006

The Bike

The Bike part 2

Good things come to those who wait and wait

After a long summer of waiting D.H. has received his Dream Bike! Full Carbon Custom Serotta Meivici, With Zero Gravity brakes, Bontrager XXX lite Carbon Clinchers and Profile Carbon Aero bars to boot.
Now if C.S. gets here next week we will have two of the sweetest bikes that you have ever seen.

Sorry I'm having some trouble with blogger I'll load the pictures as soon as I can. But trust me the bike is way cool!

Sunday, July 16, 2006

The Force is With Us!

New arrival from Orbea is an Onyx dressed out in the new SRAM Force. Looks sweeeet and shifts even better. The double-click design is very innovative and works smoothly.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Maximum Style Points

It looks like Highgear Travel group leader, Steve Jarrett, climbed Alpe d'Huez at this year's edition of l'Etape du Tour with his helmet on backwards. Classic.

We can't wait to order a poster-sized version of the Real Deal here.

Monday, July 10, 2006

An Endangered Breed

Are bicycle messengers becoming an endangered breed?

Grapheon, a graphic design firm in Portland, is kind enough to keep a bowl of sweets in its reception area, not for peckish clients but for the ravenous bicycle messengers who dash to the front desk bearing deliveries. These days, however, the bowl is dusty and the Tootsie Rolls stale. Most of Grapheon's clients prefer to e-mail their artwork.

Look around: bike messengers, the freewheeling mavericks whose tattooed calves and daredevil stunts once defined urban cool, are slowly vanishing from America's streets. In New York, the hub of the messenger world, the number has skidded from 2,500 during the dotcom frenzy in the 1990s to an estimated 1,100 today, according to Joel Metz, who runs, the website of the International Federation of Bike Messenger Associations.

The reason is straightforward. High-speed internet, PDF files, digital photography and digital audio have been eroding bike-messenger revenues by between 5-10% a year since 2000, or so reckons Lorenz Götte, an assistant professor of economics at the University of Zurich (and a former bike messenger himself). The revenue slump has sent wages tumbling. In 2000, messengers in San Francisco could make $20 an hour. Now the average is closer to $11.

Bike messengers have survived dire prophecies before. In the 1980s, doomsayers had predicted that the fax machine would push the profession into oblivion. Faxes did indeed carve a big chunk out of the business, but messengers hung on, thanks both to the poor quality of faxes and to new technology, such as pagers, which allowed prompter dispatch.

Keeping up with the download-and-print world will be trickier. One strategy is specialisation. The legal system still relies on original documents, so some messengers cater to lawyers by offering benefits such as serving subpoenas and filing papers in court. “They are almost paralegals on bikes,” says Mr Götte. Others focus on deliveries that cannot be made electronically—architects' blueprints, for example, or take-out meals.

Paradoxically, although their long-term prospects look wobbly, the messenger subculture has never been stronger. Their grimy allure is celebrated in books, films, festivals, and even trading cards. Last year's Cycle Messenger World Championship, held in New York, drew 700 competitors from 30 countries. Perhaps this signals a resurgence. More probably, it reflects the urge to honour a tradition that is beginning to slip away.

The Economist, 29 June 2006

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Message of the Day

“When the spirits are low, when the day appears dark, when work becomes monotonous, when hope hardly seems worth having, just mount a bicycle and go out for a spin down the road, without thought on anything but the ride you are taking.”

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930), Scottish author famous for his Sherlock Holmes detective stories

Monday, July 03, 2006

City of Chicago: Bike 2015 Plan

Looking for some interesting reading? Check out Chicago's recently unveiled Bike 2015 Plan (PDF). The plan recommends projects, programs, and policies to encourage cycling around the Windy City. Three years in preparation, the plan documents 150 strategies to achieving Mayor Daley’s goal of making Chicago the most bicycle-friendly city in the USA.

Along the streets and boulevards of Chicago, vinyl banners will soon feature statistics compiled using data from the US Departments of Transportation and Agriculture showing the practical, non-polluting, and affordable benefits of commuting to work on a bicycle. For instance, the average cost of owning and maintaining a car is $9,964 per year versus $68 for a bike.

Bike Fitting Services at Highgear

The moment of truth is when you climb on your bicylce and click in. In an instant you’ll know that this feels miles beyond your old expectations of fit. Your bike is nothing less than an extension of your body, so ensuring a proper fit allows you to get the most out of your bike. Would you run in a pair of shoes that don't fit? Click here for more information, then give us a call today and schedule a time for your personal fitting.

Trek's latest Mad-one 6.9


Yaroslav Popovych's Discovery Channel Team Issue Trek Madone 6.9 SSL

We first heard a few weeks ago that Trek was rolling out a super secret, super light climbing bike at Le Tour, so just before the start Cyclingnews collared Trek's team guy Scotty Daubert in Strasbourg and put him in the journalistic equivalent of a full-nelson at the Discovery Channel's team hotel. We let him go when he agreed to give us the first reveal of Trek's 2007 Madone SSL 6.9. With the help of Discovery Channel's team wrench Chris Van Roosbroek, Daubert rolled Yaroslav Popovych's 6.9 SSL out of the bowels of the team truck for our exclusive first look.

According to Daubert, the Madone SSL 6.9. is the only bicycle frame in the world that uses Defense Grade High Modulus Carbon fibre, a special grade that is not available in Asia. Starting with this new material, Trek creates a hybrid laminate of its proven OCLV 55 Carbon with the new OCLV HM Carbon and builds it into what Trek claims is the world’s first sub-900 gram, horizontal top tube frame. After picking up Popo's bike, Cyclingnews can attest to the fact that the complete bike is incredibly light, close to 7kg according to Van Roosbroek.
Daubert explained that, "Popo's bike, which is a 56cm, weighs 890 grams ready to build, with seat collar and cable bosses, without the fork."

That's substantially lighter than Trek's previous benchmark, the Trek Madone 5.9 SSLx of 2006 that Lance Armstrong rode to his seventh Tour victory. How did Trek engineers get the new Madone 6.9 SSL so skinny? Daubert explained, "Our engineers looked at every single part of the frame to achieve even greater maximum weight reductions than before. For example, they created new rear dropouts and housing stops are half the weight of the previous versions. And the custom machined bottom bracket and head tube inserts from the SSLx are used. Above all, Trek now uses a true Defense Grade High-Modulus carbon fiber that is now molded instead of roll-wrapped in both the down tube and seat tube. As if all that wasn’t enough, to even further reduce weight, we also pursued new paint technology called "Low Solids" that is 20 grams lighter than before."

Daubert pointed out that, "Until now, only frames with sloping top tubes have gone under the 900 gram bar. But with the Madone 6.9 SSL, Trek is able to achieve this with a traditional frame configuration without compromising strength, rigidity or safety thanks to new OCLV HM Carbon. And don't forget that the bikes that purportedly get to the sub-900 gram weight level are all sloping designs, that require a long seat post that adds back a lot of weight. Our Trek Madone SSL 6.9 is the one bike that gets to the sub-900 gram weight without using a sloping top tube design."

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Tour De France Google Maps Live Tracker

use this map tracker to find out the current positions of the race leaders as well as live data for selected drivers by a company called SRM. The position is currently computed by the distance cover but the geodevelopers behind this tracker hope to have exact GPS datasets online soon.

Tour De France Google Maps Live Tracker

Friday, June 30, 2006







Wednesday, June 28, 2006

2007 Campagnolo Record Rear Brakes

It looks like Campagnolo has radically redesigned their Record brakes for 2007. They've taken this year's rounded shape and have made it more triangular with cut-outs. The weight is speculated to be 250 grams for the pair, down from 308 grams for the current Record brakes.

And here are the 2006 Record brakes for comparison:

Monday, June 26, 2006

Nulla Tenaci Via est Via

Here's the mystery bike: a Spyker Aeroblade by Koga-Miyata.

Spyker is a Dutch builder of exotic supercars. Their motto, "Nulla tenaci via est via" is engraved on the bicycle's chainring guard and means: "For the tenacious no road is impassable". Interestingly enough, this also happens to be the motto of Team Dual-Threat (except when it is snowing, raining, or simply overcast, of course).

Only 50 examples of this bike will be built at a suggested retail price of $12,540 USD. Here's your chance to make all of the Serotta MeiVici owners jealous, so what are you waiting for? Click here to learn all about Spyker and the Aeroblade or visit Koga's Website for the full specifications.

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Unpimp Your Brikos

Tony Rominger proves that style is never out of fashion.

Saturday, June 24, 2006

Floyd, Levi & the Polka dot jersey

Just a few seconds behind Lance!
2005 TDF

Just a little taste of what is coming next week. One week from today. Who will win this year?

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Can You Name the Mystery Bike?

Alright, who can guess the exotic bicycle this wheel belongs to?

Ok, here it is from another angle:

And another:

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Alex Finishes Up Strong

Today was the final stage of the Nature Valley Grand Prix. Alex finished 28th, 1:54 off the winner. With this finish he took over the lead for the Best Young Rider classification and earned 23rd in the final General Classification. Way to go Alex!

Saturday, June 17, 2006

Alex Keeping Pace

Local Omaha pro and part-time Highgear employee, Alex Boyd, is running well at the Nature Valley Grand Prix. He finished 19th today, 2:00 minutes behind stage winner, Karl Menzies, of Health Net PB Maxxis. This puts Alex in 22th place overall and 2nd in the Best Young Rider classification, 28 seconds behind Stefano Barberi of Toyota-United. Tomorrow is the last stage. We will wait and see how it all turns out. Keep it up Alex! We are all cheering for you.