Friday, February 22, 2008

Go By Bike Challenge

The Go By Bike Challenge starts now in Omaha, Kansas City, and St. Louis. Highear Bicycle store and the Trek Bicycle stores in Omaha, Kansas City, and St. Louis have partnered with Trek Bicycle Corporation to offer 2 people from each city a unique opportunity to integrate bicycles into their daily life.

Area residents are invited to visit the Go By Bike Challenge website to submit their profile. A man and a woman from each city will be selected to receive a free bicycle and accessories from the event sponsors. Their prizes are theirs to keep if they complete the Challenge.

For the Challenge, each of the six winners will ride bikes on 6 short trips (under 2 miles) per week during the month of May, which is National Bike Month. Winners will post weekly online entries about the Challenge to share their experience with others in the community.

The goal of the Challenge is to promote a lifestyle which integrates the bicycle into daily life. Cycling promotes healthy people and a healthy environment; it is safe and fun for everyone.

Over 50% of the car trips taken in the US today are less than 2 miles. With the world facing concerns of global climate change and skyrocketing obesity rates, it is clear that our exclusive reliance on cars for transport isn’t sustainable. Using a bicycle for short trips is ideal. Bicycles are a practical solution, emitting zero pollutants and providing a low impact workout for the rider.

Deadline for entries is midnight March 24, 2008. Submit your profile today, and spread the word.

Working together we can make our communities greener and leaner.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Let Levi Ride the Tour de France

On February 13th, the Amaury Sports Organization (ASO) barred Team Astana from competing in any race or event organized by the ASO in 2008. The ASO owns premiere cycling events like Paris-Nice, Paris-Roubaix, Paris-Tours, and the famed Tour de France.

The ASO cited the doping scandals of last year’s Tour de France as justification.

There can be no comparison between the Astana team of 2007 and the new Astana. The entire organizational structure has been rebuilt under the direction of the team’s new General Manager, Johan Bruyneel, who has thoroughly cleaned house. What’s more, Astana has adopted the rigorous doping controls developed by anti-doping expert Dr. Rasmus Damsgaard, and Astana now spends more money on anti-doping controls than any other team in the pro peloton.

“That the happenings of last year…prompted the Tour organizers to leave Astana out of the season’s most important race sounds understandable,” notes Bruyneel. “However, Astana Cycling Team 2008 has nothing to do with the team of last year. We have done everything to change the dynamics of the team. New management, new riders, new philosophy. Only the name of the sponsor remained.”

The ASO has turned a blind eye to Johan’s efforts. By barring the entire team from competing in ASO events, outstanding athletes like Levi Leipheimer, who was not a member of last year’s Astana team and who has never been implicated in any doping affair, are forced to sit on the sidelines while their life’s work passes them by.

“When I saw the Tour de France on TV when I was young,” laments Leipheimer, “I knew that someday I wanted to do that race. I sacrificed my life to participate. After finishing on the podium last year I want to do even better. Now I’m a victim of an illogical decision and have been excluded from the race.”

If you would like to sign the petition: click here or click the picture above.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Trek Girls MT220 Recall

Trek has announced a recall of Trek Girls MT220 24" Kids bike. Here is the link that will give you all the details about the recall: click here! If you have any questions or would like us to inspect the bike. Just come in to the shop and we will take care of it.

Friday, February 08, 2008

Adventure Racing 101

Midwest Multi-Sport, Activate Omaha, the City Of La Vista and the Nebraska Sports Council is offering a FREE SEMINAR outlining all the finer points of Adventure Racing. Come and find out about the latest way to add some adventure to your fitness routine! Adventure racing is a fast growing, team-based sport, encouraging team work as you run, bike, canoe/kayak and navigate to search for check points by reading maps and following clues. Race to win or just for fun! Races can last anywhere from 2 hours to 8 hours, so there is something for
every level of fitness. Great for families, too!

Date: Saturday, March 1
Time: 10am—12noon
Where: La Vista Community Center, 8116 Park View Blvd
What: Everything you need to know to get started adventure racing!
Topics include:

  • What is adventure racing?
  • Team building
  • Fitness / Training
  • Info on the various disciplines
  • Equipment Needed
  • Upcoming Events and Races
  • Plenty of time for Q & A

  • For more info: Scott Stopak at the La Vista Parks & Rec office: 331-3455

    Friday, February 01, 2008

    Visit our Tech Center

    Our tech center is second to none. We offer multiple service packages to fit your specific needs. We service all makes and offer free estimates on all repairs. Plus, all work is gauranteed to be completed within 72 hours when parts are in stock. We also offer 24 hour service for an additional charge. Come in and see the Highgear difference for yourself.

    Basic Maintenance Package
    Check and adjust brake and shifting systems, true front and rear wheels. *parts extra*

    $90 Value

    Advanced Maintenance Package
    Check and adjust shift, brake and wheel systems. Adjust hubs, headset and bottom bracket. Lube cables, cable housing and chain. *parts extra*

    $125 Value

    Annual Peak Performance Package
    For frequent riders or bikes operated in dusty conditions. Includes advanced package adjustments plus drivetrain removal and cleaning. For snappy shifting and whisper smooth operation. *parts extra*

    $150 value

    Mechanical Rebuild/Overhaul Package
    Complete mechanical disassembly, cleaning and inspection of frame and parts. Repack of all bearing surfaces and rebuild. *parts extra*

    $240 value

    Professional Bike Build
    We start by chasing and facing your new bicycle frame. Then our professional mechanics install your new componentry. *wheel build extra* (this service is provided free of charge when frame and components are purchased from the HIghgear Bicycle Store of Omaha)

    Alacart Service *Parts extra
    Tube and/or tire install $10
    Chain install and/or resize $10
    Derailuer adjustment $15
    with a new cable add $7
    Brake adjustment $15
    with a new cable add $7
    with new brake pad installation add $5
    Handlebar wrap install $15
    Wheel Truing (minor) $15
    Computer Install (one sensor) $10
    Cassette or Freewheel Install $10
    Aerobar Install $25