Trek Stop

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If you happen to be in Madison, Wisconsin during the next few weeks, check out the “Trek Stop” cycling convenience center. This test unit will be set up for a month outside of Machinery Row Bicycles. While it is in place, you can stop by anytime to put air in your tires or buy basic small items like a tube, patch kit, water bottle, energy bar, chain lube, etc, out of the vending machine.

Kudos to the Trek ID team on this project. I think it is a really cool idea, especially for commuters who might roll by before the shop is open. Hopefully the test period will go well and we will see these Trek Stops in other cities in the near future.

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40 Comments

  1. Richard July 1, 2008 at 7:52 pm -  Reply

    Love the concept. In Japan it’s the norm. Almost everything is for sale in vending machines.
    I can’t wait for Canada to have one!

  2. LoisMoss July 1, 2008 at 9:29 pm -  Reply

    Brilliant! Jay Graves and I were just chatting about the concept of vending machines and small bike odds-n-ends. I know at least three other bicycle store owners who have old vending machines in their garages who have thought about this idea. Tip o’ the helmet to the folks who made it happen.

  3. Dan Mc July 2, 2008 at 12:59 am -  Reply

    That is a brilliant idea. On my commute at least, I often ride by my preferred and 2nd most preferred LBSs just prior to and just after closing.

    I hope this goes well for Trek and that it encourages small shops to follow.

  4. Peter July 2, 2008 at 4:02 am -  Reply

    looks neato. reminds me of the Smart-Car vending machine pic that’s been floating around. you can’t actually buy the car – maybe you could buy a bike?

  5. James July 2, 2008 at 7:04 am -  Reply

    It is a pretty cool idea. I would love to see one here in Greenville, SC.

    I neglected to mention in the post that the Trek Stop is also a place for information with maps, brochures, advertising/announcements and a video kiosk that explains how to do minor repairs. Jonathon Maus of Bike Portland found a Flickr photo photo that shows the info side of the unit with the video monitor and a map.

  6. bikesgonewild July 2, 2008 at 11:57 am -  Reply

    …two thumbs up !!!…

    …the open shop & it’s human interaction is great but there are times when a cycle vending machine would be a problem solver…

  7. C July 2, 2008 at 12:19 pm -  Reply

    Not an entirely original concept. Here in Seattle there’s a shop that took an old candy vending machine and have it set up to dispense tubes and such. I’d love to see more like it, especially along bike paths.

  8. The Swell Guy July 2, 2008 at 12:55 pm -  Reply

    So many people seem to love this concept. Let’s go ahead and remove human interaction from everything and keep to ourselves. I love that my LBS knows me and they also know my bikes.

  9. bikesgonewild July 2, 2008 at 1:29 pm -  Reply

    …sorry, ‘swell guy’, but in my book you just redefined the term ‘disingenuous statement’ w/ your remark…no one suggested this was anything but a healthy addendum to our local bicycle shops which are not open 24/7…

    …& if the idea does catch on ‘here’, it will undoubtedly be in conjunction w/ said local bike shops…

  10. Peter July 2, 2008 at 1:51 pm -  Reply

    and a lot of LBSs close early. the only place open ‘late’ is Performance Bikes, the national chain.

    i was on the bus yesterday evening and i passed this bike shop. i thought, ‘i wonder if that shop is closed already’. two seconds later, a kid walks up to the shop door – boom – closed. it was around 7pm.

  11. Fritz July 2, 2008 at 4:09 pm -  Reply

    I’ve been without a tube or patch kit after hours more than a time or two, so something like this would be pretty handy in my area. I like it.

  12. Jared July 2, 2008 at 4:19 pm -  Reply

    This seems pretty awesome! Like others have said this will not replace your LBS…it just helps you get the important parts you need when they’re not open. I’m guessing that the parts in the machine probably cost more than those in the store too.

  13. Aaron July 2, 2008 at 4:20 pm -  Reply

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    keeps getting chopped off.

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  14. James July 2, 2008 at 4:45 pm -  Reply

    Thanks to all for the comments so far.

    Ed, I don’t think you can buy one since this is just a test unit. I’ll leave that for the people at Trek to answer though.

    Swell guy, I agree with bgw and Peter. This seems like a supplement to local bike shops, not a replacement. On my morning commute at 6 am, none of the local shops are open.

    Aaron, you have to use a few HTML tags to make the link work. I don’t know why Blogger doesn’t make it easier to put a link into a comment. Anyway, here is the link to the vending machine in front of your shop. Pretty cool; do the items that you stock in the machine sell pretty well?

  15. bikesgonewild July 2, 2008 at 8:14 pm -  Reply

    …yes, aaron, give us some good feedback on how the vending machine fits into your business, service wise…i can’t imagine that it would be much more than than a small financial boost but how do your customers relate to you offering an off-hours opportunity they might utilize ???…

  16. Travis July 2, 2008 at 11:42 pm -  Reply

    It even has a nice look to it. I like the bike holder on it. A person could use the stand even if passing by. The best part is that it is a quick fix for those troubled spots that occur when you don’t have your local shop around.

    I was in Seattle and needed a new tube, and there was not a shop open (late at night) when I needed it. I had to carry the bike a great distance.

    http://bikemyfamily.blogspot.com/

  17. Ron July 3, 2008 at 10:44 am -  Reply

    I like vending machines but if the item gets stuck as it drops down, thats not going to be good. Well, I have no idea how this works but I have to give it up to TREK. Neat.

  18. Robbie July 10, 2008 at 11:42 am -  Reply

    I happen to know that store and the owner quite well. Happily for him, and the entire biking community, it is often quite jammed on a nice summer weekend. Instead of going into the store, I would use this machine at those times, if I needed a small item.

    This store is right on a path that is heavily used 24/7/365 (yes, even in a Wisconsin winter.) The store has good hours, but I can’t blame them for not being open as long in January as June. I’m thrilled with this little kiosk.

  19. The Los July 10, 2008 at 3:30 pm -  Reply

    What a great idea! As a 20 year veteran of the bike industry, I couldn’t begin to tell you how many times I’ve heard the woeful tale of someone who came by to get a tube before opening or after hours. I think this is something more shops should look into.

  20. RedorBlack July 11, 2008 at 9:13 am -  Reply

    I think I saw some kids shaking it trying to get the Campy carbon record groupe to drop :)

  21. Rebecca A July 11, 2008 at 11:28 am -  Reply

    It’s been awesome to see the positive reaction to the Trek Stop. All of us at Trek are proud of Mike Hammond and his team for pulling this thing together–and with sucha great response it’s quite possible we’ll see more of these.

  22. Geoffrey July 11, 2008 at 12:04 pm -  Reply

    This is a great concept! I could suggest a few location in Calgary, Canada where they could put them, they might happen to be where I ride ;)

  23. James July 11, 2008 at 4:16 pm -  Reply

    Thanks for all the great comments everyone.

    Rebecca A, I am glad that you called out Mike Hammond. I didn’t know if I should mention any designer’s names in the post or not, but he, Michael Leighton, and any other Trek designers who worked on this project and pushed it through definitely deserve some props.

  24. Ron Richings July 14, 2008 at 12:33 pm -  Reply

    A reasonable approach, but they are essentially just copying what has been in place for many years in Europe.

    Machines there are generally sponsored/operated by bicycle tire companies, as tube and tires seem to be the most common items sold.

    So nothing ‘brilliant’ on Trek’s part — just a good copying job, with perhaps a couple of minor improvements.

    Ron Richings

  25. Dave July 23, 2008 at 11:00 am -  Reply

    Seems like a pretty cool idea. I think the greatest benefit is just the presence of cyclists on the scene – legitimizing bike commuters. We’re making a lot of progress since gas prices are going up and up. The practicality of a bike vending machine is questionable to me, but I hope it works!

  26. Vending Machines July 27, 2008 at 9:46 pm -  Reply

    I love the concept. I wonder if the idea will catch on and continue to spread?

  27. jquaglia August 4, 2008 at 3:49 pm -  Reply

    What a great concept! We need one in Columbus, OH!

  28. Mino August 5, 2008 at 8:45 am -  Reply

    What do you mean?

  29. Blue Boy August 14, 2008 at 12:55 pm -  Reply

    I could think of a number of bike paths and trail heads where this would be great to have. Park installations would work well too. Here in NYC dow In Prospect and Central park we have races every weekend. Also with Bloomberg installing greenways and bike paths in any nook or cranny he can find something like this would work well in this city.

  30. sven September 8, 2008 at 8:25 am -  Reply

    Good Job! :)

  31. Tim September 8, 2008 at 8:30 am -  Reply

    Good Job! :)

  32. Mr. Vending Machines January 27, 2009 at 11:48 pm -  Reply

    I love how far vending machines have come!

  33. Revive Energy Mints May 24, 2009 at 10:04 pm -  Reply

    Wow..this is very cool. There seems to be a vending machines for everything these days! I even see the battery charging vending machines at airports now! Cool idea!

  34. beeline October 18, 2009 at 4:08 pm -  Reply

    Hi everyone. I m just new on this post and sorry for my english but I m french.
    I m interested in this concept. It does not exists anywhere in France and I want to develop it in bycicle parts like this trek stop, and also in sea surfing (because I'm living just closed to the seaside and other sports.
    Is there someone who knows if this concept is going well? Have you got links for more informations or photos/videos…
    Thanks a lot from France…

  35. morfikirler December 4, 2009 at 5:07 pm -  Reply

    I love the concept.

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