Trek Stop

This is old news, but I just ran across it and thought it was pretty cool.

Trek Stop is a 24/7/365 convenience center for cyclists which provides access to cycling products, information and a safe place to work on your bike. Need a tube at midnight? Need some air on the way to your morning commute? Not sure of the best route to get where you’re going? Need a poncho, some wetwipes, or a power bar?

Trek Stop’s got you covered . This full service vending machine is stocked with bicycle products, food and cold drinks, and features an information center which includes maps, a message board, and advertising space for local events and announcements. There’s also a covered maintenance area with a work stand, free air, and even how-to videos a cyclist can play with the push of a button just in case their having trouble fixing that flat or repairing their chain.

The idea for Trek Stop came about a few years ago, when the Advanced Concept Group (ACG) at Trek Bikes, a crew of industrial designers led by Mike Hammond, began thinking of ways to make bicycle commuting more viable.

“Motorists have it easy,” says Hammond. “Gas stations, convenience stores, auto parts stores, tow trucks—you name it. The support network for cars far outclasses cyclists. The Trek Stop aims to change that by breaking down some of the ‘worries’ attached to cycling.”

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13 Responses to “Trek Stop”

  • 2whls3spds says:

    I had not seen the story…Thanks!

    I can see advantages to it, especially as more people start to cycle. I can see where stand alone ones near heavily used cyclepaths and roadways would be a plus. I live in a “metro” area of just over 250,000 and we have 2 full service bike shops, with the usual big box stores that may or may not have what you need for cycling.


  • Tobie says:

    That looks familiar…
    Don’t you wish you had one of these in your backyard?

  • Duncan Watson says:

    Awesome idea. I hadn’t seen this before either.

  • Adrienne says:

    I saw this story awhile ago, and have wanted to see one in person ever since! They could be parked next to the JC Decaux public toilets around San Francisco. What a great combo that would be!

  • Ows says:

    Agree wholeheartedly with Duncan.

  • Eddie says:

    What a wonderful idea! Maybe they could tweak the concept to fold up into itself as a self-contained trailer. Haul it to the site, unfold it, secure it to the ground and plug it in.

  • Elliott @ Austin Bike Blog says:

    I’m not sure if that’s still around. There was a recent story (which I can’t find now) about Trek pulling the plug on retail concepts like this to save money in the economic downturn.

  • Darryl says:

    It is cool!
    Although I haven’t had to purchase a new tube during off hours, the outside air hose is really convenient. The placement of the Trek vending machine is by one of the more popular bike shops in Madison along one of the busiest bike paths in the city. I am wondering if Pacific Cycles would get their own vending machine by their corporate headquarters on the South side right near another busy bike route.
    Heck, while I’m thinking of it, it would be even cooler if Chicago wins the Olympic bid and Madison is the cycling venue, that these machines would magically sprout up along the race routes. OK, I’m dreaming.

    In other Madison cycling news, AT&T will be publishing city bike maps in the Yellow Book in the next edition. That and a page or two of helpful cycling information. Now, if I can only find a book rack that will fit on my bike so I can take the directory along with me. At least it has pages of attorneys and doctors to take care of road rage and road rash as well. ;-))


  • Ari Hornick says:

    I’ve often talked about how I wished something like that existed, but I never had the resources to set it up. I hope it’s successful so that there will be more!

  • John says:

    Aron’s Bike Shop in Seattle has a vending machine at the store for patches, tubes, lube etc. I have not seen it in person (living over here on the dry, unpopulated side of the state) and don’t know if air is available.


  • Torrilin says:

    The Trek Stop was basically a vending machine with Powerbars instead of candy bars. The selection of tools, inner tubes and the like was aimed at racy bikes. I didn’t check whether the air was free or not when I visited, since I couldn’t *find* the air line.

    The idea is cool. The execution was terrible.

  • Scott Wayland says:

    This is a neat idea that would have be WAY more common to make any difference. This was just a one-off, I suspect?


  • James says:

    This one was just a prototype test unit that was set up outside Machinery Row Bicycles in Madison. It was supposed to be set up for a month last summer, but I never heard what happened to it after the trial period ended.

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