Update: Treks 1 World 2 Wheels blog talks about this bike parts vending machine in detail today.
The Trek Stop is a self service bicycle repair kiosk with a vending machine for parts like tire tube, patch kit, energy bar and so forth, according to James @ Bicycle Design.
It’s a really cool idea. I like there’s even a clamp to hold your bike up for repair work. There’s an air hose, message board, area map and even a video monitor that can show instructions on how to perform repairs.
I can see something like this in areas with lots of bike use like Palo Alto or San Francisco, and somebody suggested popular mountain bike trails as another possible location for these kiosks. I’ve been without tube or patch after hours a time or two; something like this would have been handy.
Trek and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a recall of about 49,000 MT220 girls bicycles. Trek has received reports of 13 frames breaking in the United States on 2005 through 2007 model year bikes. 2008 bikes are not involved in the recall.
Bike Europe reports on this recall and several others that have been published since bhe beginning of the year.
Silicon Valley Venture Capitalist Guy Kawasaki blogged about his visit to the Trek factory in Waterloo, WI.
THe photos are kind of cool, with pictures and details of various Tour de France winning bikes. He also shows us the bike garage, assembly area, and other pieces of the Trek factory.
More interesting to me are Kawasaki’s vignettes of life at Trek.
There is quite a bit of testing done at lunch. It can take up to two hours or more sometimes. After all, testing is important.
Trek staff heads out for the evening commute. Employees make good use of the commuter program. Each day someone rides, walks, skates or car pools to work, that employee receives credit for Trek products or cash for the cafeteria. This is an incentive to keep in the latest gear and promote general wellness. Between the commute to and from work and the “Lunch Time Ride” my friend at Trek used to average 50+ miles a day during the summers.
Trek factory visit by Guy Kawasaki.