Trek ups the ante: 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.
As a side note: this idea is interesting. It seems like it'd work great for mechanically savvy cyclist in a pinch; i like the work stand. Most of the people i deal with go to the shop for the service as much as the parts so I am curious how well it will do. It would be cool to have it near a trailhead if it didnt get robbed. It does seems like a good after hours alternative and brand reinforcer.