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Got to tour the TREK Waterloo, WI Factory...(10 posts)

Got to tour the TREK Waterloo, WI Factory...Wannabe
Oct 5, 2001 6:25 AM
Had the opportunity through work to tour the Trek factory in Waterloo, WI. This is the factory where they build all of the high-end frames for the Trek lines (Trek, LeMond, Klein). This BTW is where they make Lance's and all the other bikes for the posties. It was a pretty cool tour. Unfortunately we did not get to go into the titanium welding room nor did we get to see some of the manufacture of the OCLV portions (not the tubes, which are manufactured off-site).

On the cool side, I did get to see some test runs of the new custom paint finishes that will be available in 2002 for the trek carbon frames. They were sharp looking, and not so over the top as some other manufacturers. They will add ~$200 we were told.

It was a good tour, got to see some cool bikes. Gotta love a workplace where every cubicle has a bike rack (with bikes on 'em)! Even scored a couple of freebie water bottles for the ride following the tour since I had left my personal, filled and ready-to-go bottles, at home on the couter that morning!

Andy - Wannabe
Oct 5, 2001 6:46 AM
You make me jealous. So are they doing the welding on Lemond's ti bikes there? What other ti bikes are made by Trek?

Where in Packerland do you live? I grew up in LaCrosse.

Keep it Cheesy,
Hey, it's Oktober...fest!Andy M-S
Oct 5, 2001 7:13 AM
Hmm. When were you here? I do live in La Crosse (OK, Onalaska, really), and Trek is on my list of places to visit one of these days.

Did a nice ride yesterday evening--starting with Grandad and Bliss road, along the ridge, then descending on FO (which has just been repaved this past summer).

I only have one question--why would anyone ever leave La Crosse??
Hey, it's Oktober...fest!jaybird
Oct 5, 2001 7:33 AM
I grew up there from 74-89 and then came back from 94-99 and moved to Boston for a job that actually paid me some decent money. My mom now lives in Onalaska near Home Depot and I used to live across from Menards in Onalaska from 97-99. I grew up living at the base of the Bluff.

I also raced for Vagabond for a couple of years.
Vagabond gone...Andy M-S
Oct 5, 2001 7:43 AM
I'm doing OK here, and the place is SO BEAUTIFUL. I moved from Upstate NY (Schenectady) in late '99, so I know what you're seeing in Baaahston (mostly the big dig?) but this is the best place on Earth!

Vagabond apparently disappeared at some point during '99 (it was gone when I got here), but Dan Novak (sp?) is now at Smith's, and manages their new Onalaska store, which is where all the road stuff is.

Lots of rides, lots of riders, and the drivers are even pretty good (can't say THAT in Boston). I think this is close to road bike heaven...
Vagabond gone...jaybird
Oct 5, 2001 7:54 AM
Yeah, Vagabond was the best shop in town untill the last owner ran it into the ground. He tried to expand to fast I think and just couldnt make it go in Onalaska. I know who Dan is... He has been around for a long time in the Lax Cycling scene.

Where is the new store in Onalaska?

Do you know a guy who rides a old yellow Bridgestone RB1? He is an old roommate and friend of mine. He lives in Onalaska and can climb like a madman...

drop me an email... and we can talk more there...
Vagabond gone...Andy M-S
Oct 5, 2001 8:43 AM
>drop me an email... and we can talk more there...

I'm not seeing any e-mail address, so no can do...

The store in Onalaska, can't remember road names! It's on Oak(?), I think, south of the library, past Wilson, past Happy Joe's, Dee's Muffler, etc. Visible (but not directly accessible) from 35/53. It's always seemed fairly busy when I visit, but I know they're closing it T/Th during the "off season". They're renting bikes for the touristas who ride the Great River trail.

RB1? I know one guy from the twin cities who rides one, but haven't seen one here. There are lots of good climbers here; I wish I was one of them!
Vagabond gone...jaybird
Oct 5, 2001 10:02 AM
oh well... Do you work at Trane? I used to, and there were a few cyclists there.

The reason I asked about Smiths is that I get to travel back to the Lax area quite a bit and try to stay up on the midwest cycling scene...

My buddys name is Chris and i know he puts on a ton of miles on that damn RB1. He just loves it so much and can't get himself away from it. I think one day one of the tubes/lugs is just going to fail on him (yes its that bad)he will be SOL. He got it for nothing and when he got it the previous owner had retired it because it was so scetchy. Oh well I have a bike that I feel the same way about too.

Ya know the signs for the Great River Trail? I made them... Eagle Scout project

What do you ride? I'll tell Chris to look for you.
Signs & c.Andy M-S
Oct 5, 2001 12:50 PM
You made 'em? Thank you, sir!

A good steel frame should last about forever; Unless he's got serious rust problems, he's in no danger.

I ride a lugged celeste Bianchi set up with a Profile BRC, and Icon bar/stem, black tape, and a mixed bag of components. Brakes/derailers/cranks are Shimano Ultegra/600, rings are DA, shifters are Sachs Ergo. Wheels are either silver ME14 rims/'new' 105 hubs or black Aerohead rims/Real hubs.

Either that or my black, fendered, road single-speed...

If your friend sees me, it'll likely be because he's passing me on a climb. I *hate* climbing. But I do it, because I love the feel of a 50+ MPH descent on FO...
bastard... not :) !Wannabe
Oct 5, 2001 7:24 AM
Yes, they do the welding on all the LeMond bikes there. There are no Ti bikes on the Trek label, but I am not sure if there are any under the Klein label? I don't think so. The machines to cut the aluminum and steel and now titanium tubes were pretty cool.

I live in Stoughton, just south of Madison.

Andy - Wannabe