Trek Women
December 22, 2008

ONE Perfect Gift

Let's suppose for a minute that you might be the type of person that others find difficult to shop for.  (What?  Impossible.)  Okay, then let's suppose that you perhaps have people in your life, who shall remain nameless, who struggle holiday after holiday with buying you things in the right size, or color.  They mean well, but the XXXL itchy wool tacky Christmas sweater (or insert other tacky gift here) just isn't your cup of tea, so to speak.

So, for those challenged shoppers out there I've got the perfect gift for them to give you - the one-of-a kind cyclist that you are.  A new Trek Madone, Project ONE style!  No longer will the gift you receive be the wrong color, the wrong size or just not have every detail be just you.  The Trek Project ONE site let's you pick the Madone of your dreams, size it, paint it, create your own custom personalization and design all its components from drivetrain and wheelset right down to bar tape color and cable housing color.

I had the opportunity to use the Project ONE site to build a Trek 6.5 WSD Madone for the Women Who Ride Santa Barbara trip I took in November.  The site is quite addicting - my kids were weighing in on paint schemes and I ultimately ended up designing 5 or 6 bikes and saving them on, none other than, my virtual bike rack.   The end result?  A one-of-a-kind, totally you, dream bike - all within about a 30 day build time. (Seriously, I know, that's faster than I can get the rebate on my new printer.) And, don't worry, there is no shame in window-shopping - even if you aren't ready to order, Project ONE lets you design and save your dream bikes.  (Click here to see the bike design I did for the trip.)

Frankly, the only thing the Project ONE site is missing - are you listening you web-designers? - is the ability to upload a picture of myself with the ability to try on different jerseys, helmets and gear on my virtual-riding self.  That way I could seek opinions from loved ones, friends and co-workers by saying, "Does this bike look good on me?"

So, how do you wrap such a great gift?  Funny you should ask. I've given some thought to the matter.  I'm thinking - if your loved one were so inclined - they could buy a gallon of paint (color doesn't matter here, remember?).  Then, they could strip the label and stick on a print out of the Project ONE page (do a PrintScreen and paste into a blank document).  I've obviously given way too much thought to the perfect gift for some fabulous woman who rides out there. . .

Wishing you and yours a fabulous holiday season, only filled with perfect cycling and training related gifts, nothing itchy or tacky, peace, health and prosperity for the new year.


PS.  Don't forget, another perfect gift that never goes out of style -  a membership in the Trek Women Who Ride Club.


Hey Jen,
was catching up on your blog and I am very happy to hear that your last scan looked good! I'm sure it is a scary place to be, you are heading into uncharted territory. But I know you have a great support network of loving friends and family around you to help you through both the good and the bad. I hope you will enjoy the holidays and all you have accomplished this year. You have so much to celebrate!
I am hoping I will get motivated in the new year to challenge and push myself into uncharted territory in the world of fitness! Wish me luck!

Posted by: Becky | Dec 23, 2008 11:42:19 AM

Hi Becky,
Thanks for the thoughts - you are right, I do have a great support network, which is truly a blessing.

I know that the new year will bring fresh fitness challenges for all of us. Let me know what you are hoping to accomplish and we can all motivate each other!
Happy Holidays!

Posted by: Jen | Dec 23, 2008 11:45:05 AM

Jen--Here's hoping you receive everything you wish for and 2009 will be a year to accomplish new and exciting goals...¬°Feliz Navidad to you and your family! Lori

Posted by: lori | Dec 23, 2008 3:40:33 PM

A great big Feliz Navidad! to you too. (No upside down exclamation point on my keyboard. . .)

I'm looking forward to some new and exciting goals and accomplishments for 2009. What are you planning for '09?

Health and happiness to you and yours.

Posted by: Jen | Dec 23, 2008 3:42:47 PM

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