Trek Women
November 14, 2007

Ride your Trek, live long and prosper...

Trek_rider2_081 One of the great things about being a Woman Who Rides is hanging out with really cool Trekkies -– not the kind who say things like “Beam me up, Scotty” –- though if they do, I don’t judge. I mean the people who work for Trek, own Trek shops, demo Trek bikes and ride Treks. When I was home, I met Greg Neyspor who owns the Trek Bicycle Store in Downers Grove, IL, a few miles from my Mom’s house.

Greg kindly lent me a road bike to use while I was in town, in fact, the very same model I ride in DC (a sweet Trek WSD 5000). I asked him if he knew of any local cycling groups that I could ride with over the weekend. Greg joked that if I was able to get up early after partying the night away at my 20th reunion, there was a big biking event happening on Sunday called “Roll the Tollway” to kick off the grand opening of a new 12.5-mile extension of I-355.

Hosted by the Illinois Tollway and the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation, the Roll offered a once-in-a-lifetime chance to ride a 20-mile loop on an interstate toll road before it opened to traffic with event proceeds to help fund a trail connecting Chicago’s Southland communities. The slogan for the ride… “Go where no bicycle has gone before.”*

Trek_rider2_080 The Roll was sold out; but, Greg gave me the hook-up since his shop was providing bicycle repair at the event. Chicago is not called the Windy City for nothing and a strong, cold headwind made resistance futile. But, I rode at my warp-ist speed with the 5,000 other bikers, spotting Greg and his son as they were getting ready to leave. We chatted for a bit, and then I went in search of something hot to drink.

While waiting in line, this guy points my bike out to his girlfriend and asks me if I like my ride. Do I ever! I listed all the features that I love like the carbon fiber frame, the WSD design, and I happened to mention that this was a loaner bike. They were ready to buy it off me on the spot. Hopefully, they’ll stop by Greg’s store soon.

Ride your Trek, live long and prosper.

*Seriously, I did not make this up to tie in with today's Trekkie theme.

# of Star Trek references in this blog = 8

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