Somehow I never made the connection between the Trek Farley and deceased comedian Chris Farley. Apparently the family of Chris Farley sees it differently and is suing Trek for $10 million for misusing his name.
I never made the connection either, but I also never really thought about it. Now that I am thinking about it, it could make sense, but I can’t say for sure one way or the other. It could be names after someone’s dog or cat, for all I know.
I guess only the folks at Trek know for sure and, if Chris Farley’s family is correct in their contention, it’s kind of disappointing to me that Trek would go there.
I always thought the ‘Farley’ was a play on ‘Harley’ as in “Farleys not “Harleys” I know there’s the fat connection but it’s not like Chris Farley had anything to do with cycling/bicycles. It seems to be a bit of a cash grab to me.
The cbs article mentions that Chris Farley was born and raised in Madison, not far from Trek HQ. Methinks the name was not a coincidence. I’m guessing Trek has committed a large donation to Farley’s foundation since they are allowed to continue using the name.
Apparently, from what I’ve read both here and other sites, I’m in a small minority of people who immediately made the connection. I just assumed someone at Trek was a big fan of Tommy Boy or early 90’s SNL…
As a Wisconsinite, Chris Farley is one of my heroes. That the bike was honoring(?) him was actually the initial thought that popped into my head when I first saw a Trek Farley. I just always thought they had permission in the first place.