May 2011

Art Ride: Playin’ for Pinetop Ride

Date: May 1, 2011 @ 6:30 pm to 8:31 pm
Location: - Mellow Johnny's Bike Shop
400 Nueces
Austin, Texas

Help us to say farewell to the “Play Me, I’m Yours” pianos which have enlivened the city’s soundscape for the month of April, and also pay tribute to an Austin icon, Pinetop Perkins.  Enjoy unique performances at all 14 pianos by Austin artists who are all playin’ for Pinetop.  Following the performances the public will be invited to join in and play their own tribute to this blues legend.

Since we will be riding into the evening, helmets and bike lights are required!

For information, contact Stephanie at ride@mellowjohnnys.com

NEW EVENING TOUR Scout-A-Route UT Landmarks Public Art Ride

Date: May 7, 2011 @ 8:30 am to 11:00 am
Location: - Mellow Johnny's Bike Shop
400 Nueces St

For people with an adventurous spirit and a passion for the outdoors, there’s no better way to experience public art than from the seat of a bicycle. Tonight's ride is our first evening campus tour visiting works in the UT Landmarks public art program including the newest video projection piece "And That's The Way It Is" by Ben Rubin which is only visible after dusk.

We’ll be joined by docents to fill us in on the artists and the pieces themselves. The total ride distance is 6 miles and will travel at a novice-friendly pace. These rides are co-hosted by Mellow Johnny’s and the Austin Cycling Association.  This no-drop, co-ed group ride is perfect for the cyclist new to riding or bike commuting, returning to the bike or just looking for a more casual ride.

Special information:   Lights and helmets are required. Ride size is limited, so please rsvp  here. Also, if weather happens to cancel the ride, please check web site for updated information.  We will not ride if the the roads are wet.

General group ride expectation:  lights, helmet, bike in good working condition, water and nutrition, flat changing tools, no headphones, and just for this after-hours tour, lot parking is available on the west side of the bike shop.

For a pre-ride coffee, meet a half hour before ride time at Juan Pelota’s Café.

For more information contact Stephanie at ride@mellowjohnnys.com

Ladies Mellow Mountain Ride

Date: May 7, 2011 @ 9:00 am to 11:00 am
Date: May 21, 2011 @ 9:00 am to 11:00 am
Location: - Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park
12138 N. Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78753

Ladies, are you new to mountain biking and would love to learn more? Are you a seasoned rider and would like ride with others? Come join us for the new Ladies Mellow Mountain Ride. This ride is for beginning and intermediate riders. We will  meet at Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park at 8:30am and start riding at 9:00am.

Walnut Creek is the perfect trail to begin your adventures in mountain biking as well fun for the experienced riders. As you enter the park,  the trail head is next to the first parking area on the left. The trail is mostly twisty singletrack with downhills, and creek crossings. Bring your mountain bike, helmet, nutritional needs to fuel up, supplies to fix a flat, and plenty of water (recommended 2-3 bottles or 100ml).

Contact ashley@mellowjohnnys.com for questions on the ride.

Trek Demo at Walnut Creek May 7, 2011

Date: May 7, 2011 @ 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Location: Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park
12138 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78753

Out friends at Trek Bikes are bringing their stellar collection of 2011 Demo Bikes to Walnut Creek Park on May 7, from 10am to 3pm. Event will feature select Trek Men's and Women's road and mountain models. Test rides require you be 18 or older (or w/parent/guardian) and that you bring along a drivers license and credit card. Also advised to bring along your pedals, especially if you use a less common brand.

Mamma Jamma Kick Off Party

Date: May 19, 2011 @ 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Location: - GSD&M Idea City
828 West 6th St
*Park free across the street!

Come out to the texas Mamma Jamma Kick Off Party to learn about the 3rd Annual Texas Mamma Jamma Ride, which supports 11 local non profit organizations serving thousands of our Central Texas neighbors facing breast cancer.

Beginning at 6pm there will be free food and drinks, as well as a brief presentation about the event at 7pm.

No RSVP is required, so bring all your friends!!

Visit http://www.mammajammaride.org for more information.

Scout-a-Route: Mamma Jamma Training Ride for 2011

Date: May 21, 2011 @ 7:30 am to 11:30 am
Location: - Mellow Johnny's Bike Shop
400 Nueces
Austin, Texas

Note:  Special start time  7:30am!

Bring your friends and join us for an official training ride for the 2011 Mamma Jamma Season! Everyone is invited, from the very beginner to the expert. There is lots of support, no one will ride alone, and we guarantee you won't be the last rider in! You don't have to already be registered for the Mamma Jamma Ride, just show up, have a great time, and meet some of the best people in Austin!

This week's ride offers three options.  One option is a beginner clinic taught by a certified instructor which includes an 8-mile ride along the Lance Armstrong Bikeway and other hike and bike paths.  The second is a pedal up Shoal Creek Blvd and back.  This 20-mile route will wander through beautiful, bike friendly neighborhoods along established bike routes and neighborhood streets.   The third choice is a shorter version of the Shoal Creek route bypassing some of the longer hills with a ride distance of 15 miles.  All options are "no-drop" meaning you will not be left alone out on the course. Yes, there are a few hills.  We do live in Austin!

General group ride expectation:  helmet, bike in good working condition (please check this before arriving), water and nutrition, flat changing tools, and no headphones.  We encourage you to ride your bike down.  However, if driving, please park in the street or designated parking area.

For more information about the Mamma Jamma Ride visit:  http://www.mammajammaride.org/site/PageServer?pagename=mjr_homepage

For more information about the Saturday ride, contact Stephanie at ride@mellowjohnnys.com

Trailer Tour

Date: May 25, 2011 @ 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Location: Juan Pelota Cafe

It's a food trailer bike tour with Independence Brewery donating sudsy pairings. We'll stop at Odd Duck, Torchy's Tacos, Lucky J's, and more to be announced soon.

At each stop a yummy, pre-chosen menu item will be paired with a beer from Independence. They are donating the beer, so cost is just $20 for the food!

(We will not be able to accomodate dietary requests on this ride.) Meet at Juan Pelota Cafe at 5:30. We will ride out at 5:45. We will have roughly 45 minutes at each stop and 15 minutes to ride between each one.

RSVP brenna@mellowjohnnys.com to reserve your spot.

Please bring cash to cover your food costs!