December 2012

Scout-a-Route Ride: Southern Culture (off the grid)

Date: December 1, 2012 @ 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Location: - Mellow Johnny's Bike Shop
400 Nueces
Austin, Texas

This 18-mile route takes us south of downtown via Bouldin, rolling through the Emerald Forest to South 1st Street and back.

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.  The routes are designed to help riders navigate the city bike routes and other safe bike commuting options.

Thank you for making this a popular Saturday morning ride.  In response, we are now hosting two groups for this ride.  The first group is designed for those who can average 14-16mph for 20-30 miles with one or two regrouping points.  This group follows the same route but is provided with an extended mileage option.

The second group is our traditional Scout-a-route.  We average 12mph for distances between 15-25 miles with regrouping points.

Both rides are intended to explore, so leave your heart rate monitor at home, bring some spare dollars for the occasional refreshment stop and enjoy the view.

General group ride expectation:  helmet, bike in good working condition, water and nutrition, flat changing tools,  and no headphones/radios.  We encourage you to ride your bike to the ride but if you are driving, please, park in the street.

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

Questions or information contact Stephanie or Julie at ride@mellowjohnnys.com .

Bike rentals http://www.mellowjohnnys.com/products-and-service/rentals/

Tuesday Morning Blazing Saddle Ride

Date: December 4, 2012 @ 6:15 am to 8:45 am
Date: December 11, 2012 @ 6:15 am to 8:45 am
Date: December 18, 2012 @ 6:15 am to 8:45 am
Location: - Mellow Johnny's Bike Shop
400 Nueces
Austin, Texas

Join Mellow Johnny’s and Team 787Racing for a blazing fast morning road ride.  Meet at the shop for a 6:15am sharp roll out.  This ride is for the cyclist who wants to put in some fast miles before heading off to work.  It is NOT a “no drop” ride.  Rides average 20+mph, covering ~40 miles (2-2.5 hours) of hill work in West Austin. So, if you can’t keep up, you may find yourself rolling along solo.

***LIGHTS ARE A MUST*** (this time of year)

General group ride expectation: Lights, helmet, road bike in good working condition, water and nutrition, flat changing tools, bike lights and no headphones.  We encourage you to ride your bike down but if you are driving, please park in the street.

For more information or questions contact Stephanie or Julie at ride@mellowjohnnys.com

You can contact bike rentals at http://www.mellowjohnnys.com/products-and-service/rentals/

Scout-A-Route: From Mellow's to Nelo's

Date: December 8, 2012 @ 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Location: Mellow Johnny's - 400 Nueces

We'll head north along the west side of downtown with a stop at Nelo's Cycles near Steck and Mesa. Our ride will provide us with beautiful rolling hills and a downhill return.  The distance is about 20 miles.

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.

Thank you for making this a popular Saturday morning ride.  In response, we are now hosting two groups for this ride.  The first group is designed for those who can average 14-16mph for 20-30 miles with one or two regrouping points.  This group follows the same route but is provided with an extended mileage option.

The second group is our traditional Scout-a-route.  We average 12mph for distances between 15-25 miles with regrouping points.

Both ride distances are intended to explore, so leave your heart rate monitor at home, bring some spare dollars for the occasional refreshment stop and enjoy the view.

General group ride expectation:  helmet, bike in good working condition, water and nutrition, flat changing tools, no headphones, and please park in the street

For a pre-ride coffee, meet a half hour before ride time at Juan Pelota’s Café.  If driving to the shop, please park in the street

For more information contact Julie at julie@mellowjohnnys.com

Bike rentals  http://www.mellowjohnnys.com/products-and-service/rentals/

2013 New Year's Ride and Open House

Date: December 11, 2012 @ 1:11 pm
Location:

Start the New Year off right! Mellow Johnny's invites you to spin the legs out and open house after the ride.

Join Mellow Johnny’s and our amazing women's team, the Austin Flyers,  for your choice of 2 great FREE New Year’s Day rides. Routes will be 25 and 40 miles. (Route descriptions here).  Both rides leave at 9am, we will be open at 8am so you'll have plenty of time to fuel up with our breakfast tacos and Stumptown Coffee.

Questions or information contact Julie@mellowjohnnys.com

Bike rentals  http://www.mellowjohnnys.com/products-and-service/rentals/

Why We Open at 7 am

Date: December 12, 2012 @ 11:57 am
Location:


Anyone scheduled to open the Shop has it a little tougher these days.  It’s a dark commute.  We open at seven a.m. each weekday, which is cruel and ungodly for those who are accustomed to a 9, 10, or eleven o’clock wake up call.  You can probably imagine that not many new Madones are rolling out the door at 7:30 am on a Tuesday.

This begs the question, "Why open so early?"

It’s our belief that the answer to this seemingly simple query says a lot about who we are as a bike shop and what we are trying to accomplish.  Conceived as something beyond the basic, Mellow Johnny’s works hard to promote the cycling lifestyle and provide a commuter hub for the downtown Austin area.  We’ve got clean showers, day-use lockers and everything else that you would need to get ready for a day of work.  If you ride your bike to MJ's you can get a fresh towel and we’ll even store your bike for the day—no lock required all for $1.  This is all based around the simple premise that if we make commuting easier, more people will commute.  Amazingly enough, extolling the virtues of biking to work goes over a lot better when you’re not taking a bath in your office sink.

We’ve also added staff to our service department.  A lot of staff. We’ve committed ourselves to a quick turnaround time at the shop. Chances are, if your bottom bracket is creaking on the way to work, by the time you pick up your bike on the way home it’ll be fixed.

But that’s only a small portion of what we’ve been doing.  Our behind the scenes work with organizations and events like Bikes for Kids and People for Bikes, our efforts to bring Bike Share to Austin and even our Director of Operations seat on the board of Movability Austin reflects our commitment to cycling and this great city.  Many of our employees are going to city council meetings and getting involved with new projects on a weekly basis.

The hours that we put in for things like this may not have a direct economic impact on our shop. Instead, they help to promote the sport/transportation we love and grow the community in a healthy way over the long term. Besides the espresso, it’s one of the greatest things about this place.

We open early because it’s necessary.  Because work starts at eight.  If you’ve ever thought about commuting, come and see us.  Show up on one of our Scout a Route rides to get a feel for biking in the city.  New bike lanes pop up daily, and there’s just something remarkable about riding through a vibrant town on a bike.  I can guarantee that it will give you a new appreciation for the city.

JB & Sandy's Bikes for Kids 2012

Date: December 15, 2012 @ 7:00 am to 5:00 pm
Location:

Bikes for Kids Distribution Day
Saturday, December 15 • 7 am


Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop is a proud partner with Mix 94.7 and the JB & Sandy Morning Show for a fifth year to provide bicycles to needy Central Texas children through the 16th Annual Bikes For Kids campaign.

Mellow Johnny’s turned into Santa's Workshop and recruited a large number of volunteers to participate in “build parties” where over hundreds of Trek bicycles have been assembled, tested, and ready to be given to children and families who are nominated based on need and merit. "On behalf of Mellow Johnny's, we would like to give heartfelt thanks to all the volunteers who helped this year. We finished two weeks ahead of schedule and couldn't have asked for better volunteers". said Mellow Johnny's marketing director, Lauren Ziedonis.

“Receiving your first bike is a special memory that stays with you well into adulthood, one that every child should have the opportunity to experience,” said Mellow Johnny’s general manager,


Craig Staley. “This event provides that experience, and we feel more fortunate than ever to be involved with such a rewarding community event.”

Donations have been raised by individuals as well as corporate sponsors. A donation of $150 will provide a child with a bicycle, lock and helmet.

The giveaway will take place on Saturday, December 15th 7am-10am at Mellow Johnny’s, which is located at the corner of 4th and Nueces Street. The JB & Sandy Morning show will be broadcasting live from the event.

Teach a Kid to Ride

Date: December 18, 2012 @ 12:27 pm
Location:

We all cherish our first solo ride without training wheels and without adult assistance. Freedom! Independence! Speed! But most of us don't remember the pain, suffering, and anxiety our parents endured while trying to give us that cycling experience. We've done a lot of that here, too, and we've settled on a pretty simple, effective, and empowering teaching method.

1. Find a Grassy Place to Learn


Find a grassy area like a field or park with a mild downhill incline. Ideally, it finishes on a flat or slight uphill to slow him down. Give yourself plenty of room without obstacles. Inevitably, the child will take a spill, but a soft landing will be forgotten quickly, and maybe a bit fun. Make sure to laugh when it happens. Plus, the soft friendly surface will be less intimidating than tarmac.

2. Take the Training Wheels Off


You won't need them. The child will experience balancing and coasting without aid—and without trauma .It's important that this sensation is part of the experience.

3. Lower the Saddle


This allows the kid to comfortably put her feet firmly on the ground. Also, you can take the pedals off to avoid foot tangle, effectively creating a balance bike. This is optional.

4. Hold the Bike While the Kid Mounts


Stand behind the bike while your child steadily mounts the bike and put his feet on the ground.

5. Practice Walking


Simply tell the kid to walk with the bike. Gradually get faster, with longer strides and more "air."

6. Stay Behind the Kid


Speak instructions and encouragement while not being a visual or physical distraction. Don't grab the handle bars, as it creates an additional crutch to overcome.

7. Coast with Both Feet Off the Ground


Let the incline provide momentum, and the kid will lift his feet, experience solo riding, and gain confidence.

8. Repeat!


Practice this, as the kid will get used to balancing and really riding on her own. Incorporate pedaling at this time.

9. Raise the Saddle and Advance to Pavement


Try the driveway, a parking lot, or cul de sac for advanced practice.

Scout-A-Route: McKinney Falls

Date: December 29, 2012 @ 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Location: - Mellow Johnny's Bike Shop
400 Nueces
Austin, Texas

This 20 mile out and back ride provides a variety of riding terrain (flat, climbs, descents).  The shorter group stops at the park for a break and to regroup. Then heads back to the shop.  There is a 6 mile extension option (for a total of 26 miles) that continues past the park, regrouping at the gas station on the corner of Salt Springs and Thaxton. We continue on Salt Springs to Willlian Cannon. Once back on Mckinney Falls Pkwy, we head back the way we rode out.

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.  The routes are designed to help riders navigate the city bike routes and other safe bike commuting options.

Thank you for making this a popular Saturday morning ride.  In response, we are now hosting two groups for this ride.  The first group is designed for those who can average 14-16mph for 20-30 miles with one or two regrouping points.  This group follows the same route but is provided with an extended mileage option.

The second group is our traditional Scout-a-Route.  We average 12mph for distances between 15-25 miles with regrouping points.

Both rides are intended to explore, so leave your heart rate monitor at home, bring some spare dollars for the occasional refreshment stop and enjoy the view.

General group ride expectation:  helmet, bike in good working condition, water and nutrition, flat changing tools, and no headphones/radios.  We encourage you to ride your bike down.  If you do drive, please park in the street.

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

Questions or information contact rides@mellowjohnnys.com.