February 2013

BP MS 150 Kick Off Party

Date: February 1, 2013 @ 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Location:

BP MS150 Kick-Off Social
Friday, February 1st 7pm-9pm
Mellow Johnny's


Mellow Johnny's is the premier Austin bike shop for the 2013 BP MS 150 ride. Join in for a social night of music, beer, wine, and appetizers.

Special discounts for BP MS 150 participants, fix a flat demos, and BP MS 150 staff will be on-site to answer any questions you have about the ride.

Mellow Johnny's will also be hosting new rider orientations and group rides just for the BP MS 150 in the month of February. Click here for details.

BP MS150 New Rider Orientations & Group Rides

Date: February 2, 2013 @ 9:00 am to 11:00 am
Date: February 9, 2013 @ 9:00 am to 11:00 am
Date: February 16, 2013 @ 9:00 am to 11:00 am
Date: February 23, 2013 @ 9:00 am to 11:00 am
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Mellow Johnny's is the premier Austin bike shop for the BP MS150!

New Rider Orientation:

New for 2013, Mellow Johnny's will be hosting new rider orientations every Saturday in February! If you are brand new to cycling and would like to learn how to dress, what to bring, and how to ride safely, join us. Our staff will take the time to go over how to get on and off a road bike, how to brake and shift correctly, and how to stay as safe as possible when riding in groups.  Other topics will include how to pump up your tires, how to take the wheels on and off, and how to change a flat tire.

New rider orientations will take place at the shop at 9am Feb 2, 9, 16, 23.  RSVP to reserve your spot.

New Rider Group Rides:

After the 9am new rider orientation, we will go on a 1hr easy paced group ride at 10am. This ride will get you ready and confident to ride longer distances and be in groups.

What is the MS150 and how do you sign up? Click here!

Tuesday Morning Blazing Saddle Ride

Date: February 5, 2013 @ 6:15 am to 8:45 am
Date: February 12, 2013 @ 6:15 am to 8:45 am
Date: February 19, 2013 @ 6:15 am to 8:45 am
Date: February 26, 2013 @ 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/

Girls Night at Mellow Johnny's

Date: February 7, 2013 @ 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Location:

Girls Night at Mellow Johnny's!
Thursday February 7th 7pm-9pm

Arrange a babysitter, ditch your TPS reports, or call your BFF... it’s ladies’ night at Mellow Johnny’s! Join us for an open house and a 1hr clinic on cycling just for you.  Clinic will cover topics like comfort and fit on the bike,  maintenance tips, techniques, and how-tos. And, leave you feeling more confident, knowledgeable, and inspired to enjoy your time on the bike.  Our store will be open after with a chance to ask any individual questions you may have and get to know our staff.

Ladies' night is free and will provide wine and cheese. RSVP to Lauren to reserve your night. Limit 25.

Scout-A-Route: McKinney Falls

Date: February 9, 2013 @ 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.

Love Letter to a Moots VAMOOTS RSL

Date: February 13, 2013 @ 3:36 pm
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‘No single part is best,
For each in its way is a solace

And if the Whole enthralls,
Is any detail the seducer?

She dazzles like the dawn and like the
darkness consoles me;

-excerpt from Altogether, by Baudelaire, as translated by Richard Howard


My Dearest VAMOOTS RSL,

I don’t know if this note will ever find you, or if these words will mean anything at all.   I sit here now, on the edge of the world, listening to the bumpbump… of my heart and wondering just what I can do to deserve you.  What I feel here is beyond…  beyond these words and the contrived conventions of society…  If I could paint or draw, perhaps.

If I was a better man.

I’ve been training now for so long.  Suffering through races and cursing my lack of talent.  Pedal Hard Training Center at 6am.  100 milers in the rain.  Even commuting on the most miserable, bone chilling of days.  I’ve been eating kale salads and raw almonds, shaving my legs with the most exotic oils and forgoing any type of upper body exercise whatsoever.

I need you...  Each day with my soulless carbon bike is an eternity.  The romance and history of this sport I love dampened like so much road vibration.  I need something that responds to me.  Something that makes me more than who I am!

And I know about NAHBS and your sister, Psychlo X RSL, winning Best Cyclocross Bike and all of those things that happened in 2012.  It’s OK…  Those fair weather friends can lust after her, or the hottest new thing until something flashier comes along.  They didn’t deserve you anyway.  To me you’re not just a set of decals and amazing welds.  It’s every bit of you, working as a unit to create something extraordinary.  The 6/4 seamless seat stays and press fit bottom bracket are simply incredible.  And now I’m seeing pictures of you in the new SRAM Red!

You’re in the shop now, so close, yet forever away.  And I see others handling you as I’m working…  Picking you up with their pawing hands (as if weight was the only determining factor)!  Well, I’m looking for a lifetime commitment. Not some 2 year fling.  These are the ones that will put you on E-bay or Craig’s list of forgotten things.  I can tell by the way they put you back on your display rack.  You cannot trust them.

Just wait for me, please…  I may not be a rich man, but I’ll love you more than those orthodontists or venture capitalists ever could.  I’ll use only the finest cables and housing, the most luxurious bar tape, the lightest components and deepest wheels.  We get paid three times in March, and my tax return is coming back.  My change jar is getting pretty darn full and I’m thinking of returning some stuff I got from Target—I kept my receipt.

It’s all for you, my darling VAMOOTS RSL.  It is all for you.

XOXOXO,

Thomas

Fuel Your Rides

Date: February 18, 2013 @ 2:42 pm
Location:

Fueling Up on the Bike
By: Lauren Ziedonis

You have a bike, you've been riding, and are ready to test out longer distances...perhaps try a group ride or even register for the BP MS150. Before you commit to a full day of riding, don't forget to bring fuel and hydration on your journey!

Your body needs calories to regulate temperature, to keep your heart, brain and lungs working, and to fuel your legs to power through. The cliche "you are what you eat" rings true. Based on my stupidity and experiences as a mountain bike racer, this is where I make most of my mistakes. Sometimes it's not the strength, endurance, mental focus, bike weight, or even technical skills keeping you from your best. It's about feeding yourself properly and timely.

Everyone is different, your nutrition needs will differ from day to day. In general, eating and drinking on the bike goes like this:


  • Drink one bottle of water per hour on the bike. Bring more than you think you should. When you get tired or get a break at a stop light- Drink!

  • Drink more water than electrolyte mix. You need both, but more water is better.

  • Eat about 100 calories per hour on the bike.

  • Gels, gummies, bars and Snickers are more easily digested than fried chicken or a cheeseburger super sized. Our muscles use glycogen first to function. When glycogen runs out, protein gets used next. Proteins are muscles being burned for fuel, that's not the best source.

  • Sports drinks with electrolytes will help balance and replenish all that has been sweated out. If you get leg cramps you will have to find the right sports drink or electrolyte tabs to keep your legs moving.


Mellow Johnny's stocks up on Nuun, Hammer, Skratch, CLIF, Eload, Enervit, First Endurance, FRS, Honey Stinger, Cambelback Hydration, Acelerade, and Gu products. Come by and fuel up.

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

Date: February 23, 2013 @ 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/

Mellow Classic Flat Creek Crossing Pre-Ride

Date: February 23, 2013 @ 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Location: - Flat Creek Crossing Ranch

Join Mellow Johnny's for a great day off mountain bike riding at Flat Creek Crossing Ranch on Sunday, February 3 ,2013 in. This ride is in preparation for the 2013 Subaru of Georgetown Mellow Johnny's Classic Mountain Bike Race.

Event subject to weather, so if raining please check Twitter (@mellowjohnnys) for event updates.

Located next to Pedernales Falls State Park, along the Pedernales River, Flat Creek Crossing is a long-time favorite of  Texas Mountain Bike Series with 8+ miles of prime singletrack and facilities for the race. For those that haven't been expect amazing hill country views with intermediate to expert level mountain biking. For those looking for less technical trail (beginner) you can come enjoy select paved and jeep road sections

Arrive between 1:00pm and 4:00PM and ride until 5:00PM. No riders will be allowed to enter the ranch after 12pm. There is a $7 ride fee,  (fee applies for non-riders also) of which all the proceeds will go to Child Inc. Registration is held the day of, on site.  All riders are required to wear a helmet at all times and all riders under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

We are guests, so please be respectful, clean up after yourselves, and be kind. And don't forget to thank the volunteers!

Please, no pets: The owners of flat creek crossing have asked that you leave all pets home for their safety.

Directions

1. Take 290 West out of Austin, through Oak Hills, Drippings Springs and then Henley.

2. Turn right on 3232 -- this turn is very easy to find:
It is just over a mile past the small town of Henley and is marked by a sign pointing the way to
Pedernales Falls State Park.

3. Stay on 3232 until it “T’s” into FM 2766 (almost at the park entrance – FM 2766
becomes County Road 201 at this point).

4. Turn RIGHT (a left will take you to Johnson City) and go past the park entrance – DO NOT go in the park gate.

5. Continue a little over 2 MILES down County Road 201 (you’ll notice that even though you did not go
through the park gate, you are still traveling through the park). You will pass an electrical power transfer
station on your left at about 1 mile – at 2 miles you will  notice the ranch’s white
wooden fence on your left.

6. Continue a few hundred yards over a slight hill.

7. Take a left at the ranch entrance: You’ll see a sign that says “FLAT CREEK CROSSING.”

ARTCRANK Austin 2013 at Mellow Johnny's

Date: February 23, 2013 @ 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Location:

ARTCRANK Austin Saturday, February 23rd 7pm - 9pm

ARTCRANK ATX 2013 will open on Friday, February 22 at Pine Street Station. The show will continue at Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop from Saturday, February 23 - Sunday, March 17.

ARTCRANK Austin will feature hand-made, bike-inspired posters created by Austin-area artists. Limited edition, signed and numbered copies of all posters will be available for $40 each. Admission is free.

We’ll be working with Widmer Brothers Brewing, Clif Bar and Neenah Paper to celebrate bikes and local artists, and support The LIVESTRONG Foundation.