February 23, 2013

BP MS150 New Rider Orientations & Group Rides

Date: February 23, 2013 @ 9:00 am to 11:00 am

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!

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.


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

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.