March 2013

2013 Subaru of Georgetown Mellow Johnny's Classic Kickoff Party

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

March 1, 2013 • 7 pm
Mellow Johnny's Bike Shop

Join us for the fifth annual Subaru of Georgetown Mellow Johnny's Spring Classic Kick-Off Party on the eve of the US Pro XCT race at Flat Creek Crossing Ranch. The party is free to the public and we'll have free beer for racers and fans.  Guests will get a chance to meet and listen to top pro mountain bike racers from around the world who'll be kicking off their race season.

This kickoff event will also serve as packet pickup from 7-9pm for amateurs. At 7:45 pm a moderated Q&A session will begin with the pro women and pro men taking the stage inside to discuss their off-season, upcoming year and give insight into their racing.

Check the 2013  Mellow Johnny's Classic Website for full schedule of racing events and more details. To register, click here.

2013 Subaru of Georgetown Mellow Johnny's Classic

March 2, 2013 7:00 am to March 3, 2013 6:00 pm
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2013 Subaru of Georgetown Mellow Johnny's Classic

The Mellow Johnny's Classic is back for 2013 and we're thrilled to announce Subaru of Georgetown as our title sponsor. Drive your Subaru to the race and we'll waive all parking fees give you preferred parking spots while they last. Hat Creek Burgers and Wholly Kabob will be serving up fuel during the weekend, with Sierra Nevada offering cold beer too.

Held over the weekend of March 2-3 2013, the events begin with a kick-off party with the pro racers at Mellow Johnny's on Friday March 1, at 7pm. Athletes will host a question and answer session at 7:45pm. Come pick up your race packet and enjoy a beer with us.

A special thanks Child Inc for the use of Flat Creek Crossing Ranch as the race venue.  Located near Juan Pelota Ranch on the Pedernales River and long-time favorite of  Texas Mountain Bike Series with 8+ miles of prime singletrack and facilities for the race. Registration is open now, click here.

For those of you that love to ride mountain bikes, but don't race we're also offering pre-rides February 23 & March 1,  get full details HERE. Full schedule for March 2-3 here.

For more details and information visit the 2013 Subaru of Georgetown Mellow Johnny's Classic Full Race Website here.

Volunteers Needed

As much as we'd love to do it all on our we need your help. We'll be hosting the best mountain bike racers in the world at our beautiful Texas Hill Country venue. Email Lauren to help volunteer.

Benefits include:

*Limited Edition Mellow Johnny's Classic Tee Shirt
*Access to VIP meals/drinks
*Pre-Ride Fees waved--(We'll offer 3 pre-ride days before race day)
*No Parking Fees

2013 Subaru of Georgetown Mellow Johnny's Classic Photo Wrap Up

Date: March 4, 2013 @ 12:12 am
Location:

Perfect weather and great racing this weekend at the 2013 Subaru of Georgetown Mellow Johnny's Classic.  I'm seeing race footage, photos and articles all over the web!

A great big thank you to everyone who came out and supported the event...  We're already talking about how to make next years race even better for racers and spectators alike. We'll have more post race info shortly, but for now enjoy some photos of the weekends action.  It was great to see the future of the sport and the fastest mountain bikers on the planet all in the same day.

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Tuesday Morning Blazing Saddle Ride

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

2013 Kenny Hill Autowerks Spring Classic

Date: March 7, 2013 @ 10:39 am
Location:


Men, Women and junior road racers rejoice-- the first Driveway race of 2013 is here!  Saturday March 9, Kenny Hill Autowerks is putting on their  annual Spring Classic, and we're excited to be a sponsor of this great event.  The racing starts at 7am with a 5hr, 3hr or 1hr endurance race, followed by traditional time- based criteriums.

There are races for every level of experience as well as a lap for the kids. Stick around after the morning endurance races for a noon ladies clinic and group ride put on by the Austin Flyer’s Women’s Cycling Club.

After this weekend’s event we jump right into the weekly Thursday night mini-series races beginning March 14.

With short climbs, technical corners, and wide open, butter-paved roads, the Driveway has a little for everyone. Rotating through 4 different traffic-free, closed circuits, this is the perfect venue for new riders looking to build confidence, as well as a great place for veterans to be continuously challenged. Bring your friends, spouse, and kids because this is a fantastic spectator event! Free action-packed fun with excitement and thrills; come share in the camaraderie.

The Driveway is located in Austin, TX  east of 183 at 8400 Delwau Lane.  Click here for more information about the event.

Mellow Mountain Ride

Date: March 7, 2013 @ 5:08 pm
Location: Mellow Johnny's Bike Shop
400 Nueces
Austin,TX 78701

Who says roadies don't get dirty. Come join us on the Mellow Mountain Ride. This ride is an intermediate, no drop, coed ride covering a distance of approx 20 miles and lasting from 2.5-3 hrs. We will be riding the, the Barton Creek Greenbelt. It has a variety of surfaces from hard packed soil (mud in the rain) to rock studded trails to rock gardens full of babyheads. This trail is not for the beginner rider. Ride pace is an average of who shows up. Not a hammerfest, just a good ride.

Please bring a helmet, items to fix a flat, plenty of water, and nutrition. Meet at the shop at 8:45am, The ride starts at 9:00am.

If you need to rent a bike, we have that too. Check the online reservations on the our website for details.

Contact peter@mellowjohnnys.com for questions.

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

Date: March 9, 2013 @ 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/

SXSW 13 with KEXP and MJ's

Date: March 12, 2013 @ 3:29 pm
Location:

Billy Brag

It's here again, and we are tingling with anticipation for another KEXP SXSW experience. This lineup is super strong, and we expect to be a party all week.

KEXP SXSW LIVE BROADCAST SCHEDULE
Times are CST

Wed. 3/13
11:30am  Robyn Hitchcock
01:30pm  Allah-Las
03:30pm Bleeding Rainbow
05:30pm  Unknown Mortal Orchestra
07:30pm  Palma Violets

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Thurs. 3/14

11:30am  Billy Bragg
01:30pm  Chelsea Light Moving
03:30pm  Iron & Wine

05:30pm  Ólafur Arnalds
07:30pm  True Believers

Fri. 3/15
11:30am   Suuns

01:30pm  Telekinesis

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03:00pm  Macklemore interview
03:30pm  Jovanotti

05:30pm  Gliss07:30pm  Turtle Giant

Sat. 3/16
02:00pm  The Zombies
04:00pm  Wild Cub
06:00pm  Parquet Courts
07:30pm  Ozomatli

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Chrome Pop Up Store at Mellow Johnny's

Date: March 13, 2013 @ 2:16 pm
Location:

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For the second year in a row, we are happy to host a Chrome pop up in our store during SXSW.  This years shop has even more merchandise, and a lot of the latest, greatest items Chrome has on offer.  The completely waterproof Storm 415 Work Boot, the Heritage bag series, T's, hat's and other assorted radness.  The pop up shop will be here through SXSW and is a great way to compare Chrome offerings and talk with their experts.

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As I type this, Bleeding Rainbow is playing a free show upstairs, Sierra Nevada is pouring free Pale Ale at the register, and KEXP is broadcasting live out of one of our dressing rooms...  Gotta love SXSW!

2013 Mellow Johnny's/KEXP SXSW Photo Recap

Date: March 18, 2013 @ 9:01 am
Location:

Well, the dust has settled around here and it's time to be a bike shop again...

SXSW was exhausting, inspiring, and really, really loud.  This years KEXP showcase was so strong that there really wasn't a weak link.  Every artist and every band featured a unique style and a complete sound.  From Olafur Arnolds looping the audience singing and incorporating it into their music, to Iron & Wine filling our 9,000 square foot shop to capacity, the last week has been quite an adventure.  In all the madness (did I mention that Prince played next door), we did have time to sell a few bikes, change a lot of flats and get in some great new product which we'll review shortly.  Our GM, Will, is road testing the new 30c tires from Challenge, I just walked by a slick new Giant Cruiser and we saw samples of a new kit design which we'll be releasing shortly.

For anyone who didn't have a chance to make it to any of our free shows, or drink any of our free beer, check out the gallery below to see what you missed.

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Pictures and words by Thomas Miller

Scout-A-Route: McKinney Falls

Date: March 23, 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.

Moots Demo 2013 at Mellow Johnny's

Date: March 24, 2013 @ 9:30 am to 2:30 pm
Location: Mellow Johnny's

Mellow Johnny's is proud to be Austin's newest Moots dealer. Handbuilt one at time in Steamboat Springs, Colorado the craftsmen at Moots have created a legendary following since their start in 1981. Come Demo Moots Mountain and Road Models at Mellow Johnny's.

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Details


We will have a small selection of clipless pedals available, we suggest you bring your pedals along if you can, and especially if you ride unique or hard to find models. All riders must be 18 years of age, or have parent/legal guardian. While there is no charge to demo Proof of I.D. and CC required to check out a bike.

Models



    MOUNTAIN

    18" MX-YBB 650

    18" MX YBB

    18" MX-RSL

    20' MX-RSL

    17" MX Divide

    18" MX Divide

    19" MX Divide

    20" MX Divide

    ROAD

    58 Cm Vamoots RSL

    50 Vamoots CM CR

    52 Vamoots CM CR

    54 Vamoots CM CR

    56 Vamoots CM CR

    58 Vamoots CM CR DI2

    60 Vamoots CM CR

Best Value Bike

Date: March 25, 2013 @ 12:49 pm
Location:


Best Value Bike

The Barton Creek Greenbelt is just one of the many reasons Austin has become a mecca for mountain biking. It's location and natural beauty have transformed many Austinites into MTB aficionados, many of our staff included. And, while the latest carbon wonder bikes get most of the attention, it's the unsung affordable starter bike that helped us find our way along places like the Greenbelt. Bikes like the Giant Revel 29er 0, that we sell for $699. Bikes that we know will get you on the trail and deliver years of performance and fun.


The details are what matter here. First lets talk looks. The least important detail to some and most important to other buyers. The Revel LOOKS much nicer than its tag price. Next the parts. For new riders tires and brakes are very important, skimp on either and your connection to the dirt is lessened and you're not as safe, or fast. The Avid BB5 Disc brakes will give you great performance while the Giant Sport Tires have the right tread depth and width to handle our rocky terrain.

While many bikes in this price range come with cheaper plastic pedals the Revel 0 is equipped with large alloy platform pedals, ones that won't leave you worried they'll only last a few rides and back at the shop shelling out more cash. The lockout fork too is a feature that we love, when you don't need the front shock to move flip on the lockout lever. Add in double wall rims that will stay straight longer and you can ride more and have less hassle. The 27-Speed SRAM Components also won't disappoint you and are trail-worthy while giving a new rider a wider gear range for their fist foray up the Hill of Life climb.

We could go on and on, but we'd love to show you or tell you about the Revel, or one of our other great MTB models in person. Or, you can call, or email too if you'd prefer.

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A Race Experience

Date: March 28, 2013 @ 9:52 am
Location:

First Timer at the Driveway Series

By: LZ

The Driveway Series is talked about by cyclists all over Austin. I’ve heard it’s the biggest criterium series in the US. I’ve seen videos of pros like Lawson Craddock whipping around turns crazy fast. The sound of 100-plus dudes drafting around corners with their tubeless carbon wheels is both electrifying and terrifying. Would I be able to keep up? Would my bike even maneuver that way without spontaneously combusting? I am a regular mountain bike and cross racer. Dirt, trees, rocks and single track is my comfort zone. So this wasn't just about bike racing, but facing some fears, too. It’s been so long since I raced my road bike, I doubted my bike and myself.  But after hearing everyone speak so highly of the Driveway, I decided to enter in the women’s cat 4 race.

The race course was set for the “Championship Loop”. It’s a closed course, with no other traffic, on smooth and well marked pavement. The race course changes every week, with different turns and hills to challenge your skills. I haven’t raced a crit in awhile, so I asked a friend to show me the lines he would take, Thanks JW. How hard could this be? Make the turns as straight as possible, keep your pedals up around turns, and don’t brake. Got it.

After a few warm up laps, my heart was beating faster, my muscles were regaining some memory of being fast, and the sunshine was warming my soul. It’s go time. I started with about 30 other women, a big field for just a Thursday night crit. The first lap was crowded, and you could taste the nerves. The first big left hand turn was tense because you never know if the person next to you is going to clip a pedal, slide out, or lock handlebars. After the first turn, a few made a charge for the front. My quads were strong enough, but my confidence was not. I made a run for it, but sat behind the lead group. Just wasn’t sure how this 30 minute suffer fest was going to play out. Better to leave a little in the tank than waste it on the first lap.

We quickly settled into a small pack of 4. The women’s race kits may look all nice and sweet, but they are fiercely competitive and tactical. I wasn't so much hanging on for lack of strength, but for subtleties and pack racing etiquette. Our group was taking turns pulling and keeping safe but on each others' wheels. There is art to going fast so close to another rider, and avoiding jumpy wheels, handlebars, and shoulders is a skill I don't take lightly. The group began to get twitchy as the end of the race was nearing. Who would attack? Who should I mark? As I got more comfortable and confident, I pulled in the power sections and then sat in the windy sections, avoiding any squirrely moves that could end disastrously. At one point, a rider shouted “line” to me. I am not a road racer, but I do know how to hold my line. So I was left confused. What did this mean? Did she want to take a different line? Did she not like the line I was choosing? I road steady.

My body and mind were more confident and focused. I had the fitness. So my final tactic was to ride away from the group and grab 9th place. Just a Thursday night Cat 4 crit, but a real win for me. I am hooked.

By that time, Next week, I’m bringing my race wheels and an even bigger smile.

New Bike Checklist

Date: March 28, 2013 @ 12:25 pm
Location:

A Prioritized List of Cycling Gear for New Bike Owners


You have your bike. What else do you need to enhance your experience? See our prioritized list. You don’t need much, but some additional gear can make your ride a little better.

ESSENTIALS


This stuff keeps you safe and efficient. Don’t leave here without them.
•    Helmet
Protect your brain. Your family loves you.
•    Water Bottle & Cage
Water on board is a must. Hydration is critical to your cycling and health.
•    Flat fix kit, seat bag, pump, & inflation
Dont get stranded. It will ruin your day. Pumps are tiny and powerful. Or use CO2 for quick, portable repair. And make sure to attned one of our Fix a Flat classes.
•    Floor Pump
Tire inflation is critical to performance and avoiding flats. A floor pump provides high pressure quickly.
•    Multi-Tool
Make adjustments, tighten screws before, during & after rides. There are many to choose from.
•    Lock
As you fall in deeper love with your bike, you’ll find yourself out and about often. Protect your investment with a lock.

THE NEXT LEVEL


•    Cycling Shorts
Cycling shorts have a padded chamois (shammy) built in to provide comfort and prevent friction. The shorts have very low profile seams and are tight fitting while providing freedom of movement. For urban riders and mountain bikers, there are stylish and casual shorts with chamois—so you won’t look like a bike racer.
•    Cycling Shoes
Shoes made for cycling deliver power to the pedal stroke without fatiguing your feet. There are options for road, MTB, and urban riding.
•    Lights
If you commute or ride at night, you must illuminate.
•    Computer
Great for training and keeping track of miles, time, heart rate, and even power.
•    Gloves
Padding, protection, and, if necessary, a nose wiping surface.

Santa Cruz & Giant Demos

Date: March 28, 2013 @ 1:05 pm
Location:

Santa Cruz Demo Day @ Walnut Creek Park

Sunday, March 31st 9am-2pm

We will have the following models on hand to demo;

Blur TRC
Nomad C
Tallboy LTC
Tallboy C
Superlight 29
Highball C

For more info visit Santa Cruz Bicycles COMPANY. Your Drivers License and credit card are required to demo. 18 and under must have a parent present to demo. Helmet bike shoes and pedals are a good idea to have. We do have Shimano pedals on hand to loan out. Demo rides are offered at a maximum of 1hour. Come ready to try multiple models and sizes, and have a fun ride!

Giant Demo @ Pace Bend Park

Saturday, March 30th 10am-3pm

Giant Road/Mountain Bike Demo! Come test ride the newest.

Helmets required for all rides and demos (limited number of demo helmets available)

All Demo Participants must bring with them a valid photo ID and a credit card

Scout-A-Route: Mueller Meander (extended)

Date: March 30, 2013 @ 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Location: - Mellow Johnny's Bike Shop
400 Nueces
Austin, Texas

This 20+ mile route takes us into the wonderful rolling hills of east Austin to check out the Mueller development.  We've changed up the route a bit to add some distance.

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 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, and no headphones.   We encourage you to ride your bike down.  If driving, please park in the street.

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

For more information contact us by email here.

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

Giant Demo at Pace Bend Park

Date: March 30, 2013 @ 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Location:

Giant Demo @ Pace Bend Park

Saturday, March 30th 10am-3pm

Giant Road/Mountain Bike Demo! Come test ride the newest.

Helmets required for all rides and demos (limited number of demo helmets available)

All Demo Participants must bring with them a valid photo ID and a credit card

Santa Cruz Demo Walnut Creek

Date: March 31, 2013 @ 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
Location:

Santa Cruz Demo Day @ Walnut Creek Park

Sunday, March 31st 9am-2pm

We will have the following models on hand to demo;

Blur TRC
Nomad C
Tallboy LTC
Tallboy C
Superlight 29
Highball C

For more info visit Santa Cruz Bicycles COMPANY. Your Drivers License and credit card are required to demo. 18 and under must have a parent present to demo. Helmet bike shoes and pedals are a good idea to have. We do have Shimano pedals on hand to loan out. Demo rides are offered at a maximum of 1hour. Come ready to try multiple models and sizes, and have a fun ride!