News & Events

T&T Violet Crown Ride

Date: April 24, 2014 @ 7:00 am to 8:30 am
Date: April 29, 2014 @ 7:00 am to 8:30 am
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Tuesday & Thursday Violet Crown Rides!

Led by the Violet Crown team, these rides depart every Tuesday and Thursday morning at 7:00 am.  This one-and-a-half to two hour ride averages 16-18 mph . Riders for this group should have experience riding in groups and understand the etiquette of group riding, be able to change a tire and address minor mechanical issues.  Routes will vary from southerly, mostly flat terrain, to northwesterly hilly rides, depending on wind direction and the whims of the ride leader.  These rides are meant to provide some steady tempo training hours.

Wheels down at 7:00 am.

Tuesday & Thursday Routes:

East #1:

East #2

R'Wood/Lost Creek/ B Creek

NWt Noodle Short

NW Noodle Long

S Flat

Stan's NoTubes Valve Core Tool

Date: April 24, 2014 @ 10:38 am
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Stan's NoTubes Valve Core Removal Tool Works Provides Disproportionate Satisfaction

By Dave Ryther

It’s not often you’ll find me clucking about a new tool. I’ve been staring at bikes and bikes stuff for a long dang time and when it comes to tools, unless it’s for a completely new component, I feel like I’ve seen it all at this point. Everybody has their favorites which prove marginally better for their specific needs (VAR headset wrenches, Knightsbridge fixed cup removers, Alchemy anti-nipple--twisters….) but if you’re patient and think about what you’re doing, virtually any brand or design of bike tool will do its job without ruining the part.

Well, a rare moment of innovation has struck. For weeks the service guys have been requesting a specific valve coring tool for their benches. Being responsible for the service bottom line, I’ll admit, I ignored them. Everyone has at least three valve tools and all of them do the same crappy job; why do we need another?

Enter the Stan’s NOtubes valve tool. Game changer. Sometimes you just don’t know your struggle until you find your freedom. The Stan’s tool does that.  A few weeks ago I wrote about how amazing tube and tire sealants have become but one thing I failed to mention is what a pain in the butt it is to remove the valve on some tubes with today’s tools.  The generic tool we all have on our truing stand is plastic; easy to strip and quickly becomes trash. Then there’s the metal — not easy to strip, but about the size of a baby June Bug and almost instantly lost as soon as you get it. You can go gourmet with the Park valve corer but you end up hoping they fired the guy who designed it. He seemed to forget that most bicycle wheels have spokes so a corer that moves parallel with the rim will, on a good day, will do a quarter turn at a time.

Yesterday I needed to core a valve. Bad. I was cursing the Park tool when Ben pulled out a red cylinder from Chris’ bench and changed my world. A ‘vertical action corer’. No more turning a quarter turn at a time. No more stripped plastic. No more digging through dust bunnies mistaking termites for metal corers….turn and done.  You may wonder why I made you read all these words just to introduce a tool that performs a task most folks may execute MAYBE once a year. Well, think of the years in a lifetime. Add up the number of times you’ll search, break or just give up on other valve tools and I assure you, the $9.99 you paid for the Stan’s tool will seem like $.0999. You’ll get to watch your children grow up, have an extra 10 minutes on the bike,  finish that book you’ve been working on, maybe even solve cold fusion. No matter what, valve coring will never be an issue for you again.

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Editor's note: We'd love for you to come to the shop and buy one from us, but you can also go on the interwebs and get one. Just get one.

KLCTVE Thursday Night Ride

Date: April 24, 2014 @ 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Date: May 1, 2014 @ 12:30 am to 8:30 pm
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Thursday Night ride sponsored by KLCTVE

The Thursday evening ride features an around town route that goes east toward Mueller, North toward North Loop and Shoal Creek and then back downtown along through Tarrytown and along Pease Park.  There are a couple of short hills, some nice flats along with a few sprint points if you want to stretch your legs.  Riders will need to be comfortable riding in-town routes and obeying traffic signals and signs.

Distance is approximately 24 miles.  There is one rest stop at the Mosaic market in Mueller. This is a no-drop ride averaging around 16mph.  You'll need lights, helmets, and flat-changing tools. Wheels down at 6:30PM.

Scout-a-Route: Ride Leader's Choice

Date: April 26, 2014 @ 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Date: May 3, 2014 @ 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Location: - Mellow Johnny's Bike Shop
400 Nueces
Austin, TX

Distances range from 18-25 miles and may include some hill climbing.

These rides are co-hosted by Mellow Johnny’s and the Austin Cycling Association.  This no-drop 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.

To accomodate the number of riders and varying fitness, there are two groups.  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 ride expectations:  helmet, bike in good working condition, water and nutrition, and no headphone/radios.  We encourage you to ride to the shop.  If driving, please park in the street.

For pre-ride refreshment, meet at Juan Pelota Café 30 minutes before start time.

For more ride information contact us at rides@mellowjohnnys.com.

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

Mid Century Ride

Date: April 27, 2014 @ 8:30 am to 11:30 am
Location: Mellow Johnny's Bike Shop
400 Nueces

Spring is here!! Let's get riding.  Join us on the Mid Century Ride. This ride is for the more seasoned crowd, 50 years and over. We promise not to card you. It's a no drop, intermediate, coed ride that will cover 30-35 miles at a 14-16 mile average (a little faster once we get out of town). The route will vary each week from hill country rollers to in-town hills. There will be regrouping stops so no rider will be left behind. If you looking for more distinguished company at a ride pace that won't redline your heart rate, meet at the shop at 8:15 and the ride will start at 8:30am. Bring a helmet, bike in good working condition, water and nutrition, and flat changing tools. Please no headphones.

The Mid Century Ride will be twice a month. Check our calendar for future dates.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact peter@mellowjohnnys.com.