News & Events

T&T Violet Crown Ride

Date: September 16, 2014 @ 7:00 am to 9:00 am
Date: September 18, 2014 @ 7:00 am to 9:00 am
Location: - Mellow Johnny's Bike Shop
400 Nueces

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

KLCTVE Fusion Thursday Night Ride

Date: September 18, 2014 @ 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Date: September 25, 2014 @ 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Location: - Mellow Johnny's Bike Shop
400 Nueces

KLCTVE Fusion Thursday Night Ride

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.

Wheels down 6:30 pm

Route: East around town. 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.

Friday Truancy Ride

Date: September 19, 2014 @ 2:30 pm to 4:45 pm
Date: September 26, 2014 @ 2:30 pm to 4:45 pm
Location: - Mellow Johnny's Bike Shop
400 Nueces

How about a nice ride to help make the work blues disappear and jump start the weekend.  Join Mellow Johnny's for the Friday Truancy ride.  This co-ed, no drop ride is just the ticket for easing out of a long work week.  Meet at the shop at 2:00pm, wheels down at 2:30pm. This is a spirited, 30-mile road ride through neighborhoods and official bike routes with a minimum of large roadways. This group averages 17-18mph.  Expect a few hills and optional sprints.

General group ride expectation:  helmet, road bike in good working condition, water and nutrition, flat changing tools.  Headphones are not allowed.

We encourage you to ride your bike to the shop.  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.

For information contact us by email rides@mellowjohnnys.com.

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

MJ 100k

Date: September 20, 2014 @ 8:00 am to 12:00 pm
Date: September 27, 2014 @ 8:00 am to 12:00 pm
Location: - Mellow Johnny's Bike Shop
400 Nueces

Every Saturday at 8 am


The MJ 100k is a little longer and faster than the Middle of the Road Ride.

For those who remember the Sweetish Hill Bakery rides, this has the vibe of those. 2x2 lines, social at times, but down to business others. That means you can prove it at the City Limit road signs—like the olden days.

Strong Intermediate-Advanced
Saturdays at 8 am
20 MPH Average
62 MILES  • ROLLING SOUTH
It's a friendly and supportive group, but If you get dropped, be self sufficient as it not a no-drop ride.

What to bring? Road bike (for road rides), clipless pedals, helmet, bike in good working condition, water and nutrition, flat changing tools, and no headphones. Stop at 35 mile mark to top off bottles and grab a quick snack at mini-mart.

Middle of the Road Ride (MOTR)--Rising Sun: Elroy

Date: September 20, 2014 @ 8:30 am to 11:45 am
Date: October 18, 2014 @ 8:30 am to 11:45 am
Location: - Mellow Johnny's Bike Shop
400 Nueces

This ride is a great fit for the intermediate rider who has spent some time on the bike riding in groups and on urban roads, but is looking for a bit more challenge in distance and speed.   This no drop, co-ed ride averages 17-20mph in the front group, and 15-16mph in the second/sweep group. We typically start in one large group of 50+ people, and naturally split into intermediate and advanced groups. Routes vary from 30-40 miles on in-town bike routes and/or on roads with low to moderate traffic. Riders for this group should have experience riding in groups, be able to change a tire and address minor mechanical issues and understand the etiquette of group riding.

MOTR will take riders out east past McKinney Falls State Park into Elroy, Texas and then back into town. This 35-mile route varies in terrain...flat, rolling and often great tail wind sections.

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 to the shop.  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.

For more information or questions contact rides@mellowjohnnys.com:

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

Scout-a-Route: Ride Leader's Choice

Date: September 20, 2014 @ 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Date: September 27, 2014 @ 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Location: - Mellow Johnny's Bike Shop
400 Nueces

Saturday, August 2: Mueller Meander. Let's head Eastish. See the route here.


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/

Sunday Violet Crown Ride

Date: September 21, 2014 @ 8:00 am to 12:00 pm
Date: September 28, 2014 @ 8:00 am to 12:00 pm
Location: - Mellow Johnny's Bike Shop
400 Nueces

The Violet Crown Mellow Wheeling Ride

This is one of the oldest group rides in Austin meeting every Sunday morning for over 30 years!

The Sunday Violet Crown Ride is less intense than the Saturday VC Ride, but still a speedy group ride.  This ride is a great fit for the intermediate rider with good fitness who is accustomed to riding in groups. This ride averages 17-18mph for 50-60 miles. 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. Riders should come expecting a challenging road ride and bring the proper equipment. Please don't wear headphones or bring tri-bars on a group ride. We typically ride out against the wind and have a tailwind on the way home as nature intended. Speaking of nature, expect one nature break around 20 miles into the ride, and one store stop around the mid-point of the ride.

Wheels down at 8:15am.

Route:  routes will vary.

Pace: 17-18 mph for 50-60 miles. Moderate pace with some stops, but it is not a "no drop" ride.

What you need to bring:  road bike, clipless pedals, helmet, bike in good working condition, the experience and tools to change your own flats, water and nutrition. Please no headphones/radios.  We encourage you to ride your bike down to the shop.  If you do drive, please park in the street.  The store and Cafe open at 8 am on Sunday, so you'll have to cafeinate and stuff your face fast.

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

For more information or questions contact rides@mellowjohnnys.com

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

Flyers Ladies' Sunday Rides

Date: September 21, 2014 @ 8:00 am to 11:00 am
Date: September 28, 2014 @ 8:00 am to 11:00 am
Location: - Mellow Johnny's Bike Shop
400 Nueces

8:00 am to 11:00 am

Location: Mellow Johnny’s

SUNDAYS: Austin Flyers Ladies' Ride – Led by Austin Flyers Women’s Cycling.

Join the Austin Flyers (link to www.austinflyerswomenscycling.com) every Sunday for an intermediate, ladies-only ride. This friendly, 2.5-3 hour ride averages 15-16 mph, with routes varying each week. These rides are great opportunities for women looking to continue their fitness, learn new routes and meet new riding partners.

Wheels down at 8 am. General group ride expectation: comfort riding in a group, road bike, helmet, bike in good working condition, water and nutrition, flat changing tools, no headphones.

Thank You

Middle of the Road Ride (MOTR) Happy Buda Route

Date: September 27, 2014 @ 8:30 am to 11:45 am
Date: October 25, 2014 @ 8:30 am to 11:45 am
Location: - Mellow Johnny's Bike Shop
400 Nueces

This ride is a great fit for the intermediate rider who has spent some time on the bike riding in groups and on urban roads, but is looking for a bit more challenge in distance and speed.   This no drop, co-ed ride averages 17-20mph in the front group, and 15-16mph in the second/sweep group. We typically start in one large group of 50+ people, and naturally split into intermediate and advanced groups. Routes vary from 30-40 miles on in-town bike routes and/or on roads with low to moderate traffic. Riders for this group should have experience riding in groups, be able to change a tire and address minor mechanical issues and understand the etiquette of group riding.

We will ride the Happy Buda route, a 35 mile route that takes us through south Austin to Buda and back again.    There will be a water stop at the turn around point in Buda.  We will roll out together to Old San Antonio Road stopping at the Walgreen’s on Loop 4 to regroup for the return ride back to the shop.

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 to the shop.  If driving, please park in the street.

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

For more information or questions contact us by email rides@mellowjohnnys.com.

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

Mid Century Ride

Date: September 28, 2014 @ 8:30 am to 11:30 am
Date: October 12, 2014 @ 8:30 am to 11:30 am
Location: Mellow Johnny's Bike Shop
400 Nueces

Summer is here!! The heat is here so an early ride is key to beat the heat.  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 35-40 miles at a 14-16 mile average (a little faster once we get out of town). The route will vary 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.