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Mellow Swap 2014

October 16th, 2014

Date: November 8, 2014 @ 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Location: Mellow Johnny's Parking Lot

It’s Mellow Swap Time!

Saturday, November 8
9 am-3 pm
Mellow Johnny’s Parking Lot

The swap is open to reps, individuals, teams, or anyone with a box of old bike goodies that need a new home. For shoppers its a chance to buy great sample and demo product from industry reps and we use it as a chance to sell scratch-n-dent product, take-offs, and clear out the basement.

Reserve a Booth

Individual Citizens • $100

http://shop.mellowjohnnys.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=2014-swap-individual

Rep/Dealer/Manufacturer booth space: $200

http://shop.mellowjohnnys.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=2014-swap-rep

Trek Fuel EX 8

October 15th, 2014

Mountain biking can be a very specific sport.  The choices for bikes, components, wheels, etc. are so varied that popular mountain bike styles can vary from region to region, the terrain dictating the gear.  For the most part, Texas riders don’t require the big suspension travel of an all mountain, or downhill bike.  The reason is that our terrain is less about elevation and more about technical proficiency.  Anyone who has taken a ride on the Barton Springs Greenbelt knows that Austin is equal parts singletrack and rock fields.  Having a bike that is responsive enough to ride a very specific line, yet forgiving enough to smooth out the limestone trails is crucial.

Enter the Trek Fuel EX 8 29er.  The name is a mouthful and if you’re not familiar with all of the specs, we won’t just rattle them off.  I think the best summary of this bike is from one of our own employees, Andre Chelliah.  I asked him to give me his impression of this bike, and this is what he had to say:

“The Fuel is dollar for dollar the best mountain bike Trek makes.  It’s got an XT rear derailleur, which is really nice on a bike of this price ($2,849.99).  The Fox suspension package is killer, and it’s got Shimano brakes.  That’s what all our customers ask for…  They just put money into the parts that matter.”

Here’s what this means: The Fuel EX 29er can carry you quickly and comfortably over the trail via the 29″ wheels and full suspension, and be responsive and nimble enough to navigate technical single track. A multitasker ready to race.

If you would like a full breakdown of individual components on this one, check out the full spec sheet here.  I just looked at the TMBRA (Texas Mountain Bike Racing Association) website, and there are plenty of races in the next few months.  If you’ve always wanted to try a race, or just PR your Strava segments on the Greenbelt, the Fuel EX 8 could be a compelling option.  We’ve got these in stock, and some very knowledgeable staff to help you out.

The Time for Lights Draws Nigh

October 10th, 2014

Do you watch Game of Thrones?  You’ve probably never heard of the show before (It’s pretty niche), and this picture doesn’t make sense to you.  I understand.  It’s hard to keep up with all of the trends as you get older.    Just know that what I did there is totally hip and cool and no one has ever done anything like it before.

It’s hard to believe that the time change for us occurs on 11/2.  And as is a yearly custom now, I have no idea where my lights from last winter are.  Luckily, we’re fully stocked at the shop with several rechargeable and traditional battery fed light options.  Below is a breakdown of a few of our options.  Perfect for the short ride home from ACL, or the long trek from King’s Landing to Casterly Rock.

LEZYNE

Someone told me that the name Lezyne is an amalgamation of the words luxurious and design.  I’m not sure if that is true or not, but it’s certainly plausible.  All Lezyne products feature a clean aesthetic that seem somehow based upon industrial design.  The Femto front light is a battery operated, strap on front light that is by far our number one selling bike light at the shop.  At an incredibly low price, this light features a 15 lumen LED with an astonishing run time of 60 hours while blinking and 30 hours solid.  Not enough light to see by, but certainly enough to be seen.

The newest Lezyne light we have is called the KTV.  This USB rechargeable light features 7 lumens of protection and features 180 degrees of visibility.  One of the best features of the KTV is that it doesn’t use and cords.  The light plugs directly into into your computer for hassle free charging.

BLACKBURN

I’ve always been a fan of Blackburn lights.  This companies items work well and look fantastic, that’s really all I desire from a product.  This winter we are featuring the rechargeable Central 20.  This 20 lumen rear light features a large button to turn it on and off, which is fantastic for when you are wearing your gloves or armor.  In addition, the light features an LED charge indicator to let you know how long you have left before charging.  The translucent red bezel also enhances side visibility which is crucial for safety during urban commutes.

This light is available for online purchase here.

BONTRAGER

If you’ve got House Lannister coin to spend, or are looking for a high quality, rechargeable light that is bright enough to provide visibility, look into the Bontrager Ion 700.  At 700 lumens this light is bright enough to inspire confidence on the darkest night.  In fact, this past weekend an employee riding with one of these on his bike got mistaken for a motorcycle  by a parking attendant.  Powered by one, incredibly bright, LED the Ion 700 is able to provide an intense beam while retaining its compact size.

While this is just a small sampling of options we have at the shop, the time to start planning your winter commutes is upon us.  White Walkers, texting drivers, and dogs pursue us endlessly…  The key to our safety is visibilty.

Trek Emonda SLR 9

October 3rd, 2014

We’ve just built up this new 13.3lb Emonda SLR 9.  What’s astonishing to us is that the bike is so light while still running a Di2 electronic drivetrain, which is slightly heavier than a Dura-Ace mechanical or SRAM Red set up.  Spec’d out with Aeolus 3 carbon wheels, Bontrager XXX bar and stem, as well as a carbon railed Bontrager Paradigm saddle.




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