Does your lower back hurt after a long ride? Do your hands feel like they’re falling asleep mid-ride? Do your hips or hamstrings feel tight or is there discomfort in your feet? All of these issues likely point to an improper fit on your bike. Aside from the general discomfort you may feel while riding, there are real consequences to not being set up right: an overall decrease in performance, unnecessary wear and tear on your bike and gear, and, in many instances, the potential for injury.
Here at Mellow Johnny’s, we want to be make sure that you love riding your bike - not only because you have the best bike for your riding style, but also because you have the best fit possible. To that end, we offer two services that will help you dial in your position and ensure that you have the best possible fit for the riding you do.
Standard Fit: When you buy a bike from Mellow Johnny’s, we provide the standard fit at no additional cost. However, we also make this fitting session available to any rider who is looking to achieve the optimal riding position. In...more
Our neighbor, Press Café, is quickly becoming a local favorite for both food and atmosphere. Serving a wide array of thoughtful and delicious fare, you can start early with breakfast burritos, oatmeal, and fruit, and continue through lunch and dinner with salads, burgers, sandwiches, steaks, and full bar, depending on your appetite and the time of day.more
Saturday, October 5 was cool and sunny and a beautiful day to open the doors to the shop. The Mayor was there to lead a ride, as well as other groups pedaling from the Trailhead. Legacy Merch did live screen printing, Press Café served snacks, and craft beers and wine were flowing. See a gallery of photos from the day.more
If off-road riding is your thing, you’re likely aware of the tubeless trend. Companies like Stan's NoTubes have advertisements in nearly every mountain bike magazine, many tire and rim manufacturers boast tubeless ready capability and nearly all higher-end mountain bikes come standard with tubeless compatible wheelsets installed.
So, what’s tubeless all about? Why make the conversion? Here are a just a few considerations:
1. Get Better Traction
Get ready for a smoother ride and the ability to maintain traction in rough terrain. The goal in biking is to keep the tire on the ground as much as possible - not bouncing off objects. While suspension does the majority of the work in absorbing impact and keeping the tires on the ground, tire pressure is the second most important factor. In a tubeless system, the ability to run a lower tire pressure means you can maintain more ground contact and the tire can wrap around objects. As an example, a 175lb rider running a 2.2” 29er tire can safely ride PSI in the mid-20s without a fear of losing control or...more
For the past decade, POC has made a name in the action sport apparel industry by manufacturing some of the world’s best helmets for skiing, snowboarding and biking. This Swedish company merges thousands of hours of scientific safety research together with a sleek design to create award winning gear that has a timeless look and serious safety credibility.
POC gives you good reason to feel secure - hell, they even design a body armor made of visco-elastic polymer dough. Battle ready stuff. But in all seriousness, whether it’s downhill skiing or downhill mountain biking, POC knows the risks associated with each sport they design for. They have pioneered or advanced many ground-breaking safety technologies in BMX and mountain biking, and for the world of road cycling, this innovation continues with the AVIP concept.more
Purchasing a custom bike can be a complicated process. Awesome, yes. But still overwhelming at times. There are simply so many things to decide upon. When buying a car you decide upon the model, color, and maybe 4 or 5 trim levels. A custom bicycle, on the other hand, has an almost infinite number of variables.
Just building up a set of wheels to go with your bike will require you to decide upon the hub, rim, spokes, spoke lacing, spoke count, spoke nipple type, tire style and size. It can get rather absurd.
And that’s not what this process should be about. A custom bike is a reward. It’s something motivating, exciting and unique. An expression of your love of cycling.
Since our opening in 2008 we’ve done a brisk business in custom bikes. We’re lucky enough to have very good sales people, a very good service staff, and thanks to our partnership with Pedal Hard Training Center, very good bike fitters. This perfect storm makes Mellow Johnny’s one of the best places to go if you’re considering a custom...more
Skratch nutrition products took the world by storm a few years back. Created by a PHD nutritionist who worked with the pro cycling peloton, Skratch is the inevitable conclusion of years of research and real world testing.
While things seem simple on the surface, nutrition for athletes is a highly complex science. Not only does your food need to be palatable, it also needs to provide balanced energy, be absorbed quickly, and cause little to no gastrointestinal distress. That's a big ask.
Enter the Skratch Fruit Drop. It's checks all these boxes, comes in two flavors (Orange and Raspberry), and is backed by a ridiculous amount of science.
To read the full white pages on this product click here.
Or if your feeling a bit wild, skip the article and pick up a pouch before your next ride. Like all Skratch products, these have a subtle, not overly sweet taste that our customers appreciate.more
The short answer here is, "Probably more often than you think." A bike chains job is to transfer every watt of power from your cranks to your back wheel, and that's a big undertaking. With performance bikes becoming lighter, and cassettes offering more gears in the same amount of spacing (i.e thinner chains), it's not uncommon for heavier riders to wear through a chain in as little as 1,000 miles. That's just a few months for someone who rides every weekend.
Rider weight, terrain, even wheel size and chainstay length can all affect the life expectancy of your chain so it's hard for us to set an exact mileage number for replacement.
Although there is no cut and dry length of time a road bike chain will last, there are several tools to measure chain wear, and some easy ways to extend your chains life. The best way is to maintain a clean and lubricated drivetrain. This means cleaning the grime off of your chain, and lubricating it every three or four rides. We love Rock & Roll Road chainlube, and a small bottle will easily last six months.more
Oakley glasses are ubiquitous in the peloton. Seen at essentially every cycling event in the world. This is a company that has innovated and improved upon its product, to become the recognized leader of sports eyewear. Not just in the field of cycling, but across all categories.
With the introduction of the Prizm lens, Oakley has taken their technology a step further. These cycling specific Prizm lenses produce a higher contrast image, allowing a rider to see imperfections in the road that would normally not appear.more
We've mentioned before that Public Bikes are the best kept secret at the shop, and we still feel that way. Dutch bike inspired designs at very reasonable prices. Most Public Bikes, like the V7 pictured below, come with paint matched fenders and racks. This makes them one of the best, and beautiful, casual bikes around.
The Public V7 pictured below retails for $549, and will include a professional fit, our fantastic customer service, and a lifetime of free brake and derailleur adjustments. For downtown Austinites, this is the bike. A seven speed townie with a comfortable riding position and quality accents, not found on other bikes in this price range. Swing by the shop to see our large selection of colors and styles.more
A home repair stand is a great addition to any garage or bike room. Not only does it provide a secure platform for mechanical work, a bike stand also makes your everyday biking life that much nicer. Changing tires, adjusting derailleurs and lubing your chain is no longer an exercise in frustration.
No more tire marks on the wall.
No more knuckle bashing or awkward positions.
We like both the durability and simplicity of the Feedback Sports Classic Work Stand. The lightweight aluminum construction supports up to 85 lbs, and folds for storage. In addition, the adjustable height is easily controlled through a series of quick release cams. This is a product we keep in stock and a great gift for someone who works on their own bikes, or is an avid rider.more
As most seasoned riders know, proper layering for winter riding is something of an art form. Highly debated subjects, like our epic Knee Warmers Vs. Leg Warmer debate of 2013 take place in bike shops around the globe, and each rider slowly fine tunes their winter gear over the course of a few seasons to suit their particular needs.
We've cobbled together a simple chart outlining what gear we recommend based upon temperature ranges, and are happy to discuss any of these at length. Just remember that these are suggestions based upon our experience, and can change based upon a variety of conditions. We know that people in Minnesota commute in negative temperatures on the regular. As Texans we can hardly wrap our collective heads around that. Anyone who lives above 40 degrees latitude feel free to adjust the degree scale as necessary.more
Public Bikes are one of our best kept secrets here at the shop. While we like to geek out over carbon bits and hydraulic disc brakes, Public has been consistently creating beautiful, affordable bikes for the everyman and women. Their bikes have been a staple in our shop for years and Public has really captured the look and feel of the classic Dutch City Bike.
Yes, the bike is steel and weighs a bit more than a Trek Emonda. No, you do not have a Dura-Ace option. By Public's own admission, the bikes are designed for, "The person who doesn’t identify themselves as a bicyclist but wants a simple, sturdy bicycle for occasional errands, trips to the Farmer’s Market, or weekend rides in the park."
That philosophy makes sense to a lot of our customers. What's more, the price points fit the concept. Practically every Public bike falls...more
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