The dreadlock-sporting repair staff at Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop in the heart of downtown Austin is always hard at work turning and churning out gleaming bikes, perfectly tuned up for racers and cruisers alike. So, get in there and don’t be afraid to ask questions. “Our first priority is to listen to every person who enters the shop. That way we know what you want, your level of skill, your lifestyle and your cycling goals,” brand director David Mider says.
Say you want a bike that’s been designed from frame to spokes with your specific bicycling skill set in mind, and you’re not afraid to spend a tad more—consider the Trek Project One program. “The Project One program offers several options, such as frame size, materials, paint scheme, components, bar tape, pedals and more customizable choices,” Mider says.
Now you’ve purchased the perfect bike to suit your lifestyle, but want to make sure that you get the most out of this seriously fun investment. Try taking a class downstairs in the Pedal Hard Training Center. The coaching staff, which includes six-time Tour de France competitor Kevin Livingston, will develop customized workouts based on your fitness level and goals.
Anyone can benefit, whether you are a racer hoping to shave seconds off your time, or you are a casual rider wanting to lose weight,
The future looks bright for this specialty bike shop. Mellow Johnny’s has quickly become a community hub. Mider shared, “We want to be a place people want to hang out, whether you ride a bike fast or not. We also strive to be a part of the city culturally. That’s why we have art shows, screen movies, and host music day shows during SXSW.”
Follow the trail to ATX, and find your inner outdoorsy kid, the one that loves to ride fast and take in all the beauty that a lovely spring season in Texas has to offer!