Sunday, June 5, 2016

Austin Shop Closings: Ozone, Windmill, Austinbikes, Division 1, Bikehaus

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After 23 years, Ozone Bike Dept has closed their doors. Times seem to be rough as other recent shop closings include Austinbikes, Windmill Bicycles, Division 1 and Bikehaus. According to this February Bicycle Retailer article, Bicycle Sport Shop is also reducing their flagship S. Lamar store from 22,000 sf in order to save money. However, they are also opening a 6,000 sf store in Bee Cave and the the former Ozone shop now has a Bicycle Sport Shop sign, so they must be doing okay.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Mellow Johnny's Mellow Swap Meet Nov. 7th

Mellow Swap Meet - November 7 October 7, 2015 Mark your calendars! On Saturday, November 7th (9am - 3pm) we will open our parking lot to a ton of different vendors showcasing new products and accessories as well as used bikes, frames, trainers, jerseys, scratch & dent items, barely used gear and even hard to find items. We'll have food, beer and giveaways for the whole family.

And, add to this our Friday evening shop party - where we'll be featuring brand new 2016 models from Cannondale, Trek, Electra and others - and you basically have the best weekend you can imagine a bike shop having. We look forward to seeing you here!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Jack & Adam's is now Bicycle World

Okay, so maybe I'm a little late to the game here. According to this article, Austin's premier triathlon shop Jack & Adam's merged with Texas Endurance Sports, owners of Houston-area Bicycle World, in March. In the article Jack & Adam's owner Jack Murray states "There are no plans to rebrand Jack & Adam’s", but that must've changed based on the ad below from the October issue of Austin Fit Magazine. Interestingly, it also states that "Murray will join the executive team as president of retail operations for TES."

Man, I really have been out of the loop - I didn't know that a Jack & Adam's opened in Fredericksburg, TX in July of 2014 either. The Fredericksburg location is owned by former Jack & Adam's employee Josh Allen.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Cyclo-cross National Champtionship is Coming to Austin

Wow - the USA Cycling Cyclo-Cross National Championships will be held in Zilker Park this coming January! The event it scheduled for January 7th through the 11th. Check out USA Cycling for all the details. Here's the course map to pique your interest. This is gonna be huge!

Tour das Hugel: Nov. 15th 7am

This November, hundreds of riders will embark on the most challenging 110 miles of climbing in Austin. In it's 14th year, the Tour das Hugel hits all the hardest climbs Austin has to offer - Ladera Norte, Terrace Mountain, Beauford, Jester, West Courtyard, Mt Bonnell, etc. They don't call this the Texas Hill Country for nothing. Basically it's hills, plus some hills then a bunch more hills. Living in Jester, I know these roads well and this just sounds like pure hell to me. But, it's a must if you want to test your climbing legs against the best climbers around. Check out the FAQs for all the details.

Mellow Swap: Nov. 8th 9am-3pm

Mellow Johnny's Mellow Swap Nov. 8th, 2014
It's that time of year. The 2014 Mellow Swap meet will be held on Saturday November 8th from 9am to 3pm. Come out to the Mellow Johnny's parking lot for great deals on all sorts of cycling gear. Visit for more details.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Reveille Peak 100 Mountain Bike Race: Nov. 22nd 9am

The 4th annual Reveille Peak 100K Mountain Bike Race will be presented by Terra Firma Racing and Reveille Peak Ranch on November 22, 2014. Come out and test your grit and help raise money for the Texas High School Mountain Bike League!

The course will be (4) 25k loops around the 1300+ acre ranch on jeep road and single-track (and lots of climbing on each lap). Course will be marked and open to pre-riding starting the weekend of Nov. 15th, or you can head out to the ranch anytime and pre-ride using last year’s map. Come on out and test your grit!  Time limit of 12-hours.

Get all the race details here, including categories, course map, prizes, logistics, registration and more

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

East Side Bike Shop Cycleast is Relocating!

East side bike shop, Cycleast, has grown rapidly over the past 18 months and is moving to a bigger location at 1619 East Cesar Chavez that will include a multiuse community space.

Just under two years ago Cycleast became the newest addition to the East side bike scene.  Focusing on repairs, restorations and custom bikes, Cycleast quickly outgrew its current location at 501 Pedernales and is making the move to a much larger space.  The new 2,500 sqft shop, located at 1619 East Cesar Chavez, will also include a 600 sqft dedicated community space.  The Cycleast Community Space is a dedicated indoor and outdoor space for yoga, fitness, music, art and events. We have created this space to help build community on the East Side.

“We are excited to have a new space that enables us continue to make bike dreams come true. More importantly the space will allow us to create a real community focused around bikes, fitness and wellness.   We envision the new Cycleast as a constant hub of activity and a friendly place to be and hang out”, says Cycleast owner, Russell Pickavance.

Currently the shop is closed as it relocates and readies the new space.  Owner Russell Pickavance and his team plan a soft reopening starting October 13th  with the grand reopening party taking place on October 24th .

 About Cycleast
Owned and operated by Russell Pickavance, Cycleast opened it’s doors in March of 2013.  Cycleast believes in bicycles in all their forms.  They are passionate about creating a connection between bike and rider.  Focusing on repairs, restorations and custom bicycles, if it has wheels and pedals, they’ll put a wrench to it. Breathing new life into an old frames and making bike dreams come true is what they do best.

For Additional Information Contact:
Russell Pickavance

1619 East Cesar Chavez
Austin, Texas 78702
M: 312-618-9717

Friday, May 23, 2014

BMX Racing Returns to Austin - Travis County BMX Opening in June

Finally, Austin will have a sanctioned BMX track once again. KVUE News reported tonight on the construction progress of the new Travis County BMX track at the Travis County Northeast Metro Park in Pflugerville. According to this March Austin American Statesman article, they're shooting for an opening this June to coincide with the X Games coming to Austin.

Photo: Central Texas BMX

The track will include a 16.5 foot starting hill reminiscent of the huge green starting hill at Capitol City BMX, Austin's former ABA-sanctioned track. That track, originally owned by Rick Graves for over 20 years, closed in April 2006 to make way for an apartment complex. Under new ownership, and a new name (Capital City BMX spelled with an "a"), it was reopened a mile or so down the road, only to close again in February 2011. In September of 2011 it was reopened in Florence, TX, about 25 miles north of the previous track, under the name Heart of Texas BMX.

AA Pro Gary Ellis at Capitol City BMX  Circa 1995

Before opening on Hwy 620, there was a BMX track located on Anderson Mill Road at Pond Springs and prior to that, one near the corner of Hwy 183 and Lamar Blvd. Anyone who remembers those tracks or has pictures, drop me a line.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

The Invisible Bike Helmet

Saw this on Yahoo! a few days ago and thought it was pretty crazy. Hopefully they can get the price down to a level where more commuters would wear it. Not too many people in Austin wear scarves though, so I'm not sure it would blend into normal clothing as much as up north.

The Invisible Bicycle Helmet | Fredrik Gertten from Focus Forward Films on Vimeo.