When I headed to Austin a couple weeks back, it wasn’t to go to the Salt Lick, or ACL, or get a new pair of boots at Allen’s. I went there to learn how to stand up paddle board from my friend Will, photograph the Stevie Ray memorial, and make the pilgrimage to Mellow Johnny’s. Mellow Johnny’s is Lance Armstrong’s bike shop in Austin. Apparently he has partners because I met one while we were out having some wine with friends, but if you ask any cyclist in the world about Mellow Johnny’s the answer is “it’s Lance’s bike shop”. Anyway, after only being in Austin for about an hour I was able to talk my friends into going there. They aren’t even cyclists and they thought it was cool. It’s complete with normal bike shop stuff, nostalgia from Lance’s record setting seven tour victories, showers that commuters can use before going to work, a complete spin facility, and the world famous Juan Pelota Cafe. It is more of a community hub for active people than a bike shop. I was really hoping to see Lance there so I could apologize for super fan(ing) him on a ride around Wash Park here in CO last spring. Turned out he wasn’t there manning the cash register, but the kind folks who work there let me walk around and make a couple images. If you are ever in Austin make sure to visit. I should probably tell you they also make a mean Nutella milkshake.
Here are a few other photos I made while wandering around enjoying my milkshake.