Weekly rides for every rider.
Shop rides are currently on hold until further notice.
Our volunteer ride leaders are temporarily pausing group rides until further notice due to the increase in COVID cases and hospitalizations in the area. Re-starting group rides will be announced as soon as they are back on. When they do come back, like us here at the shop, the rides will be continuing with general safety measures:
- We strongly recommend that you postpone your attendance until you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (2-weeks after your second dose of the Pfizer/Moderna vaccine or the single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine). Walk-up vaccination appointments are now available at most local providers. If you have questions about the vaccines and you, we'd encourage you to speak with your physician.
- Masks remain highly encouraged inside of Mellow Johnny's for those that are not vaccinated and at some of the usual store stops. We encourage you to bring a mask along and use it if you must enter any building while on a ride.
- As always, stay home if you are sick or experiencing any symptoms of a respiratory infection.
Our regular rides offer something for nearly everyone. Whether it's a casual ride, an early morning spin, a Friday afternoon loop, or a long weekend group ride, we have you covered. Each is led by knowledgeable and personable volunteers. General ride expectations: helmets are required. Bikes should be in good working condition. Bring hydration and ride nutrition and items need to repair a puncture. No headphone/radios, please. Please no riding in aero bars, real or invisible, while in the group. And please, no supertucks either.
Shop hours are still 11 am to 5 pm every day aside from Tuesdays when we are closed. Juan Pelota Cafe is open each day at 8 am, but there is no bike shop access before 11 am currently. Please plan accordingly. We encourage you to ride to the ride.
- Saturdays, 9:00 am
- 15-30 miles. 12-16 mph. No drop.
The Scout-A-Route is perfect for new riders and folks looking for a casual spin. Usually the ride splits into two groups, one averages roughly 14-16 mph for 20-30 miles, the other averages about 12 mph for 15-25 miles. Leave your heart rate monitor at home and bring some cash for the occasional refreshment stop and enjoy.
Friday Truancy Ride
- Fridays, 2:30 pm
- 30 miles. 17-18 mph.
Leave work early and start your weekend right with a Friday afternoon ride. The Truancy Ride rolls through neighborhoods and along official bike routes and includes a few hills and some optional sprints. Riders should have experience riding in groups and be able to change a puncture and address minor mechanical issues.
T&T Violet Crown Ride
- Tuesdays & Thursdays, 7:00 am
- 2 hours. 16-18 mph.
T&T is led by Violet Crown and departs every Tuesday and Thursday morning at 7:00 am for 2 hours of steady riding at 16-18 mph with a couple of sprint points. Riders should have experience riding in groups and be able to change a puncture. Routes vary and are meant to provide some steady tempo training hours.
Sunday Violet Crown Ride
- Sundays, 8:15 am
- 50-60 miles. 16-18 mph
One of Austin's oldest rides meeting every Sunday for over 30 years! Recommended for intermediate and advanced riders. Riders should understand group riding etiquette and expect a social but brisk 2x2 ride with a stop or two. "No drop" but be prepared to handle your own mechanicals and ride at the advertised pace.
Middle of the Road Ride (MOTR)
- Saturdays, 7:45 am
- 40-45 miles. 16-18 mph.
Great for intermediate riders this co-ed ride typically rolls steady when leaving and coming back into town with several "hot spots" when the roads open up. Overall average speed is typically 16-18 mph but higher when on flats and lower when climbing/in-town. Regroups at major intersections, after hot spots, and for mechanicals.
Looking to be a part of something? We support some of Austin's best cycling clubs and teams.
Our mission is to help people realize the independence and joy of riding a bike. One way we do that is supporting folks who spread that message. The clubs and teams we partner with do more than race. They are growing ridership locally though mentoring new riders, teaching kids to ride, and serving as cycling ambassadors. Most of the riders in these clubs ride for fun, commute by bike, and simply love cycling--just like us. And sure, they race sometimes. Learn more about each of our partner clubs and teams here.
Texas Cycling also races, participating in the South Central Collegiate Cycling Conference (SCCCC) under USA Cycling (USAC) in organized road, mountain bike, cyclocross, and track races. Consistently a top team in the conference, members go to national championships yearly.
Texas Cycling's goal is to promote cycling for everyone. They strives to establish a positive and fulfilling atmosphere to promote cycling for the entirety of the UT campus and beyond.
The Violet Crown Sports Association is a club for cyclists of all ages, types, and abilities and open to anyone who wishes to join. Formally established in 1981, Violet Crown is the oldest and largest club in Austin and one of the oldest and largest in Texas.
The Violet Crown is a USA Cycling registered club and is under the purview of the Texas Bicycle Racing Association. Violet Crown holds a registered trademark on its name issued by the U.S Patent and Trademark Office for cycling-related endeavors and is registered with the Texas Secretary of State and the U.S. Internal Revenue Service as a 501c(4) charitable organization.