What you are currently looking at is the latest edition to a very prestigious family of bicycles. Personally handled by one of our pro team engineers,this slick new ride is headed to a certain someone down in Austin, TX. Hey, you win 7 Tour de France's you get some perks. A bit of a jump from the normal carbon fiber bedazzled gems that are usually crafted by our boys in the Loo, this incognito ride is all steel, sports a flip-flop hub (it can run as a fixed gear or freewheel singlespeed), and rocks a mustache bar that would make Rollie Fingers jealous. The bike now has deep dish rims on the wheels and an aero brake but I couldn't score a camera fast enough to beat the shipping guys.
Lance digs the urban scene (who amongst us doesn't, right?) and hasn't exactly logged much shuffleboard time since retiring from pro cycling. While stumping for cancer research funding and shooting a scene or two with the Hollywood types, The Man has also had time to open up a commuter-focused bike shop in his native Austin. Mellow Johnny's (a play on the word "Maillot Jaune" which is French for "Yellow Jersey") is probably one of the coolest names for any store be it bike shop or whatever in one of the coolest cities in the US. If you've never been to the capital of Texas, go. Hit up Sixth Street, stay at the Driskill, eat at the Hula Hut. The locals tell me that the Hula Hut is totally a tourist hang-out but it's a decent spot to eat, people watch, and enjoy the view of the lake. Anyways back to Mellow Johnny's. One of the first of its kind, a shop that focuses the lion's share of its attention on commuting is a real breath of fresh air. While the enthusiasts will keep the high end moving, it's the people that will use the bicycle to make real change.
Yesterday was Earth Day so I should probably say something about planting a tree or ride your bike or hug a deer or something. Fact is, I carpooled since the weather was looking less than friendly. There's something about passing all of your co-workers on their bikes while you're in the back seat of Kitty's, (retail merchandising girl) Subaru, that makes you feel bad that you didn't ride. Anyway, HR held a breakfast for all those who rode their bikes, walked, or carpooled and it was probably sweet justice that by the time I could go collect on that there was only a banana left. So my Earth Day message is this: If HR offers free breakfast, don't shuffle your feet.