Lance Armstrong’s store Mellow Johnny’s makes list of country’s best bike shops

Lance Armstrong's bike shop Mellow Johnny's made a list of the country's 50 best bike shops. File photo by Ralph Barrera/AMERICAN-STATESMAN
Lance Armstrong’s bike shop Mellow Johnny’s made a list of the country’s 50 best bike shops. File photo by Ralph Barrera/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

An Austin bike shop made The Active Times’ list of 50 Best Bike Shops in America.

Mellow Johnny’s, the bike shop co-founded by disgraced Tour de France cyclist Lance Armstrong, came in at Number 23 on the list, which celebrates independent shops. It was the only Texas shop included.

File photo by Ralph Barrera/AMERICAN-STATESMAN
File photo by Ralph Barrera/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

According to a press release from The Active Times, experts in the field nominated bike shops. Readers then voted for their favorites from the list of nominees. More than 2,525 voters participated.

“We’re honoring the shops that help us reach our full riding potential and keep us cycling to our heart’s content,” said Diana Gerstacker, editor of The Active Times. “Life-long cyclists, triathletes and beginner riders alike flock to local bike shops for personalization, expertise and quality gear. Big box stores simply can’t offer the experience that you’ll find at local cycling havens.”

Here’s the complete list …

1. Fit Werx, Waitsfield, Vermont

2. Roswell Bicycles, Roswell, Georgia

3. First Flight Bicycles, Statesville, North Carolina

4. CamRock Café & Sport, Cambridge, Wisconsin

5. The Pedal House, Laramie, Wyoming

6. Island Triathlon & Bike, Honolulu, Hawaii

7. Bike & Bean, Sedona, Arizona

8. The Hub & Pisgah Tavern, Brevard, North Carolina

9. Fair Wheel Bikes, Tucson, Arizona

10. Freeze Thaw Cycles, State College, Pennsylvania

11. Angry Catfish, Minneapolis, Minnesota

12. (Tie) Motion Makers Bicycle Shop, Asheville, North Carolina

12. (Tie) Bicycle Michael’s, New Orleans, Louisiana

14. Las Vegas Cyclery, Las Vegas, Nevada

15. Free-Flite Bicycles, Marietta, Georgia

16. Over the Edge Sports, Fruita, Colorado

17. Big Poppi Bicycle Company, Manhattan, Kansas

18. Belmont Wheelworks, Belmont, Massachusetts

19. Absolute Bikes, Salida, Colorado

20. Blue Ridge Cyclery, Charlottesville, Virginia

21. Paradise Garage, Columbus, Ohio

22. Bikes and Life, John’s Creek, Georgia

23. Mellow Johnny’s, Austin, Texas

24. Bicycle Pedaler, Wichita, Kansas

25. Poison Spider Bicycles, Moab, Utah

26. Mc Cully Bicycle, Honolulu, Hawaii

27. Velo Cult, Portland, Oregon

28. (tie) Bicycle Habitat, New York, New York

28. (tie) Old Spokes Home, Burlington, Vermont

30. Monkey Wrench Cycles, Lincoln, Nebraska

31. One on One Bicycle Studio, Minneapolis, Minnesota

32. Wheat Ridge Cyclery, Wheat Ridge, Colorado

33. River City Bicycles, Portland, Oregon

34. East Burke Sports, East Burke, Vermont

35. Beacon Cycling, Northfield, New Jersey

36. NYC Velo, New York, New York

37. Solon Bicycle, Solon, Ohio

38. (Tie) Lee’s Cyclery, Fort Collins, Colorado

38. (Tie) Vecchio’s Bicicletteria, Boulder, Colorado

40. The Hub Bike Co-op, Minneapolis, Minnesota

41. R&A Cycles, Brooklyn, New York

42. Ride Studio Café, Lexington, Massachusetts

43. Shenandoah Bicycle Company, Harrisonburg, Virginia

44. Sunnyside, Fresno, California

45. Alpha Bikes, Alpharetta, Georgia

46. Speedway Cycles, Anchorage, Alaska

47. Wheel and Sprocket, Hales Corner, Wisconsin

48. Goodale’s Bike Shop Inc., Concord, New Hampshire

49. Hub Bicycle Company, Cambridge, Massachusetts

50. Parvilla Cycle & Multisport, Edgewater, Maryland

Author: Pam LeBlanc

Pam LeBlanc writes about fitness and travel for the Austin American-Statesman. She has worked for the Statesman since 1998 and written her weekly fitness column, Fit City, since 2004.

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