Friday, October 31, 2008

New Winter Wear Hits the Floor

Let J&A keep you warm during your morning runs & rides!

The shop fall/winter preseason clothing orders arrived just in time for the cooler mornings. Super cute beanies, as well as some awesome pullovers from Pearl Izumi. We also have tights and for those of you early or late riders check out the new bright neon yellow jackets. Safety first!

Also in stock are the new Pearl Izumi Insulator Jackets which are so stylish you can wear them even when you are not riding!

Take a look:
Women’s Insulator Jacket (Olive Green & Orange or Silver & White)

Men’s Insulator Jacket in Brown

Hats, hats & more hats! Five new Pearl Izumi hats hit the floor & here's a sampling:

Stop in soon to see all of our new winter wear!

Cassidy & Angie


Thursday, October 30, 2008

Event of the Week: IM Florida

Panama City Beach will play host to the Florida Ironman this Saturday, Nov. 1st. You'll catch quite a few Austinites participating in the 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike and 26.2 mile run, including J&A blogger Michelle Garel and her husband Michael. Local Pro Triathletes, Jason McMillian and Richard Freer will also be representing.

The 2 loop swim in the Gulf of Mexico is a little bit different than most triathlons in that after the first loop, the participants must exit the water and do the turnaround on the beach. The bike portion is flat and fast, but wind could be a challenge. The tri concludes with a 2 loop marathon course.

Below is part of the schedule for IM Florida and it's what you can expect at most Ironman events: (FYI, there's no race day registration!)

Friday, October 31, 2008

  • 7:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.-Gatorade bag check-in. Representatives from Gatorade will be on hand to watch your gear and give away some Gatorade, water bottles and other goodies.
  • 7:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.- Blue Seventy Wetsuit Test and Fit Sessions
  • 8:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.-Athlete pancake breakfast
  • 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. – 2009 Ford Ironman Registration for 2008 registrants ONLY
  • 10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.-Ford Ironman Marketplace opens
  • 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.-Bike and gear bag check-in
    Note: There will be no bike inspection.

Saturday, Nov. 1, 2008

  • 5:00 a.m.-Athletes begin arriving at the transition zone-Boardwalk Beach Resort
  • 7:00 a.m.-Race Starts
  • 7:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.-NA Sports Merchandise Store open
  • Midnight-Race Finishes

Sunday, Nov. 2, 2008

  • 7:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.- NA Sports Merchandise Store open with 2008 Finisher gear!
  • 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.-2009 Ford Ironman Florida Registration opens-Ford Ironman Marketplace, photo ID required
  • 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.-2009 Ford Ironman World Championship Registration-Ford Ironman Marketplace
  • 11:05 a.m.- Ford Ironman World Championship Roll down-Ford Ironman Marketplace
  • 5:30 p.m.-Philadelphia Insurance Awards Banquet
  • 8:00 p.m.-Post-race celebration-Spinnaker Beach Club


Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Product Review: Cycle-Ops JetFluid Pro Trainer

It's that time of year again. You know... that time when we set back the clocks and can no longer ride outside after work. Dust off those trainers, it's time to convince yourself that you will be in better shape than your competition next season if you hop on the trainer now.

For some people (ie Michael G) getting on a trainer is about as likely as solving third order differential equations. Thankfully, he also has a weakness for new gadgets and the new JetFluid Pro trainer might be the ticket to his winter training.

It looks like the design team was hard at work for this one. They've developed a new resistance system which operates at a lower temperature. More importantly, the resistance unit has a quick release CAM and a new skewer clamp. That leads to faster trainer to dinner transitions which leaves more time for desert. They are also compatible to 29er wheels for those of you who feel like hopping on your big mtn bike this winter. I think the best improvement is the ability to level one leg at a time. That means you can set up your trainer anywhere and won't have to worry about those dreaded trainer accidents when you fall over while not even moving.

Like the older Fluid2, the JetFluid also gives a progressive, power adjusted, resistance which allows you to feel like you are on smooth road instead of a grated bridge. Believe me, that makes a difference when you decide to hop on for a workout.

I'd also like to note the high level of customer service at Cycle-Ops. After years of riding my fluid trainer I wore the thing out last season and it started to make noise. Cycle-Ops sent me a new unit so quickly I didn't even have to use the back-up wind trainer.

So if you're in the market for a new trainer, trying to convince your gadget husband to get on the bike, or just want something new this winter, take a look at these new trainers. They even look better than the normal ones so you can feel fast while being stationary.

--- I'd also like to take this opportunity to share my favorite aerobic threshold trainer ride.

Warm-up: 12 min

1 - leg: 3 x (30 s Right leg / 30 s spin / 30 s left leg / 30 s spin)

2 min ez

Aerobic Threshold ladder: ( 2 min on / 2 min ez / 4 on / 4 ez / 6 on / 6 ez / 4 on / 4 ez / 2 on / 2 ez )

1 - leg: 3 x (30 s Right leg / 30 s spin / 30 s left leg / 30 s spin)

cool down: 5 - 10 min

It may look pretty simple but if you truly push all the intervals you'll get a solid work out in just over 1 hr.

Enjoy the winter training


Tuesday, October 28, 2008

2009 FELT Demo Bike Fun Day

If you are anywhere near as close to being as big a bike geek as me, you were at the shop last Sunday morning when Felt brought in a sneak peak of their 2009 line.

AR2's, F2's, ZW1's oh my!

For the ride I snagged the ZW1, a women's specific full carbon beauty with 2009 Dura Ace that comes in at a svelte 13.91 lbs. This would be an appropriate time to insert a ::girl squeal::

Holy Moly, after my 20 mile loop I was ready to add this baby to my quiver (of bikes) at home... I mean, after all, I don't have a carbon bike... yet.

Stiff, smooth, and light, what more could a girl ask for?

After returning the bike (ok, so there might have been a little tug o' war in the process) I had a chance to lap the parking lot on an AR2 (um, WOW?!?), the Virtue 2 (I've always wanted to take up mountain biking...), the Garmin-Chipotle Slipstream team issue F1 (oh, so pro :P), and the fashion fixie Dispatch (in two fancy smancy color schemes for '09).

Here I am dorking out on the Slipstream beauty

Q's AR2

Fashion Fixie Saddles Anyone?

Can I ride all of them? Pretty Please??

Thanks Q and Jolly for bringing us a sneak peak of the 2009 Felts.

Steve Jolly, Felt Rep Extraordinaire

The Q

Sooo.... When are you bringing the 2010 bikes by?

Ride lots,


Friday, October 24, 2008

Bonk Breaker saved the day!

Craft base layers - NEW at J&A's! They look super nice. Just in time for the cooler mornings. I hear it is suppose to be pretty cold this weekend. We have longsleeve, shortsleeve, and sleeveless baselayer options in all sizes for men and the short sleeve option in all sizes for women. Something to consider. I personally was ready to buy the women's short sleeve in what Craft refers to as "electric" color (it looks more like an orange-pink color to me) but I decided to hold off and give some lucky customers a chance at them first =). I would wear it on it's own (yes,it sounds dorky, but I have done that with a really cute baselayer from Pearl Izumi and I loved it!)

The next item that I put out at the shop was the "Bonk Breaker" bar. Talk about a life saver. I decided to have one mid morning and it pretty much saved the shop from my grumpiness and turned my day around. I ended up going for peanutbutter and jelly flavor. The best thing about the bar is that it is dairy free and wheat free! Perfect for the sensitive tummy, mine included.

I am noticing the sun is setting earlier and earlier. It might be time to add some extra bike lights and purchase a new lock. I am commuting more now too and realized both lights and locks
are so important. We just got some super affordable blinky lights and Kryptonite locks as well. Ask anyone at the shop and they will rave about both products.

Be safe! Happy training! and Stay Hydrated!


Thursday, October 23, 2008

Event of the Week: Bizarro Du

If you're looking for a fun event this weekend, then check out the Austin Duathlete's Bizarro Du. It's the only duathlon in the country with a bike - run - bike format. There will be a "wave" start similar to a triathlon with each age group separated by 30 seconds. You'll bike for 10 miles, run for 3 and then bike another 10. Afterwards you'll be treated to New Belgium beer and food. You're also invited to race in costume with cool prizes going to those that do.

2006 Bizarro Du Volunteer (guess who)

Here's the info:

Packet Pickup & Late Registration
Friday, October 24th, 2008
Location: Jack and Adam's Bicycles
Time: 10 AM to 6 PM
Address: 1210 Barton Springs Dr., Austin, TX
Out-of-towners: Packet pickup will be available to those outside of Austin on race morning. THIS IS FOR ONLY FOR THOSE OUTSIDE OF AUSTIN PLEASE!

Saturday, October 25th, 2008
7:00 AM Transition Area Opens
7:00 AM to 8:00 AM Chip pickup and late packet pickup
8:15 AM Transition area closed & race meeting
8:30 AM Duathlon start
11:00 AM Awards presentation

More info HERE.


Another New Section at J&A

J&A's now has a SALE section! You can find tri and bike wear up to 40% off! We have lots of great stuff and our discounts will range from 10% to 40% at all times. Currently we have a few TYR swim suits (guys & girls), tri shorts, sports bras, running shorts, running skirts and bike jerseys.

(Our official signs are not up yet, but you can find our sale section in the back of the store right next to the J&A Jerseys!)

Be the first to come in & score some deals!

While you're in you can take a look at our tri tops & tri shorts. We need to make room for winter gear so all tri clothes are 25% off! We will be running this sale through the weekend!



Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Window to the Soul

For the past five years the mechanic's area, for the most part, has been hidden from public view. Until now. Last night we completed renovations so that you can easily talk to and watch the mechanics as they work on bikes. It's the "window to the soul" of J&A's. It's where all the magic happens! Here are some pics:

Drew & Jack in the window.

Drew waiting for customers in the new window.
It's midnight, so they probably won't show up.

Jack shows new view from window to the retail floor.


Product Review: Raspberry Carb-Boom

I've been a fan of raspberries for most of my life. I'm such a huge fan that I wore my raspberry colored Rookie shirt for this picture.

My biggest disappointment was discovering how expensive raspberries are. After spending many summers picking them off the bushes behind the fence line at my elementary school I nearly fainted when I realized I'd been eating about $5 / day without paying a penny. Don't worry, I wasn't stealing from any farmers. Those wild bushes were between a creek and a fence, where nobody could pick them unless they had small hands to squeeze through the fence.

Thankfully I can get raspberries throughout the year in the form of jams and dried into dark chocolate (yes, it's healthy).

So you can imagine my excitement when Angie told me Carb-Boom had just sent us a box of their newest flavor, Raspberry. I was so excited I picked up the phone and disturbed Michael at work to tell him the news. He was much less excited, I don't think he was jumping up and down on the other end.

I had my first test during a long run last Friday. Let's just say I made good time on the way back. Not sure if I can credit it all to the Carb-Boom but I'm sure it helped. I also tried it on my bike ride Sat. Pretty good stuff. Not the same as fresh raspberries but they never seem to keep well in my jersey pocket.

Hope you enjoy the new flavor. Note, I still think I'm bias towards the apple-cinnamon Carb-Boom. It reminds me of apple pie, another personal favorite.



Monday, October 20, 2008

Trip Report: San Juan Huts

Michael and I like to travel and it's probably not a surprise that we don't just take vacations to sit on the beach, although we have done that too.

This summer we joined a group to mountain bike from Durango, CO to Moab, UT along the San Juan Hut System Although I am in relatively good shape the idea to take this trip caught Michael off guard since it has been about 4 years since I've been on my mountain bike. That's mainly due to my lack of coordination and knack for falling.

Although I am slightly scared of my mountain bike the challenge and the opportunity to spend some time with Michael made me very excited about the trip. It was a 7 day mountain biking adventure with a stocked hut system to sleep in at night. We carried our gear and aside from a few towns we passed through, there was no contact with the real world.

In one sentence, I would describe the trip as wonderful experience with majestic scenes and rewarding challenges. Unfortunately, this would not truly allow anyone to understand how impressive the trip was. It is quite awe inspiring to find yourself in the middle of nowhere and to later realize how small that vast canyon really is. The world is much larger than we often imagine but it's hard to understand that until you get outside and see it for yourself.

The trip itself definitely pushed my limits. My most memorable day was the 2nd day of the trip. 10 min into the ride we were descending a technical section of mountain. I crashed and my arm was bleeding and in pain. I was so petrified I was shaking but I climbed back on the bike and kept riding. Hours later I caught back up with the guys on the gravel ascent to our cabin. They said they thought they'd seen a ghost as I powered past them. It was surely one of those days when you discover a bit more about yourself and enjoy the journey along the way.

For those of you interested in seeing more pictures you can check them out at:


Friday, October 17, 2008

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New Products at J&A's: Carb Boom!

Well things are just about back to "normal" shop routine post Longhorn 70.3 IM. It is great to fall back into the routine though the fast pace of a pre-race week is always exciting and keeps you on your toes!

This past week I was catching up with my regular receiving duties and I came across several boxes from Carb Boom! I started unpacking the boxes when I came across something very new with awesome packaging...Carb Boom Raspberry gel! The makers of Carb Boom! are coming out with some new flavors over the course of the up coming year, Raspberry included. Unfortunately, my workouts were complete for the day (with the exception of mommy and me swim class) so I did not have a chance to try the new flavor. I did bring it to the attention of Michelle...Michelle's product review to follow soon!

Terra (Little T) is trying out for the more advanced swim class next week (no more mommy and me...just baby) but she still won't be trying any of the new Carb Boom!



Thursday, October 16, 2008

Event of the Week: Texas Tri

The Texas Tri is one of those races that has been around for years. Once held at the beginning of the triathlon season, this event (directed by our friend Nick Seidel) now takes place at the tail end of the season. This year it has been selected as the 2008 Texas State Championship and is open to all - no qualifying time required. So if you're not tied up in the Distance Challenge, then come out to Canyon Lake this Saturday. Although it's a "championship" it's still low-key and fun. And like last year, you'll catch some of the J&A crew volunteering on the bike course, helping with timing, and breaking down transition.

Here's the info:

Saturday, October 18, 2008
8:00 AM

The Texas Triathlon takes place at Canyon Park on Canyon Lake, Texas. This intermediate distance triathlon (1.5K S, 42K B, 9.5K R) will be challenging, scenic and fun.

Lake Water Temp 73-76, accurate water temp will be taken weekend before the race and posted here. 78 and under is legal wet suit temp for age group triathlon.

Another option for this weekend is the Harbor Half Marathon down in Corpus. This isn't a new race, but it is newly directed by our friend Ed Cheatham. He's been around the tri scene for years, including officiating many local triathlons. It's sure to be a great race, so check it out and tell all your South Texas friends about it.



Wednesday, October 15, 2008

New Sunday Shop Ride / Felt Bicycles Demo Day!

Jack & Adam's Bicycles and Velossimo Racing have teamed up with Felt Bicycles to launch the new Sunday shop ride. Join us for our new weekly casual road ride followed by breakfast tacos and coffee. This Sunday, October 19th at 8:30 a.m. Felt Bicycles will be on hand with their demo fleet for anyone to test ride. Come by and see why Team Garmin / Chipotle and some of the best triathletes in the world have made Felt their bicycle of choice.

What: Jack and Adam's shop ride led each week by Velossimo Racing team members. This is a friendly, social group ride that will focus on group riding and pace-line skills.
When: Meet at 8:15am and roll out at 8:30am
Where: Jack and Adam's parking lot
Distance: 55-60 miles; 3 hours (there are options for those interested in turning back sooner)
Pace: Steady intermediate pace 18-20 plus mph headed out east of Austin. Mostly flat with some rolling hills and regrouping points.
Bonus: Finish up with breakfast tacos and coffee at Jack and Adam's!


Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Product Review: Powerbar Gel Blasts

A few weeks ago I saw something new in my Burnet race packet, powerbar gel blasts. I'd seen a few people buying them and was curious to see what they were like. My quick glance at the packaging made me believe there might be something banana tasting inside.

I opened the package, tossed one in my mouth, and spit it out as fast as I could. Yuck! Coke flavored gummy.

Personally, I'm more of a fruit and vegtable type of girl. I'm probably one of the few people who craves wheatgrass shots after a long ride. But that is a whole other discussion.

Back to the bites... you may wonder why I'd write about something I am repulsed by. Reason is, Michael loves those dang things. He's one of the pickiest eaters I've ever seen on the bike but somehow he managed to keep those things down this past weekend. Not only that, he had his first ride ever where he didn't slow down during a 5hr ride and even had energy left to do a 45 min transition run. I'm considering sending those gel blasts to a lab, I think there must be something magical in them.

So for all of you soda lovers, you might want to try these Gel Blasts. For all of you fruit and vegtable types, I'll be giving you some ideas next week ;)

P.S. Michael asks that you don't make any comments on his need for a haircut, he's been busy at work.


Blog Authors: Cassidy Murray

Hi, I’m Cassidy! If you have questions about tri fashion then I am your girl! You can find me at the shop on the weekends during the school year (I'm a teacher) and full time in the summer. I am a newbie when it comes to doing triathlons, but I have been around the tri world for years. Once I started working at the shop I got tri fever! A week after my bike purchase I did my first tri, with no real training. I was a swimmer and runner growing up, but was clueless about the bike. I learned to clip in and out in my living room while wedged between the wall and my kitchen table. While the practice helped, I still fell a few times out on the road. I have to admit I was sort of proud of my bruises! I felt like I was now part of this elite club of triathletes and I had the wounds to prove it. I survived my first tri season and got over my fear and loathing of lyrca. Now, I can’t get enough!

When it comes to dressing for a tri it is all about comfort (but you also want to look good!) I will be keeping you up to date on the latest tri & bike fashions and the DOs & DON’Ts!!


Monday, October 13, 2008

Ironman Hawaii 2008

I'm back from the 2008 Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii. This year Jack and Adam's had a strong representation in the pro field with Michael Lovato, James Bonney, Desiree Ficker, and Pat Evoe all flying the J&A colors on the Big Island. I was out there doing mechanical support at the event for Deepak Patel with Premium Plus Sports. Every year he brings out many athletes and their families for the event. It was my fourth trip to the IM World Championships and I can guarantee it will not be my last.

In the picture I am preparing Michael Lovato's wheels for race day. Equipped with Ceramic bearings and two high pressure tubulars, he was able to finish once again in 9th place overall and secure a portion of the prize purse and a slot into next year's Ironman World Championships.


Friday, October 10, 2008

Blog Authors: Angie Balentine

Hi I'm Angie, mom of "Little T", wife of James the "head J&A mechanic", and J&A staff accountant and receiver. It isn't always easy to find me at the shop because I am never standing still. You might find me working on the books, receiving merchandise, updating inventory, helping with our J&A special orders, and whatever else needs my help.

I grew up a swimmer in St. Louis, MO. My dad got me into triathlon through Danksin of course. After we moved to Texas my dad signed me up for the Danskin Triathlon in 2000...without my consent! Gosh was I mad especially since he signed me up in the elite wave and I didn't have a road bike, nor had I ever done a triathlon. What an experience. I had a blast and have been in the sport since.

My introduction into the business side of triathlon/cycling was over dates with my now husband. We met at the local bike shop he worked at in San Antonio. His love for bikes rubbed off and now we have the pleasure (most days anyways) of working together. Even our daughter, Terra a.k.a "Little T" loves the shop...she could probably sell you a gel if you let her.

I look forward to providing you with up to date info on recent product arrivals that you might enjoy or need for that long weekend ride.

Thanks for reading!


New Products at J&A's

Newest Product Arrival:

The red hot Jack & Adam's Jerseys are here! Not just for mom and dad anymore but for the kiddos too! The jerseys are available in men's and women's styles from small to xx-large (xxl available in men's only). I find them super slimming leaving me feeling and looking great on my rides (hey aren't looks what it is all about anyways?). Come try them for yourself this weekend!



Thursday, October 9, 2008

Blog Authors: Stacy Keese

I'm Stacy, wife of Jack and also the owner/designer of Skeese Greets. At J&A's I stay behind the scenes to work on the monthly newsletter, this blog, Twitter, sponsorship/donations, promos, events and other fun stuff for the shop. As one of the authors here, I plan to keep you posted on fun events and other cool stuff happening at J&A's.

Event of the Week: SkirtChaser 5k

If you want to experience a different kind of 5k this weekend, then check out the SkirtChaser 5k created by SkirtSports and hosted by Rogue Equipment. There are two "waves" in this unique event: the women start it off and the men start 3 minutes later. Whoever wins, regardless of gender, takes home $500! After you're done with the 3.1 miles, stay for the post-race block party which features happy hour style food, drinks, dating games and a fashion show. I'll be there, will you?

Here's the schedule:

Saturday, October 11, 2008


2:30 PM Packet pickup and Race day registration opens
4:30 PM Last call for race check-in
5:00 PM Women's start
5:03 PM Men's start
5:15 PM Block Party begins
6:30 PM Awards and Fashion Show
7:15 PM Dating games & prizes
8:00 PM Wrap up

Rogue Equipment
500 San Marcos Street
Austin, TX 78702
Map It
2 blocks east of IH-35, on the corner of E. 5th Street and San Marcos St.


Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Blog Authors: Michelle Garel

Here's a little blub about myself for those of you who are wondering about the girl writing the product reviews.

I grew up in Rochester NY and although I was always active I was far from a triathlete. I was one of the last kids in my neighborhood to get rid of my training wheels and I was scared to swim b/c I had to take off my glasses and couldn't see a thing.

After college, I moved to Austin and decided to attempt swimming after too many of my co-workers mistook me for the girl who had actually done a triathlon. After months of training I got the courage to enter Danskin in 2002. Since that time I've been hooked, I think I'm closing in on 50 triathlons.

I'm not alone in my endeavors. My husband Michael is always there, entering the race himself or helping to volunteer. Over the years we've collected quite the stash of triathlon equipment. We're what you might call pack rats. For example, we have 9 bikes between the two of us and I believe we could stop doing laundry and wear a different race shirt every day for the next 3 months.

We Garels are going to do our best to give you product updates. Honestly, I think I'm using this as an excuse to buy more stuff.


Product Review: Vittoria Pit Stop

For the past 4 yrs I've carried a spare tubular, CO2, and my inflator through all of my races. I even place an extra spare in special needs at IM's just incase.

This past weekend I decided to try a new bit of "magic," the Vittoria Pit Stop. This stuff seemed too good to be true, less than 1 min and you'll be on your bike after gettting a flat. Merely place the Pit Stop against your valve stem and the magic foam will inflate your wheel and seal the leak. Although I hadn't seen the Pit Stop in action I attached it to my frame and began my race.

At mile 41 my rear wheel flatted. I hopped off my bike, pulled out the small metal culprit, and grabbed my Pit Stop. The pictures on the canister don't explain everything and the directions are in Italian. Low and behold, I made a mess and the tire did not hold.

Lucky for me, my husband started in the wave behind me and his canister of Pit Stop was only a few minutes away. We used his and it appeared to be working. Off I went... 50 ft... it was flat again.

Long story short, I got to cheer for some friends and ended my day with a DNF.

Apparently I am not alone, there are mixed reviews of Pit Stop all over the internet. Some of said you need to give it more time, rotate the wheel, or shake the canister first. I plan to grab another canister of the Pit Stop and figure it out for myself.

Here's my humble advice, in hopes that some of you can benefit from my mistake.
- If you plan to use the Pit Stop be sure you've tested it out first. One wasted canister is a lot easier to justify when it prevents a DNF
- Consider bringing extra tire / tube incase the Pit Stop doesn't work (Note: does not apply if you are planning to lead the bike for a large supported race)
- Befriend people who will be 4-5 minutes behind you throughout the bike just in case you need some illegal help during the race

Michelle Garel