Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Best Jacket Ever!

In case you haven't noticed, the guys who work at Jack and Adams are pretty much cycling hardmen, reminiscent in many ways of Merckx, Hinault, Anquetil and Voigt. Essentially, the best parts of all those legends wrapped up in a big, Belgian taco and wearing an I Love Triathlon T-shirt.

Needless to say, we aren't ever going to cancel our Tuesday rides due to weather. We'll just keep adding layers until it is impossible to get a gel from our jersey pockets. By now, I've got enough clothing for the cold. The only days I really fear are the cold, rainy ones. The kind of days that you just find some cave inside of yourself and hideout until you are home. Gloves soaked, feet frozen, no need to drink from your bottles because the rider in front of you is sending a steady stream of water into your mouth. The kind of days like today.

Enter the Louis Garneau Climate Grid. Three of us sported the jacket for the first time this morning, and I must say that I've never had such a pleasant, miserable ride. The Climate Grid is a breathable, water resistant rain cape that is exceptionally lightweight, easily packable and translucent. It's an essential 3 season piece for riding in Texas. After four hours of drizzle and moderate rain our arms and torso's were warm and dry. I wasn't drowning in my own sweat and everyone could see us flying our J&A jerseys beneath the jacket.

Ultimately, what I'm saying is that a rain cape for cycling is one of those things that you stumble upon and think, "Why haven't I had this for years?" If you despise riding the trainer as much as I do it's a fantastic investment at $79.99. I'm relatively spoiled, working at the shop and trying out all of the latest and greatest stuff, but this little jacket has taken me completely by surprise. Best jacket ever...


Monday, December 27, 2010

New Gear: TYR Rucksack

New from TYR: The Rucksack backpack. A bag within a bag! This new TYR bag is super functional. You can use it everyday or stow it away in it's built in storage bag and save it for traveling only. Current colors available are black/red or black/grey. Now available at Jack & Adam's for $60.00.

Eddie sporting the new TYR Rucksack!


Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Thunderbird Energetica Vegan Bars

Jack & Adam's is now offering local based Thunderbird Vegan bars. The bars are available in three flavors: Cacao Hemp Walnut, Cashew Fig Carrot (personal favorite), and Cherry Walnut Crunch. All options are soy-free, gluten-free, no added sugar, non-gmo, and all natural!

Stop in and check them out at the J&A nutrition tower.


Monday, December 13, 2010

Fun -n- Fit over the holidays

3x chances to keep fit and have fun over the holidays and let out your inner child ...

1. The Sunday shop ride 12/19 will be from the Steiner Ranch Steakhouse - decorate your bike or yourself safely for the ride and stand a chance of winning free brunch post ride. As always half price brunch for the runners up and anyone else who shows up to ride. We leave, as always, at 8:30a.m. prompt.

2. Friday evening we are meeting on the deck at the shop for the legendary Austin 5th Annual Red Dress Run~ the 12 Bars of Christmas by the Austin Duathletes. We leave at 6:30pm, be at the shop in time to be in the team picture. No red dress=no run. And please consider how you'll get home, DUI is not only illegal, it isn't cool

3. New Years Day, 2nd Annual Underwear run, aka the 1.1.Run . We'll give you a card at the shop, tell you where to get it stamped and you have to run there and back, we won't give you the route. Don't want to be seen much in your underwear, travel a path less worn. Starts 10a.m.

What qualifies as underwear...

All these are free to participate in, not to mention huge fun. ++Mark.

Friday, December 10, 2010

The Perfect Holiday Gift

Sometimes it can be diffcult to holiday shop for the triathlete who already has everything they need/want for the sport they love. If you are struggling to find the perfect gift, look no further...Jack & Adam's is here to help!!!

Jack & Adam's has teamed up with SBR Designs to offer Holiday shoppers the perfect gift: Tri Jewelry With Distinction.

Items available for purchase include both men's & women's sterling silver rings as well as sterling silver necklaces. Pricing starts at $75.00.
Stop by J & A today to get yours.

For more information click here.


Shop ride Sundays: It's a good day to ride

This weekend we'll be riding as normal, no-drop and the advanced and intermediate. No definitive plans except the no-drop will go South to the high school, I'll be leading that ride again and will happily answer general cycling or triathlon questions while do the ride. Wonder what races to do next year, want to do your first race?? Come along, ride and ask...

As always, the no-drop is 20-miles round-trip, we aim to get finished in around 1-hour 45-mins, sometimes less, often more. The weather will start out high 50's and warm up from there, so wear thin, lightweight layers that you can remove and fold.

SUNDAY 19th it's the Steiner Steak House Christmas Ride.

See the shop website for a full description, bring running shoes, half price brunch and for the rest holiday decorated bike and rider, there is free brunch, drinks not included!

Hey, come out and ride, Sunday is a great day for it!!


Thursday, December 9, 2010

Please BE KIND To Cyclists Holiday Benefit

Active Life Wellness and The Spring Center for Natural Medicine have teamed up to host a joint Holiday Party benefiting The Please BE KIND To Cyclists Organization.

The event takes place Thursday, December 16th from 5:00-8:pm. Take advantage of special deals during the party including 50-75% off discounts when you sign up for full consultations with Active Life Wellness and/or The Spring Center. Raffles and giveaways for ALL Participants. Stop by the chair massage booth for a massage; $1 donations for every minute you are massaged will be donated to Please BE KIND to Cyclists.

You can also donate to the Please BE KIND to Cyclists organization by purchasing BE KIND to Cyclist merchandise including t-shirts and bumper stickers.

The party will be held at the Active Life Wellness and The Spring Center Offices located at 809 South Lamar Blvd., Austin, TX 78704. View Map.

RSVP or for more information email.


Monday, December 6, 2010

Athlete's Honey Milk

Athlete's Honey Milk will be back out at the Jack & Adam's core class Wednesday, December 8th (5:30-6:30pm). Come out and get your core worked out and follow it up with some Athlete's Honey Milk recovery drink...FREE SAMPLES!

Athletes HoneyMilkis a delicious high-protein nutritional drink made from real milk and honey.

No powders, no mystery ingredients, no hocus pocus… HoneyMilk™ is real fuel for real people. You care about what you put into your body. So do we.


Friday, December 3, 2010

Shop ride Sundays - Whats going on?

A few updates for December on the shop ride. We had yet another great turnout last week for the Steiner Ranch Steakhouse ride, and so we be holding the shop Christmas Ride up there on 12/19. They'll be free brunch for those with the best bike, helmet and clothing decorations!

For this Sunday, if the weather holds, it will be a glorious sunny, if not cool morning for a ride, predictions are on 48f - We'll have the shop no-drop ride, that will go South for the usual route, 20-miles total.

We'd like to offer a longer ride this week for everyone else, and we may or may not split into intermediate lead by Tammy and Tempo Multisport, and Advanced with Zac. What we thinking would be good would be to take an easy ride out South East once clear of town, do one, two or three paceline groups, based on who shows up. We'll re-group after about 6-miles at a gas station, and then set off back to the shop together, it will give about a 50-mile ride.

So thats the proposal, show up and we will see what folks want to do. There should be enough ride escorts to split into different groups either way.


Thursday, December 2, 2010

Shoe Run Run

Are you having trouble knowing when to replace your running shoes?

The Apple Store now offers an app to help you track your mileage for multiple pairs of shoes!

Check out the app features/specs:

For each pair of shoes you're tracking, you can pick a shoe brand & model, photo, purchase date, and set mileage warnings for when it's time to replace that pair.

Shoe Run Run features:
- Track multiple pairs of shoes at once, in either miles or kilometers.
- Quick & easy run entry, as few as 3 taps to add a run!
- Select from a dozen built-in photos to identify your shoes, or take a picture with your camera to tag the shoes.
- Each pair can have a name, purchase date, and brand/model assigned.
- Choose from 19 built in shoe brands and over 200 models, or add custom brand/model names.
- See histories of all the runs for each pair of shoes, and if you made a mistake, easily delete individual runs.
- Customize the mileage warnings for each pair of shoes, so you'll know exactly when to replace them, whether you get 250 or 500 miles out of a pair.
- Retire shoes that have been replaced without deleting them- they can still show up in the list if you want to go back and look at them again (or even un-retire them).
- Automatically sort your shoes by purchase date, total miles, brand, name, or last run date.

Shoe Run Run works on all iPhones and iPod Touches, and is only 99 cents from the App Store here.