Written out of history
Since the release of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency's (USADA) report which stated there was"overwhelming" evidence Armstrong was involved in "the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program", ever seen in professional cycling, the American's reputation has unraveled like a onion being peeled away one layer at a time.
Armstrong steadfastly maintains his innocence. But a few blocks east of Mellow Johnny's is the yellow-hued headquarters of the Livestrong Foundation -- the charity Armstrong set up after overcoming testicular cancer that had also spread to his lungs, abdomen and brain -- has taken down his Tour race-winner's yellow jerseys.
But if the American has been written out of cycling history -- "Lance Armstrong has no place in cycling," said the International Cycling Union's president, Pat McQuaid recently -- the cyclist's legacy at home in Austin remains deep-rooted and complex.
It was thanks to Armstrong that this laidback city became synonymous with cycling.
Its biking culture has been strengthened by the presence of close to 50,000 University of Texas students using bikes to commute around town, the city's provision of cycling infrastructure and the popular biking trails which circle the shoreline of Town Lake on the fringes of downtown.
Few in the city disagree that Armstrong put Austin on the cycling map --- and vice versa.
"The Lance Armstrong effect is part of what gave cycling such a big boost here," president of the Austin Cycling Association Gilbert Martinez told CNN.
"When he started winning the Tour there was lots of buzz. People gathered to watch it, there were parties all round town, not just at bike shops but at bars and grills. It was a tremendous boost."
The city paid tribute to Armstrong's contribution to cycling with the creation of the Lance Armstrong Bikeway, running east to west across downtown.