Elbow dislocation and Alchemist Custom

5 10 2010

Saw a fella the other night who came in for an injury to his elbow after a rather innocuous fall on his skateboard.  It wasn’t hard to diagnose the problem.  The deformity around his elbow would make anyone go, “Uh, that ain’t right.”

As we were turning off his lights for the reduction, I asked him what he does for a living.  Turns out he is starting a company that sells skateboard parts for do-it-yourselfers.  As he started to fade, he squirmed and muttered,”Woah, that’s weird. I’ve never felt like this before.”

A refreshing statement coming from what seemed like a typical skater dude.

Turns out he and his friend also do SEO and business/web development for small businesses.  Despite the mohawk and the strategically placed piercings, they weren’t the usual skater punks who seem to have no particular direction in life.  They were polite, well-spoken and smart.  I sat down and chatted with them for a while at the end of my shift.  I learned about what they did, and how they were motivated to succeed.  I could learn a thing or two from these “skater dudes”.

Looks like the custom t-shirt business is starting to gain traction.  I’m not sure how some of these folks find us, but somehow they do.  We did the Mountain Flyer shirts earlier this year.  U.S. Cycling Monument and the Colorado High School Cycling League orders are in the printer queue currently.  Full Cycle has almost sold out of their custom shirts, again. So they are ready to re-order. They also want to do hoodies.  I’ll release the design after they are in the stores.   Met with Gina from Boulder Mountain Bike Alliance (BMA) last week to talk about shirts for them too.  Gina is a graphic designer and did a really cool design for their shirts.  If you are reading this, and you want to do a custom order, or know someone who wants to do a custom order, check us out.  Alchemist Custom.

Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day

3 10 2010

Today, Team Alchemist, led and organized by Ken, took a flock of future world champions on a ride through the trails of West Magnolia by Nederland.  The IMBA sponsored event was hosted by Alchemist, and a great time was had by all. The weather couldn’t have been better.  Starting at the East parking lot, we bombed through Root Canal and Hobbit 2 and 3.  Ages ranged from 6 to 9, some of whom were riding singletrack for the first time. Even though the trails were tough and technical, and sometimes scary, there was a remarkable paucity of whining and complaining.  These kids were tough and resilient, and they crushed it.  Watermelon and Ryn’s homemade cookies were devoured after the 2 hour no-holds-barred ride.  Thanks to Ken for organizing it, thanks also to Jeff C., Amy, Christian, Ryn, Jenn and Tim  for safely guiding us through the trails.  Thanks to IMBA for the excellent idea.  And of course, thanks to the kids, who made it such a blast.  Check out the video below for the action.

Repost of Betasso Descent

1 10 2010

Seems some folks couldn’t open the link, so here it is embedded:


The color of Melena and Betasso Video

1 10 2010

During an uncharacteristically chill shift, I decided to spice up the names of the colors of the shirts on the website.  Here is what I came up with, along with the complementary ER names in parentheses.  Thanks to the staff in the department for assisting with these.

Black: Johnny Cash Black (Melena)

White: Lone Ranger White (Purulence)

Red: Racy Red (Vag Bleeder)

Smoke: Race Slate (Coffee Ground Emesis)

Chocolate: Dark Henna (C. Diff Diarrhea)

Green: Renegade Green (Bile)

Check out this video of Jenn shredding the decent at Betasso.  Counterclockwise.

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