Bike Lanes

12 02 2012

Bike Lane Sign

nuff said

Thanks to Paul for this one. We are lucky. Boulder is a bike friendly place.  Not all places are . . .


The Literal Definition of the word “Literal” & Han River Riders, Holla!

11 02 2012

Literally dying

from Merriam-Webster:


 adj \ˈli-t(ə-)rəl\

Definition of LITERAL

a : according with the letter of the scripturesb : adhering to fact or to the ordinary construction or primary meaning of a term or expression : actual <liberty in the literal sense is impossible — B. N. Cardozo>c : free from exaggeration or embellishment <the literaltruth>d : characterized by a concern mainly with facts <a veryliteral man>
Perhaps I’m being petty, but the misuse of the word “literally” is annoying at best.  In the context of an enabling family member referring to the enabled patient on the stretcher, it really chaps my hide.  In reference to the patient with the headache in room 6, my tolerance for semantics has reach it’s tipping point.  The doting husband felt compelled to hunt me down at my work station and throw furry eyeballs at me until I could no longer continue to ignore him beyond a  socially acceptable time frame.
“Can I help you?”
“My wife, she’s dying in there. . . LITERALLY.”
Perhaps I should have prefaced this with the understanding that we do, in the ER, have patients who are actually dying.  And while bed 6 was in pain, she was not, in fact, dying.  At least not according to any objective measurement available to us in western medicine. (Some might argue that we are ALL dying, a little bit every day.)
Adding to the emotional trauma of literally dying was the report of 10,000.  That is, 10,000 out of 10.   That is, 10,000 on a pain scale of 1 to10.  Once we got her down to a reported pain level of 10 out of 10, I felt a remarkable sense of accomplishment, having logarithmically improved her pain level by a multitude of 1000.
Lots of things on the burner at Alchemist, but I just wanted to give a shout to the Han River Riders, who are a group of ex-pats with a collective passion for cycling in South Korea.  Here’s the custom cycling jersey we did for them.  Requested colors were blue, red, white, and black–the colors of the Korean flag.

Han-River-Riders custom cycling jersey

Got a new design coming down the pipe for the Alchemist retail store too.  Camo theme.  Not kidding.  Pics to come.

Laramie Enduro, the complete kit

4 02 2012

Shaun, of The Laramie Enduro, rockin' the whole enchilada.

Folks have been asking if the whole Enduro kit is available.  It is.  Both items are available for purchase on the Laramie Enduro Store. The design and threads were created by Alchemist.   Like what you see?  Check us out for custom cycling jerseys, custom kits, and other custom cycling apparel.

Needle in a Haystack and pics of prototype Knickers

30 01 2012

Just spent two hours looking for a needle in a haystack.  Except it wasn’t in a haystack, it was embedded in a fella’s arm.  It doesn’t take a lot of guess work to figure out how it got there.  After multiple x-rays, ultrasounds, three different incisions, and way more persistence than I would normally allow for any given patient, I came up empty handed.  The better part of valor would likely have been to just let it be from the beginning, but I was pretty confident I could get it out.  No dice.  It’s a hard one to swallow.  I don’t get beat too often in the ER.  But that tiny little needle got the best of me.

Here’s a couple pics of the first prototype of the Alchemist knickers.  We are pretty excited about these.  I’ve been testing and riding in them for the past 2 weeks.  Logos are reflective.  Winner, winner, chicken dinner.

Alchemist Knickers

Alchemist Knickers, Butt view

Sh*t Cyclists Say and new BAGGIES!

23 01 2012

Roadie fodder for sure.  But mountain bikers, at least the XC crowd, know it hits closer to home than they would like to admit. Without a doubt, the farmer-blow spoof is so right on I don’t have adequate prose to describe it.  You just gotta watch it.

Stuart picked this out of the comments section: (edited down to PG-13ish rating)
You need to change the title to Things Psychotic Gay Cyclists Say. I don’t say any of this sh*t. Nobody I know who bikes says any of this sh*t. Where’s the old staples like “F**king cars” and “Get the f**k out of the bike lane” and “You f**king almost just killed me with your f**king car a$$hole”. This is embarrassing, you’re misrepresenting to the point of straight up defamation.

Prototype version 1.0 of the 3/4 pant Alchemist baggies?  Bomber.  Manpris? Perhaps.  Call em what you will, but they will definitely be the creme de la creme.  Pics to follow.


You ____ one goat and . . .

15 01 2012

MTBR photo caption contest

You ____ one goat and . . .

Yikes! MTBR forums has a caption contest.  The winner in my book for this one came from Weinerts, “You ___ one goat and . . .


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.

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