Spring is here (at least until it snows again)

14 03 2015

Long time since the last post.  Much has happened.  In February, Mike W. hosted Team night at his super nice new office.   Huge turnout from the Alchemist faithful, and a great night overall.   Folks saw the 2015 Epic Pro Team Kit and ate eggrolls and dumplings for Chinese New Year.  Big thanks to Mike W., Ken, and of course, Rich S., who showed up with two cases of craft beer.  Bam!

Compatible with last year's Blackboxx kit, but done in the new revamped Epic Pro line with a splash of pink.

Compatible with last year’s Blackboxx kit, but done in the new revamped Epic Pro line with a splash of pink.  Swiss Eschler Cold Black Fabric you say? It’s hot!

Also, more big news.  Alchemist and Cycleworx are partnering up for world domination.  The fellas have been throwing around the idea of a shop sponsor for a while now.  We finally decided to take the step forward, and the Cycleworx guys are the best in the business.  We are super excited to be partnering with them!

Quick funny from Paul, who reminded me that we haven’t had a new T-shirt design in a while.

The only thing wrong with this shirt is that I didn't think of it.

The only thing wrong with this shirt is that I didn’t think of it.

Lastly,  Drew went out and did the most spectacularly nerdy and awesome thing you can do on a bike.  Check it.

Happy Pi day!  46.8 Miles. 1800 ft climbing.  3.14159265358979323846264338327950288419716939937510582097494459230781640628620899862803482534211706798214808651328230664709384460955058223172535940812848111745028410270193852110555964462294895493038196442881097566593344612847564823378678316527120190914564856692346034861045432664821339360726024914127372458700660631558817488152092096282925409171536436789259036001133053054882046652138414695194151160943305727036575959195309218611738193261179310511854807446237996274956735188575272489122793818301194912983367336244065664308602139494639522473719070217986094370277053921717629317675238467481846766940513200056812714526356082778577134275778960917363717872146844090122495343014654958537105079227968925892354201995611212902196086403441815981362977477130996051870721134999999837297804995105973173281609631859502445945534690830264252230825334468503526193118817101000313783875288658753320838142061717766914730359825349 of badass geekiness.  Drew, you are my hero!

Happy Pi day! 46.8 Miles. 1800 ft climbing. 3.14159265358979323846264338327950288419716939937510582097494459230781640628620899862803482534211706798214808651328230664709384460955058223172535940812848111745028410270193852110555964462294895493038196442881097566593344612847564823378678316527120190914564856692346034861045432664821339360726024914127372458700660631558817488152092096282925409171536436789259036001133053054882046652138414695194151160943305727036575959195309218611738193261179310511854807446237996274956735188575272489122793818301194912983367336244065664308602139494639522473719070217986094370277053921717629317675238467481846766940513200056812714526356082778577134275778960917363717872146844090122495343014654958537105079227968925892354201995611212902196086403441815981362977477130996051870721134999999837297804995105973173281609631859502445945534690830264252230825334468503526193118817101000313783875288658753320838142061717766914730359825349 of badass geekiness. Drew, you are my hero!

Strava link here: https://www.strava.com/activities/268126959





Stravassholing

26 05 2012

STRAVA-GARMIN

Turning mortals into gods, and nice guys into Stravassholes.

Team Alchemist may do custom cycling jerseys and apparel, but we are also cyclists.  Not just a bunch of cyclists, we are friendly cyclists.   You aren’t invited to be on the team if you ride like a jerk.  There is a circumstance, however, that threatens to tip the scales of nicetude.   We’ve been able to manage the side effects of this irresistible force thus far, but many a rider has succumbed to this strange addiction.

A good number of folks around here have become obsessed with the phenomenon known as Strava.  Using a gps device, you can track your rides, and compare your times to other riders.   What otherwise would be just another patch of dirt or road, becomes a proving ground for virility and bragging rights.  Acronyms like “KOM” (King of the Mountain) and “PR” (Personal Record) have become commonplace verbage among Strava dorks and stalkers.  Yes, you can stalk your favorite athlete via their Strava updates.  Like a sad little voyeur, you can see if Sonya Looney really climbed Lick Skillet twice, or if Heather Irmiger still holds the QOM for Poorman’s).   I get updates on Taylor Phinney’s ride in the Giro d’ Italia.  Vicarious living is what it’s come to.  But you know what?  It’s kinda fun.

In Dan’s words:

‘”Ignoring my inner voice telling me to slow down on the Betasso link descent, I thought of a couple of new words:

Strava-ing: Doing something completely stupid in pursuit of a segment PR (note: a PR in the bottom half of overall rankings in no way dampens one’s enthusiasm)

“I was so Strava-ing on that descent today”

Strava’d:  when gravity snaps you back to reality.

“Dude, I was definitely gonna break Geer’s Betasso descent time, but then I Strava’d. I’ll be eating solids again in 6 weeks when they remove the wires. I’m gonna be so buff.”

Stravasshole :  an individual Strava-ing at the expense of common courtesy.

“The Alchemist guys are usually really nice, but that guy was a stravasshole”‘

We are working hard in the Alchemist Lab to devise fancy new devices to improve our Strava times.  It’s a work in progress.

Developed for the Betasso Link descent

Developed for the Betasso Link descent

Developed for the climb up Flagstaff

Developed for the climb up Flagstaff

Not sure what this is for, but we are pretty sure it will make you faster

Not sure what this is for, but we are pretty sure it will make you faster








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