Behind The Lens: Cameron’s Alchemy Arion

Behind The Lens: Cameron's Alchemy Arion

From our Technical Editor, Richard Gearing: Cameron is a Graphic Design Teacher at TAFE Queensland. That might make you question how he was able to pull together such a top-shelf build as he has with this delicious Alchemy Arion on a teacher’s wage, but he got by with a little help from his friends (to paraphrase a famous song).

Behind The Lens: Cameron's Alchemy Arion

Cameron had been drooling over the frame at his local bike shop for a couple of years, but when Crankstar in Brisbane sold up and moved on the frame got reduced to a price that he could stretch to by selling off his existing bike and doing design freebies. You might recognize his branding work from Australia’s Fixed Dot Org.

Behind The Lens: Cameron's Alchemy Arion

Behind The Lens: Cameron's Alchemy Arion

Of that photography brief, Cameron told us: “I gave the photography students a bunch of mood boards, pointed out the good bits, told them the rules of shooting a bike and left them alone for the day.” All these shots were taken by Emily, whose work can be found on her Indecent Exposures Instagram feed.

Behind The Lens: Cameron's Alchemy Arion

Behind The Lens: Cameron's Alchemy Arion

Alchemy’s Arion is a two-time winner of the Best Carbon Bike award at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show. Built by hand and in-house at Alchemy’s Denver-based facility, each tube is laid-up to order; and in a manner which aims to avoid the typical aero bike compromises in comfort and handling – intending it to be fast yet “supple, sophisticated and comfortable”.

Behind The Lens: Cameron's Alchemy Arion

As a competitive Masters track rider Cameron puts his Arion through a solid training workout there or four times a week, as well as some ‘crit flogging’, as he so eloquently calls it, over the winter months – no doubt putting Alchemy’s intent for the Arion through its paces in the process.

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Behind The Lens: Cameron's Alchemy Arion