40 Years of Number 55, Brian Lopes - Video

Mar 18, 2016
by Clarke Dolton  
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We at X-Fusion know Brian is a Legend, he has had an incredible racing career, but we didn't think very many people realized just how long he's been racing and riding bikes. It's been 40 years, and we took the opportunity to sit Brian down and ask him some questions about his career and to reflect a bit on it all. We hoped to show a little bit more of who Brian is and what he's all about.

40 Years of Number 55 Brian Lopes
The story of #55 is one that came from his childhood, his very fist # plate in fact.

40 Years of Number 55 Brian Lopes
We were surprised by the expanse of his career, but we were also surprised to see the archive of old photos Brian and his family have kept.

40 Years of Number 55 Brian Lopes
One of Brian's fist wins, one of many to come.

40 Years of Number 55 Brian Lopes
SE racing was the team BMX dreams were made, and Brian was just a youngster on a team of superstars.

40 Years of Number 55 Brian Lopes
People often associated Brian with winning, they also associate him with being a fierce competitor, we think this interview shines a more accurate light on what it takes to be a champion, the dedication involved, and who Brian is.

40 Years of Number 55 Brian Lopes


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91 Comments

  • + 43
 Fyi...Brian Lopes and Lee McCormack used alot of material in their book that Lee got from the Late Blair Lombardi. Never gave her any credit because they changed the wording and the application, which actually ruined the intended impact. There is some good information in there but mostly its a book of stolen intellectual property and a big ego parade.

Don't believe me that this happened? I still have the original emails that Lee McCormack exchanged with Blair after he was coached by her and before he wrote the book with Brian, asking Lee for credit for the stuff he learned from here, credit she never got. Shortly after Lee removed any mention of his time with Blair from his website.

Blair Lombardi is still the most over looked contributor to this sport. She coached Missy Giove mid way through her career, around the time she stopped crashing and start winning, even beating AC. Blair also coached Marla Streb, same story there. Don't believe me, go look at historical photos of these two riders and notice how when they start winning how drastic there body position has changed on the bike.

Other notable racer include Jemena Florit, xc racer, Caroline Alexander, and the creator of the best and most copied tire design, the Maxxis Minion DHF, Colin Bailey. Steve Wentz was also a student as was Shaums March, Blairs techniques are all through his programes, which are the basis of the IMBA coaching certs. Other coaches such as Gene Hamilton and Lee McCormack (didn't want to plug Lee here) also use Blairs core principals. All of these people went on to have good results after being coached by Blair. Some even worked with notable Juniors at the time, Steve Smith and Duncan Riffle, both of which are fast in the own rights. Gary Fisher was another student of Blairs.

So why don't we hear about Blair Lombardi? Well it seems the elite racer ego is so fragile that once they start winning the would pretend that THEY "finally put it together" and did not give Blair the recognition she deserved. The only one I ever heard praise Blair was Missy, and Missy was always vocal. Blair was just a humble, gentle lady from Mill Valley CA, the cradle of mountain biking.

Blair wrote a section on technique for the USA CYCLING manual and her information was so good Chris Carmichel called it ground breaking and the most complete body of knowledge to date on the subject.

Blair Lombardi belongs in the Hall of Fame. Her discoveries and techniques can be seen in almost every coaching programe out there, either through direct contact or trickle down effect.

She passed away of brain cancer. Ironic, since she spent so much time studying the brain and not it relates to riding a bike with confidence. Maybe she won't be recognized now....but I hope one day she will be immortalized.
  • + 9
 I have that book and I did not know that. Shame she did´t got any credit. Thank you of that info.
  • + 3
 Thanks for the info on Blair (had to google her).

www.inspiredink.com/article.asp?ID=43

Never met Brian but his accomplishments (especially in his forties) give me hope that I have a few more decades of decent riding (I'm older than him, btw).
  • + 0
 These criticisms of what is generally recognized as the bible of mtb how-to manuals always seemed ridiculous to me. It is a how-to and that is it. It doesn't ever claim to have invented anything and usually the book gives you multiple options, usually Lee says he does it one way, but then Brian does this other way, always pointing out Brian is faster. It is purely observational tips from two very skilled riders. So then, we are going to make a fuss because they are not the first ones to have viewed something and put it to paper? Seriously, how different are the techniques In "Cabinetry for Dummies" from those written in 1610 or whatever?
  • + 1
 Interesting; had no idea. I had noticed the similarities of basic principles that IMBA/ICP, BetterRide, and LeeLikesBikes put forth.
  • + 2
 Dang, I went to prop your comment and down voted it, very cool information.
  • + 1
 Lol I flip houses and deal with tons of carpenters. Knowledge, skill and technique are very different!
  • + 1
 And Mike Krzyzewski was coached by Bobby Knight and picked up a thing or two from him, and doesn't give him credit at every turn. It doesn't take away from either's accomplishment or competency as a coach. I guess my point is, Blair might have been a great and legendary coach, but no need to drag others' name through the mud to legitimize her legacy. On another note, I've taken clinics with Lee, corresponded with him over email, bought his books, and a lot of what was written above seems a little out of character. He's always been pretty humble and willing to help. Not that I'm trying to endorse him either. I just think if one thing is said about him, it's fair to give an alternative viewpoint.
  • + 0
 Interesting info on Blair but the matter of a fact is thst neither Brian, nor Lee got any money nor fame through MMTBS book. In vast majority of cases, books give the writer pennies and few clicks on FB. It is publishers who take the biggest share. MTB is not the industry where you make big money. I bet That if Mike Dinyard had a sister who'd a dentist, banker or a lawyer, she'd be earning more than him. What is important though is that hundreds of thousands of mountain bikers worldwide are better riders and crash less thanks to her legacy propagated by Lee's book. He took a damn big effort to launch it
  • + 2
 Its not about the money or lack of, its about credit and acknowledgements. What was done was underhanded and propegated by individuals of doubious character. I saw the whole thing go down first hand. It was horrible for her. The stress was of what happened to her was horrible and I watched her health fail.

She wrote her piece for the USA cycling coaches manual back in 2001, the system outlined was what she had been using for close to a decade already. Coached Lee in 2003. Lee writes and releases book soon after. Lee also attended a Shaums March session before writing his book. He was a nobody to cycling till he started collecting other peoples information to assume a new identity for the purpose of becoming somebody on the backs of others.

The point is...you're right it probably wasn't about the money and based on how it went down it was about ego and notatriety. Why not write a book with Blair? The book would have no weight. Would you buy a book about mountain biking if it was written by two semi unknown people? Lee needed a ringer and he found that with Brian. The point is when you learn something from someone and you put it on paper, you should credit your sources...especially if your sources have published papers on the subject as well.

BLAIR LOMBARDI deserves to be in the MTB hall of fame just as much as Brian Lopes does. The fact that everything she did contributed in some way to every single coaching programe out there should be enough reason. Hell we inducted the founders of the MTB and they cobbled together bikes to ride down repack and started what we now love to do. Conversely Blair figured out a proper way of riding a bike that would make you faster and safer in all disciplines of MTB and has never gotten proper recognition for her tireless contribution.


This sport will stay in its infancy until we realize and recognize the little people behind the scenes that move it forward with big ideas and concepts. Thats how it got its start but I fear it has lost its way with all the idolizing of its star riders, 10k+ bikes and big corporations pushing the little guys around. Its heart used to be made of fun, adventure and dicovery....now look at it. Sure the bikes are better but at what cost and to whom was/is the real cost?

Another thing, people throw the word "bible" around way too much and forget that even the new testament had one central character.

stop drinking the red koolaid and wake up soon.
  • - 2
 You say, "Blair figured out a proper way of riding a bike that would make you faster and safer in all disciplines of MTB". Did she really? Was she the fastest in the world or was Lopes actually faster than her? Did he not know how to ride MTB without her? And your entire point that Lee and Lopes owe her something, even if it is just credit, means that everyone who writes a how-to manual owes the person who originally introduced them to that subject, which seems ridiculous. If I get some skateboard lessons and eventually become pretty good and meet up with Tony Hawk and convince him to go in with me on a how-to manual on skating, what is really expected by that coach? They charged money for their lesson and can't expect some eternal debt for future glory from their student. Otherwise every grade school teacher would have a boatload of cash and acclaim for introducing every great artist to their eventual trade.
  • + 2
 So who taught Brian back when he was a 14 Expert in BMX, factory-sponsored by SE? Does he owe them eternal credit? Might it be possible the guy could handle a bike long before he met Blair? His BMX career seems to indicate he could...
  • + 0
 Something tells me that regardless of truth, a-r-c will do more damage to her reputation and achievements than he added recognition... All I can say is that I have never ever got a "dubious" vibe from Lee and he is communications genius. If you think it is easy to write and illustrate a book like that, knowing you will earn 1 dollar a copy, then you are totally deluded. Lopes was a figure character in this book, a marketing figure. Lee constructed it all and made all appointments. As far as riding position goes, it comes from physics and well, it's hard to patent that. Whatever, not my war at all, I'm super happy that Lee does what he does. He's a big boy, he can defend himself if he only wants. This industry starts to disgust me. Too many candles with too little air inthe room.
  • + 2
 Thats exactly why Lee needed Brian...more weight for the book. Blair never won races like Brian....but she does have an impressive list of successful racers. How many tours did Chris Carmichael win? World renowned trainer but never won a tour. You don't have to be the fastest to develope a complete system and understanding.

Yes Blair's system for skill developement was complete.

No she was not as fast as Brian, making that comparison is ridiculous, but let me ask question of how many hands-on titles does Brian have through other riders/students....of all the coaches I think Blair and Shaums can check that box, Shaums coached Stevie Smith and Duncan Riffle, there were others but these two went the furthest.

Another coach who was coached by Blair is Kat Sweet...I can see Blairs teaching in her programe.

I feel that you should credit your teachers, btw...grade school teachers don't get paid by their students directly in the public system. Thats just a bad strawman arguement.

I remember teachers and credit my teachers...perhaps I have a better moral compass then the average person or any sociopath.

If we live by your assessment of how people should be credited.....we had better shut down the MTB hall of fame. Because all of those people have someone to credit too.

You can do what you like and use your concience as a guide, however guided or misguided it may or may not be. Mine is clear and I choose to live everyday that way.
  • + 1
 You're only partly right...it is physics, which is a smaller part of it, but its also biology and physiology. I am not hurting the little person for sticking up for them, brushing them under the rug like others wish to do is harmful. Her's is a legacy now that Blair has left us I am just trying to preserve it by shining a light on truth not lighting a candle. There is a difference. Perhaps there would be more air in the room if all these hot headed egos would fuck off and we could get back to the humble laidback ways which this sport was spawned, but that doesn't make money or put students in programes or help corporate bottom lines. If you're disgusted then use your energies for truth and change. I am not the industry...I am one soul person so your disgust in the industry does not apply to me, thank you. I feel like is sucking my positive energy now, so I will leave it there....till the next time I need to shine my light again.
  • + 7
 @a-r-c, It is always pleasant to come across someone in the mountain bike community with well considered and reasonable views. Unfortunately, as with life, it is rare to find such people.

What people seam to be misunderstanding here is that it is a matter of due process and professional courtesy in academia and publishing to a acknowledge the work of your predecessors if only to give root to the ideas you put forward. To completely omit mention of a clearly influential figure in your area is disrespectful.

People borrow theories all the time and that is fine, the norm in fact, but it's how you go about that which is important.
  • + 33
 Snowshoe, West Virginia. I think it was early 2000's NORBA national. Lopes and Shaums March in brackets for the slalom races. First run Lopes slipped a pedal or similar and crashed before the finish. I have seem him crash maybe 3 times ever ( I have been racing BMX since early 80's). Shaums has a 1.5 second advantage.

They switch lanes, gate drops....Before Shaums was completely out of the starting gate, Lopes, was almost to the first flag/turn. Rocket launched! The crowd got quiet he was going so fast. Shaums sort of laughed it off. Crazy watching Brian destroy a slalom course. Really wish that style of racing would make a solid World Cup level comeback.
  • + 26
 A bit of proof reading wouldn't of gone astray.. It's a bit strange calling him a legend and then naming him Brain for the rest of it
  • + 8
 Ha! I work with two guys called Brian, and you would be surprised how many times a day they get referred to as "Brain" in emails. It seems to be a very common typo.
  • + 20
 Very true, a bit of proof reading wouldn't have gone astray.
  • + 0
 The name Brian is my nemesis in emails!
  • + 13
 haha I used to email a boss of mine who was located in a different office, and her name was Trudy........yup. Turdy, more often than not!!
  • + 35
 I used to have a boss named Jeff a few years back and I kept calling him a**hole in my emails! Damn typos!
  • + 7
 Honestly, the first comment in this section shouldn't be about proof reading, it should have been about being stoked after watching this....
  • + 3
 Well this just took ponkbike coments to a hole new low...
  • + 1
 would have?
  • + 20
 Amazing you can be so good at riding a bike yet so bad at parking a vehicle. Wink
  • + 11
 That was cool. As someone who was Brian's right hand man during 8 of his race seasons (95, 96, 97, 98 and 01, 02, 03, 04), it's always nice to stroll down memory lane. I've worked with professional cyclists for almost 30 years, on into today and I don't think i've experienced anyone as competitive as Lopes is/was-but to the point of not losing his shit IF he did lose. His dedication to the win, analysis of tracks and strategy was next level.

Seeing those 4X photos really reminded me of how much Lopes always wanted to win races, but he had fun doing it and fun riding the tracks. Now, while he didn't always bring me meals like my wife Leigh did haha, Lopes was always very appreciative and thankful of the hard work that I put in to make sure he was ready to win and be prepared, despite the years of poking fun at him the internet has had. At the end of the day, his job was to win bike races, I don't think anyone did it better.

It is a shame, that when he moved on to a new team in 99', his DH hopes and dreams were over, he is such a great DH rider, and could have achieved much more in DH, but, the team focus was to win 4X titles and so it went-but, USA did lose a chance to have another great american downhiller. It was the beginning of an era where the greats stopped racing both DH and Slalom/4X/2X and began focusing on one or the other, world cup venues getting split up and the beginning of real fragmentation of the sport.

Only thing that pisses me off about him, is how fit he still is-thats why I look forward to getting an electric assist bike so I can go on some MTB missions with him, (I need a Levo).
  • + 1
 Your a legend to mate.
  • + 9
 I met Brian in I think 2004- 05 in Laguna Beach with Hans Rey in the Ocean Brewery bar. I've always looked up to him as a supreme focused athlete and some what of a mentor for my racing. So I approached him and he was a real chill guy and really nice with it. I told him that I admired him and his accomplishments and he was very appreciative of the compliment. I took a couple of photo's with him hung out. I don't get how people can say nasty shit about him. I think because he is a serious focused athlete people take him the wrong way in the competition mode? Wouldn't you be super focused defending your title? Peace out Brian! All the best mate!
  • + 6
 Brian Lopes has made a some mistakes, just like the rest of us.

But this is what I know about Brian the mtb racer.

1. He was and still is really good on a bike.
2. His input/ R&D on the Mojo HD made the iconic bike legendary.
3. The video of him riding at the bmx track with NFL Rams helmet on his head is awesome.
  • + 8
 Every time I see Lopes he is a jeark. Aaron Gwinn, Logan Bingalli and all of the other local pros are super cool not sure what the deal is.
  • + 1
 It's probably you
  • + 4
 Hopefully. I even offered him liquor shots at the top of the hill....
  • + 7
 Brian Lopes: Incredible racer, incredible man. Such a humble, honest guy. Brian is a role model for all of us, young and old, who love the sport of cycling.
  • - 12
flag SeaJay (Mar 18, 2016 at 15:55) (Below Threshold)
 Lol the guy is a f*cking a*shole. Leaping lizard, an illegal race put on by the rads every year in laguna beach, has maybe 50 racers. Some big big time names and you'd never know it. Race was supposed to start at 4:30, but little known to spectators, the race started a bit earlier. Hans ray says excuse me as he maneuvered around a spectator standing on course. Next racer, Brian lopes, yells "get the f*ck out of the way." It's one thing to be competitive, but when you are racing in an illegal race with "all the boys" maybe learn to tone it down. My .02. Great athlete on a bike. Mentality and generosity ain't all there
  • + 3
 Maybe I stand corrected. I had never heard of that.
  • + 26
 So, he's racing, and a guy's standing on the course and he yells at him to get out of the way, and for this he is an a*shole?
  • + 4
 Saying "get out of the way" or "get the f*ck out of the way" is a big difference, yea I would say the latter makes him kind of a a*shole... unfortunately I know quite a few ex pro DH racers that did not have nice things to say about him, the word douche came up often, but hey so are a lot of professional fighters and a lot of competitive athletes, maybe it was just his persona back then when he was competing, he may be totally different now that he's retired..
  • + 33
 Who stands on a race course? Sounds like some assh*le.
Especially if someone else just asked you to movd
  • - 9
flag dirtyrig Plus (Mar 18, 2016 at 18:18) (Below Threshold)
 I guess maybe he was, but why didn't Hans Ray think to call him an a*shole or any of the other racers? Hans didn't ask him to move, he said excuse me and maneuvered around him, maybe the dude was confused because he didn't realized the race was even starting. Sorry, but it says a lot about someone who is so quick to degrade someone else by calling them an a*shole, you could just ask the guy to move if not once then twice. Anyways, competition many times brings out the worst in people and after its done they're totally different people, I witnessed that first hand being in competition sports myself when I was younger and I never understood that mentality, but then again that's just me. I was brought up to reserve talk like that for when you're ready to throw down, but this definitely doesn't sound like that kind of moment.
  • + 15
 Yah, none of us have ever been an A-hole. Everybody has their moments. Unfortunately when you are a public figure you never get to live it down... grow up SeaJay.
  • - 14
flag SeaJay (Mar 18, 2016 at 18:35) (Below Threshold)
 How much would you like me to grow?
  • + 6
 Some of my favorite athletes were assholes so who cares, lol... At the end its what they contribute to the sport that maters and Lopes contributed a hell of a lot to his!
  • + 18
 I've met him a few times, and was always the nicest dude. People who hate usually start the hate with"my friend said he was a dick" having never personally had any interaction with that person. Hold your opinion until you've had a conversation with them.
  • + 6
 So the guy was reportedly rude on one occasion, and he's an a--hole? Listen, there's nothing easier to find than sin among men. Just hope no one judges you by your worst moment(s).
  • + 6
 Hey, your reputation follows you. I know nothing of the truth of course, only that people have a lot to say. I even read his book. Well, the book he co-authored that was written by a friend. Let it be a cautionary tale for up and comers, regardless what your endeavor is: what you say and how your treat people echoes often long after you’re gone. Whether what people say about him is true or not, that’s a great lesson I wish I’d remembered many times in my life.
  • + 3
 A friend asked me about going XC riding once and I said how I don't like the pedaling part as a joke and Lopes, standing off to the side, called me lazy under his breath just loud enough for me to hear it. There's a little douchebaggery going on. I do prefer DH because you don't have I pedal as much.
  • - 5
flag dirteveryday (Mar 19, 2016 at 11:20) (Below Threshold)
 I don't like Lopes. I dont dislike him either. I'm just not that type of competitive. Lopes is. If anyone can call someone lazy for not liking to pedal, he has that right. He's goal oriented and you were in his way of that. At that moment in time you were absolutely an asshole. Put a bandaid on your hurt butt and move on with your life.
  • + 5
 Lopes wasn't part of the conversation, he overheard me while he was off to the side packing his bike into a bike bag, and I said it in a joking manor.

How did joking with my friend about not liking to pedal make me an as*hole?

"He's goal oriented and you were in his way of that." What do you mean?
  • + 0
 @redcorn wow that was pretty funny, forget the whole Lopes thing dirteveryday just melted together what SeaJay said and what you said and came up with a whole new scenario and on top of it called you an a*shole! Facepalm wow stupid is what stupid does.
  • + 2
 No offence to Hans but he's not really known as a racer.
  • + 5
 Thought this piece was pretty cool, too bad there are soo many haters out there. You cares if he yelled at people or had a chip on his shoulder. Look at McGrath, Tomac, Harbold, Ricky Johnson, when you are a professional at a high level that is almost standard procedures. Keep Shredding Lopes!!!!
  • + 4
 anyone who is standing on any track or trail , blocking racers or riders, is a total a*shole. Racing is about winning. That's the goal. So it doesn't matter where the race is or if it's "illegal" its a f*ckin race. Why do people think pro athletes have to be some sort of role model? thier lives aren't about signatures and passing out stickers and posters and shit. I just don't get all bad mouthing the guy. Sounds like a bunch of people get their feelings hurt somehow? 10,000 people were super quiet in whistler '12 cause everyone knows Brian is a twat? That's so f*cking stupid I just don't even get how you could hit submit? Bottom line is the piece was great. The history is undeniable. The championships are undeniable. The rainbow stripes are for LIFE. Brian is a great racer and his model for success was proven over and over and over.
  • + 8
 Racing for 40 years... and being a total dick for 38 of them.
  • + 0
 why ?
  • + 6
 Guy's a twat. There's a reason he got the silent ass-garden treatment during the Crankworx Air DH in 2012. Got smashed by Stevie Smith too.
  • + 5
 Remember just staring at a ripper for hours at lbs in 83/84ish I think.about a grand at the time and suffice to say,santa sailed by that Xmas.
  • + 1
 It's OK. You're just lucky you didn't break one by looking at it. Those things just cracked all the time.
  • + 2
 To clarify, I appreciate those old BMX bikes as much as the next guy, and I appreciate the Ripper for its place in history as one of the first aluminum BMX frames. They were cool, and everyone wanted one. But they were brittle in those early days and cracked, cracked, cracked! Youd be hard pressed to find a survivor today that wasn't cracked.
  • + 2
 Bloody well did crack,a chap in the next town to me was the wheelie champ at school,he bust his just doing that.jesus they were light tho compared to my puch which was made of pig iron.
  • + 2
 I met Brian during the BMX days.. Was always cool.. Hyperactive, but way cool... My best memory with him was when he signed with Marzocchi and Bryson was introducing him to all of us in the office, Brian sees me and yells in middle of the sales office "Yeah Brian (my name too) we are going to kick ass!" The look on the boss' face was priceless. ..

To this day, his natural talent on a bike still shines.. Combined with his desire to win, he's always going to be fast on a bike...
  • + 2
 Love that Cook Bros Racing frame in the third picture! Sweet bike! I have an almost new condition Schwinn Predator frame on the wall in my garage....the first BMX race bike I had! Love the old school pictures Brian! You're my age and I was and still am a huge fan!
  • + 6
 ...brain or brian
  • + 1
 I grew up in SoCal and when I started mtn biking in Laguna; watched one of the Leaping Lizard DH races years ago when he was riding for Cannondale.
I'd never seen Pro DH handling skills before - was...seriously impressive.
Anyway, when he was pushing his DH bike back up Telonics I gave him a compliment and asked how he was doing and he said "Lovely" - but was because he wasn't enjoying having to push back up the trail! So I wouldn't consider that rude at all.
I've bought some items in the past, online from him - including the book, and he has always been super polite as was his wife.
Respect to all his accomplishments in the sport.
  • + 1
 Definitely not my favorite rider but on the flip side I have no reason to have an irrational hate for the man. Those that do have something negative to say may have information or experiences with Lopes that are legitimate. I dont really know, and although I respect what Brian has done, he's not a rider that I really pay much attention to. Give me Peaty, Ratboy, Stevie and Fairclough any day.
  • + 4
 Incredible racer, incredible man. guys like you make us like the sport.
  • + 4
 I am the only one that thinks next to last photo is just... strange?
  • + 1
 Please elaborate! Wink
  • + 2
 Chubby little legs?
  • - 2
 Not that... Looks like I have a dirty mind lol
  • + 2
 Ah the money shot.got yer.
  • + 4
 Good interview! Dude is a SoCal Legend! Love my Tracer!
  • + 1
 So Brian did stick to being a RAM fan too?
Much respect for u and still remember a shot
Of u blastn an air on hardtail(Gt ad from 95-97) it inspired me to get alot better. Thank you.
  • + 2
 Tip my hat to anyone who can survive the test of time the way he has. Impressive. Met him at Deer Valley 1999. By the way, gate starts are ALWAYS fun...
  • + 3
 Peaty at 4:15 and @brynatkinson at 4:18!
  • + 2
 Pretty cool seeing him do standing manuals halfway down(1min+) a steep street in laguna other day
  • + 2
 Yeah Brian!!! Amazing career man!! Congratulations!!! Glad to see you are still out there, shredding on your bike!!!
  • + 4
 legend
  • + 3
 I read his book. He is awesome!
  • + 1
 I gave Brian crap in the AOL private BMX forum back in 97 for switching to MTB. Sorry Brian.
  • + 1
 would love to know how lopes takes care of his body
  • + 1
 Brian is a legend! He smokes fools
  • + 1
 bubba hayes and brian lopes. nothing more needs to be said.
  • + 1
 Bubba used to help run a bike shop here in Colorado Springs and rebuilt our BMX track. The track is soooo sweet now. He did a great job with that thing.
  • + 0
 Not sure if Brian or ... Brain.
  • + 1
 Inspired....Thank you...
  • - 1
 If only X-Fusion made a fork called 55... What could have been Wink
  • - 1
 Marzocchi did, Brian runned it when he raced for Ibis.
  • - 1
 ORLY... But do you think 55 was inspired by Brian? Back in 2005 they made a fork called 66, if I remember right...
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