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I got my new Bell Drop helmet and the only cool color / pattern that would fit my bike and style was the Brian Lopes addition helmet. It's a pretty cool graphic but the only thing I don't like is that it has a NASCAR like number on the back of it, 55. I really wanted Matte Black but they are sold out :mad:

Anyway, I did some research on the guy and he is a really amazing rider. He has his own website where he blogs about the events and trips he goes too. But man, he seems like a huge jerk. Which I guess you can be if you got the stuff to back it up and it seems like he does. I'm just wondering what everyones thoughts on the guy is and trying to see what else I can learn about him so I don't look like an idiot when someone says, "Hey cool, the Brian Lopes helmet! Isn't he awesome?!?!?!"

This was probably my favorite movie I've found of him:

 

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He is not a jerk, but arrogant. He once raced some guy(and easily WON) on a Huffy kids bike for the guys entire paycheck..about $600. Not cool...
 

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What made me think that way is the one blog he posted about road bike racing:

http://www.brianlopes.com/archives/000361.html

DH/4x/BMX racing is way different scene and experience than road bike racing. Everyone should know that, especially a pro rider of any discipline.

About the guy losing his check, that was kind of silly. I would NEVER race a champion of anything on any bike, even if it was a 12". Screw that. But if the guy he raced didn't know who he was, then yea, that's kind of lame.
 

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That's just an athlete being hyper competitive and trying to get in peoples heads. Any way he can psyke out the competition is to his advantage, so why not? They all know he has a mtb/ bmx background and probably has much better bike handling skills than them, so why not make your competitors loose a little sleep over it?

Go read the story about Lance charging up a mountain stage and spending extra energy to show everyone he wasn't hurting. It broke everyone else in the race because they all decided he was super human after that effort.
 

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xDetroitMetalx said:
What made me think that way is the one blog he posted about road bike racing:

http://www.brianlopes.com/archives/000361.html
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makes sense to me, and sounds fair and sporting. its not like hes saying he throws sticks into racers spokes.. hes got a good point too, hes taking the front pull and the drafters are benefiting from his work, they should at least pay attention to the road.
 

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Wait, Ive never followed cyclecross but are there always obstacles to be bunny hopped?! You think all the upper level guys he was riding against would learn how... To me its ridiculous that theyre getting off their bikes, hahahahha
 

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Cyclocross is cool in all but I would be sketched out as hell to bunny hop one of those bikes......if its anything like a road bike?
 

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Wait, Ive never followed cyclecross but are there always obstacles to be bunny hopped?! You think all the upper level guys he was riding against would learn how... To me its ridiculous that theyre getting off their bikes, hahahahha
The cross bikes can take a fair beating. Those barriers were pretty tall, like knee height. I don't think most of those cycle cross riders would know the correct technique to bunny hop that height.
 

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good cross racers sure as hell do, but the barriers are often so close that there's virtually no set up time to land and ready for the second jump. look up todd wells and cyclocross. he's nuts.

//edit: not wells but matt white. check out how close together the barriers are.

 

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I dunno... most bmx kids I know could take a cross bike and clear that stuff first or second time through. I wouldn't classify it as nuts. It's called bike skills, which most roadies/cross guys at the highest level don't really have. Some do, but most do not.
Cleaning something two feet high when you're just goofing around and having fun and clearing the same thing 45 minutes into a 90 minute race (at race pace efforts) are very much different.
 

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I've met him a couple of times at events, once about 15 years ago when I was doing some shows for Mongoose at Mammoth Mountain at a NORBA event, and at Crankworx Colorado last year. I dunno, I'm kinda lukewarm on the guy. He didn't seem too be a dick, but at the same time, he didn't seem to be super nice either.
 

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Meh, I liked the helmets graphics and that's what I bought it for. To bad Bell doesn't show off the number 55 they slap on the back of it or else I probably would have picked the more generic graphic. *shrugs* At least it's more original I suppose.

If Brian is really a jerk or not I guess everyone here can agree that the man is really great at what he does.
 

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Many of world class athletes aren't super nice outgoing people. Of course, there a few that are down to earth. I always thought of it in terms of looking at what goes into the mindset of a world cup level racer.... They strive and give their all to be better and faster than everyone else out there. Going fast and winning are what they bust their a$$ for, not just going out to have a good time on their bike shredding with friends. To each their own, but it's not a place to find super cool, laid back people just wanting to have fun. Again their is always a small exception....

Regardless if Lopes is a cool dude or not, he is a very accomplished bike rider so no one can take that away from him. Still, everyone can be a little nicer and outgoing though.
 
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