Brian Bleech

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  1. Great blog, made me miss Shipley Glen
  2. Not 40 (just turned 39) but yeah I agree with what you say. The worse part is recovering from injuries, even minor ones takes ages. I don't tend to get to ride two days in a row at the moment, but it isn't really an issue. Biggest changes I have made to keep riding as I get older is eating better, drinking less and stretching a lot. Keeping that body flexibly is a big thing now, doing squats and stretches (I don't go crazy with it), even on days I don't ride means I feel good more often than not when I do ride.
  3. Yeah I think it be a case of just taking more time with it
  4. The bearing race on the drive side of my rear hub stuck. The bearing race collapsed inside the hub. Any ideas of getting it out without damaging the hub? Would prefer to leave the Dremel as a last resort. Have a blind bearing puller like this and tried to hammer it out with it but no luck. https://www.summitracing.com/parts/oes-27059?seid=srese1&gclid=Cj0KCQjw5MLrBRClARIsAPG0WGx8LKfpKKzICI8bJau-6ElONuPRYCzJkBeGV9L0o6UM7FktDscc_0kaAnyPEALw_wcB Maybe a little bit of heat from a blowtorch before using the bearing puller?
  5. Tried that with a screwdriver but no luck, maybe I should give it more welly!
  6. I get that people have to make money, but there is difference between dedicating your life to something and getting paid and peddling pseudoscience/archaeology to make a quick buck selling books or getting clicks. But most discoveries are actually pretty dull to the general public. Let's be honest a youtube video on discovering the Egyptians knew how to make cheese (https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-45233347) isn't go to get as many views as one on ancient alien technology, despite there only being actual evidence for one of them. Archaeology is bloody slow, there are plenty of new discoveries that challenge existing theories, but we tend not to get massive earth-shattering discoveries. They are just small things that move the needle a bit. Here are a few from 2018 - https://www.history.com/news/discoveries-2018-archaeology-science-finds including an 4500 yr old Egyptian ramp technology - https://www.history.com/news/ancient-egypt-pyramid-ramp-discovery Here is a great site to track new discoveries - https://www.sciencedaily.com/news/fossils_ruins/ancient_civilizations/ Honestly I think it is great that you are curious and interested the ancient world, it doesn't get as much coverage to the general public as I would like it too. The history of these places are utterly fascinating and there are a lot of genuine mysteries. I would recommend that give something like Our Fake History a try, it is a fantastic listen and I think you would get a lot out of it. Hosted by a guy that is curious about history and different theories, who comes at things with an open mind. The Atlantis episode is great - https://ourfakehistory.com/index.php/season-2/episode-38-was-there-a-real-atlantis-part-i/
  7. Dude, have you ever thought that the guys that promote these theories are just con-men out to make money? https://badarchaeology.wordpress.com/2014/02/15/the-paracas-skulls-aliens-an-unknown-hominid-species-or-cranial-deformation/ Plus skull modification has been around for ages, it isn't really a mystery - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Artificial_cranial_deformation
  8. More Trial Noir references...
  9. Looking forward to seeing the circus stuff. I may be in Richmond in a month with work, if the stars align I will try and get to a show.
  10. I use it, mainly because it easy to keep in touch with family and friends now I am in the USA. I dn't really do the status thing anymore and only share a few things. There are a couple of good groups I am in, which helps keep me on there.
  11. I haven’t a clue about discs brake so. a) Magura MT Sport b) Shimano XT M8000 c) Shimano Zee M620 Anything else worth considering that is good value? The M6000/7000?
  12. FBM in the USA build custom frames (not just BMX) and I know they have built a street trials frame. They have years of experience building BMX frame so should be plenty strong enough. I have heard they are pricey. The custom BMX frames start at $535 and they have a track frame starting at $1500. http://fbmbike.co/
  13. Video was great and riding was fantastic. Yeah the Adidas stuff was in your face, but it was a 'Hey Danny Mac wears our shit now' video and a bigger sponsor should mean bigger concepts and more videos.
  14. I am hoping he goes to prison in his forthcoming trial. Won't happen though.
  15. That is some great balance, I can barely stand up most of the time
  16. That was just so much, can't imagine how weird it must be to ride like with a trailer attached.
  17. Excellent stuff dude, you have the best hooks in the game. The stairs line was super fun.
  18. I had a go on a Hex fairly recently, definitely a great bike. If only i could afford one.
  19. As Mark said, A bike is better than no bike, so get out there and have fun. And that video posted above is a really useful for getting your head round the basic.
  20. Vlog was great, you are looking comfortable on the bike.
  21. Got into trials the same as a lot of other people around my age, had a friend into mountain biking and bought a cheap 2nd hand mtb (Univega Alpina) when I was 15/16. Started buying a few copies mbuk and saw The Marty(i)ns and other doing there thing. Then bought the Tricks and Stunts specials (Bought a GT Backwood around this time) and a friend and I learnt how to back hop, doing a few tricks, while messing about and still mountain biking. When went down to Bike 98 or 99, can't quite remember and saw Ackrigg, The Marty(i)ns, Ryan Leech, Jeff Lenosky and a bunch of others doing the trials demo. A couple of us were hooked. Around this time I had some epileptic fits, which meant I couldn't drive for 7 years, so that really pushed me towards bikes. I have bought a DMR Sidekick, which was a great little bike and really helped my progression. Then I moved to Leeds for Uni, bought a PX Zebdi and met up with the rest of Damnation Guys. Now at 38, yeah I still ride. Really because I still enjoy and it is super easy for me to get out and ride local stuff for a couple of hours. Also, having moved to America, it is cool riding stuff you know probably hasn't been ridden before. Yeah I can't hop quite as high, I am not quite as 'brave' in the stuff I try now and it takes longer to recover, but I have ridden fixie, road, bmx and mtb, it is trials keeps pulling me back. I do enjoy riding my single speed mtb now and taking those trial skills to the trail. As long as I still have fun, I will still ride and I can't see myself never having a trials bike. One thing I would still love to do I build my own frame.
  22. What are my options for 116mm rear cassette hub? Just getting my hands on a Hope one.
  23. Yeah that was jaw dropping. Film looks great, will definitely watch it
  24. They look decent. Any good without gloves?