It’s always interesting getting a look behind the scenes of what actually goes into producing BMX bikes, frames and parts. Rich Hirsch just uploaded this Vlog style video giving us a look into some of the new Stranger and Primo products, a behind the scenes look at their testing facility and more over in Taiwan. We normally don’t get to see this side of products, even though it’s a huge part of the process between a product idea and the bike you have to roll around on. Take a peek!
There’s a really great post up on the Stranger website that Rich Hirsch wrote giving some really solid life advice on career paths, college and how he got to where he is today as the owner of multiple businesses. You can check out the post right here — It Chooses You. We strongly suggest checking it out, especially if you have ever considered making a go at running a business based around BMX.
This post resonated well with me because my route to running a business in BMX had a some what similar route. I did finish high school, but didn’t finish college due to opportunities I pursued that allowed me to travel, learn photography, graphic design, website design and more on my own terms. It also lead me to learning how to run a business from marketing to taxes and how to incorporate a business. It is far more than it might seem on the day to day. I’ve never stopped learning and continue to learn anything and everything I can in and outside of BMX. For example, I fixed a furnace last night which was pretty fun since it was a new challenge when it would have been easier to just call a professional… The route of starting your own business isn’t for everyone and the more traditional track to a career might be for the best, and there is nothing wrong with that. At the same time, it’s also a lesson that has nothing to do with business and more of an indicator that if you want to do something, there’s nothing wrong with pursuing it even if it’s a path that is frowned upon by society. As long as it’s something you enjoy, then there’s nothing wrong with pursuing it. Much like Rich mentions in his post, you never know what you might be doing in 10 years, but just staying driven and motivated is huge to finding success wherever direction you go.
Check out Rich’s post on the Stranger site right here.
One of the cool parts about BMX is how so many of the brands came from riders that were once pro riders. Before Lotek and Stranger ever existed, Rich Hirsch was out there crushing it in the Northwest at a ton of skateparks and street spots as a pro. This section was filmed before his pro career started riding for brands like Mosh, Odyssey and Subrosa, but it’s easy to see why things took off for him. Hit play and take it all in!
“Rich’s part from the NW BMX classic Blueprint. This part basically was right before Rich got put on Mosh & Odyssey. The calm before the storm. Rich has always been very well rounded and holds it down down with a little bit of tech and a little bit of hesh in this part.” – Snakebite
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Here’s one we’ve been waiting to see pop online since Snakebite started uploading sections from the “Salvation” BMX video that was released in 2002. Above is Rich Hirsch‘s section which was filmed right after he got picked up by Mosh, before he went on to start Lotek and then Stranger years later. Rich has always been crushing it on a BMX bike and this is a good reminder of that. Hit play and enjoy!
Props pulled out the old Portland Scene Report section from Issue 41 that came out in 2001. You will definitely see a few familiar faces in this one. Check out riding from Ben Hucke, Andy Merrall, Justin Inman, Bruce Crisman, John Bristol, James Cox, Chester Blacksmith, Rich Hirsch, Matthew Puorro, Ben Ward, Ryan Evans, Eric Walter, Jeremy Davis, Lee Rajsich, Daniel Randall and Shad Johnson throwing down on the endless street, park and a trails spots in Portland. So awesome.
Vince Kroff, Ryan Sher, Shad Johnson, Caleb Quanbeck, Marcas Grubbs, Rich Hirsch, Aaron Huff, Chester Blacksmith, Justin Inman, Paddy Gross, Codie Larsen and more all make up this new mix edit from Goods. I was stoked to see clips from so many guys you don’t really see much from these days like Vince, Ryan, Shad and Rich. Real good watch. Take a peek.