For years, the name Brian Yeagle has been synonymous with the phrase "enigmatic trail legend." Originally hailing from West Suffield, Conn., Yeagle grew up, according to himself, "in the woods," riding multiple forms of bikes in the woods near his house, until he discovered BMX and started building trails.
Throughout the earlier part of the decade, Yeagle made sporadic appearances in the BMX media, destroying the East Coast Terminal skatepark during La Revolution comps in between the occasional video part and heavy semesters at the University of Connecticut. Yeagle's field of study involved photography, but he didn't take the traditional "I ride BMX, therefore I'm becoming a BMX photographer" route. Instead, Yeagle took more of an eclectic approach to his photography, choosing to focus on self portraits and scenery with the occasional BMX photo mixed in. "I can have a great time just walking around shooting photos of just about anything. And I use this interest in my passion of exploring abandoned mental hospitals (or anything abandoned). Searching through old, shut up buildings is a good time, you can find the most interesting items to view" said Yeagle in regards to his photography in a 2004 Dig interview. Yeagle's riding also continued to progress outside the realm of trails, including street and tons of abandoned concrete.
Plagued by recurring knee injuries for the better part of the decade, Yeagle has endured multiple knee surgeries to reconstruct his left ACL, which now includes a cadaver ligament. "It's pretty gnarly putting someone else's ACL into your own body; I bless the cadaver it came from," he says. And more recently, as evidenced in part two of the above videos, Brian endured the removal of a cyst in his leg, which put him out of commission for almost a year.
Currently, Brian Yeagle is almost back on the bike, and things are looking up for the seasoned trail vet. Now residing in Pittsburgh, Pa., Yeagle has a signature frame in the works from Verde BMX, along with a part in Stew Johnson's upcoming "Anthem 2." Check parts one and two of the video bio for a glimpse inside the enigmatic life of Brian Yeagle.
Additionally, Brian would like to thank Will Stroud, Verde Bikes, and the Hazelwood crew for making this possible.