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Colorado Springs // Colorado

 
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About Me

I originally took up mountain biking in 2000 at the age of 35 because I spent all summer whining that I couldn't ski. However, the addiction soon took over and I now ride knobbies much more than I ride sticks. I'm a classic short attention span kind of guy and would generally ride an average trail for the first time than a great trail for the second time, and I will take every opportunity I can, short of ignoring the commitments of my family and day job, to seek out new trails, which is why my trails ridden list is so long.

My Bikes

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Pretty average in every way (except tech, rather less than average in that regard), but better than other typical suburban...
Of those three, I would probably weed out the Ghost as it is an 8-speed while the other two are 9-speed. Beyond that, it's impossible to make a real choice based on the spec alone.  The bottom line is the best bike is the one you want to ride the most--which means at least taking…
John Fisch   1 week ago
added Bennett Creek
 
This is a three mile connection from the Bennett Creek Campground to the Maah Daah Hey Epic. Ride it out...
John Fisch   1 week ago
answered a question about The Whole Enchilada
 
Not a chance. Check with a local shop to get current info, but the LaSals will still be under plenty...
John Fisch   1 week ago
added Summit Jersey
 
Basic t-style jersey
John Fisch   2 weeks ago
added Journey Short
 
Lightweight all purpose bike short
John Fisch   2 weeks ago
added a photo of Pearl Izumi Divide
 
John Fisch   2 weeks ago
added Divide
 
Lightweight Baggies
John Fisch   2 weeks ago
replied to 29 or 27.5 inch tires?
 
Both.  I got the Foes Mixer Enduro -- 29" up front and 27.5" in the rear.  The combo slays everything!
John Fisch   2 weeks ago
commented on a photo
 
Sweet. Good to see you keeping the ol' Raven going!
John Fisch   2 weeks ago
replied to What bike(s) do you own
 
My latest acquisition is a Foes Mixer Enduro. http://www.singletracks.com/blog/mtb-reviews/final-review-the-foes-mixer-enduro/   I also have: 2012 Yeti ASR 5 Carbon (26" wheel, 5" travel, carbon trail bike) 2000 Rocky Mountain Oxygen Race (26" aluminum hardtail) 2010 Yeti ASR 7 (26" wheel, 7" travel all-mountain/enduro bike:  now completely redundant with the acquisition of the Foes and up for sale)
John Fisch   2 weeks ago
replied to What is your worst crash?
 
That depends on how you define "worst."  What is worse--destroying your bike or destroying your body?  What is worse, the immediate pain which may fade, or longer term effects even if the immediate pain wasn't severe? For me, I would probably refer to a crash which would have looked like nothing, but had significant impact…
Since I've ridden over 500 trails, many of them among the world's best, picking one is impossible.  If I was able to choose just one, I'd change my mind tomorrow or even in an hour from now.  Here's a list of some of what I consider elite and could be my "favorite" at any given…
It largely depends on: 1.  The trail 2.  My mood at the time Some trails lend themselves to hardtails and some to fullys.  Since I generally like technical riding, my fully gets more use, but there are times I like the simplicity and challenge of the hardtail, even on a gnarly trail. Fortunately, I have…
 

Three stacked loops, one beginner, one intermediate, and one advanced--all rocky. Even the beginner loop is littered with rocks, but...
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John Fisch   3 weeks ago
added a review of East Loop
 

This is a nice little bit of tight n' twisty in the middle of the little town on the prairie....
John Fisch   3 weeks ago
added a review of Salina Ymca Loop
 

A pleasant but all too short meander through the woods adjacent to the YMCA.
 

While it's not as rocky as the KC trails (Swope/Shawnee), it's plenty rocky and you will get bumped around a...
John Fisch   3 weeks ago
checked in at East Loop
 
John Fisch   3 weeks ago
checked in at Salina Ymca Loop
 
John Fisch   3 weeks ago
checked in at Perry Lake Bike Trail
 
John Fisch   3 weeks ago
checked in at Shawnee Mission Park
 
John Fisch   3 weeks ago
added a review of Swope Park Trail
 

Holy Massive Minefields of Ledgy Limestone, Batman, this is a tantalizingly techy trail! Rocks, rocks and more rocks. Rocks to...
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Good variety wedged into suburbia. There are some really entertaining sections of trail and some that provide genuine technical challenge....
John Fisch   3 weeks ago
checked in at Swope Park Trail
 
John Fisch   3 weeks ago
checked in at Blue River Parkway Trails
 
John Fisch   3 weeks ago
added a review of Clinton State Park
 

The reviews did not oversell this place, even for this Colorado boy. There are miles of techy challenges that will...
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John Fisch   3 weeks ago
added a review of Kill Creek
 

Nice trail for the area. There are some lightly challenging roots and rock, but nothing too treacherous. It's easy to...
John Fisch   3 weeks ago
updated Kill Creek
 
to Tacky.
John Fisch   3 weeks ago
checked in at Kill Creek
 
John Fisch   3 weeks ago
updated Clinton State Park
 
to Tacky.
John Fisch   3 weeks ago
checked in at Clinton State Park
 
John Fisch   3 weeks ago
checked in at Bear Creek Regional Park
 
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