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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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John Fisch   4 days ago
replied to Mountain biking in Europe
 
I just returned from a couple weeks in Europe.  Unfortunately, I didn't get to ride (part of the trip was work and part was vacation with my wife), but I'm dying to go back and ride.  I'm particularly jazzed about mounting up in the Dolomites (Northern Italy) or the Julian Alps (Slovenia), but I'm sure…
John Fisch   1 week ago
updated Palmer Trail / Section 16 conditions to Good
 
John Fisch   1 week ago
asked a question about Granby Ranch Bike Park
 
2449 virgo dr, 80906
John Fisch   3 weeks ago
added Cub Creek Trail
 
This trail serves as an entrance to the Mt Evans Wilderness Area. Don't let the Wilderness sign at the trailhead...
John Fisch   3 weeks ago
added a review of Dedisse Trail
 

This trail definitely has its moments. There are flowy cross country moments and there are heinous climbing moments. There are...
+ 2 others
John Fisch   3 weeks ago
added a review of Cub Creek Trail
 

This trail is great for adding on miles, but has little to recommend it otherwise. Neither the trail layout or...
John Fisch   3 weeks ago
added a review of Maxwell Falls
 

Get your legs and lungs in order. The Maxwell Falls Trail is both viciously steep and big boulder technical. Most...
John Fisch   3 weeks ago
added a map of Cub Creek Trail
 
John Fisch   3 weeks ago
replied to Top 100
 
As currently listed, I have ridden 29 of the top 100.  A few trails are subsets of others (for instance, Kessel Run is listed separately, but is also part of the listed 18 road trails. Here's my personal order of preference (in some cases, there is little or no difference in preference between adjacent listings,…
John Fisch   3 weeks ago
replied to First Bike - Cannondale Trail 8?
 
That's probably a great entry level bike.  The component spec isn't great, but certainly adequate for light trail riding.  The good thing about c-dale is they make excellent frames even at the entry level.  If you decide to get more aggressive, the frame is worthy of upgrades, so you can always make it better part-by-part…
 

This is a tougher than average 3.5 miles to be sure. There's nothing death defying, but the combination of grade,...
John Fisch   on May 14, 2016
added 2 photos.
 
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John Fisch   on May 14, 2016
added Climax Canyon Nature Trail
 
The trail begins with a short stem that attaches to two connected 1.5 mile loops which can be ridden as...
John Fisch   on May 14, 2016
added Climax Canyon Nature Trail
 
The trail has a short stem leading up to a joining of two 1.5 mile loops which can be ridden...
John Fisch   on Apr 21, 2016
added a review of Phillip S. Miller Park
 

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   on Apr 19, 2016
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   on Apr 17, 2016
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   on Apr 17, 2016
added a photo of Pearl Izumi Summit Jersey
 
John Fisch   on Apr 17, 2016
added Summit Jersey
 
Basic t-style jersey
John Fisch   on Apr 16, 2016
added a photo of Pearl Izumi Journey Short
 
John Fisch   on Apr 16, 2016
added Journey Short
 
Lightweight all purpose bike short
John Fisch   on Apr 16, 2016
added a photo of Pearl Izumi Divide
 
John Fisch   on Apr 16, 2016
added Divide
 
Lightweight Baggies
John Fisch   on Apr 15, 2016
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   on Apr 14, 2016
commented on a photo
 
Sweet. Good to see you keeping the ol' Raven going!
John Fisch   on Apr 13, 2016
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   on Apr 13, 2016
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…
John Fisch   on Apr 9, 2016
added a review of Shawnee Mission Park
 

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   on Apr 9, 2016
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   on Apr 9, 2016
added a review of Salina Ymca Loop
 

A pleasant but all too short meander through the woods adjacent to the YMCA.
John Fisch   on Apr 9, 2016
added a review of Perry Lake Bike Trail
 

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   on Apr 8, 2016
checked in at East Loop
 
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