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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

John Fisch   2 weeks ago
Pretty good list there. Thanks for the clarification on VIneyard. I've ridden Watershed, Schaefer, Fairhill, and Rosaryville. Gunpowder sounds like a good alternative.
mongwolf, I actually have heard "A Big Year" as I have a riding buddy who did that in 2015. In many places, he was able to incorporate riding into his birding. Of course it's always easy to pare down the list to fit available time, money and personal preferences (i.e. just do a regional trip…
John Fisch   on Aug 29, 2016
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John Fisch   on Aug 15, 2016
added a review of Revant Elite HC3 Lenses

Simply the most amazing optical clarity ever
John Fisch   on Aug 14, 2016
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John Fisch   on Aug 14, 2016
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John Fisch   on Aug 14, 2016
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John Fisch   on Aug 14, 2016
added Elite HC3 Lenses
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Vail Mountain is but one of the many such venues owned by Vail Resorts, so I wouldn't let the relative weakness of their bike park concern anyone with regard to Whistler. Consider that Vail Resorts also owns and operates Keystone Mountain, which is generally considered to have the raddest downhilling of any of the large…
John Fisch   on Aug 2, 2016
replied to Shimano Vs. SRAM Drivetrain?
To be perfectly honest, I don't think you should sweat that decision too much.  I have owned 5 bikes, most of which have run both at one time or another.  I have done long term demos/reviews on dozens more bikes and have hundreds of miles on both. Bottom line:  they both make quality drivetrains.  Personally,…
I have witnessed #2 multiple times myself. The funny thing is that, in most cases, I knew far more than the yuk-yuk who was talking down to me.
Outstanding article. Just . . . outstanding. From start to finish. A great read that has inspired me on this otherwise mundane day.
Chris, I understand where you’re coming from, but your position is not supported by the facts or even your own arguments. “It is an incredible adventure . . . .” Doing it on a bike makes it no less so, especially relative to horse travel, which you apparently support. At least a bike takes skill…
Technically, the Black Hills are "east of the Rockies." But they look just like anything along Colorado's front range or even Northern New Mexico or Flagstaff, AZ. That said, I would take a week there before any of the 10 on this list. There is great quantity, quality and variety of riding, and very few…
mongwolf, Experience of another Colorado boy. I loved Swope. If you're coming down I-70, it's also worth stopping in at Landahl which may be the best ride in MO if you like ledgy, technical riding and it's also convenient to I-70. I liked Shawnee also, but not as much--it's really kind of a "Swope-lite."
" . . . risk of unintended consequences, especially political consequences and further polarization of the stewardship and outdoor recreation community, . . . " So the status quo doesn't polarize the stewardship and outdoor recreation community? How does *including* another low-impact, human-powered user group add to polarization? The hikers and equestrians who don't want…
John Fisch   on Jul 23, 2016
updated Red Rock Canyon conditions to Good

Each of the trails in this route has its own character. Ape Canyon and Abraham are completely different in both...
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John Fisch   on Jul 20, 2016
added a review of Mckenzie River Trail

This is a long and beautiful ride, but definitely not a 5 star for me. The top 10 miles are...
John Fisch   on Jul 19, 2016
replied to Biking in October/November
Greenhorn, Sounds like your plan is taking shape.  Should be a great trip! Some additional ideas based on your current itinerary: 1.  Fruita is fantastic, but 8 days is a bit much for the area.  Since it's only 1.5 hrs from Fruita to Moab, make sure you get in some Moab riding as well.  Also,…
John Fisch   on Jul 16, 2016
replied to Biking in October/November
I agree with Abe Most of the American Southwest is prime in October/November.  As others have noted, most of Colorado may be out of play by then, but Fruita should still be on tap. In Utah, that's a good time for Moab and St George/Hurricane.  St George is still a bit warm for my taste in…
John Fisch   on Jul 14, 2016
added a review of Timberline to Town

Very entertaining downhill run that is mostly high on flow and low on tech. You get 4,400 ft of descending...
John Fisch   on Jul 13, 2016
added a review of Wilkins Peak Trails

I seem to have had a different reaction to this trail system than most. Lots of great features, but a...
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John Fisch   on Jul 13, 2016
added a review of Alpine Trail

This trail is everything it is reputed to be. I found it to be one of the more 'scary' trails...
John Fisch   on Jul 12, 2016
updated Alpine Trail conditions to Poor
John Fisch   on Jul 12, 2016
commented on The 10 Best Enduro Mountain Bikes for 2016
I love the Yeti, love the Intense, love the Ibis, love every one I've ridden. As much as I love them, not a one is even in the same league with the Foes Mixer Enduro for me. The mixed wheel size creates a whole different level of performance. How many enduro bikes win legitimate downhill…
So much to choose from there! There's so many variation, all of them great. My favorite route is from my house one block to Bear Creek Park, up the Regional Trail to the connector to Gold Camp Road. Down Stephanies (in upper Bear Creek Park), up Gold Camp Road all the way to Buckhorn to…
John Fisch   on Jul 9, 2016
updated Wilkins Peak Trails conditions to Good
John Fisch   on Jul 7, 2016
replied to Hard-Tails or Full Suspension?
Yes, it's true that full suspension can be faster even going uphill -- on technical terrain.  The suspension keeps the rear tire in contact with the ground, improving efficiency and speed.  But again, this is only on technical terrain.  Take it from someone who has raced a variety of courses, and who's son has just…
Wilson, I thought about Free Lunch but ultimately decided against it since it really is a dedicated freeride trail. If I was to consider all such routes, then nothing that didn't have huge air or deadly gaps would make my list. When I think of techy trails, I think of actual trials rather than collections…
John Fisch   on Jul 6, 2016
replied to Hard-Tails or Full Suspension?
Not only are hardtails more efficient, they are lighter.  The main reason to ride full suspension is to better handle technical terrain.  The choice of hardtail vs fully in racing is based on how technical the course is.  The fact is that most xc race courses don't have a lot of tech and the top…
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