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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.

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John Fisch   1 day ago
 
 

Like Juan Tabo or Manzano/4 Hills, this trail system (not to be confused with the larger Placitas Trail System which...
John Fisch   1 day ago
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John Fisch   1 day ago
added Placitas Open Space
 
There is theoretically a main loop here, but there are lots of forks, merges, criscrossing trails, doubletracks, and service roads....
John Fisch   2 days ago
replied to Colorado trip. What to bring?
 
I share Gdb49s bias -- which is why I wrote this series: http://www.singletracks.com/blog/mtb-trails/riding-the-springs-part-1-palmer-park/ http://www.singletracks.com/blog/mtb-trails/riding-the-springs-part-2-the-other-major-parks-ute-valley-and-cheyenne-mountain/ http://www.singletracks.com/blog/mtb-trails/riding-the-springs-part-3-the-southwest-complex/ There is camping at Cheyenne Mountain State Park   If you're looking to do the "best," then the Monarch Crest is an absolute...
John Fisch   4 days ago
replied to Colorado trip. What to bring?
 
Bring warmth.  It can get pretty cold at altitude.  I have camped in temps in the low 20s in August.  You probably won't be camping at 12,000 feet like I was, but...
 
Mongwolf, I really appreciate your support! I think it's pretty much happening by default with each article I write--just not in order. I'm not sure there's much of a market for "the collected works of the skibum who actually rides more than he skis"! I'm also kind of wondering how things will work out next…
 
Whoa, Matthew! Great story there. Montana really lends itself to these kinds of tales. It may not be quite as remote as Mongolia, but the backcountry there is big . . . really big. Sometimes it's hard to tell what is a legitimate trail, cattle trail, or game trail. Underused legitimate trails fade out and…
 
Thanks for the reply, Wolf. Your perspective is great to hear as knowing you live in a place that lacks the sort of organized SAR we're used to in the US. It makes that self reliance thing all the more important! Good list of essentials as well.
Oh, how I understand. Had what would have appeared to be one of my more minor falls--a gentle crash to the side and POP - out came my shoulder. I was alone so I popped it back into place and rode (gently) directly back to my vehicle. All seemed okay until I tried to throw…
John Fisch   1 week ago
 
They opened up 10 more slots today, so I'm in. Looking forward to seeing you and the rest of the crew!
John Fisch   2 weeks ago
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fsherfy Here's an article that resonated with a lot of old folks on bikes, in case you missed it the first time around: http://www.singletracks.com/blog/uncategorized/life-lessons-from-mountain-biking-growing-up-vs-growing-old/   As for bike choice, test riding a good variety is essential....
Thanks for the offer--We can have a race to see who bonks first! I waited too long to put my name in for the Missing Link crew this weekend and it was all full up by the time I tried to hop on. With today's weather, it'll be interesting to see if it still happens.…
John Fisch   2 weeks ago
 
 
All true! This Colorado boy was mightily impressed with KC trails. Swope and Landahl are outstanding trail systems, and would be so even if they didn't sit in the middle of the prairie. Shawnee and Blue River also have their moments. I truly hope I have the opportunity to go back. Great stuff, there!
John Fisch   on Nov 2, 2016
replied to Help buying first mountain bike
 
Plenty of ideas here: http://www.singletracks.com/blog/mtb-gear/buyers-guide-budget-full-suspension-mountain-bikes/2/
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John Fisch   on Nov 2, 2016
replied to 160mm or 180mm?
 
I agree with Alvin.  160mm is plenty for anything short of dedicated downhill racing.
As one who constantly seeks out new trails, often taking chances on the unknown, I often end up on trail which are harder/steeper than expected, unrideable for long stretches, or worse, too easy, wide, turning out to be doubletrack or service roads rather than singletrack, etc. But no matter what, I'm in the woods (or…
 
Mongwolf, You may be good on a Kona as well--even they tend to run shorter than average in the top tube. Even running a little longer on newer models still only brings them up to average on most models. Yeti's on the other hand are always long or at least long-ish.
Best $2 one can spend indeed! Thanks for giving Kyle and me the tour when we were out there. That's a positively stellar ride.
Sweetwater in Arizona, Dawson's Butte in Colorado, Dead Horse in Utah are all outstanding choices. Sweetwater and Dead Horse are particularly special because they are wonderfully scenic, can be fun for any level of rider but still easy enough to be more inspiring than intimidating for the novice rider.
John Fisch   on Oct 24, 2016
commented on Opinion: How NOT to Reroute a Trail
 
UPDATE: Since submitting this article, I have learned the USFS is putting out a different story regarding the width of the trail. apparently, their previous statement that the trail had to be that wide to accommodate all user groups was incorrect. The width of the trail is no reported to be necessary to support travel…
John Fisch   on Oct 24, 2016
commented on Opinion: How NOT to Reroute a Trail
 
SJP, I understand your concerns, and they were mine as well as I initially sat down to put pen to paper for this one. Please follow the link to my original article about the issue from 2013, and you will see a tone which is much more conciliatory, and actually supportive of the USFS in…
John Fisch   on Oct 24, 2016
replied to 27.5x3.0
 
I second Muley's statement about the 2.8" size.  That seems to be where optimal performance lies.  You get a lot of additional confidence and capagility from the greater width without going overboard...
John Fisch   on Oct 24, 2016
 
Chris, Yes it all does get a bit murky as to what influenced what and to what degree, and to what degree all those offshoots changed the face of mountain biking. I don't own a fat bike and have no plans to get one, so they really haven't revolutionized much for me (although if anybody…
Some have made the argument that snowbards were a huge revolution in skiing, even though snowboards and skis are two very different items. People saw how the deeper sidecut in a snowboard allowed it to carve a tighter arc, and then built a deeper sidecut into skis; still not as big a sidecut as in…
Probably the most successful example would by the very popular Cuyuna Lakes trail system in Minnesota, built on an abandoned open pit iron mining area. The beautiful Red Rock Canyon Open Space in Colorado...
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Laurel Hill trail system, Lorton Va is built on what was a large prison complex.  Trails are named after whatever part of the complex they were built on:  Slaughterhouse, Dairy Barn, Power...
John Fisch   on Oct 14, 2016
added a review of Jones Downhill
 

This may help: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10205375751752062&set=p.10205375751752062&type=3&theater I have heard conflicting reports of what is and isn't open, to whom, and what is even passable....
John Fisch   on Oct 14, 2016
 
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