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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

14 is about when my kid started dropping me.
John Fisch   1 week ago
added a review of Better than Dead

Another great ride next to Green River. It's kind of Wilkins-Lite. A little less mileage, a few less options, and...
Lee, Beautiful shots as always. Excellent, but frightening article, especially in light of recent trends. I have now ridden somewhere in the neighborhood of 600 distinct trails across 30 of our United States and a handful of your Canadian Provinces, including most of the big name, marquee routes. The two you detail here are in…
Yeah....cholla... vicious stuff there
John Fisch   3 weeks ago
I'm happy to report significant improvement this year. No final solution, but enough improvement I'm riding longer and harder again... and not always alone. But whether alone solo or accompanied, I'm enjoying it again. Rather than being a drudgery I force myself through, it is once again that silly toothy grin-inducing fun it was a…
John Fisch   on Oct 30, 2018
John Fisch   on Oct 27, 2018
replied to Sedona AZ - Beginner to Intermediate
Thanks for the report.  Glad you enjoyed it!
John Fisch   on Oct 26, 2018
replied to Outerbike Bentonville 2018
Outerbike is where companies try to push their high profit goodies so yeah, there will be lots of e-bikes. They've actually been a fixture at Outerbikes for a few years now. Ashley Korenblat, former...
John Fisch   on Oct 21, 2018
added a review of Hogbacks

The Hogbacks are great due to their immediate proximity to town. The system is composed of mostly parallel lines along...
John Fisch   on Oct 18, 2018
replied to USA MTB Trails- October?
Fruita Moab Sedona St. George
+ 2 others
John Fisch   on Oct 18, 2018
replied to Encounters with wildlife
While riding, I have come upon: Deer, elk, moose, bighorn, mountain goat, fox, coyote, bobcat, black bear, and all manner of rodents and reptiles. All encounters were cool, but none particularly remarkable. Except the birds. ...
John Fisch   on Oct 18, 2018
replied to Sedona AZ - Beginner to Intermediate
I second the Chuckwagon recommendation.  Great trail, a genuine Sedona experience, and quite ridable for a lower intermediate or better rider. You can also make a nice loop out of the Bell Rock...
They should publish the serial numbers. I'm assuming they're already sharing them with law enforcement. Gonna be hard to move that many bikes.
John Fisch   on Sep 12, 2018
Head Over Handlebars is on the right track. It's all about timing the wheelie and the subsequent weight shift. But the key to being able to execute that is looking beyond the obstacle.  If you...
John Fisch   on Aug 24, 2018
John Fisch   on Aug 20, 2018
John Fisch   on Aug 19, 2018
added a photo of Bear River State Park
John Fisch   on Aug 19, 2018
added a review of Bear River State Park

There is some great novice riding to be had here, and some of the trial next to the river is...
John Fisch   on Aug 19, 2018
added Bear River State Park
This is a ladder type network with roughly parallel trails lying low along the river and high atop the mesa...
John Fisch   on Aug 19, 2018
added a map of Bear River State Park
Thanks for the info. I've thought the Goodwater was a very interesting bike from the first time I learned of the brand. While I'm not keen on those awkward hodgepodge color combos, that does look like a real sweet frame.

Surprisingly good trail for the Texas Panhandle. Not as good as Palo Duro, but better than anything else for at...
This is a sixteen mile lollipop with a six mile stem and a four mile loop at the far end...
John Fisch   on Jul 16, 2018
The Kennedy Peak ride is also worthy of inclusion. It's close to, and looks and feels a lot like Elizabeth Furnace, but the climb is a little less strenuous and while it does have i's very rocky, challenging bits, it's all rideable; no mandatory hike-a-bike like Elizabeth Furnace.
I gotta' admit, when it comes to summiting major mountains, it's something I generally do on foot.  Or if it's with the bike, there's likely to be a shuttle or lift involved. Good...
John Fisch   on Jul 6, 2018
Thanks for all the additional stoke there, Wolf! Indeed, the San Juans are stunning, rugged, dramatic, gorgeous, challenging... all that and then some. I remember falling in love with the San Juans as a young teen, long before I ever even thought about taking up mountain biking. To answer your question about the distinction between…
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