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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

John Fisch   4 days ago
replied to Best shoes for platform pedals
Another Five Ten devotee here.  Worth every penny.  The shoe is comfy and the grip fantastic.  I've had my current pair going on five years now.  When I replace them, it will...
3 week trip to the PNW to ride Oregon & Washington (Bend, Oakridge, McKenzie River, Bellingham…any other suggestions?) See my post two above for additional PNW recommendations: Timberline to Town, Mt Hood,...
Thanks for the input, Stumpy!
John Fisch   1 week ago
started a topic: Your favorite bike trails in Minnesota
I lived in Minnesota for a few years in my youth, long before I took up mountain biking.  On more recent trips back, I have taken my bike with me and been...
John Fisch   1 week ago
replied to Bike trails near Cincinnati?
It's a little over a half hour from Cincy to Caesar Creek State Park, one of the better rides in southern Ohio. It's a little further (about 45 mins) to Heuston Woods State...
John Fisch   1 week ago
replied to Affordable kids' mountain bikes
Miniskibum thrashed a KHS 24" hardtail for a few years before I stepped him up to an adult bike. He rode it hard, taking it on every trail I took my long...
John Fisch   1 week ago
replied to I hate spider webs
Always my dilemma when I lived in Virginia:  ride early to beat the crowd, but if I was first out, I'd be "breaking trail" through web after web.  Not horrible, but definitely...
No doubt about it, Gallup is depressed. But if you can make the time, it'd be a shame to pass up on High Desert since it is both a great series of loops and so easily accessible from the interstate.
Wolf, Just be sure to check trail conditions. The soils are clayey and if there's been recent moisture, they will be a mudfest. If dry, definitely make the time, they make for a very entertaining ride.
John Fisch   1 week ago
So, the new IMBA President parrots the anti-bike zealotry of the infamous "Wilderness makes up only 2% of the landmass" argument!?!? (and it's actually 3% when referring to the lower 48, excluding Alaska, as Wiens does) I expect that level of disingenuous deceit from anti-bike zealots, but for someone who supposedly represents mountain bikers and…
John Fisch   2 weeks ago
added Penrose Commons
This is a rugged network of jeep roads, atv trails and a smidge of motorized singletrack. The area was designed...
+ 3 others
John Fisch   2 weeks ago
added Rampart Range Road
The full Rampart Range Road runs the backside of the Front Range from Colorado Springs all the way to Castle...
John Fisch   2 weeks ago
added Phantom Canyon Road
The road starts off paved and turns to dirt and climbs 4,300 vertical feet over 30 miles on the way...
John Fisch   2 weeks ago
added Eleven Mile State Park
This is a small network of hiking trails where biking is allowed. The core of the network is the three...
John Fisch   2 weeks ago
added 7 photos.
+ 6 others

This trail offers a great combination of entertaining singletrack and world class scenery. Some of it begs to be ridden...
+ 4 others
John Fisch   2 weeks ago
added a review of Rampart Range Road

This is all road, relentlessly uphill for the first 12 miles, often washboardy, and a real chore. Best for serious...
John Fisch   2 weeks ago
added a review of Phantom Canyon Road

This ride is all road, but it passes through magnificent scenery. Relentless as the climb is, it's mostly moderate in...
John Fisch   2 weeks ago
added a review of Penrose Commons

I found this to be a fun venue, although it's definitely not for everyone. The main jeep roads are great...

I would not make a special trip for this trail, but if you're in the area for other reasons (camping,...
Not often enough for sure. Since I have three bikes, if one is dirty and I don't feel like washing it (or more practically, lubing/inspecting it), I just grab the next bike. Then at...
Guess I won't complain about the moth and grasshopper migrations I've ridden through.
John Fisch   2 weeks ago
replied to Comfortable Knee Pads that fit.
If you're not looking for pro downhiller level protection, I found these to be highly comfortable and providing adequate coverage.  I also have beefy legs, so fit is a challenge.    
Love Suicidal Tendencies!
John Fisch   2 weeks ago
replied to Colorado Road Trips
FinnKid, Montana is a huge state so it's hard to make recommendations without further info.  So you're looking at going to Glacier.  There's a number of ways of doing that.  Are you looking...
John Fisch   2 weeks ago
commented on Why Are Some Chapters Leaving IMBA?
"If IMBA continues to fight STC and the advancement of cycling within Wilderness, our members would force us to leave,” Although just a small line in the overall article, this is really key. Most people support IMBA because they believe it to be focused on cycling advocacy. Their history of not only not supporting this…
John Fisch   2 weeks ago
John Fisch   3 weeks ago
updated Oil Well Flats conditions to Good
Fools errand indeed! That said, this is as good an attempt as is possible to condense this state into 5 musts. Well done. I personally love the choice of Lunch Loops vice Koko or 18 road.
Of course this can work either way, t's just less common for the woman to be the rider. I even know a golf widower!
I'd love to share the recipe... but I can't. Not because it's some great secret, but rather because I rarely follow a recipe--I just make things up as I go. When I get some time, I'll PM you with a basic outline.
John Fisch   3 weeks ago
updated Ridgeline Open Space Trail conditions to Fair
+ 1 other
John Fisch   3 weeks ago
updated Phillip S. Miller Park conditions to Fair
John Fisch   3 weeks ago
commented on a photo of Captain Ahab
Nice pic of a fun spot!
Of course! I have three bikes, each with their own strengths. But I'm perfectly happy to hit some smooth xc on my enduro bike and I have no problem shredding some gnar on my xc hardtail. It can be really run to have the perfect bike for a particular trail, but it even with multiple…
John Fisch   3 weeks ago
Thanks for sharing.  I"m not going to do the race, but it does look like there's some new-to-me singletrack I'd like to check out on my next Fruita run.
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