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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   5 days ago
added Tabeguach Trail
This is super long distance route on 4x4 and ATV trails. Most of it passes through remote backcountry with no...
John Fisch   6 days ago
added Thunder Trails
This is a set of four set of four stacked loops ranging from easy to intermediate in technical difficulty and...
+ 1 other
John Fisch   5 days ago
added Deep Creek Trail
Heading out of town, go right on FS637 and then onto the Elder Creek doubletrack, connecting with the Deep Creek...
+ 2 others
John Fisch   6 days ago
added a map of Thunder Trails
John Fisch   6 days ago
added a map of Tabeguach Trail
Wicked good trail there in Palisade. Should be on everyone's Fruita itinerary. I like it better than 18 road and it has a tiny fraction of the traffic.
John Fisch   on May 14, 2018
commented on a photo
Wow! What a great shot. Thanks for sharing that.
Between the two, definitely Copper. First, it’s about 2 hrs closer.  Second, by then, Ark could be wicked hot and muggy. But Copper is limited.  It’s awesome, but not a place I could...
John Fisch   on May 11, 2018
For sit downs during epic backcountry rides, it's Clif Bars or sometimes a good old fashioned PBJ sandwich. While riding or for short stops, it's Clif Shots, Honey Stinger Chews, and Honey Stinger...
John Fisch   on May 4, 2018
John Fisch   on Apr 27, 2018
commented on a photo of Shemya Island
This place is truly remote
John Fisch   on Apr 27, 2018
added 5 photos.
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John Fisch   on Apr 27, 2018
added a review of Shemya Island

No singletrack just service roads. The entire island is about 2 mi x 4 mi and there are about 20...
John Fisch   on Apr 27, 2018
added Shemya Island
Shemya is a military installation on the far west end of the Aleutian Island chain. Access is extremely limited, but...
John Fisch   on Apr 27, 2018
added a map of Shemya Island
John Fisch   on Apr 14, 2018
commented on a photo
John Fisch   on Apr 12, 2018
IMBA most definitely has NOT done a great job here. We've lost over a thousand miles of traditionally ridden singletrack in the last five years alone. Even if IMBA was doing a good job, the result is the same. Loss after loss after loss of highly prized bike routes. Environmental assessments may not be necessary.…
John Fisch   on Apr 10, 2018
commented on Best Mountain Bike Trails in the Southeast
“... and a temperate climate that baits riders to pedal 12 months out of the year” ????? The southeast is infamous for heat and humidity and I won’t set foot or knobby there for at least 8 months out of the year! Just say the word “Alabama” and I start to sweat. After such a…
John Fisch   on Apr 7, 2018
replied to Suggestions around WV, VA or PA?
Too many worthy entries in that broad area. But I'd have to say Hepler is helpful here.  If you're looking for reasonably easy trails that are still fun, that area with Fair Hill,...
John Fisch   on Apr 1, 2018
replied to How's your riding year going?
Whoa!  I knew about the cold weather you face, but dust storms too? You definitely have it tougher than most. I’d love to contribute to your thread, but the year so far has...
presali, Go ride Alien Run in northern New Mexico. Fantastic trail system developed by the BLM. Runs through an area with a ton of extraction (natural gas). If you're really looking for it, you may see a well or two through the pinions, but you're definitely not riding through a stinking, toxic wasteland. If you…
John Fisch   on Mar 29, 2018
added Lowder Pond Loop
Not a lot of climbing over the 12 miles, but it's all over 10K ft in altitude, so you'll need...
+ 1 other
John Fisch   on Mar 29, 2018
added Paradise Canyon
This is steep and technical alternative, good for somebody looking for a little extra excitement on their Dark Hollow ride....
Edit: meant to say Western Spirit ownership, not Bears Ears ownership.
Or you could just go ride Bears Ears on your own and keep your money rather than give it to a company hostile to mountain bike access. Oh, the irony. Bears Ears ownership has been most vocal in their opposition to lifting the blanket ban on bikes in Wilderness areas... thus continuing to alienate a…
In a word, yes. As it is, I have reached a point where I can't ride trails I used to, or at least don't because it's too darn difficult. I have never even considered getting an e-bike to help me up those 3,000 vertical ft climbs I used to do with ease, but can no…
John Fisch   on Mar 23, 2018
I absolutely loved my visit to Marquette. Not only were the trails Grade A, but the whole vibe of the place and its people was awesome. I hope I get the chance to go back again sometime.
John Fisch   on Mar 18, 2018
replied to Non-negotiables
Interesting. I'm a 200+ pound, bull-in-a-china-shop type rider.  I've broken just about every thing on a bike you can imagine, including three frames now.  My friends are always amazed at the damage I...
John Fisch   on Mar 17, 2018
updated Midland Hills Trails conditions to Good
+ 3 others
John Fisch   on Mar 17, 2018
updated Midland Bike Trail conditions to Good
John Fisch   on Mar 17, 2018
updated Whipple Trail System conditions to Good
John Fisch   on Mar 17, 2018
updated Midland Bike Trail conditions to Good
John Fisch   on Mar 9, 2018
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