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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


Pretty pine forest traversed by mostly boring doubletrack. The environment is pleasing but what's actually under your knobbies is of...
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Very wide USFS road that is often badly rutted from being driven when wet. Where it parallels the creek, it's...
John Fisch   3 days ago
updated Rito De La Olla Trail #438 conditions to Good
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John Fisch   3 days ago
updated Rio Grande Del Rancho Trail #18 conditions to Good
If you're going to be spending half your time on pavement and have no plans to get really rowdy off road, then you're better off getting one of the hardtails.  Either the...
With my oldest having recently become a Tarheel, I'm looking forward to a NC trip sometime soon. This is most helpful as I will, of course, be taking time to ride while visiting. Thanks for the great overview.
This reviewer, in addition to displaying poor language skills, seemed to have a desperate need to inflate his skill set by disparaging everyone else's. I road this trail about 10 years ago and...
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... and why oh, why, do you not include reasonable bike access in Wilderness as part of your advocacy?  Why do you continue to not only not support, but rather actively attempt...
Check out the Pear Izumi X-Alp Alp Drift IV.  Very light and holy but still a complete shoe.'s/Footwear/Cycling%20Shoes/Men's_X-Alp_Drift_IV/p/151160022IP
Best option for a great loop that won't be so long as to get you in hot water with the family is up to Peaks Trail, Peaks to Gold Hill and return...
"Some people just do not understand how gratifying working hard to get something you really want can be once you get it." Hear, Hear!
Wow, I could have written that exact same post myself (with different examples, though). You perfectly expressed my thoughts about what kinds of trails I like best. I really like trail designers who...
Yeah, that's the thing--no one obstacle is too tough, but stringing them all together into a single continuous, clean ride is!

Mostly boring doubletrack and a little bike-legal singletrack... that perfectly parallels the doubletrack. I'd give it two stars if the...
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John Fisch   1 week ago
added a review of Coal Creek Trail

Suburban bike path best used for making a run to the local strip mall. Mountain biking, not so much.
John Fisch   1 week ago
added a review of Coalton Trail

Oh, look... another dirt road/doubletrack that Boulder County calls a mountain bike trail!
John Fisch   1 week ago
added a review of Community Ditch

Boring doubletrack whos only purpose is to connect to better trails higher up.
John Fisch   1 week ago
added a review of Davidson Mesa

Short, flat, boring loop. Lots of walkers, families and dogs. Zero reason to bring a bike here.
John Fisch   1 week ago
added a review of Dirty Bismarck

Mostly boring prairie ride.
John Fisch   1 week ago
added a review of Doudy Draw Trail

This is a tale of two trails. The north half is a boring doubletrack that merits little attention. The other...
John Fisch   1 week ago
added a review of Flatirons Vista

What's under your knobbies is pretty boring, but the scenery is excellent and this trail makes a nice approach to...
John Fisch   1 week ago
added a review of Greenbelt Plateau

Like many area trails, this is nothing special itself, but makes a nice warmup to other more interesting trails in...
John Fisch   1 week ago
added a review of High Plains Trail

Quite bland for the most part. Best for what it connects to.
John Fisch   1 week ago
added a review of Lobo Trail

So tame, it's hard to even call this a mountain biking trail. Best use is as a quick spin on...
John Fisch   1 week ago
added a review of Spring Brook Loop

Best trail in the area. Start with very nice, up-close views of the flatirons, climb into the Ponderosa forest, and...

Not very interesting in and of itself, but it makes a nice warmup for the other area trails it connects...

Mostly uninteresting trail. Worth a quick spin if you live in the area, or you can get big mileage by...
John Fisch   1 week ago
added a review of Standley Lake

Not much of a mountain biking trail. Dreadfully uninteresting singletrack shared with lots of walkers.

Quite possible the least interesting trail I've ridden in Colorado... or anywhere else for that matter. Flat. Straight. No features....

Not horrible for a suburban trail system, but still not much of interest here. Some trails closed to bikes and...
John Fisch   1 week ago
updated Colorado Hills Trail conditions to Good
John Fisch   1 week ago
replied to How much suspension is enough?
I've swung both ways on this pendulum.  I had the Yeti Seven,  with a full 7" of rear travel, and replaced it with my current Foes Mixer at 160mm (6.2"), so I've...
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John Fisch   1 week ago
replied to Which Pro DH Racer Are You?
Cute. I'm Gee Atherton. Which would be really cool if I could actually ride like Gee Atherton :-)  
You done Mt St Helens yet (Ape Canyon/Plains of Abraham)?  Pretty close to you and quite spectacular.  
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Yes, it does correspond largely to what I normally ride, but not in the way you'd expect. I generally ride both in fairly equal measure--and I'm about equally likely to ride either when...
Just more of why I stopped supporting IMBA a few years ago, and won't return my support until they dramatically change their tune: "Jackson resident Luther Propst sits on the board of the...
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For me, $0. I just convert one of my old mountain bikes into my commuter ;-)
Since my son will be starting college in Boise, I'm looking forward to spending some time in Idaho.  
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John Fisch   1 week ago
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First, for one of your already planned trips, be sure to bring your bike on the Yellowstone/Glacier run.  There is tons of outstanding riding around and between those two destinations. As for your...
Not a whole lot of hating or Debbie Downer going on when I was stationed in North Dakota. "Can't" was generally considered the most offensive four letter word of all. Teddy Roosevelt was the big folk hero and his ethos seemed to have infused the local culture. We lived his mantra from "The Man in…
Certainly understandable. I enjoy all the creek crossings as well as the top section. That last little climb to get back to the road does take some of the fun out of it. And yes, Greens is my fave, but the cat's already out of the bag on that one. Part of the joy of…
John Fisch   1 week ago
Bikesuperior, Thanks for all your work on Piedmont! I really enjoyed that system--it has a cool, old school vibe to it and you can get a real workout and have some techy fun along the way. I love how it is easily combined with Brewer, which is more modern and has cleverly incorporated some natural…
"Pretty sure the loop portion is done…" Oh, great, now there's another ride I have to add to my already too-long list!
CycleKrieg, Appreciate the input! It seemed to me that combining the various Cuyuna venues into one big loop would require a good deal of connecting on paved paths; did I miss something? In any case, it's great to hear about the future plans.
SJP, Thanks for the info. Wish I had known that when I lived in NoVa. I was told McKeldin, for instance, was all doubletrack.
Not yet. So far, it's just an out-and-back, but there is a plan to build new trail that would loop it around to the west to join up with the CO trail between Tramway and Shinglemill. Looks like a good route that will add yet more legit loop opportunities.
Buffalo Creek, eh? I can see that. I really run hot and cold with regard to Buff Creek. Sometimes i go there and wonder what all the fuss is about. Sometimes I go there and have the time of my life. Blackjack and Raspberry are excellent additions that really up the variety and keep the…
Cuyuna was great for what it was, but I loved Duluth. I highly recommend it if you get the chance. I need to go back and hit some of the systems I missed when I was there, and they always seem to be adding new trails.
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John Fisch   2 weeks ago
replied to Raleigh Kodiak 1 & 2
Your height doesn't automatically mean you should be on a 29er.  Depending on what/where you want to ride and what riding characteristics you prefer, 27.5 or 29 may be best, assuming the...
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Montana has no state sales tax, but all the other elements are still in play
Looks/sounds like my kinda' bike. I'll be looking for a Rocky Mountain demo day in my area so I can throw a leg over one of these.
" . . . it looks like the Orbea Occam AM would be the only suggestion in my price range." Actually, all the bikes mentioned offer a variety of build kits (and aluminum or carbon frames), meaning they all have a broad range of price points. It's possible to find an aluminum Tracer with a…
acrider, I think the 5010 sounds like a fine choice. It's a good enough climber to get you up those mountains, but still slack enough to enjoy the trail when it points downhill. A lot would depend on how often you want to go to Steamboat and how rad you want to ride when you…
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