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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

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…
John Fisch   on Jul 4, 2018
Need to add number 5 (or 1a if you prefer): get a proper fitting an bike setup. Even the perfect bike will make for a bad ride if not properly set up. The most common setup fail among new riders is an improperly adjusted seat height (usually too low). Getting that seat height up where…
John Fisch   on Jun 17, 2018
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   on Jun 17, 2018
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   on Jun 17, 2018
added Deep Creek Trail
Heading out of town, go right on FS637 and then onto the Elder Creek doubletrack, connecting with the Deep Creek...
John Fisch   on Jun 17, 2018
added a map of Deep Creek Trail
+ 2 others
John Fisch   on Jun 17, 2018
added a map of Thunder Trails
John Fisch   on Jun 17, 2018
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…
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