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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   1 day ago
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   4 days ago
replied to USA MTB Trails- October?
Fruita Moab Sedona St. George
+ 2 others
John Fisch   4 days ago
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. ...
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…
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
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