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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
I positively loved this Breezer:    
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I find myself pretty happy on anything from WTB.  I currently have a Rocket, Volt, Speed and a Silverado.  All are excellent.  The Rocket is probably the most comfortable and the Volt...
John Fisch   1 week ago
John Fisch   1 week ago
replied to August in Colorado / bike rental
Some shops that rent bikes also rent bike racks, so that would help you logistically. Some towns have shops that rent bikes within riding distances of great trail networks. In the Denver metro area,...
That Tundra looks sweet. An aluminum fatbike at only 27.5 lbs sounds very nice.
John Fisch   1 week ago
commented on a photo of Hymasa
Yep . . . .awesome shot. I rode Hymasa, but never really saw it like that. Thanks for sharing!
The instinct for self preservation generally increases as we age. At some point in life, we find we break easier, and once broken, it takes longer to heal. I think there's a correlation there. Two other things that seem to cause one (especially those of us with a Y chromosome) to slow down. 1. Marriage…
John Fisch   1 week ago
replied to Road trip of a lifetime
Jim, I'm not yet retired, so such an undertaking is beyond me. However, if you're looking for someone to ride with in CO, I could probably join a few days.  I'd be happy to...
I'm not as familiar with Muir as I am with Edward Abbey. In "Desert Solitaire" while describing his distaste for how tourists experience the wild places in our national parks, he said “A man...
John Fisch   1 week ago
added a review of Pupukea Trail

Interesting trail system with lots of options and plenty of variety. Confusing at times and it takes multiple rides to...
I was stoked to see that video--I've ridden a few trails in the Tobacco Roots (my favorite range)--but not much looked familiar. It was never that wet when I rode there. Always gorgeous but never that lush.
Unfortunately, this is now beyond the "public comment" stage as the USFS has already released their "final decision," hence the use of a lawsuit as the recourse of last resort. For anyone looking to support those fighting the good fight in the toughest such battles, I recommend supporting Bitterroot Backcountry Cyclists and Montana Mountain Bike…
John Fisch   3 weeks ago
Much thanks, JD Back atcha with the best wishes for 2017!
John Fisch   3 weeks ago
John Fisch   3 weeks ago
John Fisch   on Dec 21, 2016
replied to Best and Worst Rides of 2016
Easily my #1 was the run down the Game Creek trail from the top of Vail Mountain to the town of Minturn.  Wicked fun descent through brilliant fall colors on a perfect...
Wow! Just wow. Wow. Holy cow wow! Did I say "wow"? Wow.
John Fisch   on Dec 20, 2016
John Fisch   on Dec 19, 2016
replied to Best MTB retirement community?
These spring to mind: 1.  Sedona, if you can afford it.  If not, go a few miles down the road to Cottonwood which is much more affordable and an easy drive to Sedona....
John Fisch   on Dec 19, 2016
added a video of Ute Valley Park
John Fisch   on Dec 17, 2016
added a review of Raleigh Tokul 4130

Stable Comfortable Versatile; can handle any conditions Great joy in cornering
John Fisch   on Dec 17, 2016
added 4 photos.
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John Fisch   on Dec 17, 2016
added Tokul 4130
Hardtail 27.5
The whole picture thing is a lot more fun when riding with a group. I find myself less inclined to stop for pics when riding solo.
Congratulations -- you have applied the greatest dilemma in quantum mechanics to mountain biking! How does the act of observation inherently change the event itself? Can we observe without affecting the event? Can we compensate for the effects our observations have and keep the event pure, as though it was not being observed? After a…
Joel, Thanks for the feedback. Most of my pics come from a Canon EOS Rebel. But that last pic was from a basic smartphone!
As I have matured, I've learned to be happy with what I have and am very pleased that I've overcome the dreaded "bike envy" that comes with constantly reading about the newest blingy gear . . . . . . but now I seem to be developing a new problem: Travel Envy!
John Fisch   on Dec 6, 2016
John Fisch   on Dec 6, 2016
added a review of Placitas Open Space

Like Juan Tabo or Manzano/4 Hills, this trail system (not to be confused with the larger Placitas Trail System which...
John Fisch   on Dec 6, 2016
added 2 photos.
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