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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.

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I don't think a number on a thermometer has ever kept me off a bike. Layers help. Also, no matter how cold it is, as soon as I start exerting myself, my body heats op dramatically. Wind doesn't keep me off the bike either. I've lived n places that are always windy, so if you're…
For me it was weight. Junior was not experienced enough to be able to feel lower quality components and he would outgrow the bike before reliability became an issue (and actually they held up very well even though he rode hard). But theres no reason his 24" hardtail should have weighed more than my size…
That's what I figured you meant, and of course actually reading the article confirmed that.
Headline is inaccurate/ misleading. What the study reveals is that riders work out, or pedal, almost as hard on an e-bike which is NOT the same thing as saying the e-bike is almost as hard to pedal. Given how much faster riders complete the same course with similar or less exertion is actually proof that…
It's great to see Young Gulch reopening. That was a great little ride with lots of Creek crossings to keep you cool on a hot day. It will no doubt be a very different experience after the fire though.
The rider. Definitely the rider.
John Fisch   on Nov 7, 2019
added 4 photos.
 
John Fisch   on Nov 7, 2019
added a review of Twentymile Creek Trail
 

Superb backcountry ride! This one will really give you the feel of getting away from it all. The only think...
John Fisch   on Nov 4, 2019
 
That study, and the interpretation of the results, has a number of flaws. First, the each user group was given four passes by the elk. The differences in elk displacement between foot and bike traffic were largely insignificant, and in one pass, the displacement was actually higher by foot traffic. Pointing to this as some…
Yes, the legislation that includes MTBs covers both a Wilderness area and a NRA. There is one paragraph covering each. MTBs appear in the paragraph covering the Wilderness area, not the NRA... and therein it specifically calls bikes a Wilderness one, and primitive recreation.... in the Wilderness portion of the bill. As usual, Todd the…
Actually, if taken strictly, no other form of mechanical transport, would also preclude cross country skis, boats with mechanical oarlocks, snowshoes with mechanically pivoting bindings, etc. The fact that these items were never questioned is one of the many levels of proof that the word mechanical here was, in accordance with the usage of the…
My current mullet is a Foes Mixer Enduro. I'm really looking forward to Mullet releasing their 160mm bike. No word yet as to when that will be.
I've long wanted to visit Slovenia, even before knowing there was great riding there. This just amps up the stoke!
I'm 6' even, 34" inseam. I generally ride a large, but Mullet only had a medium available for test. I compensated by running a slightly longer stem and sliding the saddle back all the way on the rails. Interestingly, the geometry seems to adapt well to a wider size range so it wasn't uncomfortable, but…
In that case, I can't imagine a better bike. Not even close for that matter. I also find myself having tons o'fun on a hardtail, even in technical terrain. In that regard, the Mullet was leaps and bounds ahead of anything else I've ever thrown a leg over. Like I said, this bike bailed me…
To be honest, that largely depends on whether or no you think any hardtail is enduro-worthy. Most enduro courses are seriously chunky and this bike still has no rear suspension. If I was picking a bike specifically for competitive enduro racing, this wouldn't be it. Mullet has plans to introduce a 160mm travel enduro rig…
Any tire recommendation would be largely dependent on your typical riding surface. That said, as a starting point I'll offer the following: When running standard width, I would have liked to have tried this bike with a Continental Trail King or maybe a Kenda Neegal Pro. These are good all around tires with enough knob…
Mullet may or may not publish actual geometry numbers soon. I certainly understand the desire to review them. Part of Mullet's reluctance is to not make it easier for copycats, but the even bigger concern is that the numbers might seem odd to the average consumer and be misleading to those who don't know the…
A few points. Putting different width tires on a bike vs. different diameter wheels is in no way comparable. Whether or not mixed wheel bikes "catch on" remains to be seen. Past mixed wheel designs were just the result of slapping two different wheels on an existing design which didn't fully capture the benefits. So…
JD, Most pics are from the newer trail segments at Ute Valley Park.
John Fisch   on Jul 25, 2019
 
I'm skeptical about the warranty, having broken three Yetis
John Fisch   on Jul 14, 2019
added a review of Mullet Honeymaker
 

Best cornering bike ever Rails corners but still climbs tech like a goat Pleasantly damp and comfortable ride, but still responsive Superbly balanced,...
John Fisch   on Jul 14, 2019
added a photo of Mullet Honeymaker
 
John Fisch   on Jul 14, 2019
added Honeymaker
 
MIxed wheel (29"F/27.5"R) titanium all mountain hardtail
Not only did Mike Vidovich bring the idea to Foes, he brought the actual design and geometry as well.
1. In the hearing Congressman did ask about other forms of Transportation other than motorized transportation. John Fisch knows this is an absolute fact. The most famous case of that is when Compton White Jr ask said “What about the mechanical device behind the horse?” Yep, and if you read the response you understand that…
isawtman says "The Wilderness Act clearly says “no other form of Mechanical Transport” Which ignores 1. The fact that Congressional use of that language was at the time specifically focused on keeping motorized vehicles out of Wilderness, not anything human powered. A reading of that text in full context confirms that. A reading of the…
The 3% statistic is not germane to this discussion. The vast majority of the lower 48 is private land, cities, agricultural land, etc. What matters is how much open land is available, and how much actually desirable open land is available. Even most of the public land has been mined, timbered, crisscrossed with roads, etc.…
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