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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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That's a tough one. It seems the folks who manage the system call it the "Noquemanon Trails" http://www.noquetrails.org/about-2 while the City of Marquette calls it the "Marquette South Trails" http://www.mqtcty.org/Maps/south_trails_network.pdf While people I talked to informally referred...
Nope.  I own and love my Foes Mixer, and while the parts kit is a custom build, the frame is not. I'm with Chris on this one, those Breadwinners look quite nice (and...
Oh, Jeff is being far too nice here. Where to start, where to start? Okay, lets start with the irony of a post that accuses the article of twisting words and falsely ascribing intent when the post does exactly that... over and over. To wit "I understand you must go out of your way to…
John Fisch   3 days ago
 
John Fisch   3 days ago
replied to Denver Colorado in May
 
If you're okay with a drive, the obvious answer is Buffalo Creek-about an hour from Denver and mid May is prime time.  Some classic Rocky Mountain scenery and a fantastic network of...
John Fisch   6 days ago
commented on Watch: Whitefish. Proven Here.
 
Greg, I had the same reaction. Those aerial shots are indeed within the boundaries of Glacier National Park where bikes aren't allowed on singletrack. I was also a bit surprised to see the footage of the grizzly bear given the recent death that occurred in the area when a mountain biker crashed into one of…
 
July? I second bonkedagain here.  I LOVE both Moab and Fruita, but July in those places is intolerable.  If you MUST do two of those three Moab and the Butte are the answer....
John Fisch   1 week ago
replied to Crazy Trail Tales?
 
Arizona-Tucson-Tucson Mountain Park When lost and wandering off on apparently abandoned trails, came across a a bunch of empty blue plastic 55 gallon drums and some other containers where it appeared things had...
Heck, that was my daily ride when I lived in Wyoming.
John Fisch   2 weeks ago
 
John Fisch   2 weeks ago
updated Coal Creek Trail conditions to Poor
 
John Fisch   2 weeks ago
updated Sunset East conditions to Good
 
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John Fisch   2 weeks ago
updated East Boulder Trail conditions to Fair
 
John Fisch   2 weeks ago
updated Davidson Mesa conditions to Fair
 
John Fisch   2 weeks ago
updated White Rocks Trail conditions to Fair
 
John Fisch   2 weeks ago
updated Lobo Trail conditions to Fair
 
John Fisch   2 weeks ago
updated Sunset West conditions to Fair
 
John Fisch   3 weeks ago
replied to Best vehicle for mountain biking?
 
So . . . dude wants a minivan, but the woman doesn't?  On what planet does your relationship exist ;-)  
Thanks for sharing the story. I learned early on in my time in the Big Sky State, be prepared for anything. Trials often don't match maps, or are unmapped in the first place, or mapped trails disappear or don't exist in the first place. Water isn't always available, and the weather can do anything at…
John Fisch   3 weeks ago
replied to Favorite Songs to Ride To?
 
I'm on who doesn't listen to music on the trail.  Before and after is a different story.  Most often, I'm like arkinet above laying down some jazz jams on the way to...
John Fisch   3 weeks ago
replied to Best vehicle for mountain biking?
 
I completely second mongwolf on this one.  A quad cab pickup can comfortably haul 5 bikes and 5 riders.  4x4 and high clearance make it possible to reach remote trailheads.  My Tacoma...
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John Fisch   3 weeks ago
replied to 26er
 
Mine's not dead yet .... https://www.singletracks.com/blog/mtb-gear/riding-the-ol-26er-an-ode-to-the-relics-of-years-gone-by/    
It's not actually in legislation (yet). If it did get through Congress, yes, the President would have to sign to make it law.
John Fisch   3 weeks ago
 
John Fisch   3 weeks ago
 
Your argument with regard to horses is solid.  I have always maintained that, from a purely functional/logical point of view, horses are less in keeping with the original intent than a bike...
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"Aarons’ Zen Trail is still a Zen Trail and is not redesigned, the primary means of locomotion (pedals) are still there and still function only an electric assist motor has been added...
Logic still failing:  adding a fork or rear suspension is not adding something that makes the bike go under its own power.  Adding a motor is.  Motor + bike = motorbike.   If you...
"A ski lift or a truck is something. If you use a ski lift to help get you up the hill, does your bicycle magically become something that is not a bicycle?...
John Fisch   on Mar 2, 2017
 
"Still a bicycle, just someone or something helping you pedal with a pedal assist type ebike."   The flaw in that logic is inherent right in that sentence--it's not "someone or something."  It is...
John Fisch   on Feb 26, 2017
replied to Intermediate trails accross the US
 
bobioard, The glory of your situation is that you will be able to find trails meeting your specifications anywhere throughout the West/Southwest.  The bad news is that, since everyplace has what you're looking...
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John Fisch   on Feb 26, 2017
replied to Favorite Salt Lake/Park City Trails
 
Mongwolf, Yeah, the unusually warm, dry winter hasn't been great for skiing, but it has allowed more riding than usual.  I had the opportunity to check out the newest addition to Canon City's...
John Fisch   on Feb 26, 2017
replied to Best trails in early May
 
I'm confused.  You say you are ideally looking for "big mountain, high altitude, lift assisted singletrack" but then list Sedona and Colorado Front Range as likely spots when neither of those fit...
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John Fisch   on Feb 26, 2017
replied to Favorite Salt Lake/Park City Trails
 
Nick, Looks like you're off to a good start with your planning.  The one absolute must do is Wasatch Crest which you've already put on your list.  Park City's must do is the...
John Fisch   on Feb 21, 2017
commented on A Dozen Cosmic Climbs to Attempt in 2017
 
Good call, davver! I love that whole ridge above Duluth. Combining Brewer and Pedmont makes for a great ride.
John Fisch   on Feb 21, 2017
 
John Fisch   on Feb 20, 2017
added 11 photos.
 
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John Fisch   on Feb 20, 2017
added a review of Tunnel Drive
 

First timer-friendly trail, wide and smooth; not really mountain biking. But the scenery is very good. Only recommended as a...
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John Fisch   on Feb 20, 2017
added a review of South Canon Trails
 

The area could be divided into two areas: upper and lower. The lower part is mostly beginner-friendly desert singletrack. The...
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