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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

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John Fisch   1 day ago
added Water Canyon
 
This is an intermediate out and back singletrack route through one of Los Alamos' burn areas. It can also be...
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John Fisch   1 week ago
 
Can't argue with that top 5! What's amazing is that that top 5 doesn't allow space for so many other great destinations: Winter Park, Eagle, Vail, Steamboat, Colorado Springs, Del Norte, Front Range, Leadville, Telluride ...
Excellent reflection. One more way mountain biking unites: politically. Arch enemies. uber conservative on one side, and flaming liberal on the other can turn cranks together and all those otherwise unforgivable differences dissipate like so much vapor. I'm convinced if we all rode together more often, we'd solve a lot of problems, or even realize…
John Fisch   2 weeks ago
added a review of Little Scraggy
 

Cross country trail riding at its finest with optional free ride features. Lots of variety packed into a dynamite 13...
John Fisch   2 weeks ago
 
John Fisch   3 weeks ago
replied to Fell right into a stream
 
Your bike spending a little time underwater is really no different than any time any of us ride our bikes through streams deeper than our bottom brackets.  Most likely you have nothing...
John Fisch   3 weeks ago
replied to NORTHERN SPAIN MTB TRAILS
 
Greg Heil wrote a couple pieces you should find helpful: https://www.singletracks.com/blog/mtb-trails/5-mountain-bike-trails-in-the-spanish-pyrenees-you-need-to-ride-before-you-die/   https://www.singletracks.com/blog/mtb-trails/five2ride-mountain-bike-trails-in-spain/
John Fisch   3 weeks ago
added a review of Kask Rex
 

Well ventilated/very cool Highly adjustable/comfortable
John Fisch   3 weeks ago
added a photo of Kask Rex
 
John Fisch   3 weeks ago
added Rex
 
Lightweight trail/enduro helmet.
John Fisch   3 weeks ago
added a review of Angel Fire Resort
 

Excellent bike resort! The trails are well thought out, designed, cut, and maintained. There is definitely something here for everybody....
John Fisch   3 weeks ago
updated Angel Fire Resort conditions to Good
 
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John Fisch   on Jun 28, 2017
added 5 photos.
 
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John Fisch   on Jun 28, 2017
added a review of Juan Tomas Open Space
 

This is a fantastic beginner loop. The woods are pleasant, and being at the top of the mountain range, but...
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This is a fun little network with some cool cruising through classic New Mexico pinion forest. There is some super...
John Fisch   on Jun 28, 2017
added Juan Tomas Open Space
 
This is a simple four mile loop, mostly beginner level with just a couple short intermediate spots. There are a...
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This is a fairly small network with a few loop opportunities along the ridges and valleys on the east side...
John Fisch   on Jun 28, 2017
added a map of Juan Tomas Open Space
 
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John Fisch   on Jun 26, 2017
updated La Jara Canyon Trail FR#5 conditions to Good
 
John Fisch   on Jun 25, 2017
added a map of Indian Creek Loop
 
John Fisch   on Jun 24, 2017
commented on a photo of Stevens Gulch
 
All the comforts of home...
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John Fisch   on Jun 25, 2017
commented on a photo of Stevens Gulch
 
Some serous fernage along the Stevens Gulch Trail
John Fisch   on Jun 24, 2017
commented on a photo of Stevens Gulch
 
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John Fisch   on Jun 24, 2017
added Stevens Gulch
 
This is very narrow, often overgrown, frequently sandy and rocky/rooty singletrack. It can be a challenging climb from north to...
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John Fisch   on Jun 25, 2017
added Roundup Trail
 
This trail parallels the Stevens Gulch trail but on the other side of a ridgeline. Like Stevens Gulch, much of...
John Fisch   on Jun 24, 2017
added 8 photos.
 
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John Fisch   on Jun 24, 2017
added a review of Indian Creek Loop
 

There is some mighty fine singletrack here. There is fast and flowy, and tight and twisty. There is some super...
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John Fisch   on Jun 25, 2017
added a review of Roundup Trail
 

Like Stevens Gulch, this is a nice secondary option if you're looking to do something other than the standard Indian...
John Fisch   on Jun 24, 2017
added a review of Stevens Gulch
 

This could be a great option with a little more use to keep it packed, and then really only when...
John Fisch   on Jun 24, 2017
added a review of Ringtail / Swallowtail
 

Be advised Swalowtail is off limits to bikes. As such, the only legal way to ride this is as an...
Start with mbcows list and add a rer der hanger, first aid kit, plenty of food, and a water filter so I can refill the hydration pack.   I have broken actual ders before,...
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John Fisch   on Jun 23, 2017
replied to Commute length and kit?
 
I generally go full gear any time since my commute has options to extend--need to be ready whenever the gnar calls!
With a hundred miles of great singletrack accessible from the house, I don't need to drive every.  However, since I love exploring new-to-me trails, I end up driving a lot.  It used...
John Fisch   on Jun 22, 2017
 
John Fisch   on Jun 18, 2017
replied to Hello From CT!
 
Welcome to the boards. I used to live in NE, but didn't yet have a bike and have always regretted waiting until after I moved to get one.  Hopefully I'll get the chance...
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John Fisch   on Jun 18, 2017
replied to Finally pulled the trigger
 
Without getting snippy, I can say that you can find technical info on just about any part of your bike with a basic web search.  Each of the OEMs that has produced...
John Fisch   on Jun 18, 2017
added 2 photos.
 
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