Sunday, April 24, 2016
I rode my 1998 Porsche Bike S today at the Wildflower bike ride in Chico, California. Completing over 60 miles, I achieved a new personal best both in distance and speed on a mixed hill and flat course. I completed 60.14 miles in 4:31:48 with an average speed of 13.3 mph. Since I have found no record of anyone riding a Porsche Bike S that distance, I'm calling this a new record for a Porsche bicycle. The ride started at the Chico Fairgrounds and headed east into the foothills. Honey Run was a steep and narrow section that burned the legs of even the best riders. Next was a series of rolling hills that ended with a steep downhill. My Porsche Bike S topped out at 37.5 mph. Taking the corners at this speed was amazing. The bike handled so well. The steep run gave way to flat farm country with a 15 mph head wind. Last, we rode back through Chico to the finish. This was my first organized bike riding event as well as the debut of my Niello Porsche sponsored bike jerseys. I wore the black jersey for this first ride. I now have the confidence in this bike and my ability to begin the summer riding schedule I've outlined. Next is the 55 mile ride, the Gold Country Challenge, in Grass Valley California on May 14. This ride is a few miles shorter, but a lot more challenging due to the hilly course.
Saturday, April 23, 2016
Friday, April 22, 2016
Thursday, April 21, 2016
Peter Nixon posted some information about his Porsche Bike FS Evolution rebuild on this blog. He said I could share with others.
He purchased a FS Evolution that wasn't rideable. The brakes were dragging, the shocks leaked and the bike kept jumping out of gear. He replaced a lot of parts and stripped and repainted the frame.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Saturday, April 16, 2016
Monday, April 11, 2016
Sunday, April 10, 2016
Friday, April 8, 2016
Thursday, April 7, 2016
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
I ordered a new bike helmet today and it should arrive Monday, April 11 in time for the first official ride April 24 in Chico, California. The Uvex Xenova race helmet is red and black to match my Porsche Bike S and Niello Porsche bike jersey. German-made Uvex helmets just happen to be the head protection of choice for the Porsche factory 919 LMP1 pit team in the World Endurance Championship. It seemed like the proper choice for my Porsche bike efforts.
Sunday, April 3, 2016
I rode another 50 miles around the western Nevada County foothills in California on my 1998 Porsche Bike S today.
I retraced most of the same route as last week, but this week's ride ended slightly faster with an average speed of 12.3 miles per hour.
I have scoured the Internet and have not found anyone that has ridden one of these classic bikes this far. Since this blog is now read by people in nearly 30 countries, maybe someone will speak up? Until then I'll consider my 50 mile rides the world distance record on a Porsche Bike S mountain bike!
Today's road ride started in Grass Valley and quickly hit some steep hills before a long and fast downhill portion. I clocked exactly 40 mph through a downhill straight with a posted radar traffic sign. I was flying!
I started the ride early in the morning. It's finally warming up and no bike tights needed! The beginning of this route travels through mature pines trees in some higher elevations before dropping into lower foothill oak trees. I saw woodpeckers, jays, geese and plenty of smaller birds.
As the temperature warmed up more people started coming out. I had to dodge cars and pedestrians for the last 10 miles.
I stopped by Tour of Nevada City for a picture of my Porsche Bike S at my favorite bike shop. Owner Duane Strawser stepped out for a quick picture and a high-five before I got back on the road.
The next two weekends will be shorter and faster rides as I prepare for the 65 mile Chico Wildflower 65 bike ride on April 24.
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