Thursday, May 26, 2016

Porsche Bike S in Truckee

Let the high elevation training begin! I moved to Truckee, CA this week. It seemed fitting to unpack my 1996 Porsche Bike S and go for a little ride. My new home is only a quarter mile from a paved path system so I rode down and toward downtown Truckee. The ride was a short 11 mile round trip but with a thunder storm coming, I thought it smart to turn around. The Legacy Trail through Truckee is absolutely beautiful. It follows the Truckee River and is a safe and quiet place to ride. I never had it this good in Western Nevada County. My plan is to begin serious high elevation training on my 1998 Porsche Bike S next week and I am aiming for a September 72 mile ride around Lake Tahoe.

Monday, May 16, 2016

892 miles on a Porsche Bike S

I am now up to 892 miles at an average speed of 11.8 miles per hour and a whopping 44,125 calories on my 1998 Porsche Bike S.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Gold Country Challenge completed!

I just finished the 54 mile Gold Country Challenge bike ride on my 1998 Porsche Bike S mountain bike. The challenging ride covered most for western Nevada County (in California) and included about 4,500’ of climbing. With the recent wet winter, the hills were green and wild flowers were everywhere.

The ride started and finished at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. The fellow riders were friendly and food plentiful. I completed all 54 miles, with the bike and body preforming quite well - but my legs are sore!

Fellow Porsche Club of America and local Porsche Owners Group members saw me off at the start and dropped in along the course. One good friend even brought me a green tea smoothie at the lunch stop.

This was ride number two for the summer with two more coming up - Lake Tahoe 72 mile in September and Sacramento 100 mile in October. Today went well enough, I believe I'm ready!

Friday, May 13, 2016

Gear ready!

Bike gear is ready for tomorrow, including a one-of-kind Niello Porsche bike jersey and matching, of course, bike shorts, arm sleeves, leg sleeves, Adidas bike rain jacket (just in case) and Uvex bike helmet for good measure! I gotta be ready since the start time is early in the morning. I am looking forward to tomorrow's 54 mile ride - the next step in my Porsche Bike S adventure.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Cayenne S support vehicle!

My Porsche Cayenne S support vehicle is cleaned and ready for this Saturday's 54 mile Gold Country Challenge bike ride in Grass Valley, CA. The challenging ride starts at 7:30am at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. I intend to ride the entire distance on my 1998 Porsche Bike S.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Special promotion on all Porsche bike products!

If you've ever pondered buying a Porsche bicycle, this is the time! I just received the following notice:

Porsche Cars North America is pleased to offer a special promotion on all Porsche bike products and biking accessories in support of National Bike Month (May) and National Bike Week (May 16-20).

Call Niello Porsche at 916-625-8300 or visit them at 4525 Granite Drive, Rocklin CA 95677.

And check out the bikes here and here!

Monday, May 2, 2016

Death Ride on a Porsche bike?

As I'm gearing up for my summer bike riding schedule, I am already daydreaming about next year. I have planned a 55 mile ride this May, 72 miles around Lake Tahoe in September and a 100 miler in Sacramento in October.

But now I'm starting to think about possible riding adventures in 2017. All of my 2016 riding plans include the challenge of riding a 1998 Porsche Bike S mountain bike.

Next year I'm thinking I'd like to step up to an even greater challenge: the Death Ride.

The Death Ride conquers five Lake Tahoe mountain passes in 125 miles on a bicycle in July each year. This a grueling ride and one of the biggest bicycle challenges in my area. With such a challenge, I don't think I should or could use my 1998 Porsche Bike S. I'll need a new bike.

So I have this dilemma. What bike to buy.

I'm thinking I'll need something lighter. The new Porsche Bike RS is less than 20 pounds and has state-of-the-art Shimano XTR components, a completely carbon fiber frame and 29" wheels. This would be a trade up from my 25 pound, aluminum frame and 26" wheel Bike S for sure.

Or the other choice would be the 1999 Porsche Bike R. This was an aluminum frame road racer with 700C rims. It was also less than 20 pounds with Shimano Dura Ace gearing. This bike however only has 18 gears compared to the 20 on the RS.

So, what bike would you choose?

21 mile ride on the 1998 Porsche Bike S

I took the 1998 Porsche Bike S out for a short 21 mile ride Sunday. This was the first ride after the Wildflower 80 mile weekend last week. Felt good to stretch the legs and lungs again. I rode from the house to the Allison Ranch Loop and then out Bennett road to Brunswick and back home on 174. I was bombing down Allison Ranch Road. That was fun!

Recovery week

Last week was a week to forget. Got a flat tire on the Bike X and crashed the Bike S. And in two consecutive days. This week I’m back on the...