Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Over 2000 miles on the Porsche Bike S

Looking over my stats, I noticed I have now pedaled over 2,000 miles on my Porsche Bike S. 164 hours of ride time and 95,000 calories burned. Not bad.

New crest installed

Using two-part epoxy, I installed the new crest on my 1998 Porsche Bike S. The original flew off while riding two days ago. With an 18 year old bike, stuff happens including breakdowns and parts falling off. Problem is no one makes parts for this bike anymore. So instead of an original Porsche crest, I had to buy a newer version from the dealership. I hope this one stays on. My high strength glueing skills are not that good!

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Tour De Tahoe, September 11, 2016

Using MapMyRide.com, I mapped out the Tour De Tahoe event course. The elevation gain over 72 miles doesn't look too bad, albeit at a rather high elevation. I am guessing it will take me five and a half hours to ride with another 45 minutes to an hour at rest stops. Two weeks until the event. I am getting excited to ride around Lake Tahoe!

Next bike!

I found this shiny chrome frame Porsche Bike RS photo on the internet. I must have this bike! This would look amazing next to the chrome rims on my Boxster!

3rd of 3 Porsche Bike S 25-mile rides completed

This morning I completed my third and final 25 mile bike ride to complete my three consecutive days of 25 mile bike rides. This morning was a back to back as I rode 25 miles last night and again this morning. My legs are sore, but after riding 75 miles on tired legs I feel like I am totally ready for September 11's 72 miles around Lake Tahoe. The good news is, my shifting was a little wonky last night. I had a hard time getting into my highest gear. Last night I did some adjustments and all of that worked out just fine this morning. I think The Porsche Bike S is shifting better now than it ever has. I just hope it holds together for a couple more weeks!

Monday, August 29, 2016

2nd of 3 Porsche Bike S 25-mile rides completed

I re-pedaled my route and couldn't find my missing Porsche emblem. It's gone, gone, gone. I'll install my newer crest Wednesday. Tonight I rode 25 miles back out to Stampede Reservoir and completed my 2nd of 3 25 mile rides in preparation for the Tour De Tahoe 72 mile ride. Tonight was cloudy and a little muggy. The 80 degree temperature cooled as the sun went down and the sunset was beautiful. Tomorrow morning is 3 of 3 25 milers.

1st of 3 Porsche Bike S 25-mile rides completed

In preparation for the Tour De Tahoe 72-mile ride around the beautiful Lake Tahoe September 11, I decided to taper down the next two weeks with some shorter rides. Yesterday, today and tomorrow I will ride 25 challenging miles which will equal the Tour De Tahoe distance over three days. Then I'll take two days off and ride an easy 30 miles this weekend. Next week will mostly be shorter rides to keep the legs loose.

Now here is the awful part. Last night when I rode over a big bump, the Porsche crest flew off the bike! Yes, I am heart broken. I heard the metal emblem hit the bike frame. At first I though a rock flew up from the tire and hit the frame. Happens all the time. But when I got home, I found the Porsche crest missing! I drove back to the same spot in my Cayenne and looked around with a flash light with no success. I plan to retrace my pedaling tonight, riding my 2nd of 3 25-mile rides and see if I can find it.

A Porsche without a Porsche crest isn't a good thing to a Porsche enthusiast. So, I already have a back up factory made crest ready for mounting - if I can't find the original!

Friday, August 26, 2016

Weekly Porsche Bike S training accomplished

Last Saturday I rode 60 Tahoe miles in preparation for the Tour De Tahoe 72 mile around the lake ride. This week I wanted to ride that same Tour De Tahoe distance across consecutive days. I got hung up and missed a day midweek but was able to accomplish the 72 miles across five days. This morning the last 11 miles. Next week, after two rest days off, I plan to ride 75 miles across three days. 25 on Sunday, 25 Monday and finishing with 25 miles on Tuesday. This is all part of my tapering effort for my Porsche Bike S Tour De Tahoe ride on September 11.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Sunset Porsche Bike S ride

Sticking to my weekly ride plan, I just completed 25 miles. I didn't have time to ride in the morning, so I went out for a sunset ride. 25 miles to Stampede reservoir and back home. Tomorrow is an easy 12 miler and then two rest days. I don't like rest days. I like riding my 1998 Porsche Bike S. But I need the rest to recover in preparation for the Tour De Tahoe September 11.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Another 25 miles around Donner Lake on the Porsche Bike S

Sticking with this week's training plan, I rode 25 miles out and around Donner Lake. Tomorrow I will do another 25 and then finish the midweek training with 12 miles on Thursday afternoon. That will complete the same distance I plan to ride my 1998 Porsche Bike S around Lake Tahoe September 11. Looking forward to the "Tour De Tahoe"!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Porsche Bike S tapering

I completed my longest ride of the month (60 miles) last Saturday so now I begin tapering down the miles for the 72 mile Tour De Tahoe bike ride event September 11. This week I'll ride 12 miles today, 25 tomorrow and Wednesday and 12 again Thursday. That will be 74 miles in four days. Roughly the same distance as the Tahoe ride, but with more rest in between. I look forward to riding my 1998 Porsche Bike S around Lake Tahoe!

Saturday, August 20, 2016

New personal best on the Porsche Bike S

I covered 60.76 miles on high Sierra roads around Truckee and Tahoe this morning. A new personal longest ride to date. I rode the Truckee/Tahoe triangle with an additional out-and-back to Homewood to achieve 60 miles. I started in Glenshire, rode over the steep climb to Brockway Summit. Then the steep downhill to Kings Beach. From Kings Beach, I rode along Lake Tahoe to Tahoe City. Then the extension to Homewood and then back to Tahoe City. From Tahoe City I followed highway 89 back through Truckee and to Glenshire. I burned over 2,900 calories! I think I'm ready to ride the 72 miles around Lake Tahoe on September 11.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Weekly bath...

...whether they need it or not.

Chasing the moon on my 1998 Porsche Bike S

Another early morning bike ride on my Porsche Bike S found me pointed into a large morning moon. I planned 25 miles heading directly west so I set a goal to get to my turn around point before the moon set. I had a blast riding fast to beat the moon. Missing accomplished.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

My latest story on the PCA website

Nothing to do with Porsche bicycles, my latest story on the Porsche Club of America newsletter and website...

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Strong morning ride on my Porsche Bike S

I find myself falling into a pattern cycling 25 miles most morning these days. I'm feeling strong enough to push the whole 25 miles as well. That's definitely an improvement since I started with only 12 miles most mornings. I'm planning to do another 25 miles tomorrow morning, and then take a couple days off and do a 60 mile ride over to Lake Tahoe this weekend. I'm starting to feel a certain 'oneness' with this Porsche Bike S mountain bike.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Great week of riding the Porsche Bike S

Wrapped up the week with 112 miles on my 1998 Porsche Bike S. One of my biggest weeks yet. This bicycle is incredibly reliable, sturdy and a real performer. Today I rode out to Stampede Reservoir again. The weather was perfect. I didn't break my previous personal best on this route, but today did mark 75 miles in three days. I am loving every minute of it.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Porsche Bike S ride with friends

Two friends from Grass Valley came up to Truckee this morning for a 25 mile ride. We got a 9:30am start that put us in the thick of the weekend tourist crowd and warming weather. We lapped Donner Lake right at the changing of the guard from early morning fisherman to bikini clad ladies. In Laurel and Hardy style, the three of us almost ran into each other when a truck backed in front of us while we were looking at a bikini girl on one of Donner's many lake docks. We almost completely crashed. Watch the road, not the bikinis, is the new motto.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Porsche Bike S morning ride

Nothing major to report - other than great weather, great views and a beautiful early morning ride on my 1998 Porsche Bike S.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Porsche Bike S Donner Lake ride

Another cold morning ride on my 1998 Porsche Bike S. 26 miles in mid 30 degree temperatures. I had to wear latex gloves under my riding gloves to prevent my hands from freezing! It's time to switch to afternoon riding for sure. Beautiful views though and light traffic.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Cold Porsche Bike S ride

Went out early this morning to find only 32 degrees during the entire short 47 minute ride. With frozen fingers and toes, I could only muster 11 miles. I think it's time to switch to afternoon riding!

Friday, August 5, 2016

Early morning Porsche Bike S ride

After my 25 mile afternoon warm ride yesterday, I went out for a 24 mile early cold ride this morning. Back to back 20+ milers made my legs ache, but still felt good to ride! I needed to get my miles in since I'm headed to SF today for a few days. I'll ride again Monday.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Porsche Bike S Stampede PB

Personal best to Stampede Reservoir and back on my 1998 Porsche Bike S! This afternoon I headed out in full sun and 80+ degree temperatures but felt strong and energized. I didn't stop for any photos, instead just kept pushing. 25 hilly miles at 13.1 miles per hour.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

50

50. No, not 50 miles. 50 years old. Today I achieved the half century mark. I wanted to ride 50 miles on this occasion, but alas, I've got a busy schedule today. So I rode the 24 mile Donner Lake loop. I knew this was coming, that's why I rode 50 plus miles over the weekend. Regardless, a great ride this morning and couldn't think of a better way to start the next 50 years than to ride my Porsche Bike S on a clear, windless and chilly Truckee morning. I've now covered nearly 1,600 miles with this rare bicycle. I plan to ride another 24-25 miles both tomorrow and Thursday mornings too.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Easy 12 miles on a Porsche Bike S

This morning I rode a short and easy 12 miles after my 56 mile mountain ride Saturday. Tomorrow I've planned 25 miles. I am starting to stack up the miles!

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...