Wednesday, August 28, 2019
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Monday, August 19, 2019
Planning to ride the 184.5 mile Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Towpath trail next year will require lots of cycling training but also some modifications to the 1998 Bike S. Like modifying the Bike X over a past winter to prepare for the 129 mile Death Ride, I have this winter to make adjustments to turn the Bike S mountain bike into an off road touring bike. I can't wait to start the work.
For starters, here's my list of changes I'd like to make:
- Seat - Ergon SMC4
- Handle bar grips - Ergon GP5
- Mud guards - SKS
- Gears and chain - SRAM 9-speed, 11-34 cassette
- Touring tires - ContinentalTraffic 26
- Saddle bag - Ortlieb Seat-Pack 11L
- Bell - Reich
While at Werks Reunion Monterey, I noticed a woman setting up a tent with many colorful nicely displayed Porsche pillows. One of the pillows was exactly like the yellow 911 turbo pillow my Grandmother made for me when I was 14 years old. I wandered over and mentioned that I had some history with a Porsche pillow like these. I told her my story of my Grandmother fueling my passion for Porsche cars by gifting me with items such as these pillows. Then it sank in and I asked, "what is your name?"
She relied, "Margie Smith-Haas"
I froze. Then gave her a big hug. I can't believe I just met the woman that designed the pillows that my Grandma made for me all those years ago!
I remembered that name "Margie Smith-Haas" on the bottom of the pillows my Grandmother gave me. Not only did she design these pillows, with Porsche family approval, she was a Porsche race car driver as well!
Unfortunately, as I grew up I didn't keep these pillows. I don't even recall what happened to them. I suppose a teenager doesn't "need" pillows and I threw them out.
But much, much older now, I regret not having them and seeing Margie and the exact same pillow called to me. So, I bought one of these antique Porsche pillows ... the same one my dearly departed Grandmother stuffed for me all those years ago.
This pillow I will keep forever.
I was honored to meet Margie Smith-Haas and it fulfilled a longtime memory of mine.
Sunday, August 18, 2019
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...
I took them apart, scraped out all the old gunk and rebuilt them with brand new elastomers. Took all last night and half of Saturday. Yes, ...
During this week's concept announcement of the Mission E Cross Turismo, Porsche teased in both the new Mission E vehicle's news...
Here's another blueprint-type drawing I just completed that might also make its way to a shirt design.
I wanted to better document how to change the suspension fork elastomers on the Porsche Bike S. This blog has photos and information when I...
This rough diagram shows the inner workings of the Votec GS97 bike forks used on the late 1990s Porsche Bike S and Bike FS. The elastomer po...
Ultra rare: Porsche Carrera GT mountain bike
I just ran across a disc brake conversion option on the Internet . Appears to be a viable option to provide better braking power to the Po...
I ran across this picture of an all white Porsche Bike S on a German website. I believe all the Bike S models sold in the USA were painted G...
Good friend Dennis Yee emailed me some photos of his near perfect 1998 Porsche Bike FS. Dennis lives way over on the other side of the count...
The Porsche Bike ST is a rare Porsche bike among rare Porsche bicycles. The Bike ST is a "touring" version of the Bike S mountain ...