This evening I switched to the summer rims and tires on the 2006 Porsche Cayenne S.
Thursday, April 29, 2021
Wednesday, April 28, 2021
I qualified P39 in tonight's first Challenge Class race in the PCA Sim Racing Spring Series 6 at Road America. I stayed out of trouble, avoided all cars and any "offs" and was able to finish in 13th. Not my best race, but I'll take this any day! I did get some good screen time.
The livery on my Porsche 997 RUF Track race car represents my real life 2001 Porsche 986 Boxster. The Boxster is all black with chrome rims, so I created the same livery for the 997 and even using the number 986.
Tuesday, April 27, 2021
Monday, April 26, 2021
Sunday, April 25, 2021
The 1996 Guards Red Porsche Bike S looks as if it’s brand new, although the shifting and braking components do reveal its true age.
I have a lot of fun riding this bike around. I get double-takes and stares from both car buffs and bike riders alike. Enough attention that I wrote a short story about this rare bike for the weekly Porsche Club of America email newsletter.
The day I received the PCA email newsletter, a phone message hit my voicemail inbox.
“I know about how your bike was first created,” Karen Dell’s voice said on the recording.
I quickly called her back to learn more.
“I worked with Porsche Cars North America when it was based in Reno. I used to send bike parts to Dr. Ulrich Bez in Germany,” she explained over the phone.
Karen told how she would find and ship parts to Germany, only to hear the components were too heavy, and she was asked to find others and ship them as well.
Dr. Bez happened to be the same man who led the Porsche Vehicle Research and Development Department and the Formula One and World Endurance Championship motor sport programs. He was the man behind the 911 Turbo, the Carrera RS 2.7, the 968, and the 993.
And, apparently, the first Porsche bicycle.
Karen had a magazine with an article that featured this early Porsche bike for which Dr. Bez was seeking parts. Upon my request, Karen found a local copy center that would scan the pages of the magazine and email them to me.
To my surprise, I received images from the May 1991 Christophorus magazine, issue 229, that featured a bicycle unlike any Porsche bike I had ever seen.
Porsche commissioned a few bicycle designs in the mid- to late-1990s, particularly the Guards Red Bike S mountain bike I proudly ride, as well as the ultra-rare purple and yellow Bike R road bike and the extremely high-tech and bright yellow Bike FS Evolution. All are wonderful bikes for the mid-‘90s.
The Christophorus article was written by Jürgen Pippig and explained in the second paragraph, “Since Weissach engineers and technicians are often enthusiastic hobby sports fans, it was really only a question of time until the strong two-wheel lobby within the technology smithy created a mountain bike which is the 911 RS of mountain bikes.”
The story went on to explain the goal of the Porsche engineers was to produce a prototype bike of consequent lightweight construction, uncompromising function and aesthetic proportions and shape. Sounds like more fun than function to me.
The end result was a very cool mountain bike for the time. And at a mere 9.85 kilograms (21.7 pounds), it was incredibly lightweight. This bike was designed and built before the days of front shock absorbers, let alone a full-suspension mountain bike.
The story ends with a hint of the possibility of an exclusive run of 300 such bikes. But an exhaustive Internet search could find no such record of this bike, not the prototype published in Christophorus magazine, nor the possible 300 produced for lucky Porsche enthusiasts.
This bike, called the Porsche Bike Spyder 9.85, is likely a one-off, an original prototype that led to all the later Porsche bicycles that have since followed.
I also could find no record of Dr. Ulrich Bez’s involvement. Only the mention of “engineers and technicians.” My knowledge of Dr. Bez’s contribution was only made possible by Karen Dell, an employee of Porsche Cars North America in the 1980s and ‘90s and current PCA member, who has an excellent library of historical Porsche magazines and an interest in sharing her knowledge.
The Christophorus article mentioned very selective bike parts were shipped from France, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Japan and the USA. Karen Dell was that USA connection.
I'll admit I am a bit of a Porsche bike super-enthusiast. With Karen's help, I think I just found the proverbial missing link between Porsche automobiles and the current limited-run bicycles. Where it all began.
Now if I could only find one of those 300 Porsche Bike Spyder's and park it in my garage next to the Boxster, Cayenne S, and Bike S — that would really be something.
Saturday, April 24, 2021
Friday, April 23, 2021
Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Sunday, April 18, 2021
Thursday, April 15, 2021
Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Tuesday, April 13, 2021
Monday, April 12, 2021
This evening I got in some practice for the upcoming PCA Sim Racing Series 6 in the 997 at Long Beach. I got a new fastest lap, which always feels good. For the spring series, I'm running an all black livery that represents my triple black 986 Boxster. My 997 sim track car looks all shiny just like my real 986. Long Beach is a tricky circuit, but it's on the Series 6 schedule, so I'm hoping all this practice will help later on.
Sunday, April 11, 2021
Saturday, April 10, 2021
First ride after my Thursday covid vaccine shot today. Decided to do an easy 13-miler to see how I'm feeling. Thursday and Friday were a little shaky, but today felt good. Back on the horse!
I also switched to using Strava today. A group of Porsche Bike cyclists are using Strava to share their rides, so I wanted to participate.
Wednesday, April 7, 2021
The final piece to the 2004 Porsche Bike X touring conversion arrived today. First I added the Ortlieb 11-liter saddle bag, then a SKS-Germany Smart Explorer phone bag, followed by Continental SpeedRide 700x42 tires, new low profile SKS-Germany Velo bottle cages, and lastly the SKS-Germany Explorer Edge frame bag installed today. The Velo bottle cages were critical to lowering the water bottles, making room for the frame bag.
The Ortlieb bag is intended to carry clothes and food, the SKS frame bag carries bike accessories (pumps, patches, tools, etc.) and my phone, charger and a few other items fit in the easy to see phone bag.
All these changes were made to attempt the 340-mile Chesapeake & Ohio and Great Allegheny Passage ride this fall. Previously, this Bike X was in "hill climb" mode for the Sierra Nevada Death Ride. Now, with this C&O and GAP epic trail ride this fall, I needed more of a long distance hauler.
The Bike X is ready. Now I have a spring and summer training plan to complete before the long ride.
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