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    • In 2015 I probably would have tried most of these, then I did something that had nothing to do with my bike in 2016...

      I used to ride Hawk Hill in SF a ton. Among my friend group the golden time to get to the top was under 9 minutes. I've done the ride with probably 50+ friends, I only have 4 that have done it in sub 9 minutes. These are generally fit dudes. I lost 30 pounds riding my bike starting in 2014 - 2016.

      On my 282nd ride up Hawk I beat my best time by over 30 seconds.

      I ate a burger the night before and didn't sleep well (due to the salty burger).

      what changed for me? I stopped riding 6 times a week. I started doing high intensity interval training boot camps running sprints and adding muscle. I started those classes in April 2016, by September 2016 I broke my hawk hill record, with almost no planned training to beat that time, it just happened.

      This is me on the morning it happened.

    • That's awesome you were able to gains in that amount of time. Without knowing the details, this sounds like you went from just riding your bike every day to doing focused structured training. I see this a lot where cyclist will be mid pack, and then switch to consistent structured interval training and see massive improvements.

      Now I want to get back for a PR on Hawk Hill :)

    • Let me add using latex tubes to the list of how to go faster without getting more fit. A latex tube saves about 5 watts of power for each wheel it's used in. Cheap and easy speed though it'll require a tire pump up before each ride.

    • Oh yea latex tubes are great! I also find them easier to change than butyl tubes as well. Though I have heard others have problems. Just beware using them with carbon clinchers, they have a lower melting point than butyl, so a heavy guy, on a hot day on a steep descent is something to be aware of.

      5 watts per wheels seems pretty high to me though, the numbers I've seen are more like 5 for the whole system on the high end. Still a significant difference though. Some data here.

    • I'm going to add work on descending and cornering skills. I don't think I mentioned those. There are lots of great videos on youtube that have pointers on developing bike handling skills.