Bike: 2017 Specialized Allez E5 Sport
Wheels: Hunt Aero Wide Sprint
Tires: Schwalbe Pro One Tubeless
Groupset: Shimano 105
Saddle: Specialized Power Comp
Head unit: Wahoo Elemnt Bolt
Lights: NiteRider Sentry, Blackburn 2’Fer
Helmet: Giro Air Attack
Shoes: Specialized Torch 3.0
Jerseys: Sportful, Hill Killer
Bibshorts: Sportful, Pearl Izumi
Nutrition: Clif Bloks, ProBar Bolt
Pump: Specialized Air Tool Sport
Lube: Muc-Off C3 Dry Ceramic
Cleaner: Simple Green Bike
Cycling is one of my main hobbies and it honestly consumes a lot of my free time. Prior to getting a road bike, I was a frequent commuter and runner. This allowed me to establish a base level of fitness which I am steadily increasing my training load now with more structured workouts/recovery rides.
I prefer doing hill climbs and, while there is nothing above 1500 feet/440 meters, Oahu has a lot to offer in the way of both steady and punchy climbs. A comprehensive list can be found at the Hawaii Bicycling League’s website.
While the sport can become as expensive as you make it, common wisdom is that the greatest upgrades you can make are to your fitness. That said, wheel upgrades and having comfortable and light equipment/clothing can make the experience much better.
Strava has been one of the most useful tools for me in terms of increasing my performance in cycling as well as running. While I understand that there are aspects of the site that can lead to prioritizing hard efforts and de-emphasizing the importance of recovery, I find it to be so beneficial.
Some tools/extensions that I use to get the most out of Strava: