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Rentals at Kona(7 posts)

Rentals at KonaSnowbird
Jan 14, 2002 2:53 PM
Can anyone recommend a shop to rent a good road bike at Kona, Hawaii?
Can't help you there but when ya goin?Mel Erickson
Jan 14, 2002 2:58 PM
I'll be on the Big Island March 6-12 and in the Kona area March 8,9 & 10.
Can't help you there but when ya goin?Snowbird
Jan 14, 2002 4:43 PM
Mel, I'll be there Feb.8-22. Looking forward to cycling every day. Did the same thing on Maui two years ago and had a great time. The roads are so smooth compared to the cracked, frost heaved roads we have here in Canada. I mentioned this to some Maui locals who complained about how rough their roads are. I guess everything is relative.
I'll post my experiences here when I return if it will help you plan your trip.
Great, look forward to it and BTWMel Erickson
Jan 14, 2002 8:09 PM
The roads here in Wisconsin are probably alot like your's in Canada.
More info on biking on TBILuis
Jan 14, 2002 8:47 PM
Check out Hawaiian Pedals/HP Bikeworks (and don't forget to have a look at their volcanic jerseys) at http://www.hpbikeworks.com/HawaiianPD/.

Here's a link to all of the shops on The Big Island.
http://www.hawaiicyclingclub.com/Links/shopslinks.htm. I've been in most of the ones on Kona side, and have been impressed. Friendly people and a fair amount of high end gear. I looked into rental bikes and they had some pretty ok ones.

On the other hand, it's pretty easy to get your own bike to Hawaii. If you're going for a couple of weeks I'd suggest taking your own ride.

I've had a series of great trips to ride there. The road north from Kona to Kawaihae has wide shoulders and is great relative flat riding. Less wind and sun early in the morning. Further north around to Hawi is smooth and beautiful, you'll often see whales offshore. The road from Hawi up to Waimea is windy, narrow and breathtakingly beautiful--you'll want to think about Plan B if you run into fog at the top, though.

The two rides from Kawaihae up to Waimea on 19 and the Waikaloa road up to 190 are both good climbs, and screaming descents.

I've never ridden the Saddle Road over to or toward Hilo, but I'd really like to and will the next time I go. The road's not in great shape, though there's a smooth section in the center and very little traffic. People say it's a great ride. The sideroad off of the Saddle Road south to Mauna Kea is paved in for quite a while (with a psychedelic homemade centerline) and you'll see almost no traffic.

South of Kona the road is narrow, there are few shoulders and there's lots of traffic. I'd avoid that part on a bike.

That's just a start. I think that The Big Island is a great road bike resource, especially in the winter on the mainland. (Having said that I just got back from a couple of weeks of mountain biking on Moloka'i. A really laid back place and good mountain biking. It would be fine road biking, too, though with many less options than Big Island. However, since everybody seems to drive 45 on Moloka'i it doesn't matter how narrow the roads are. I'll take my road bike when I go back.)

Have fun, wear sunscreen.
re: Rentals at Konakonabro
Jan 14, 2002 8:20 PM
I have rented bikes in Kone before. I rented from both B&L Bike and Sport and from HP (Hawaiin Pedals) bike shop.
re: Rentals at Konatgill
Jan 15, 2002 3:06 PM
hawiian pedals in kona is superb. I rented a specialized with shimano 105 components and a carbon fork. it was an excellent ride for a rental.