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Going to Maui, should I bring my bike?(7 posts)

Going to Maui, should I bring my bike?the Phantom
Oct 26, 2002 6:19 PM
Going to Maui in early November, should I bring my bike? Very fussy about my bike, are there quality rentals available? Any goood tour companies for a challenging ride?
re: Going to Maui, should I bring my bike?DaveG
Oct 27, 2002 5:17 AM
First I assume you mean road riding - that being the case you can pretty much forget about rentals. Might depend on how long you are going to be there. A few years back I had to go to Honolulu for a month on business. I shipped my bike out there (about $160 round trip from New Jersey). To be honest I was dissapointed in the riding. There really were not that many rural paved roads on Oahu and most of the bigger roads are are loaded with scary wide tour vans loaded with tourists. Maui may be less populated so that may be better there
re: Going to Maui, should I bring my bike?Snowbird
Oct 27, 2002 5:46 AM
Gotta disagree with DaveG. I have rented quality road bikes on Maui and the big island and had great road cycling vacations. Yes, Oahu would be my last choice for road biking. The big island is great and Maui is just fine.
Plan on biking on your vacation. As to renting or bring your own bike, give South Maui Bicicles (874-0068)a call before you decide.
This looks interesting...AMP
Oct 27, 2002 8:47 AM
I've only been to Maui once, but when I go again I plan to give these guys a serious look.

I've never done business with them... I just read the article. Story
Me too!jtolleson
Oct 27, 2002 10:16 AM
I'll be there Nov 6-13th and am going to ride 1-2 days with Cycling Maui. They do little "fantasy camp" type rides where everyone gets a matching outfit and matching Litespeed (yes true) and takes one of various cool routes on Maui. Look for them on the 'net. The price is a bit too choke on ($130 a day) but it helps me get a guided ride and not have to pack any gear 'cept shoes.
Need more info; Cycling on Maui.the Phantom
Oct 28, 2002 3:15 PM
Is the Hana highway road rideable or all tourist traffic? Can an average rider climb MT. Haleakla to the top at 10,000 feet? Any other quality, high performance bike rentals available? Any other road bike tour companies?

Need more info; Cycling on Maui.Steve98501
Oct 28, 2002 4:58 PM
Someone told me that Maui has 22,000 rental cars that are rented out every day to drivers who didn't come to Maui to keep their eyes on the road.

Yes, you can bike there, but the safe roads are limited, in my opinion. The road to Hana is narrow and twisty and populated with drivers of the above. I think I wouldn't want to ride it. However, the traffic going up Haleakala is moving slow, the road lane reasonably wide, and I had no problem - with traffic that is. Drivers and tourists are asstonished to see anyone peddling a bicycle up the volcano. I've heard of some unbelievable times for the climb, but I need ALL day. Next time, I'll have someone drive SAG for me, carrying extra food and water. It is cool as you ride up and then descend through the different climatic zones. I rented a POS mountain bike; I'll take my own next time as well.

Have a great trip!