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recommended Maui rides?(10 posts)

recommended Maui rides?rockbender
Jan 27, 2003 2:25 PM
A group of four of us are going to be going to Maui for a week in April. While bringing the bike along at $80 each way isn't too feasible, we have been able to locate some decent roadbikes to rent for about $30/day. We will likely ride for 1 or 2 days while there.

While my buddy is a climbing fool, I'll save the ride that goes to the top of the volcano (10,000 ft elevation gain in 36 miles) for a Harley rental : ) Anyone recommend some other nice rides? We will be staying in Kihei, so riding from there would be ideal, but not necessary.

I'd love to hear any stories or experiences, or perhaps other must-see/must do while there!

re: recommended Maui rides?jtolleson
Jan 27, 2003 4:53 PM
Yes. Stayed in Kihei in November and rented a perfectly serviceable Trek 1000 (a little stiffer than my regular ride but actually I thought the Sora shifters did fine... it was my first experience with them) for a week for like $125. There's a shop on the main drag in Kihei that I THINK is called South Maui Cycles and that's where I did my rental.

From Kihei, you can follow the main highway all over the place; I road to Kanapali one day (maybe 50-60 mi roundtrip) and back over by the airport one day (maybe 40 mile roundtrip) and one day just tooled around nearby Wilea (pardon my spelling). There is an excellent bike path shoulder on many of the roads. I thought a very nice place to ride. I brought my own shoes and pedals, but used their helmet (save luggage space).

Before going, I had had a service recommended to me (I think it is called Go Cycling Maui or something similar). They do intermediate to advanced group rec rides. Put you in matching stuff, put you on a Litespeed, and follow your little peloton in a support van and take cool photos. Kind of like "dream cycle camp for a day." But at $135 per day I skipped it and rode alone.

Good luck. It was a very nice place to ride.
i've researched the group rides too..rockbender
Jan 27, 2003 5:07 PM
I also had checked out Go Cycling Maui (or similar), and like you figured that our group could have a great afternoon for $400 less (group $) if we just rented some bikes. The extra $ certainly does not justify the higher end bike for me either! They do have some nice rides detailed on their website, however, which we may have to 'borrow.'

Thank you for the suggestions! The 50 mile loops will be exactly what we are looking for.

My only hope for the trip is similar to MB1's life dream - that I might get a rest day in there sometime!
re: recommended Maui rides?wookieontherun
Jan 27, 2003 9:30 PM
It's west Maui Cycles... they rented me a pretty phat cannondale... great service too. I would highly suggest using them. Also the rides on HWY 30 are pretty good rides-- just beware of 2 things. First, jackasses on mountain bikes ride these huge bike lanes the wrong way all the time. Second, there is a lot of lava rock on these... not so much that its a bad ride, just gotta watch for it.


PS- the rides starting at Kapalua down HWY 30 are great but that last mile uphill blows! Oh and bring your rain shell- got dumped on last month :-)
I think that's a different locationjtolleson
Jan 28, 2003 7:55 AM
this shop is in Kihei (which is not in West Maui).
Ride out to the vineyard. . .js5280
Jan 27, 2003 5:17 PM
I was out there quite some time ago, but had a great ride out to Tedeschi Vineyards ( We did the ride down the volcano first then made a left, instead of a right. Beautiful rolling hills and scenery and very little traffic. It appears the roads we took were 377 to 37 from the map below. Highly recommend the tour at the vineyard, the history of the area is fascinating! And for the wine, well many, but not all, are made from pineapple juice and I can't say I was all that impressed. Still worth the visit and it is a wonderful bike ride.
I second the ride to the wineryMel Erickson
Jan 27, 2003 7:52 PM
Did it last March. Deserted roads, rolling hills, beautiful scenery. Did a picnic at the winery.
I'll third that.....Niwot
Jan 27, 2003 9:10 PM
unbelievable views, no traffic, couldn't ask for better than that.
thanks! The winery it is!rockbender
Jan 27, 2003 11:13 PM
Thank you all for your excellent info!

It's going to be a long two months before we go, but we will indeed continue to have a grand time planning - this helps a lot!

I almost hope the rumors are true about the wine not being over the top - it will make my chances of being able to make the ride back quite a bit better!

Also, just wanted to make sure I didn't sound like I was knocking the supported tour. It does sound like a fantastic time, and if my budget were unlimited I would spring for it no questions asked... there certaintly IS something good to be said for having all the quirks worked out for you!
Go Maui cyclingthe Phantom
Jan 28, 2003 11:24 AM
Hated to leave in November. I went on a one day ride with GoMauiCycling up Mt Haleakla to 10,000 feet. A one person road bike tour company for the accomplished cyclist (read: no whiners or wimps). He has the best rental bikes, Litespeed Tuscanys, for his trips as well rentals. I brought my own bike but would think twice cuz you can rent nice Litespeed. As for cycling, it all takes place on the west side. Sick stuff everywhere. Must do's are the Hana Road, the winery, and ultimate ride on earth, up Mt Haleakla. Triple chain ring required.