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How do I talk the wife into letting me ride UP Mt. Haleakala(26 posts)

How do I talk the wife into letting me ride UP Mt. Haleakalabimini
Dec 10, 2003 9:53 AM
Were off to Maui next week! The wife and I were talking yesterday about what we want to do. She said a couple of people at work said you have to ride down Haleakala. So I told her what I wanted to do, which is to ride up it.

The ride just down seems lame to me. From what I have read they limit your speeds on these trips and I would be coasting down a lot slower than I normally ride a bike.

Should I take a deep breath, and go with the flow or should I try to fiqure out a solution where we both get what we want.

One thought is to rent two bikes drive her to the top and then drive back down and ride up and then ride down together. The problem is she would have to wait about 3+ hours (maybe more if I run out of steam) for me to drive down and then climb to the top.

Is there anything fun for her to do up there during the wait? Any other solutions?

Hang Loose
Just do ithrv
Dec 10, 2003 10:01 AM
Never did it, but want to. Wait for a totally clear day if you could, else risk riding in ice on top. I don't care about the descent either, climb way more impressive, what, something like 10k of climbing in 30 something miles?

Besides, the descent to me would be way, way dangerous with the buses, tourists driving up there. Taking your own bike or renting?

have fun, go surfing, I'm jealous!

ps If she didn't want to ride to the top, can't she leave a couple hours after you in the car? Meet up there for some great hiking. Save some energy though!
two ideasScot_Gore
Dec 10, 2003 10:14 AM
1) Drive to the top with the two of you and two bikes. Ride down with your wife. Lock or secure her bike somewhere at the bottom. She uses public transportation to get someplace she'd like to see but you don't. You ride back up the mountain, get the car drive down, get the locked bike, meet your wife with the car, you're back on a shared agenda.

2) Find a shuttle or tourist service that will take your wife and her bike to the top for her one way trip dwon on the bike (these must exist). You leave several hours earlier and ride up. You meet her shuttle and you ride down togerhter.

Good Luck
Taking my shoes but renting the bikebimini
Dec 10, 2003 10:30 AM
Someone on this board gave me the name of a bike shop near the airport that rents road bikes for $35 a day. The one way trip down the mountain costs $99. The bike rental is a bargin (for those that enjoy climbing).

Maybe we can do the downhill trip together. They include the shuttle to and from the hotel. I will see if they will allow me to ride back up the hill again and catch the shuttle on the top side. Won't know until I ask. But this allows her to take the shuttle back to the hotel and car and find something to do while I'm on my little adventure up the hill. If that does not work the idea about parking the car at the top stated below should work.

I'm not a surfer but we do plan on spending a lot of time in the water snorkeling.

I will take the camera along & take a few shots along the way.
what bike shopPaulCL
Dec 10, 2003 10:51 AM
??? I just found out yesterday that I have "probably" earned a free, company-sponsored, weeks vacation on Maui for my wife and I in March.

I want to ride the mountain also. But like you, I want to ride UP the mountain before coming down. My wife will have no interest in riding either direction. What's the name of the shop?? Road bikes (I hope)? Are you bringing your own pedals and shoes???

I'll have to check my info at homebimini
Dec 10, 2003 11:33 AM
and will post it when I find it. I do remember looking at the web site and the bikes were low end Specialized road bikes with triples. They can also put the look pedals on and believe Shimano.

Should be just fine for a long climb as long as it sort of fits and I can clip in. I am taking my own shoes along which have Look cleats. (nice solid carbon jobs which you can hammer nails with). I am also bringing along my shorts, tights and jacket. I will rent a helmet there. If they don't rent them I will buy a new one. I need a new one anyway.
Link to Bike Shopbimini
Dec 10, 2003 2:03 PM

phone 808 877 7744
$99 to ride DOWN the mountain - LMAO (nm)52-16SS
Dec 10, 2003 10:55 AM
LMAO, too--I bailed, but my wife rode it.Silverback
Dec 10, 2003 11:16 AM
We were thinking about doing it last year until we checked it out. Speeds were limited to what the non-cycling tourists were comfortable with and nobody was permitted to pass the leader. I might have done it anyway, for the scenery, if it had cost less, but $99 seemed like too much under the circumstances. My wife did make the trip, and enjoyed it, but she said the speed was only 12-15mph. It's a nice experience, but not a thrill ride.
Finally--the formula for financial success!cyclingforwealth
Dec 10, 2003 12:47 PM
Buy crappy bus.
Buy fifteen crappy mountain bikes.
Drive fifteen suckers up the mountain, ride a bike down with them.
Deposit $1485.00 in the Aloha National Bank.

Pretty soon you'll be as rich as Doug Sloan.
Yeah, maybe we will stay and do just that. nmbimini
Dec 10, 2003 2:05 PM
You need permission?Poseur
Dec 10, 2003 11:11 AM
I'll keep her company for three hours. Meanwhile, you can sell your miniskirt collection to pay for the trip.
Yes. Those married for 17 years understand that. nm.bimini
Dec 10, 2003 11:40 AM
Yes, 18 years understands that too. nm.Dave Hickey
Dec 10, 2003 1:06 PM
Please call my husband and explain it to him. nm.litespeedchick
Dec 11, 2003 5:56 AM
No. Married for 20 years, mutual respect for each other.hrv
Dec 11, 2003 8:07 AM
If something's important enough for either of us, we give each other the space and support to pursue it. As much as the importance of sharing the bond we have is the knowledge that we're both individuals in our own right. Work's for us.

re: How do I talk the wife into letting me ride UP Mt. Haleakalaebb2
Dec 10, 2003 11:33 AM
Check out
You can schedule rides with this group. They provide everything for you bikes, gear, and SAG. Looks like they do one Mt. H climb per week.
agree, just do itDougSloan
Dec 10, 2003 11:41 AM
If we go, one stipulation is that I get to ride up the mountain and back. I'll probably take my own bike and just go out one morning and do it. It's not a whole lot different than a lot of rides we do here in the summer.

re: How do I talk the wife into letting me ride UP Mt. HaleakalashrEd
Dec 10, 2003 12:23 PM
Well, I've been to Maui 2x (once to get married and once on our 5th anniversary) and I can tell you that if you're gonna leave your wife at the top, it's gonna have to be a real nice day as it can get pretty cold...

If it's real nice she could go for a hike at the top (pack water and sunscreen) while you ride up...There's also a few stops along the way to hike that she could do to shorten the wait a bit...Of course, all these assume she likes to hike...

The last time we were there we saw a guy riding up the hill and both commented that we'd love to try that next time (my wife's a cyclist too - I know, I'm spoiled)...

As for surfing in Maui, I'd really give it a try - it's pretty awesome...We went the last time and it was unbelievably cool - it could really change your life...I'd suggest The Nancy Emerson school of surfing (808.244.SURF) and ask for Billy, if he's still w/ them...

Looks like you've got the idea.Steve98501
Dec 10, 2003 12:58 PM
Just want to mention for others contemplating this. Do not go with the commercial groups that shuttle you up and then ride down as a group. It's very restrictive, i.e., no passing the leader, and worse. It's very controlled by the national park service. I went with a store that shuttles you up and lets you ride down on your own, but I didn't learn until I was on the trip that the NPS doesn't allow them to let you ride on your own inside the park. The store (Haleakula mtn. bike co.) toured around the park and then let us loose outside the park boundary - elevation 6,800'. I was the only one in my group who wanted to come down from the top, so I turned around on my not-so-hot rental mtn. bike and pedaled up to the summit to begin the descent. This wasn't a lot of fun, as I had platform pedals, and not all the gears worked. But I'm happy I did it. It's a one-of-a-kind descent as you pass thru so many eco-zones. You can pass cars, but the hairpin turns restrict everyone's speed.

I would ask a lot of questions about any potential rental bikes. I have also subsequently heard that there are decent road bikes for rent, but if I go again, I'll most likely take my own.

Oh, and the short distance, mileage wise, has nothing to do with how long it takes to climb to the top. Take lots of water. There is water along the way and at the visitor's center (7,000') just inside the park entrance, but I don't think there is any at either the 9,000 or 10,000' visitor stations.


You'll feel so sleazy if you just coast downContinental
Dec 10, 2003 1:06 PM
I'm embarassed to admit that I coasted down Mt. Haleakala 15 yrs ago. My life has be cheapened, my ego scarred, by that sleazy tourist ride at 15 mph. Explain to your wife that your very essence will be degraded if you hitch a ride up that mountain and coast down. Best case is she'll let you ride up the hill. Worst case is you ride up in a van and coast down the mountain for 2 hrs with a bunch of tourists, but she'll understand your sacrifice and make it up to you with midnight beach action you've only dreamed about.

If you make it up the mountain in 3 hrs, you're one tough cyclist.
Yeah 3 hour could be tough but I am an optimist.bimini
Dec 10, 2003 2:42 PM
I rarely drop below 10 MPH on the rollers around here but I have never done a 10,000 foot continuous climb. I have done multiple 2000+ foot climbs without running out of gas but 10K non-stop will be different.

I should be able to break away for a half a day as long as I don't push it with the wife. I'll think of it as a test of my salesmanship. Maybe I will have to give her a gift certificate to one of the fancy hotel spas to keep her distracted for half a day! Yeah, that's the ticket.
J. Vaughters holds the recordmaurizio
Dec 10, 2003 3:10 PM
There's a race up the Mtn. every August. J.Vaughters holds the record at 2hrs. 14 min. AWESOME. He averaged over 14 mph for the entire 10,000ft. If you can do it in under 3 hours, consider it a really good time.
I have been to Maui twice and have regretted not bringing my bike to climb that thing every time.
Our team may send a few guys there in 04 for 'Cycle to the Sun' so there's hope for me yet....
Just do it. It will be worth the day or two of silence from the wife as you will have the lifetime of memories from such an epic ride. It's the since longest climb in the world! Don't pass it up.
No s$%t -- longest climb in the world? Gotta do it now (nm)hrv
Dec 10, 2003 8:46 PM
J. Vaughters time was 2:38 according to the race siteterzo rene
Dec 11, 2003 9:43 AM
over 36 miles and 10,005 feet. The best local time is usually just a bit under 3:00. A good time is anything under 4:00 which puts you ahead of the chicks.

If your wife won't let you do something you will remember the rest of your life it's time to trade her in. I am not kidding about that.
Dec 10, 2003 6:37 PM
check these guys out if you want to ride up Mt. Haleakala