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Riding in Maui - my experiences(6 posts)

Riding in Maui - my experiencesEric_H
Jan 29, 2004 12:27 PM
A few weeks ago I queried the group about riding in Maui. I had the luxury of heading over with my wife and she was attending a conference, so I had lots of time to ride. I got some helpful replies, as well as some warnings to not even consider taking my bike. Of course I could not pass on the opportunity to get some warm-weather training in, so here is what I found:

Overall, riding in Maui is not any more dangerous than riding anywhere else I have ridden. We were staying in Wailea (in south Maui), so I would have to ride the Piilani highway out every day and then cross over to West Maui or Up Country. The Piilani was fine with excellent bike path marking, as was the highway over towards Lahaina. Getting from Kihei to Kahului sort of sucked, the road was busy and the shoulder not too wide. The Haleakala highway is fine, it is wide and has a good shoulder. The road out to Hana, while very scenic and challenging is probably the worst road to ride on as it has no shoulder and many blind corners and a lot of sight-seeing tourists in a rentacars.

I really enjoyed the loop around West Maui. I rode it clockwise and after Kapalua it gets very interesting with lots of up and down and a 9 mile section of one-lane, somewhat paved road. The views out here are amazing and I love riding on roads like this. It was not dangerous at all and I would have to say it was my favorite ride.

I did not ride up to the top of Haleakala. I only had a 39x23 as my small gear, and I had to ride from Wailea to start the climb. I did ride the upper highway to Kula and back and that was a great ride with enough climbing to satisfy me. We drove to Haleakala later and I would estimate I would need a 39x27 to comfortably ride to the top without destroying myself, and I'm a decent climber.

Another good road to ride in Up Country is to head out towards Hana, but after Haiku turn up-slope and climb up to Makawao, and then come back down to the surf village of Paia. The climb up is fun, as is the descent and Paia has lots of funky cafes and restaurants.

Anyway, I just thought I would follow up my query with my experiences. If you are traveling to Maui and wondering whether to bring your bike, I would recommend it. Sorry I have no pictures, I did not bring the digicam on the rides because I am not really one to stop for pictures!!
Pictures ..MAN..PicturesStepan
Jan 29, 2004 12:33 PM
For all of sitting in the fog.
Thanks for the great report!hrv
Jan 29, 2004 3:01 PM
I visited Maui about 4 years ago, as a windsurfer and surfer, not a biker. I would definitely bring my bike next time. Yeah, I'm like you, I don't carry a camera either. Pretty incredible riding where I live, maybe I'll have to show everyone sometime; in fact, a shot of a part of one of my popular rides is shown on OLN during an '..out you go..' moment.

I'll be in Maui five weeks from SaturdayPaulCL
Jan 29, 2004 4:17 PM
...but who's counting?? OK, I am as is my wife.

I'm not bringing my bike since this is a business trip for me. But I have scheduled a ride with

I'll bring my digital....I promise.

Have fun!Eric_H
Jan 29, 2004 6:51 PM
Cool. I'm interested to hear about your experience with Go Cycling Maui. I had enough time to actually get 6 days of riding, so bringing my bike was much cheaper, as air Canada charges $65 cdn each way. If I could only do one day of riding I would pop for Go Cycling Maui, but their costs do seem high for multiple days.
road to Hana is scary even if driving a carkenyee
Jan 30, 2004 6:52 AM
Lots of areas on the road are just enough for one car. Glad we took a tour instead of driving out there. If you biked out there, you're a brave (or foolhardy) soul :-)