Mercedes V. Bike Hugga

hana ride

As much as I enjoy riding in Maui, it’s like the LA of tropical islands – everyone does everything by car and it’s as car-based as it gets. On the last day of our trip, on top of Pineapple Hill at the Kapalua Resort (another leg-breakin’ climb), a Mercedes on a pedestal showed up and I was like, damn, worship this!

The Mercedes showed up (looking very much like a Lexus) for the Mercedes-Benz Championship PGA tour event. I’m sure that’s a real nice car and people love driving it, as well as watching golf, but by that time I’d had enough of cars and construction trucks working the new resorts.

While the island is full of cars, Maui does have wide-shoulder lanes, bike route signs, a plan, and the Maui Bike Alliance. I’ll note that we had zero problems with cars and in the country, it’s like any quiet country ride, but everywhere else you’re riding along highways that are full.

The Road to Hana by Bike

In contrast to the hard work of Mr. Steepy, the road to Hana on a bike is a relaxing pleasure. That’s not to say it couldn’t be a tough day, but we rode it at a tourist pace, enjoying the curves and scenery and the more rhythmic climbs. Hana is the least developed area of Maui and a nice change from the crowded resorts.

Once every hour or so, we also appreciated our bikes even more, when a line of cars would roll by stuck behind a tourist bus with obviously frustrated drivers. We also enjoyed flying through the S-turns while they waited behind us.

hana ride

Maui Photos

Just uploaded Maui photos to the Bike Hugger Photostream. The photos include Local Knowledge, Cruiser Girl, and Bike Volcano.

Simple, Brilliant Bike Storage

cycloc.jpgWe Huggaz love simple, elegant product design, preferably of the indestructible variety. We love it so much, one of us even designed the world’s simplest, elegantest, indestructiblest bag clip. So when I saw Cycloc in the Dec/Jan 2007 issue of Dwell, my reaction was immediate and visceral: must have!

Made of indestructible plastic in candy colors, Cycloc is like storage judo: it uses the bike’s own weight to hold it suspended securely on the wall. Available in the US for $90 directly from Charles and Marie, I know one bike that’s going to get lucky one of these long, dark winter nights.

More on Mr. Steepy in Maui

As it was told to us, the 20% gut-wrenching climb on Maui’s best ride was named Mr Steepy after Lance said “man that’s steep!” during a ride with some locals. Mr. Steepy is the right name and the photo doesn’t do it justice. It’s a climb where you lose all momentum immediately and it hurts as bad sitting or standing. Nearing the top, the thoughts in my head were not, “man I can climb and I’m going to kick ass next season.” Instead it was more, “when will this end, I can’t climb for shit, a few more pedal strokes, and I’m at 187 bpm!

In about 30 seconds of climbing, I was at max power and heart rate and it took me nearly a half an hour on the other side of Mr. Steepy to recover. The ride itself, before and after the climb, is hard and very challenging for me because there’s no rhythm to the road. Each crest, valley, and rise is a different grade, length, and road surface.

Not until the last hour and a half, with the big tailwind, and rolling it at 30 mph did I feel good – really good.

steepy

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