Maui Freshly Paved and Curvy

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Freshly paved

While here, posted about the Maui interestingness and this was like finding the Yellow Brick Road with fresh pavement on the Kahekilli Hwy to the Waihee Valley. Kahekilli is part of the annual Boxing Day ride from South Maui Bicycles, and much of the road was previously rough like pave.

There are still some nasty sections, sectors if you will, that’ll test your tires. Once the road got smooth, I was so into it kept riding the curves, and one-lane roads to the Banana Stand on the North side.

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Curvy Road Ahead

The riding just keeps getting better in Maui with new pavement, shoulders, and even bike lanes. The curves are like castles in Italy, so many of them they sort of blur together, but an indelible part of the experience.

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Here’s a map of the Boxing Day ride and Andrew’s Strava from 2012. The South Maui shop is also hosting a ride on the same route this New Years.

And a short video from Vine of the one-lane road.

Review: Maxxis Mud Wrestler EXO Tubeless-Ready 700x33

Mark V at Waves For Water UCI Cyclocross

I was never that interested in tubeless tyres for cyclocross until I got back into mountain biking. Tubeless tyres are a mature technology in the MTB industry, having proven themselves in competition and recreational use for years. If that’s where cyclocross tyres are headed, then sign me up.

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I feel that tubeless-ready CX hasn’t quite reached critical mass. That would be when a broad range of product is available for different conditions and the tyres can be mounted up interchangeably and reliably. It didn’t quite happen this season, but next year I expect that tubeless will grab a lot more presence in the cyclocross scene, if only there were more choices in a dedicated mud tread. If I could only have one tyre to race on all season, I would choose a mud tread even if it meant a little extra rolling resistance in the drier races; a clogged-up tyre in a really sodden race is a wasted opportunity for epic awesome. A wise choice for those days is the Maxxis Mud Wrestler EXO Tubeless-Ready.

Maxxis Mud Wrestler EXO TR 120tpi

Maui Miles and Mermaids

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Mermaid photo shoot

A couple years ago today, we rode with Axel Merckx and it was like throwing glitter on a climb. Yesterday, I was just riding along and there’s a mermaid photo shoot happening.

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Driveway where a series of unfortunate events happened

Then, last night, in this beach access drive we saw a series of unfortunate events:

Three people staking a Tiki light into the ground while a guitar player strummed in the back of a truck and a sinewy old hippie with a long, white beard polished a 280z. Two steps from that scene, construction workers talked about their jobs and a muscular gymnast posed over his scooter, his butt up with a black thong prominently displayed. Thought he was the fittest woman I’ve ever seen, for a few seconds.

These things happened all in a days vacation and one of the reasons we ride here. So many distractions from the mainland, not limited to rides along the coastline or across a lava field.

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Merry Xmas from Maui 14

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As Teresa Edgar said when she posted this photo, “Reindeer are so Overrated.” Also see the animated version.

And ‘till the new year, our (manual) vacation auto responder is on. Interested in Maui? Since we started riding here a decade ago, so many more cyclists are on the roads. See the Maui tag for an archive of posts and maps. Last year, we rode with Tarmacs and ate fish tacos. This year we’re back with our trusty S&S bikes.

Fav spots, beside the beaches, are Twin Falls, and the riding near Haiku

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and eating at Maui Flatbread.

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Vacation Auto Responder

A big storm rolled in and cut short the ride yesterday

Wish some VCs would fund a startup that focused on vacation posting for burned-out bloggers or high-traffic sites. So when you, our audience that I appreciate so much (really!), hit our blog this time of year, the server would return a collection of topical posts like these about S&S bikes.

The program would base the posts on Twitter or Instagram hashtags and keep the momentum going year round, even when I’m away, like a vacation auto-responder. There’s probably a “crowd” angle to that too. Because as much as I love what I do, an occasional break is required. If not instigated by me, my family absolutely demands it.

So I’m pointing the camera away from the bike itself and to where I’m riding and getting shot like this for the next few, relaxed days, with a lot less words.

Huh Clouds

The gear, reviews, and anything remotely epic will start again in the new year.

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Found a road with no cars

And speaking of Maui, this one time I rode with Axel.

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