Start the new year off right
by andrew_f_martin on Dec 28, 2006 at 12:21 PM
For those of us not in Maui (and in the real world) how about a little challenge? I start most years off trying to see how long I can go riding every day. Last year I made it until mid-February before a work trip derailed my streak. It doesn’t have to be much - some days I just hop on the trainer for 30 minutes to watch a TV show. Most days my commute does the trick, but getting in the longer rides on the weekends can sometimes be hard to get inspired for when it’s like this outside. Any takers?
Maui Bike Shops
by Byron on Dec 28, 2006 at 7:59 AM
A local told us that there are 4 bike shops in Maui and about 50 dudes. We didn’t meet any local dudes on our rides, but did visit West Maui Cycles and Go Cycling Maui. Good enough for me to carry half a loaf, jammed in a jersey pocket, up a six mile climb!
West Maui Cycles wrapped Pam’s bars up with much-needed tape, talked shop with us, and recommend the world’s best banana bread – it totally was the best banana bread.
When cycling in Maui, you’ll inevitably get asked if your rode Haleakala because of all the downhill touristy tours. I posted about our volcano ride last year on Textura Design (my personal and business blog) - we rode up and down Haleakela. About 1/2 way up the climb, going about 9 mph, and faced with a barrage of cruisers zipping past us downhill at 40 mph, we started jockingly heckling them – “try climbing it!” Regardless, the tourists were on bikes and that’s a good thing.
Go Cycling Maui is a full-service, high-end bike shop and offers the best supported rides. On both trips to Maui, Donnie has recommended rides to us (insisting we ride past the Garden of Eden on the road to Hana) and has the cred to ride with the most elite cyclists.
After meeting with Donnie, we’re considering a Bike Hugger tour of Maui that he’d host and our readers would ride.
Mercedes V. Bike Hugga
by Byron on Dec 26, 2006 at 10:23 AM
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
by Byron on Dec 26, 2006 at 9:24 AM
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.
by Byron on Dec 24, 2006 at 11:07 AM
Just uploaded Maui photos to the Bike Hugger Photostream. The photos include Local Knowledge, Cruiser Girl, and Bike Volcano.
Simple, Brilliant Bike Storage
by Jason Swihart on Dec 22, 2006 at 8:58 PM
We 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
by Byron on Dec 22, 2006 at 1:30 PM
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.
Narrow, Winding Roads in Maui
by Byron on Dec 22, 2006 at 10:44 AM
While this “mountain in the middle of an ocean” is as car culture as it gets, after pedaling a few minutes from our resort, we found ourselves climbing, descending, and cornering the narrow, winding roads of Maui.
Last year when were in Kihei, rode Haleakala, the winery, and along the beaches. This year in the Lahaina, Napili area, we rode what I called the “road of the Gods” and the locals call the Jim Stuart Memorial (pdf).
Over 3k feet of climbing in 60 miles and featuring Mr Steepy the ride exhilarates, breaks your legs, and finishes with a 30 mph tailwind-tempo ride back into town.
Along the way and after recovering from Mr. Steepy’s 20 percent grade, we stopped for banana bread at Kahakalua and that fueled us back to the resort.
Ktrak: Non-Dopey Snow Bike?
by Jason Swihart on Dec 21, 2006 at 7:12 PM
Hang around either the ski or the bicycle industries, and eventually you’ll encounter some form of snowbike–a misbegotten contraption that neither skis nors bikes, looks dopey, and strands its rider at the bottom of the hill.
Enter Ktrak: a snow bike that looks like fun and uses the rider’s “legs” to drive a track and thereby create locomotion. The question are: can it go uphill and can it handle deep powder?
Cross-posted to Snow Hugger
What’s a Sharrow?
by andrew_f_martin on Dec 21, 2006 at 1:10 PM
They are in the Seattle Bicycle Master Plan. Portland and San Francisco have them already.
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