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?
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.
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.
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.