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.
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.
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.
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?