Last Ride of 14

tree-lined

Hope the road rises with you in 15, like it did in 14 for us, our blog, and magazine. Yesterday climbed this tree-lined road to Pineapple Hill and then banking right back to Kaanapali was met with hurricane winds. Seldom is a ride cut short for wind and rain, but yesterday it was. So gusty, it felt like something wicked was coming and bad things may happen. A few hours later, rained pounded the island. Today, the sun is back, it’s calm, and we’re headed out for the last ride of the year.

We’ll wrap up our best photos and stories back on the mainland next week and share more from Maui. Until then, Hau’oli Makahiki Hou. That means Happy New Year in Hawaiian and is pronounced like:

  • Hau’oli — “how-oh-lee”
  • Makahiki — “mah-kah-hee-kee”
  • Hou — “ho.”

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Stolen

stolen

Stolen from Front Street and shared to Instagram, VSCO, and the G+ gallery from this trip. More to share when we’re back on the mainland in the new year.

Freewheelin Mountain Bikes


It was the 80s and “Mountain Bikes” or “Fat Tire Flyers” were considered to be dynamic human powered machines at the leading edge of a bicycling revival sweeping the globe. Rock ‘n Roll too! Oh and shot way before GoPros.

Our interest in MTB was revived in 14 too with posts here, an essay in the Medium Bicycles Collection, and Issue 15 of our magazine. Also see the riding in Sedona.

Scott Genius LT Tuned

Scott Genius LT Tuned was just one of the great bikes we rode this year. Photo taken with Mike Schirf

Maui Freshly Paved and Curvy

paved

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.

curves

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.

rough

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

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