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.

Found an iPhone and Returned It

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Found a phone while riding yesterday and returned it to the owner. For fun, left it with a family selfie. The owner tracked it with Find My Phone and eventually called using the app, and I responded.

If you find a iPhone and the screen is locked, press and hold the home button to launch Siri, and then ask her to call “Mom” or “Dad.” Then try like “Brian,” etc.

The owner was gracious and handed me $40.00 in our vacation condo parking lot, and insisted I take it. Later, texted

GREAT selfie!! Thank you so much! Great integrity and extra good karma! Mele kalikimaka!!!

Split $20.00 of the reward with our teens in the holiday spirit and hope they got the message about Karma. Since the iPhone launched, I’ve found and returned two and had two returned to me. I’ll do the same, if I find another phone.

In iOS 8, the Health App will show emergency contact details on the lock screen and also if you ask Siri for ICE (in case of emergency contact). It’s a good idea to add an ICE-designated contact or with apps for the purpose in iOS, Windows, and Droid.

Also for the iPhone, you may want to set the control center to not display on the lock screen. If someone wants to steal or keep your screen-locked phone, they can toggle airplane mode on and the owner can’t track it or remotely wipe it.

Waiting for the Sun to Come Up

Waiting for the sun to come up to build our travel bikes, after the inaugural Delta SEA to OGG flight, responded to a new friend, and her request on Facebook with

Hello Jennifer and thanks for the intro Jeremiah, timing-wise I’m on vacation and have reduced the amount I talk about bikes to a trickle. But see this Wired story. And this post. From there the snowbike tag. Fat bikes are great fun and also significantly improved, since I first started posting about them.

Back on the mainland in the new year, we’ve got a magazine issue dedicated to fatbikes and how, in the industry, a side or personal project will mature into a new category. What’s happening now with Trek and Spesh in the game, is the handling characteristics of each bike vary drastically. None bad, just loose like a tractor, all terrain like a jeep, short and tight with racing geo, or hauling like a semi.

If you’re at a resort or in a town with one like we were in Park City last week, absolutely get out there and try a fatbike. We descended slopes with them.

Now, back to building up the travel bikes, and riding island roads. Not taking about bikes too much, either.

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