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Offline BeardedBiker

Maui???
« on: January 15, 2009, 09:43:43 pm »
Can anyone offer an input or advice for riding in Maui? My wife and I are headed there in Feb. I've found the 800 Web sites that talk about riding down Haleakala, which doesn't sound all that exciting. I'm bringing hard-tail mountain bikes (http://beardedbiker.blogspot.com/2009/01/have-bikes-will-travel.html), and I'm hoping to do some cross country riding as well as some road riding. I've contacted a few local shops and apparently "island time" means that I'll get a reply sometime after I get back from vacation...

Any help will be greatly appreciated!

Offline biker_james

Re: Maui???
« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2009, 07:03:35 am »
Riding up it sounds far more interesting. Ryder Hesjedal http://www.ryderhesjedal.ca/ has a little video on his website about his attempt at the new record to the top of the climb.

Offline DaveB

Re: Maui???
« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2009, 10:33:16 am »
I assume there is a Hawaii Visitors Bureau or Tourist Bureau web site that should provide information on nearly all aspects of the islands, including biking possibilities. 

Offline WesternFlyer

Re: Maui???
« Reply #3 on: January 17, 2009, 12:34:37 am »
In  February you are in real risk of rain—lots of rain, deluge, downpours with the real possibility of lovely sunny days, dress accordingly.  Hawaii is subtropical and gets the same storms that hit the West Coast of the Mainland US only a lot warmer.  Mid-April offers a much better chance of good weather..

Get a good map (Nelles Maps are good.) and look for roads that have warnings about driving rental cars on.  These roads can offer excellent biking.  The classic ride is the narrow road on the northeast side leading to Hana.  My wife and I road there many years (decades) ago and camped at Seven Sacred Pools.  The Pools are now part of the National Park.  Beyond the park, the road becomes a rough 4x4 dirt road that circles back to tourist beaches on the south central part of Maui.  Looking at the Haleakala NP site http://www.nps.gov/hale/ it looks like some of that road, but not all, is now paved.  The south side is the dry side of the island.

Aloha,

Western Flyer
Western Flyer

We must ride light and swift.  It is a long road ahead.

King Theoden