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Old 05-05-09, 08:27 PM   #1
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anybody cycled in Hawaii?

I have an opportunity to take my folding bike to Honolulu. Has anybody cycled there before? I'm also thinking of taking an interisland flight to big Island.

I searched Google and it does not seem to be much good cycling in Honolulu, but big Island seemed better.
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My mother in law retired in Kailua so I've had an opportunity to pedal around Oahu. I'm bringing my folder there again in June.

I usually spend one day pedaling Kailua to Waikiki and back (passing diamond head). And another day pedaling Kailua to Waimea Beach (the north shore) and back.

People complain about the narrow roads, but if you're used to cycling in traffic, which I am, it's no problem at all.
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My mother in law retired in Kailua so I've had an opportunity to pedal around Oahu. I'm bringing my folder there again in June.

I usually spend one day pedaling Kailua to Waikiki and back (passing diamond head). And another day pedaling Kailua to Waimea Beach (the north shore) and back.

People complain about the narrow roads, but if you're used to cycling in traffic, which I am, it's no problem at all.
I cycle only on the roads also, always taking the lane. are the roads you cycle on multiple lanes or just one in each direction?
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I have NOT cycled on Hawaii but I was just there a couple weeks ago. It seems to be fairly cycling friendly. I saw a LOT of bikes on the road. The buses have bike platforms on the front as well.

Go to the BikeFactory while you're there. Straight up from Waikiki on Nimitz Highway (92) about 3 miles. Forget the name of the town. Great LBS. Went in and people working there actually spent good quality time helping me even though I was just screwing around and looking. Ended up purchasing 2 or 300 bucks worth of stuff to carry home most notably a Dahon El Bolso bag.

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I usually spend one day pedaling Kailua to Waikiki and back (passing diamond head). And another day pedaling Kailua to Waimea Beach (the north shore) and back.

People complain about the narrow roads, but if you're used to cycling in traffic, which I am, it's no problem at all.
We stayed at I think the last hotel (Kiamana) nearest to Diamond Head, & cycled to the Apple Store in Kahala on our Stridas.

Another day cycled to Pearl Harbour & back. That was pretty busy on the highway, but ok. I just had to remember to swap the mirror over to the other side :-)
The hotel staff, nice & friendly, were amazed we did that on our Stridas :-) We just took them to our room in the lift, as even when it rained (almost daily) those bikes are easy to wipe clean & dry, & raised no objections from the staff.

You should have a nice time there. Oahu was a bit more commercial & industrialised than we'd imagined.

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I quite enjoyed my riding in Oahu. I rode around the University, rode to Diamond Head, and to Waikiki Beach area.
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I’m a former kama‘aina who’s planning a trip there this summer with my girlfriend and her mom. So far I’ve come up with this map (start/finish are reversed) that will let us take the bus to my childhood home and then ride back to Waikiki via Kalanianaole Hwy. Any locals reading this have any suggestions about that route? I didn’t start riding until after I’d moved away, so I’ve never seen Hawai‘i through a cyclist’s eyes.
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Oahu was a nice place to cycle. I exclusively cycled there for the 2 weeks while visiting. The roads were virtually free of debris. I can only think of two occasions were I saw any glass on the pavement. The Hawaii DOT has a hot line for reporting road hazards and they resolve them in short order.
Go to any bike shop there and get a free "Bike Oahu" map of all the cycling paths around the island. On the net http://hawaii.gov/dot/highways/Bike/oahu
You can get a really nice view of Honolulu by pedaling up the Tantalus.
The Hawaii Bicycling League has small group rides through the week and weekends. You will meet some very nice people that are cycle minded. They will be able to give you advice on bicycling on the other islands. A link to their schedule http://www.hbl.org/?q=event

****One thing that you must know !!! Cycling on the sidewalk in Waikiki(bounded by Ala Wai canal and the Honolulu Zoo) can get you ticketed . I was fortunate another visiting cyclist warned me after being cited.

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