Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > > >

Hawaii and Pacific Islands Regional Forum Hawaii, Polynesia, Tahiti, etc.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 09-02-15, 11:55 AM   #1
Wingsprint
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2015
Bikes:
Posts: 389
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 5 Post(s)
Kona question

The wife and I will be on a Hawaiian cruise in May and would like to rent road bikes for the day while in Kona. We are not looking to do anything beyond 40 miles and have no interest in climbing a volcano if you know what I mean. We are looking at taking a southern route on Kuakini Hwy and Kamehameha Rd or a northern route to Manini'owali Beach via Mamalahoa Highway.

Thoughts? What would you pick?
Wingsprint is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-11-15, 01:14 PM   #2
bkrownd
kipuka explorer
 
bkrownd's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Hilo Town, East Hawai'i
Bikes: 1994 Trek 820, 2004 Fuji Absolute, 2005 Jamis Nova, 1977 Schwinn Scrambler 36/36
Posts: 3,293
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I can't say much about the lower elevation roads, since I always avoid the congested Kailua area. However, I will mention that while passing through Holualoa on highway 180 last weekend I thought that the length of Highway 180 would be a nice road to cruise on. It is a narrow winding road with the "old hawaii" feel. There is a cluster of tiny art galleries near the Holuakoa restaurant which are probably open during mid-day hours. Holuakoa has a large number of bike locking loops in its upper Old Government Road parking lot, which was a very unusual thing to see here.

Frankly, my first instinct in that area would be to stay on 180 all day, turning around at Annie's, Kealakekua or Captain Cook. The lower roads have lots of traffic, and the mauka-makai roads are all extremely steep. I don't claim to know much about it, tho.
__________________
--
-=- '05 Jamis Nova -=- '04 Fuji Absolute -=- '94 Trek 820 -=- '77 Schwinn Scrambler 36/36 -=-
Friends don't let friends use brifters.
bkrownd is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-12-15, 02:38 AM   #3
Wingsprint
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2015
Bikes:
Posts: 389
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 5 Post(s)
Mahalo for your kokua!

Wingsprint is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-29-16, 03:13 PM   #4
CB HI
Cycle Year Round
 
CB HI's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Honolulu, HI
Bikes:
Posts: 13,033
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 830 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Wingsprint View Post
The wife and I will be on a Hawaiian cruise in May and would like to rent road bikes for the day while in Kona. We are not looking to do anything beyond 40 miles and have no interest in climbing a volcano if you know what I mean. We are looking at taking a southern route on Kuakini Hwy and Kamehameha Rd or a northern route to Manini'owali Beach via Mamalahoa Highway.

Thoughts? What would you pick?
Kailua-Kona to Manini'owali Beach is about 28 miles round trip on HI19 Queen Ka'ahumanu Highway and Kua Bay Access Rd. Route is flat with lava rockfields next to the Hwy, can be hot, but may have high winds and mostly wide shoulders (mandatory use).

South route on HI180 can be a climb from Kailua-Kona but cooler and greenery, narrow winding road.
HI11 lower road is flat and narrow, especially in Captian Cook. It can be extremely congested at rush hour.
Another option would be to drive up to HI180 from Kailua-Kona, drive south on HI180 until you see a resturant you like or Teshima's Restaurant at merge area on H11, ask if you can park there during your ride, then you will eat there after the ride. Lets you ride a loop on HI180.

I would pick the Manini'owali Beach ride. You could even park at the bike shop during the ride.

Take your own bicycle locks with you. At one time and maybe even today, at least one shop was renting bikes out, having guys steeling them, charging the renters the full cost of replacing the bicycle and then giving a reward for the return of the bicycle and uncut lock.

I do NOT believe either these shops were involved in the bike theft scam.
Bike Shop - Kona, Hawaii - Cycle Station
Bike Works Kona
__________________
Land of the Free, Because of the Brave.

Last edited by CB HI; 03-29-16 at 03:18 PM.
CB HI is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:49 AM.


 
  • Ask a Question
    get answers from real people!
Click to start entering your question.
I HAVE A QUESTION