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    Any good roads on Oahu

    Hello everybody,

    I'm brand new to riding road bikes and i was wondering if anyone know's of any good places to ride on Oahu? I bought my bike three days ago and have already had one puncture from riding down Ft Weaver road over here in Ewa Beach. Just wondering if there are any places that aren't littered with rubbish to ruin my day?

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    The leeward side of Oahu tends to be very hot and dry. The roads are pretty congested no matter where you ride. I prefer to start my rides in Honolulu and keep to the Diamond Head or eastern side of the island. Try riding along Kalanianaole Hwy. and head to Hanauma Bay, Makapuu, and Waimanalo. Aloha.
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    Where'd you buy your new bike?

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    I hope he bought his bike at McCully Bicycle & Sporting Goods.
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    Thanks for the info and I bought my bike at the Bikefactory.

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    I visited Oahu (and the Big Island) last Nov/Dec and like you was looking for places to ride.

    On Oahu I did three rides. The first was up into the mountains above Honolulu. Look for Round Top Dr. and Tantalus Dr (NE of Punchbowl). Very scenic with a lot of climbing (1800 ft IIRC). I highly recommend it.

    The second was just a loop I did 4-5 times around Diamond Head. Light traffic with lots of climbing and downhills, but obviously repetitious.

    The third was a suicide run up and down the Pali Highway from Honolulu, and then taking Kalanianaole/Highway 72 around the southern part of the island back to the start. Only take the Pali section if you are extremely comfortable riding in heavy and fast traffic. Uphill is safe and nice since you can take a side road most of the way up, but going through the tunnel and downhill can be frightening (and I did it during a rain storm -- never again). If you don't mind just going out and back on the same route you might just want to take Highway 72 and don't try making it a loop by taking the Pali. If you do take the Pali highway you must take it from Honolulu to the NE because taking it the other way means going through the tunnel up hill which is definitely not recommended since its narrow with a lot of traffic.

    Hopefully this helps.

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    By the way, I know this is going to sound Busch League to you guys, but the bike I bought is a Trek 1000.

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    Ironwill8282, I was just wondering where you bought your bike because I bought my TREK on Oahu. How's the weather? Still flooding today?

    BTW, I live on the Big Island. (At the time when I bought my TREK only one bike shop on the Big Island carried TREK...and all they had in stock were Mountain Bikes. Hence, the trip to Oahu. I bought my TREK at Island Triathlon and Bike)
    Jbierling, where did you ride on the Big Island?

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    I was only able to do one ride on the Big Island. I rode the Ironman route from Kona to Hawi. Quite a bit flatter than my rides on Oahu but still quite nice. As you know the road is in good shape and the traffic was manageable.

    If/ when I go back I'd like to try riding from Hilo to the Information Center on Mauna Kea since the saddle road looked to be in good shape on that side of the Island. Its too bad that the road turns to gravel for a bit after that point otherwise it would be interesting to try going all the way up. Even to the info center though it would be about a 10,000ft climb. That would be one ride to remember!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jbierling
    If/ when I go back I'd like to try riding from Hilo to the Information Center on Mauna Kea since the saddle road looked to be in good shape on that side of the Island. Its too bad that the road turns to gravel for a bit after that point otherwise it would be interesting to try going all the way up. Even to the info center though it would be about a 10,000ft climb. That would be one ride to remember!
    Be careful if you decide to ride Saddle Road! People regularly drive at very high speed and there are a lot of blind turns. And if you were caught in an emergency situation, cell phone reception is spotty at best.

    Tantalus is one ride I always look forward to. If you're interested, check out a ride report that I did:
    Ride Report: Mt. Tantalus in Sunny Hawaii

    See you on the road.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EXCALIBUR
    The leeward side of Oahu tends to be very hot and dry. The roads are pretty congested no matter where you ride. I prefer to start my rides in Honolulu and keep to the Diamond Head or eastern side of the island. Try riding along Kalanianaole Hwy. and head to Hanauma Bay, Makapuu, and Waimanalo. Aloha.
    Yup, that's a good ride. Best to do before 10:00am or the traffic starts to get kind of bad. And if you like hills, hit Mariner's Ridge, Waialae Iki and Waialae Nui on your way back to town.

    Man, it sucks being stuck in the office. I wanna go for a ride!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sprocket Man
    Be careful if you decide to ride Saddle Road! People regularly drive at very high speed and there are a lot of blind turns. And if you were caught in an emergency situation, cell phone reception is spotty at best.

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    Yep. I rode Saddle Road from Hilo once. I wanted to get in some good hills like I did at my training camp in Colorado. I'll never do that again!!!
    1. It was raining - and cold - not too bad going up the mountain...but I was freezing and my hands went numb coming down.
    2. Drivers are crazy on Saddle road.
    3. The shoulder disappears after a while ( I don't think they've fixed it yet).

    It looked like it would be such a great ride. Since then, I've stuck with biking to Volcano ... or Hamakua...or on the Kona side on the Ironman course.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ironwoman
    Yep. I rode Saddle Road from Hilo once. I wanted to get in some good hills like I did at my training camp in Colorado. I'll never do that again!!!
    1. It was raining - and cold - not too bad going up the mountain...but I was freezing and my hands went numb coming down.
    2. Drivers are crazy on Saddle road.
    3. The shoulder disappears after a while ( I don't think they've fixed it yet).

    It looked like it would be such a great ride. Since then, I've stuck with biking to Volcano ... or Hamakua...or on the Kona side on the Ironman course.
    I've never gone cycling to Volcano or around the National Parks area but it sure looks like it'd be a nice ride. The roads go on for miles and miles with hardly any cars in sight.

    Have you ever ridden in Kohala? It seems like there'd be some nice climbing starting by the Hawaii Prep Academy campus. I've never done any riding there, but have driven through it many times. The pasture lands there are just beautiful. Though is probably wouldn't be too much fun in the afternoon when the fog rolls in.

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    I've done a lot of riding in Kohala...but not on the high road. There is a bike race that uses that road (The UltraMan), but, again, there are a lot of sharp corners, wild traffic, and narow shoulders on that road. When I go to Kohala, I take the low road to Hawi (Ironman Course)...then go on from there. It is a nice ride (Unless the Kamakani cross winds are fierce - can gust up to 60mph).

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    I recently visited Oahu and got out on the road twice. The first was from the Waikiki area out to Makapuu point and back. Good roads, but lots of traffic. The second was over on the north shore, out toward Kaena Point. The roads aren't nearly as good there, but there's a lot less traffic, especially once you get west of Waialua. The road toward Kaena Point doesn't go all the way to the point itself, so it's essentially a road to nowhere... meaning few cars. No hills to speak of, but it's a nice ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raketmensch
    I recently visited Oahu and got out on the road twice. The first was from the Waikiki area out to Makapuu point and back. Good roads, but lots of traffic. The second was over on the north shore, out toward Kaena Point. The roads aren't nearly as good there, but there's a lot less traffic, especially once you get west of Waialua. The road toward Kaena Point doesn't go all the way to the point itself, so it's essentially a road to nowhere... meaning few cars. No hills to speak of, but it's a nice ride.
    The road from Waialua to the trailhead at Kaena point is pretty beat up, isn't it? The last time I was out there, we passed by the set of "Lost". This was when they just started to film - the show had not yet aired on TV. We saw the wrecked plane. Even though it was a set, it gave me the chills because it looked so real. When I go out that side, I take my mountainbike so that I don't have to stop once the road ends.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sprocket Man
    The road from Waialua to the trailhead at Kaena point is pretty beat up, isn't it?.
    I didn't find it to be all that bad except for the last mile or so. You go by an airstrip (I think it's used as a glider port?) and in that area the pavement was quite good. The road does get a little rough right at the end, but overall I found that lack of traffice more than made up for the less-than-perfect pavement. I was on a Ti-frame road bike, and overall the ride was very enjoyable.

    Two things I should say, though. First, I live in a very rural area, so I'm not very used to riding in lots of traffic. Staying away from it was therefore a big plus for me. Second, my rural area is in upstate New York... so just being on a bike in warm weather in January was a treat regardless of the pavement!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sprocket Man
    Be careful if you decide to ride Saddle Road! People regularly drive at very high speed and there are a lot of blind turns. And if you were caught in an emergency situation, cell phone reception is spotty at best.
    I'd definitely agree with you for the Kona-Kea side. That section is narrow and the road is in terrible shape. I only drove the Hilo-Kea portion once so perhaps my perception of the road was off but my recollection was of a new road with a decent shoulder. I can see how you'd need to be really aware of traffic taking wide turns though.

    In any case, its likely going to be a while before I get back there, so who knows what it will be like in a few years

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    I took my road bike to Hawaii last time I visited. I did two really exciting rides. One day I pedaled from Kailua to Sunset Beach and back. The next day I pedaled from Kailua to Waikiki and back. The traffic was a bit thick, but I found the drivers there EXTREMELY Courteous.
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    The heavy rains we've been having in the Islands the past few days have finally let up. Now, we have to really be careful when riding to avoid all the new potholes.
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    Yeah, it rained hard and I'm glad it stopped. I rode yeserday after work and there were a decent number of pot holes to deal with on North Road.

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    Try the link below to the Hawaii Bicycle League's page of bike route maps. I'm not from there, but I visited for the Honolulu Century Ride in September a couple years ago. That was an extremely well-run event with beautiful scenery that was loads of fun. It started at Kapiolani Park and wound around the windward side of the island to somewhere on the north side (Sunset Beach?) and back, using many of the roads listed at this link. Some of them had some traffic, but all were quite manageable. Even with all your rain lately, I'm jealous of the climate where you can ride in summer gear all year around. Hope this is helpful. Have fun!

    http://www.hbl.org/maps/maps.html

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    I'm from Hawaii but am now living in Japan. I go back once a year for vacation, where I ride an ATB bike on the sidewalk, sometimes up to 45 miles (Nuuanu to Waipahu and back).

    Yup, Pali Highway can be harrowing, as I live off it below Dowsett. To go through the tunnels, what I do is wait till the stoplight way down townside stops the flow of cars, than blast through the tunnels. You definitely do not want to bike up from Kaneohe side. Oahu is basically traffic, traffic, traffic, and the drivers aren't necessarily courteous (I'm a local so I can say that).

    Most people ride from Kahala Mall to Hawaii Kai along the bike lane. If you are adventurous, head up to Hanauma Bay and Sandy Beach, than loop back via Hawaii Kai (there is a road on the left as you pass Sandy Beach, going towards Sea Life Park). But the road is narrow from Hanauma to Sandy Beach, and lots of tourist traffic.

    A lot of roadies also start from Kaneohe (other side of the Pali), and ride from there to Makapuu Pt (Sea Life Park) and loop through Hawaii Kai to amass mileage, than head back to Kaneohe. I don't ride the North Shore because the road is pretty narrow and quite a bit of traffic.

    Watch out riding around Diamond Head and south shore along Pearl Harbor and Ewa Beach. Lots of kiawe trees with big thorns. I get sick and tired of flats on my ATB bike, sometimes both tires, and I run out of tubes. I plan to run a Stan's No Tubes setup this year as I'm sick of this.

    A favorite if you like to climb is Tantalus. Can get quite steep in areas, but fairly short sections before it levels off on switchbacks.

    Oahu is not the best place for roadies. The island is too congested and the roads are in poor condition. Lots of rough asphalt, potholes, glass and junk lying around.

    BTW, there is a bike path from Nimitz Highway (Sand Island) along the shore of Pearl Harbor to Waipahu. I see a lot of roadies there. But the distance is relatively short compared to the mainland unless you double back on it a couple of times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ironwill8282
    Hello everybody,

    I'm brand new to riding road bikes and i was wondering if anyone know's of any good places to ride on Oahu? I bought my bike three days ago and have already had one puncture from riding down Ft Weaver road over here in Ewa Beach. Just wondering if there are any places that aren't littered with rubbish to ruin my day?
    ironwill, first on the tires--get the Conti Gatorskins that The Bike Factory stocks for $32 each, or get them from biketiresdirect.com for $27 each. I've tried several types of tires, and these hold up on these so-so Oahu roads just fine. Everything else I tried yielded flats. The Specialized Armadillios work well too. It is unfortunate, but the roads around here make these durable tires highly recommended. The manager of the Bike Factory rides Gatorskins on his fancy Seven.

    The Hawaii Bicycling League (http://www.hbl.org/calendar.html) has some great weekend rides. I got back into road cycling upon moving here after a long lay off, and the group rides on the weekends were just the ticket for me to get back into cycling shape and learn from those a whole lot more experienced. The ride routes are well thought out, and there's folks to help should you flat or have any other problems. The Saturday 9:00am "Heavy Breathers Ride" is a no-drop (really), 30-32 mile ride from Kapiolani Park to the windward side and back--very nice ride. Some extend to 51 miles if so interested. The group has even started a 'last Saturday' (like today, but I cannot make it today due to bike ISSUES) tailgate following the ride--excellent group. Hope to see you there,

    Mark

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    I'll second the recommendation on the Continental Ultra Gatorskins. I like the 25 mm width. With these tires, you'll still get flats, but at least you'll have a fighting chance with the glass and keawe thorns.
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