Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 6 of 6

Thread: Hawaii

  1. #1
    *********
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Location
    Gainesville, FL
    My Bikes
    2003 Trek 1000, 2004 Diamondback XSL
    Posts
    66
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Hawaii

    I'm giong to Hawaii in about a month and was thinking of a fast 2-3 day tour around the island (the big one). The bike will be a rental and I'll probably only carry about 10-20 lbs of gear. Has anyone here done this? Are there any good cycling maps online, preferably with elevation profiles? After Southern Tier tour doing 100+ mile days with 110 F heat and 65 lbs of crap this summer, I figure 100-130 miles a day in Hawaii would be no problem with plenty of time for stops and sight seeing.

  2. #2
    nm+
    nm+ is offline
    Ultra-clydesdale
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Sacramento, CA or St Paul, MN
    My Bikes
    Titus Racer-X AL/Trek 520(RIP)/Trek 930
    Posts
    572
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    As most of the islands are pretty small, the LBS is probably the best source for info.
    I've done riding in Hawaii, but no touring. As they're volcanic, they're not flat and the main roads can be very busy with distracted, lost tourists. Note that these are also the flatest roads.
    If I were touring in HI, I'd use a mountain bike and stay off the paved roads as much as possible. These have low traffic and take you places the car tourists won't go. Kauai would be a great place for this.
    That, or I'd imagine the Big Island would have more alternate routes.
    Note that it can be very rainy.
    I'd come in an off season.
    Breaking bike parts for more than 20 years
    Titus Racer-X AL/Trek 520 (Cracked)/Trek 930

  3. #3
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Location
    Camarillo, The VC, California
    Posts
    301
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

  4. #4
    Spit out the back tinrobot's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Silverlake, CA
    Posts
    1,029
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I was just there two weeks ago and thought about biking the island as well.

    There's a huge bike lane on the Kona side of the island heading north (hwy 19) but it gets very windy as you get further north. If you go from there up to Waimea, be careful, the roads are narrow and the cars fast. From Waimea to the tropical side of the island (Mamalahoa Hwy) is not bad, there's a decent bike lane on that road. Saddle Road is another option - it goes between the volcanoes up to about 6000 feet and back down to Hilo. It's not very well travelled and it's supposed to be bikeable. South side of the island can get very windy and again, the roads are narrow.

  5. #5
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    Hollister, CA
    My Bikes
    Bianchi San Jose, Mercian King of Mercia
    Posts
    455
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Search for Denise Goldberg at the www.crazyguyonabike.com website. She posted a very comprehensive account of a Hawaii bike tour, including recommendations for lodging. I've visited a number of times, and I think it would make a great short tour.

  6. #6
    Newbie
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Posts
    4
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    The Big Island is doable in 2 to 3 days pedaling, there is one 4000 ft climb and a few 1500 footers, plus lots of hills. Go counter clockwise. Traffic around Kailua Kona is obnoxious, but most of the rest of the island is pretty laid back (overall better than playing dodge da car in G'ville). There are plenty of small hotels and B7&Bs scattered around, but no cycling maps. The best maps I have had were produced by the U of Hawaii and can be found in most book stores and shops once you get there.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •