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Old 04-13-15, 05:30 PM   #1
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Good bike store to rent in West or South-Coast maui?

I looked online and found three bike stores that rent high end bikes but they all have horror stories! I am afraid to commit to any of them. Can anyone recommend a good shop?

The shops I found (each with some good reviews but ALL with multiple horror story reviews)
West Maui Cycles
Maui Cyclery
South Maui Cycles
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I rented from Boss Frogs in Kihei. They gVe me a Fuji carbon bike with 12/27 rear that suited me just fine.
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I rented from Boss Frogs in Kihei. They gVe me a Fuji carbon bike with 12/27 rear that suited me just fine.
Just got back from Maui and also rented from Boss Frogs in Kihei - had a Cannondale Super Six. Great folks and great riding bike. Had no problems at all.
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Just for the record, Maui Cyclery is a great shop! Not sure what the online horror stories are but I live here! Old post but since there are so few in the Hawaii forum, I figure it was worth adding a sentence.
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I would recommend Island Triathlon & Bike in Honolulu. Rented a BMC ALR and loved it.
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i will revive this thread with the same question, adding Kona and Kauai. I'm planning to island hop and would like to rent a bike on all three islands. I have found a few mentioned above for Maui, plus Bike Works Kona and Big Island Bike Rentals; i have nothing yet for Kauai. any recs/experiences appreciated.
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I live in Kona and can tell you that bike works is a great shop and they rent all kinds of road bikes. Ask for Vern, if he is working he is a great guy.
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We're heading to Maui in October and planning on attempting Haleakala.

Any updates or recent experience with rental shops in Maui?

We are staying in Maalaea so pretty centrally located. Leaning towards Maui Cyclery because they are in Paia so drop off would be convenient. Also they say they have some high end bikes with disc breaks, my GF has become very fond of these on her new bike. I need to call to see if they have one in stock in her size.

Krank Cycles also have carbon bikes with disc brakes although they use SRAM which is not not what we are used to and they are a little further away.

Another question is how many day ahead is the forecast typically accurate for Haleakala? Any good recommendations for weather?

Any other recommendations?

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The forecast on Haleakala is accurate for about 5 minutes. I'll give it to you now. Rain and hot at the lower elevations, once through the clouds, sunshine and cold.

Good luck on the ride. I "only" made it to 6000' before I had to quit. By far the longest climb I've ever done, and probably for most people since there aren't really any other climbs like Haleakala of 10000' continuous climbing. It is a lot of climbing, and it is relentless. Can't wait to try again, but at 62 my years of being able to do this are running out.

Some advice:

Scout the route out beforehand in a car.
Don't get sick before the ride.
Have someone bring clothes for you to the top, you'll need them for the descent, and you don't want to carry them up.
Train with climbs.
Train with climbs.
Train with climbs.
Lose a little weight.
BRING YOUR OWN BIKE! As nice as my carbon Fuji rental was, I wished I were on my own bike.
Did I say to train with climbs?
Eat at every chance you get. There isn't much once past about 4000'. And the last water is at the ranger station.
Don't miss the turn past Makawao. See my first point.
Don't let the steep climb between Makawao and that turn dissuade you, it is pretty short in the grand scheme of climbing Haleakala.
The switchbacks are the killer, if you make it past them you'll be OK, but it is still all uphill. I didn't make it much past them. They are steeper than the rest of the climb, plus you can see how high each goes and that is very discouraging.
Whichever bike you choose, make sure it has one last low gear beyond what you think is necessary. Mine had a 12-27 cassette with 50/34 front. I'd have liked either a triple or at least a 30 rear.
Go early, at dawn's ass crack.
Have someone waiting for you at the bottom with a beer and food. My brother-in-law happened to be having lunch with the family at the restaurant in Paia right at the corner. He ordered me a beer and I ate both his kids' meals, since they weren't eating them.
If you have children, sacrifice the first-born to the volcano gods. If not, a goat will do.

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i just rented from Maui Cyclery, it was a good experience. i had a Scott Solace Disc, 105/hydro, 50/34 with 11-32. they swapped the stem for me and mounted some blinky lights, it already had SPD pedals. i would use them again.

i concur with the early start advice. if you plan to see the sunrise, you need to make a reservation. my ride report is here:
http://www.bikeforums.net/general-cy...ot-really.html

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Thanks for the info.

Since we are only planning on riding only this one day it would be a lot of effort and expense to fly with our own bikes, we'll just have to be diligent about getting measurements and setting the bikes up as well as possible.

Early start is on the agenda, I'm normally someone who prefers later starts but my GF wakes up early and likes to get going. We've done two week-long bike rides in Colorado, including last year, where hitting the road early was mandatory to avoid possible lightning storms in the afternoon. They also had lots of climbing and altitudes well above 10K in both rides. Last year's ride included Mt. Evans which climbed 7K over 33 miles to 14K. It isn't as steep and there is a 3 mile descent in the middle but it wasn't too bad except maybe the last few miles where the altitude really kicked in.

We live at sea level and really won't have a chance to acclimate but have enough experience climbing above 8K to know that some days the altitude doesn't bother you and some days it kicks you hard. The heat and humidity will undoubtedly be an issue too. We'll have to train as hard as we have time for and hope for the best both in terms of our fitness and the weather, not a fan of cold wet descents.

I've been reading as many trip reports as I can and plan on having a cue sheet so we don't miss any of the turns, sounds like you're in for it if you miss any of them.

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i just rented from Maui Cyclery, it was a good experience. i had a Scott Solace Disc, 105/hydro, 50/34 with 11-32. they swapped the stem for me and mounted some blinky lights, it already had SPD pedals. i would use them again.

i concur with the early start advice. if you plan to see the sunrise, you need to make a reservation. my ride report is here:
http://www.bikeforums.net/general-cy...ot-really.html
That sounds perfect since my bike is a Scott CR-1 so the geometry and ride should be similar. Did you bring your own blinky lights or did they provide them? We ride with a bright tail light all the time and definitely would like to have one for this ride.

Thanks.
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the mechanic dug up the blinkies, but it's probably better to bring your own. i don't think they normally provide lights, it was just mentioned to illustrate good service. it was good fortune that he found a set.
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Thanks, makes sense to bring our own. Might invest in some front lights too.
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Anyone else have any rental experience on Maui they would like to share?

Any other non-cycling related things to do that you recommend? Snorkeling, surfing and the road to Hana are on the agenda.

Thanks.
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Anyone else have any rental experience on Maui they would like to share?

Any other non-cycling related things to do that you recommend? Snorkeling, surfing and the road to Hana are on the agenda.

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When you go to Hana, continue around the south side of the island. It is a different world. Also visit Lindbergh's grave on that side. I drove the entire way around, against the wishes of the car rental company where it is considered "off-road". There is a road the entire way, even if it is rough in places. Drink the coffee, both Maui grown and Kona. Go skinny dipping at Little Makena. Take a private air tour (my son is a pilot and he took his sisters, but not me and my wife). Stop by and say hi to Willie Nelson in Paia. Stop in Makawao in the up-country. It is on the way up by bike, but may be worth a visit on its own. It was basically closed on the way up and I was too tired and sore on the way down.
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When you go to Hana, continue around the south side of the island. It is a different world. Also visit Lindbergh's grave on that side. I drove the entire way around, against the wishes of the car rental company where it is considered "off-road". There is a road the entire way, even if it is rough in places. Drink the coffee, both Maui grown and Kona. Go skinny dipping at Little Makena. Take a private air tour (my son is a pilot and he took his sisters, but not me and my wife). Stop by and say hi to Willie Nelson in Paia. Stop in Makawao in the up-country. It is on the way up by bike, but may be worth a visit on its own. It was basically closed on the way up and I was too tired and sore on the way down.
Those all sound good, especially the loop around the island and coffee! Didn't know about Willie Nelson hanging out there, wonder what the odds are of a sighting. It's our first trip there so we are excited about seeing someplace new. Not sure about the plane trip, my brother is a pilot and has taken my parents up but I'm not sure how I would feel about a small plane since heights have always been an issue for me.
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