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Old 08-16-14, 07:24 PM   #1
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cycling on the big island of Hawaii

My husband and I are going to be on the Big Island of Hawaii in January for two weeks. We will fly in and out of Hilo. We are both road cyclists and want to do some riding and hiking on the island. I need some guidance. If possible we would prefer not to ride loaded. Our plan was to rent a car and stay several days at a few locations and either cycle or hike from each of the locations.

Does this make sense? If so, where would be good places to stay and for how long?
Does it make sense to rent the bikes in Hilo and carry them in the car or does it make sense to rent at each of our destinations?
Does it make more sense to go loaded and cycle around the island?
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Old 08-16-14, 07:41 PM   #2
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I was in Kona for a summer in 1986. I had a heavy beach cruiser with a single speed. There are lots of little hills and one that took me all summer to finally master on my bike.
The roads are made with a mix of asphalt and lava so they are rough on tires and skin, if you happen to fall.
I understand the island is built up a lot since I have been there so I cannot help with your planning. Everything was few and far between when I was there.
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Welcome to BF! If I was looking at a Hawaiian vacation like the one you’re looking at, I’d sink a few bucks into a copy of the Lonely Planet Hawaii Travel Guide. You can find it for >$15 on Amazon, it’ll be one of your smallest expenses in the entire trip and worth it’ll be weight in gold. Have a good vacation!
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