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Old 03-08-16, 07:16 PM
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Tandeming in Hawaii

My chief stoker (i.e. wife) and I are just starting the planning for our first trip to Hawaii this fall. We are not in a position to travel with our bike so any riding we can get in there would have to be via rental.

We have not picked any itinerary or what island or islands we are going to visit. We hope to be able to get a few days of riding in while there.

I have not found much info in this forum. I am looking for suggestions and advice regarding riding a tandem there. Are there rides/routes that are must do's? Similarly, where to steer clear of.

Again, any advice and experiences as well as any leads on renting a tandem while there would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 03-09-16, 06:06 PM
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We have been riding in Hawaii for many years on vacation and on our tandem for the last 10 years. In our opinion the Big Island on the Kona side has the most friendly riding. As home to the Ironman there are lots bikes on the road everyday with very wide shoulders. There is a local club ride every Tues, thurs and Sat that starts at the aquatic enter at 7am and very much welcomes visitors. We ride our tandem with them and it is a super friendly group that varies from 15-30 riders. The rides are from 15 -50 miles usually with different groups at the various distances. Speeds are all over the place but easy to find someone to ride with. Bike Works bike shop in Kona has a Cannondale tandem for rent for what appears to be a good price. We have also taken our coupled Calfee to Maui many times and the riding is ok but more traffic and narrower shoulders but very much doable. We ride the west coast mostly there. You can challenge yourselfs if you want there with one of the longest climbs in the U.S. from the coast to the top of Haliakalla over 10k of continuos climbing and a great descent but very weather variable.. In our experience Oahu is not very tandem friendly except maybe the north shore. Tandem riding along the coasts in Hawaii makes for a great vacation. We will be there again in April with friends and will probably be the only two tandems on the roads. Find a bike pro tandem case and take your own bike and you will not regret it. Aloha
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^ west Maui loop is very nice
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Originally Posted by merlinextraligh View Post
^ west Maui loop is very nice
We have done the West Maui loop several times. Rented a Cannondale tandem.
Its up there as one of the overall best rides we have done.
Going there in May and might do it since its been a while.
Have ridden up Haleakala by myself. Spectacular, but probably won't do it again as it takes a whole day from my vacation.
Wouldn't recommend it for a tandem unless you like really big long climbs.
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Another vote for the West Maui Loop.
Just be careful on the northwest shore as the roads are one lane for both direction - like the road to Hana (although much less traveled). There are some decent hills but they're thankfully short. Make sure you bring plenty of water as the places we usually count on for refill are unreliable when the surf's up. Also make sure you try the "best banana bread in the world."

Haleakala is an epic road climb from sea level to 10k feet and is on a lot of bikers' bucket list.

The big island is also very nice. The Queen Ka'ahumanu highway is the route used for the Kona ironman. The stretch out of Kona is through a lava field which can get bare, windy and hot. But the northern section to Hawi is very nice. There are also some great beaches on that side.

If you're looking for a real challenge on this island, climb Kaloko drive or Mauna Kea. Our place backs up to Kaloko, but we have not found the guts to climb to the top with the tandem.

Oahu is just too busy for my taste.

Kauai is lush and beautiful but not bike friendly. The roads and shoulders are narrow. On the other hand, there are plenty of things to do there with out your bike.
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Thanks for all the input folks. This gives us some things to think about and look forward to. I am glad that there are opportunities to rent a tandem while there and we'll definitely plan to do a little riding while there.
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In 2003 we rode from sea level to the top of Haleakala on Maui on our tandem (unsupported). The hardest ride I have ever done. Over 10,000' of climbing and nearly 80 miles round trip. Took 9 hours to climb (7 hours pedaling). Took about 2 hours to descend. By the time we got back down, I barely had enough energy to sit up to eat.

I didn't think at the time that it would be the last time we would ever do that but now I know that we will never be able to make that climb again.

If it is on your bucket list, you better be well prepared for it.
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Alcanbrad,
Let me know if you make to the big island. If we're there at the same time, we can loan you our spare tandem.
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Originally Posted by chojn1 View Post
Alcanbrad,
Let me know if you make to the big island. If we're there at the same time, we can loan you our spare tandem.
CJ
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we will be on the big island in the fall also with our tandem and friends with their tandem maybe we can get together for some rides Also there in April for two weeks
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Hi Mark,
Cool! That sounds like a lot of fun. We can have our own mini rally.
April and summer looks pretty busy for us. PM on your fall schedule though.
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Note; Watch out of huge wild hogs. They seem to guard / defend the road up to the telescope site. Had one cave in the side of a rental 4x4 truck. Thought it was going to knock us over the side of the mountain.

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In 2003 we rode from sea level to the top of Haleakala on Maui on our tandem (unsupported). The hardest ride I have ever done. Over 10,000' of climbing and nearly 80 miles round trip. Took 9 hours to climb (7 hours pedaling). Took about 2 hours to descend. By the time we got back down, I barely had enough energy to sit up to eat.

I didn't think at the time that it would be the last time we would ever do that but now I know that we will never be able to make that climb again.

If it is on your bucket list, you better be well prepared for it.
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