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    Smile Big Island Trails

    Hey guys, I'm kinda new to the mountain biking scene. I've been riding in just random places that I can find. I wouldn't mind trying out some of the more defined/popular trails. I've heard of Kulani (sounds difficult for my skill level), University Hilo Trail (where do I start/enter?), and Kalopa. Are there any other good ones out there? How's the Tree Planters road?


    Today I went for another random trail hunt. I found myself above Akolea Rd passing a couple of water tanks. It mostly was gravel stuff, then all of sudden it became a paved/defined road that just kept on going uphill..a semi-steep uphill. According to my gps I was around 1400 ft in elevation. Seems like if I kept going up I would have found myself to the right of Kaumana City. My legs were burning at this point so I decided to turn around. Let me just say that the downhill ride was fast and sketchy at times. But I had fun and found myself screaming, "WOO HOO!"

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    I'm at Kulani every weekend, as long as I don't have to work. Hit me up if you want to ride. Would love to check out your new bike.

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    I would love to check out Kulani one day. I'm pretty sure I can learn a thing or two. I'm still a newbie so I just need to get out there and ride.

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    Be happy to meet you up in Kalopa some time. I'm in Colorado mountain biking right now and will return end of July.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gmats View Post
    Be happy to meet you up in Kalopa some time. I'm in Colorado mountain biking right now and will return end of July.
    I hope you have some pics to show us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gmats View Post
    Be happy to meet you up in Kalopa some time. I'm in Colorado mountain biking right now and will return end of July.

    Awesome! I have to warn you though...I really am a beginner. I've been practicing though. I just need to learn technique. I just try to power over stuff right now. lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aikane View Post
    I'm at Kulani every weekend, as long as I don't have to work. Hit me up if you want to ride. Would love to check out your new bike.
    Are you part of the crew that rides at Kulani every Friday? I was talking to Chris at Hilo Bike Hub and he says he rides there all the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mazukea View Post
    Are you part of the crew that rides at Kulani every Friday? I was talking to Chris at Hilo Bike Hub and he says he rides there all the time.
    Naw, have not taken part in the friday afterwork ride yet. I'm still a beginner as well, have only been riding Kulani for two months now. Maybe ridden half the trails so far. Kulani will definitely hone your technique. Anytime you want to check it out, lmk.

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    Well being a family man my schedule is tight. How long does a ride at Kulani take? I can usually spare a couple of hours after work. Or my weekends are pretty free right now. The best times for me on the weekend is early afternoon after lunch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mazukea View Post
    Awesome! I have to warn you though...I really am a beginner. I've been practicing though. I just need to learn technique. I just try to power over stuff right now. lol.
    No worries, it's all good. Time In The Saddle, we all need more. I've been riding with people of all levels for many years and enjoy riding with all of them. Happy to work sections of trails to develop some skills.

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    Mazu-- I know you from two sites now. sent you a message. might go am run on sunday with the group. usually around 8 finished by 10. lmk. only easy as i am just getting back in the offroad saddle from vacation.barely 6 mi tops.

    gmats: Mammoth park?? or fruita??? I am still dreaming of those places. better post some pics or videos when you come back. lmk when you get back. might try to get the guys to head out that way for a sat or sunday push.

    aikane: we should get together to go ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trdspectacoma View Post

    aikane: we should get together to go ride.
    Definitely, like I posted earlier, I'm there every weekend, lmk.
    Last edited by aikane; 07-19-2012 at 11:33 PM.

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    Awesome! Let's all get together and ride. I might be able to come out this Sunday.

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    Count me in.

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    This Sunday is looking more possible for me.

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    Aloha!
    I am happy to find this thread! I am new to mt. biking, just picked up a new Specialized EVO carbon works. I am also on the Hilo side and would like to ride some trails.
    Is it a bother if I join you guys this Sunday? Mazukea and Aikane, you guys sound both like my level, Im just a beginer. I train for triathalons but have little off roading experince.
    trdspectacoma, you sound the most knowledgable here, do you ride with a crew? And if so, how are they? So far I've ridden dirt roads in Paradise Park.
    Please get back to me, I appreciate all the Alohaness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Specialutz View Post
    Aloha!
    I am happy to find this thread! I am new to mt. biking, just picked up a new Specialized EVO carbon works. I am also on the Hilo side and would like to ride some trails.
    Is it a bother if I join you guys this Sunday? Mazukea and Aikane, you guys sound both like my level, Im just a beginer. I train for triathalons but have little off roading experince.
    trdspectacoma, you sound the most knowledgable here, do you ride with a crew? And if so, how are they? So far I've ridden dirt roads in Paradise Park.
    Please get back to me, I appreciate all the Alohaness.
    Welcome Specialutz!

    I'm sorta like you...well sounds like it....maybe one day....anyways, I'm not a triathlete, but I do like to run and exercise. I'm in training for a 1/2 marathon and maybe even a full marathon next year. My 6 year old Hardrock HT bike was just staring at me so I started riding again about 2 months ago. I loved it so I upgraded to a full suspension bike. Now I'm trying to challenge myself to get better and do harder trails.

    See you on the trails!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mazukea View Post
    Welcome Specialutz!

    I'm sorta like you...well sounds like it....maybe one day....anyways, I'm not a triathlete, but I do like to run and exercise. I'm in training for a 1/2 marathon and maybe even a full marathon next year. My 6 year old Hardrock HT bike was just staring at me so I started riding again about 2 months ago. I loved it so I upgraded to a full suspension bike. Now I'm trying to challenge myself to get better and do harder trails.

    See you on the trails!
    Specialutz, love the name. LOL.

    Mazukea, that's funny about the Hardrock staring you in the face. Made me think about Forest Gump and staring at them shoes and then going out and running.

    Look forward to hooking up with all of you guys and riding. When I'm with beginners, I'll often just take my time and if the person's interested, working sections to develop skills. I have one beginner friend out with me on this trip, he rocked yesterday, he's developed a lot and now intermediate level. Blazed down the smooth single track through the Aspen and Old growth Pine forests and through the meadows. It was great to see. Ah, I but I have digressed . Looking forward to riding with new friends out there when I get home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Specialutz View Post
    Aloha!
    I am happy to find this thread! I am new to mt. biking, just picked up a new Specialized EVO carbon works. I am also on the Hilo side and would like to ride some trails.
    Is it a bother if I join you guys this Sunday? Mazukea and Aikane, you guys sound both like my level, Im just a beginer. I train for triathalons but have little off roading experince.
    trdspectacoma, you sound the most knowledgable here, do you ride with a crew? And if so, how are they? So far I've ridden dirt roads in Paradise Park.
    Please get back to me, I appreciate all the Alohaness.
    Come on down, you guys decide on a time and I'll be there, as long as it's not too late in the afternoon. Looks like I'm gonna have the crappiest bike in the bunch, at least I won't feel bad if I crash.

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    Specialutz very cool name and sounds like a nice bike. me: I am not that knowledgeable still cant figure my way out of kulani. or anywhere else and no cardio what so ever. only been riding for not even a year. I usually go with a small group of friends. no racing just riding. not too sure about the group ride this weekend but will post when and where if we do...

    Gmats: call us when you get back. weather at home been not so great. but fun and muddy if you wanna clean drivetrains!!

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    idea.

    I really want to ride down that crappy rocky road to Makalawena. I took my truck down there before and now I want to bike it. Anyone has any experience with their bike? I know some parts were crappy with my truck. But I'm thinking with a bike it should be easier cause its smaller and narrower.

    So who's in?

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    Aloha guys!
    Okay, I hope this does not exclude me from riding with you folks, but the reason I asked about trd's crew is because I'm female. I know how much camradere the guys have a d their bro time is important time away from the wives and so on. I wanted to see if it is cool that I can ride with you folks. I can hold my own.
    Are we still riding on Sunday? If so, where and when do we meet? I'm so excited, it's hard enough for me to find other girls to ride yet even ride with others.
    Mahalos,
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    Okay got the confirmation of riding this Sunday. 800 am at Mid pacific wheels on kawili st. if you cant make it then you can meet us at north quarry road on stainback around 8:30.....

    special: don't worry you can come no exclusion it is all about the ride and the camradere with other bikers.

    mazu: I thought of that but the fact or that hard technical climb back up practically scares me, with the fact that you have to some how pedal and bunnyhop up

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    Quote Originally Posted by trdspectacoma View Post
    Okay got the confirmation of riding this Sunday. 800 am at Mid pacific wheels on kawili st. if you cant make it then you can meet us at north quarry road on stainback around 8:30.....
    So whats the headcount on this? Are you guys planning to ride your bikes from Midpac to the trail? I'll definitely be checking this out.

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    Aloha Dudes!
    Great, I can't wait to ride someplace new! Do I need a full helmet, neck brace, body pads for this place? I heard it's kinda technical.
    Mazukea, I did that Mkalawena road, but not to the beach, just down and up to the top of the hill on the right that looks like a giant ass, for lack of better description. Wasn't that hard, only going back to the highway was a lil bit more challenging. But up on the hill I ran into some bikers building a small pump track! A secret pump track up at the top out of view from the road. They were nice.
    Anyway, get back to me on what type of gear protection I need.
    Mahalos,
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