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    Should we pick Maui?

    Hi there,

    So as it goes, my girlfriend and I are planning a trip to Maui in April next year, and we are planning on doing our open water test for SCUBA, (2 days), a day or two of hiking, some surfing, and of course, some biking.

    Can anyone give me some ideas on where we should ride? Is Poli Poli the best place to go get on some singletrack? Is that crater shuttle run worth it? heard you take a fireroad/pavement down the hill - sounds horrible. I'd like to get on some nice remote singletrack - 10-20 mile ride, and if there are some good shuttles - those are good too!

    Is Maui a good island for mt biking - or is there another island that has much better biking, and rentals

    Looking for a day or 2 (if warranted) of riding. I guess we are going here as a "real" vacation - so i can't do more than 2 days of riding....

    If Maui is a good place for all the things I'm looking to do, whose got the nicest bikes?

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    There are some riding to be had on Maui. But when you are there, try to see if you catch the ferry to the very close, and neighboring Lanai. Is basically a less developed island with tons of ATV and Jeep road (for those activities) but are also open to bikes.

    You can also try Molokai, also by ferry from Maui County. There is a ranch call Molokai Ranch that had some nice trails and skill area developed back in the late 90s. They rent late 90s top of the line Marin full suspension bikes that are not in the best conditions today from what I hear.

    When in Maui, stay on that island. Dont stay on Lanai or Molokai.

    As far as riding opportunities and rental, Oahu is still the state capitol and has the most options. The good stuffs on Maui are harder to find.

    But for an idea, check out Norco bike's website. They have a video of two pro riders enjoying Maui.

    As for the shuttle and ride down the volcano, is a good thing to do as a couple, but otherwise, skip it. All but one or two of those shuttle companies rent mountain bike. Otherwise you can cruise 38 miles down the volcano on a controlled speed, with a white motorcycle helmet and yellow jump suit, and on a coaster brake cruiser bike.

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    Maui is ok there's a few lesser known trails out there. Look up "swinging bridges" in Waihee. Thats always a good one. Maui Has a Over abundance of Keawe trees (Mesquite) I hope I spelled that right. So that means Thorns and Goat head! So go prepared! Yeah skip the Volcano ride...... you would be better off renting your bike's and getting a local to shuttle you up there so you can roll down, But Like I said be prepared! Like Loll said they wear rain gear and a helmet. it can be cold and wet up there!
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    I did the Haleakala volcano group ride back in 2004 with my wife. The old beach cruisers were trash. The tour guide couldn't understand why I was concerned about the extremely loose headset. We rode the brakes the whole way down. Roadies were flying past us doing somewhere around 50mph. I'm glad I saw the inside of the volcano at sunrise but the bike ride down was a huge bummer.

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    Makawao forest reserve has some world class riding and something for everyone. I lived on Maui for 17 years and wouldn't recomend the Lanai trip. If Poli Poli is open the Mamane trail and Boundary trail could be fun if they get some attention. Check the PoliPoli closed thread.

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    I was in Maui in May. One of the main MTB trails were closed because of storm damage.

    If you are road inclined at all, drive to Pa'ai and visit the bike shop in town. For a small fee, they will rent you a titanium Litespeed bike, provide you a jersey to wear, and escort/support/sag support you until you get to to the Haleakala National Park entrance. This is the starting point for the comercial downhill descents (the crappy cruiser rides mentioned above), right at 6500 feet. The shop support drops from here, but they stock you with plenty of gels, water, and refreshments. The climb to the summit is spectacular, and is literally breathtaking above 7000 feet! Rocketing down from the very top on a top of the line road bike is incredible!

    If you do the commercial descent trip, there are shops that rent Trek 29ers somewhere on the island. I passed several groups while climbing up and going down.

    Another great adventure is the Pacific Whale Foundation trip to Molekini. The trip is relatively inexpensive and well worth the money.

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    Poli Poli is open and there are no kiawe trees there or in Makawao Forest. Lanai has no real trails, really just dirt road riding. I'm pretty sure Molokai Ranch doesn't rent bikes any more. Maui isn't huge so there are no real "remote" rides, and none even approaching 20 miles but you can get a good 2-5 out and back ride (or a multi loop ride in Makawao). Probably the most remote you can get is riding EMI (East Maui Irrigation) which is a degraded double track...but you'll have to go with a local as it's not easy to navigate. The shop mentioned in Paia is Maui Cyclery but I'm not sure about the variety of their mtb rental stable (you can inquire about an EMI ride there), good shop and the owner is a friend. Only shop that rents freeridey bikes is Crater Cycles. Forget about the coaster trip down the volcano unless you want to follow some grandma from Pensyltucky all the way down. There are companies that have decent single speeds that will drop you off at the park entrance for a more independent experience, but it's all paved road.

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    whodaphuck, so where would you recommend riding for 1-2 days then (ie what are the best spots to hit, navigable without a guide)? Makawao Forest and Poli Poli? I'll be on the island in a week and will try to sneak away from the fam for a couple shortish rides. thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hardboiled View Post
    whodaphuck, so where would you recommend riding for 1-2 days then (ie what are the best spots to hit, navigable without a guide)? Makawao Forest and Poli Poli? I'll be on the island in a week and will try to sneak away from the fam for a couple shortish rides. thanks!
    Yes, probably your best bets. It's a bit of a drive up to Poli Poli so Makawao is probably best for limited time schedules (unless you're staying on the west side, then it's a drive to anywhere). Work and parenting schedule is going to keep me off the bike for a week or 2 so I unfortunately won't be available as a guide.

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