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Maui's Best Bike Shop for 20 years! West Maui Cycles in Lahaina Maui is a full service Maui bike shop with road bike rentals, Mtn bike rentals and cruiser bike rentals.

We offer custom bike fittings by appointment as well as many shipping/service packages when bringing your bike to Hawaii.

Our shop is located in Lahaina off of Honapiilani Hwy (#30) just behind the Taco Bell/Pizza Hut on the mountain side of the road.

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10-4 pm  Sun

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Should I Switch To Clip-In Pedals?

WMC Team

My shoes look at me from the floor, where I leave them.

Most girls keep shoes they love in their original box, perhaps in a closet. Well for me, living on Maui the only shoes I really own are slippahs (flip-flops) and they live outside on the Lanai (deck). So to say they are on the floor in my house is quite significant as per their importance.

Getting ready for a bike ride is like a ritual for most riders I'm sure. For me a few of these preparations include; filling water bottles, checking tire pressure, checking repair kit for spare tube etc... placing my phone and small amount of money in zip-lock bag, setting up my Garmin.

At some point, just after my eggs on toast, and just before my helmet goes on I will put my shoes on. Tightening down the Boa dial on my Specialized shoes, gives me the greatest satisfaction! As a new rider I really have noticed what a difference good shoes and road cleats make to my riding. I wanted to write a blog all about clip-in pedals so I started a little of my own research and I came to the conclusion that I couldn't possibly write a blog as informative as Brent Rose. Nor could I think of a more descriptive way to explain bike fatigue than 'lateral squirrelliness'. So here is Brent's Blog post. www.gizmodo.com

Why You Should Switch to Clipless Pedals

By Brent Rose

Hey there, biker dude/dudette. You're biking pretty well there, carving up the street real nice. Nice control, decent stamina. But if you want to take your cycling to the next level, it's time to enter the world of clipless pedals.

What Are Clipless Pedals?

Toe clips. Old school.

Toe clips. Old school.

Clipless pedals are a two-part system for your bike. Part one is a small pedal with a locking mechanism, and part two is a cleat that attaches to your bike shoe. The shoes clip into the pedals, giving you a very solid connection to your bike. Yes, clip in. So, why the hell are they called clipless?

 

Well, because before these existed, there were pedals with toe clips. Toe clips are the cages that go on a regular platform pedal that help keep your foot in place. They don't clip onto your pedals and they don't clip onto your foot, so it's really a dumb name for them, but because they already existed, these newer pedals which actually do clip in had to pick another name. For some reason, they chose "clipless." But while the name is dumb, the advantages are anything but. Here are just a few of them.

Better Power Transfer

One of the best things about going clipless is that you have an extremely solid connection to your bike's power train. With normal pedals, there is only one thing keeping your foot on the pedal when you're on your upstroke: pressure. You have to maintain constant contact with the pedal throughout every rotation, and to do that, you have to apply a little bit of downward pressure. You aren't just stomping down to move you forward, but you're adding to the force needed so you can lift your back leg. In other words, your legs are working against each other.

Shimano Pedaling Dynamics

Shimano Pedaling Dynamics

With clipless pedals, there's none of that. Because your foot can't go flying off, you can fully unweight on every recovery stroke so all of your energy is dedicated to propelling you and your bike forward. Plus, there's no energy wasted in trying to compensate for lateral squirrelliness, which can be especially prominent as your legs get tired. In other words, you can focus on the task at hand.

Vastly Increased Efficiency

When you're using traditional platform pedals, there's only one section of the rotation where you can apply pressure to them: the down stroke. While that is generally the most powerful part of your stroke, clipless pedals make it way better. Not only can you stomp down, but because your feet are solidly anchored to the pedals, you can sweep back and pull up. The sweep is an important extension of your downward stroke because it lets you engage your hamstrings, which have a lot of power. While you're pulling back you're also pushing your other foot forward, over the top of the rotation to get it ready for the next downstroke.

Similarly, while you're stomping down with one foot, you can pull up with your other foot, engaging your core and hip flexors. While these aren't your most powerful muscle groups, using them a little bit means you can go just as fast while taking some of the pressure off of the muscles you use in your downstroke. So, not only do you get more power, but you don't wear out nearly as quickly.

It takes some getting used to, as you're asking your legs to do more things at once than they have been. Once you adjust to the timing, though, you'll find yourself going a lot faster and with much less effort.

Security

With clipless, because you're locked into your bike, you have better control. You can really push and pull your frame laterally if you need to in order to avoid a hazard, like, say, a rapidly opening car door. Also, because you can pull up on the pedals, that means you can bunny-hop over a small obstacle should you need to.

Another common problem is when you hit an unexpected bump with your rear tire (a pothole, or a rock). That can launch you upward and off of your seat. If you're on platform pedals, the chances are good that your feet are going to come flying off as well, and when you land you're going to be in a world of hurt (frame, meet crotch). Clipless pedals will keep your feet firmly attached to the bike, even if your ass comes off the seat, giving you a much improved chance of landing safely.

The Downsides

opps

opps

Clipless pedals aren't perfect. It's possible for your foot to become accidentally disengaged, and if that small, sharp pedal whips around and hits you in the shin, well, it's a special kind of pain. There's also the off-chance that you want to bail and get off your bike in a major hurry. There's an extra step to getting your feet off the pedals now, and unless you've trained your instincts to disengage lighting quick, you could find yourself attached when you don't want to be.


Clipless can also be problematic for city riders who encounter a lot of traffic. Every time you stop you have to clip out, and when you start up you have to clip in again. This takes a fair amount of practice before it becomes second-nature, and cars honking at you while you're trying not to fall over will really stress you out.

Oh dear!

Oh dear!

Speaking of which, everybody tips over and falls when learning to use clipless pedals, at least once. For that reason, practice in an area without hazards as much as possible.

For God's sake, do not use them in a race until you're really confident with them, because you could literally kill somebody. They're also a serious commitment; you have to wear bike shoes with cleats on them, which means you'll probably need to haul your regular shoes in a backpack.

The switch to clipless pedals isn't one you should make until you're already extremely comfortable and confident on your bike. But if you're ready for it, the difference it makes in your riding will be gigantic.

 

The West Maui Loop and a hundred pictures of happy visitors

WMC Team

After completing the Women's day ride with West Maui Cycles my World opened up a little and to my surprise, out-popped a cycling enthusiast.

Suddenly I found myself perusing the shoe department at West Maui Cycles and day-dreaming about being able to complete the West Maui Loop. I'd had my first and second dates with a road bike and I couldn't help but want more from this new relationship. I knew that if I was really serious about this, shoes meant commitment.

I was certainly not ready. At all.

However, what I lacked in bike knowledge (and fitness), I made up for with enthusiasm and a sense of humor.

The week prior, I took part in a Women's Day Ride and I found riding a breeze! Since actually, there was hardly any wind at all. My legs felt strong and my breath, light. I said to myself, "I'm going to do the West Maui Loop." I also wasn't going to tell any one about it, just in case I catastrophically failed. Alas, by the end of the week, I had told everybody I know what I had planned, and even persuaded a couple of girls to come with me. There was no backing out now and failure was not an option.

I had a full fit with Nathan at the shop (in my shiny new shoes). It was astonishing what a difference small alterations made to my various ailments!  A preexisting injury had affected other areas of my body from over-compensating. With minute adjustments such as cleat placement and the addition of foot beds to your shoes, you can alleviate hot-spots and numbness, increase your performance and prevent new injuries from occurring.


Mesmerizing West Maui Mountains

Mesmerizing West Maui Mountains

   I set up Strava so I could track the ride, my speed and time. Strava is a really useful way to connect with other riders, to challenge yourself and explore new places to ride. West Maui Cycles even has it's own Strava group. If you can, I would definitely recommend riding the Loop with a friend and the Strava group is a good place to find one!

 

The ride began much the same as our Women's day ride, except with a glorious head wind! This time though the hills seemed steeper and my legs felt heavier.

Just beyond Kapulua, I suddenly saw what I was working for and why everyone loves the West Maui Loop so much.

                                                                    West Maui Loop by @ParadiseAerial

                                                                    West Maui Loop by @ParadiseAerial

    I was pushing myself harder than I had before on a bike, concentrating on preserving energy and breathing and keeping hydrated. I felt absorbed by the mountains and SO alive!

The decent into Kahakuloa

The decent into Kahakuloa

The views were incredible and the road; a dreamy winding masterpiece of interval training. I was elated and exhausted at the same time. Time didn't matter, in fact I'm not even sure that time was still passing when we reached Kahakuloa. My favorite place on the whole ride and inspiration for this blog.

I had heard about the village, nick-named 'The Banana Bread Village' because of it's two little competing Banana Bread stands. Each boast to have the best, but in reality two very different, banana breads. You decide! The first I came to was Lorraines' 

Lorraine's Shave Ice

Lorraine's Shave Ice

As I descended into Kahakuloa Village Lorraine's was the first stop on the Left. A large sign pointed me in the right direction (down her drive way) to her beautiful home, where she'd grown up and now lives with her husband, Guy. She said she'd been expecting me and the girls, informed by another cyclist who had passed us earlier. Lorraine filled my water bottles with ice cold water, offered me the rest room and a tour as well as a fabulous selection of Banana bread.   

A hundred pictures of happy visitors from all over the world filled her side room. 


Kahakuloa Village

Kahakuloa Village

Julia's Banana Bread

Julia's Banana Bread

My friends were ahead of me, and had missed the first turn down to Lorraines. They had began climbing back out of Kahakuloa and reached Julia's banana bread stand. Julia offered another great selection of goodies, including dried mangoes with li hing mui and coconut chips. Julia's was incredibly relaxing, looking down onto the village. 

 

 

The climb back out of Kahakuloa was long and arduous. I knew there was a decent somewhere but it felt just out of reach. Once we finally made it past Wailuku the ride was all about endurance for me, mentally as well as physically. I knew at this point I was easy to rescue, I had phone signal and there was always the bus as a last resort..

Reaching the end of the loop I was exhausted but so THRILLED! I did it!  For a new cyclist this was a tough ride, thank goodness I had so much banana bread to keep me going! 

 

   

 

Are You A New Cyclist?

WMC Team

I've been cycling as far back as I can remember...see?

When I was this age (see photo), I used to think that road cyclists were hilarious. I mean, I actually used to shout things at them from my dad's car. 'Dad! D.A.D! men in tights!" (what are tights?)

7 year old me.

7 year old me.

I grew up in a quaint rural town filled with cyclists! We'd see them racing by the house, fixing flats on the roadside and then at lunch time we'd see them taking up every corner of our favorite pub. Usually struggling in their cleats to walk to the bar on the 1980's carpets. Occasionally, I'd try and race them down the hill on my sister's trike.

Road biking seemed for clean people, the type that brushed their hair and separated their laundry. I had, and possibly still have, a family of birds living in my hair and all of my whites are definitely more grey.


What kind of cyclist am I now?

Penny

Penny

I'm very stubborn, so when asked if was "a cyclist" I'd reply, "yes" I DO ride a bike. But in all honesty it's to exercise my dog Penny, not me. We usually cruise along at a pleasant pace taking it all in! I guess that's what put me off Road riding. The idea that you are trying to go as fast as possible and you don't take time enjoy your surroundings. Penny and I have also never been very good in traffic!

I started questioning what a cyclist actually is and really the only way to find out was to get on a bike and go for a ride.

Easier said than done.


What do I need?

Specialized Rider Essentials Card

Specialized Rider Essentials Card

Exactly what do you need (besides a bike) to go on a Road Bike ride? This is what West Maui Cycles (and Specialized) said on their "Riders Essentials card"

Swap out the "arm warmers" for UPF arm coolers unless you plan on climbing to the top of Haleakala on your first ride. I cut the list down even more and bought, a jersey and some shorts! I figured this was a good start?

So I rented a bike from West Maui Cycles. The guys helped me discover what size I should be on. This is dependent on how tall you are and what your inseam measures among other things. Aside from buying a bike and being properly fitted, this is the best you can hope for. Jump on and see if it feels good! Road biking is an expensive hobby to start from scratch, so renting is a great way to find out if it suits you.

West Maui Cycles rented me a helmet and some flat pedals too so I could just wear my running shoes. Clip-in pedals take a bit of getting used to, and are something to consider when you get more serious about riding.


THE RIDE!

me, squinting.

me, squinting.

I couldn't believe how sensitive the bike was, not in an "unstable way" but rather how responsive it was to your every instruction. It was incredible.

For the first couple of miles I was just trying to concentrate on being in the right position. This was crucial for ease of ride, maximum comfort and not being too sore afterwards!

The shifting took a bit of getting used to as well. There were so many gears! I felt like I had this need to be in the hardest gear I could manage at all times. That this would be the most effective way to ride, to feel resistance. I couldn't have been more wrong, I was soon getting tired and slow. Apparently keeping your cadence up is more important, staying as consistent as possible. I was also cautious to "keep moving my hands" as I'd been told, since I suffer from wrist pain occasionally. It is important if you suffer from anything that may hinder your experience that you talk to the guys at the shop. It's amazing what a small adjustment will do to make you much more comfortable.

This guy

This guy

Of course the first ride I go on is straight into a head wind, which left me with quite a sore neck and shoulders, but everything else felt great!

It also took a while to adjust to keeping my arms slightly bent. I had a tendency to lock my elbows, which was uncomfortable. Having your arms open a little actually opens up your lungs and gives your arms a bit of a work out too!

I would also suggest you take a partner with you, this was mine (see photo).

I had always felt a bit nervous about going on a ride with a more experienced rider in case I couldn't keep up, or I was irritatingly slow. But It definitely makes the ride more enjoyable when you share it with someone.


The views!

Despite what I thought earlier, I still had plenty of time to enjoy this beautiful island and keep up the pace!

Olowalu, West Maui

Olowalu, West Maui

West Maui

West Maui

Will I go on a road ride again?

Well, I do have the gear now. Any ladies want to come with me?

Everything you need for Riding In The Sun

WMC Team

Everything you need for Riding In The Sun

sun safety check list

Living on Maui we all know how important it is to stay safe in the sun. Here at West Maui Cycles we have everything you need to maximize your sun protection with ease and style. 

1- Jerseys UPF 50+

What is UPF? UPF stands for Ultraviolet Protection Factor. This clothing is designed specifically for sun protection and is produced using specially altered fabrics containing UV inhibiting ingredients.  Take a look at our selection in our online store

2- UPF +50 Specialized shorts and Bibs.

Our shorts are UPF 50+ and are integrated with Coldblack fabric technology.  Coldblack® is proven to reflect sun rays and keep you considerably cooler. Take a look at this article from Runners world discussing its effectiveness.

3- SolRx sun screen.

Sun screen is a vital if you're riding your bike in Maui. Choosing the right sunscreen for you can be a challenge. When I'm looking for a sun screen I want something that is effortless; something I don't have to re-apply every 30 minutes, something that isn't greasy. At West Maui cycles you can buy just that! SolRx is a fantastic paraben and sal free sunscreen. It outperforms all other sunscreens, with one application lasting as long as 8 hours, even against sweat and water. We Love this sun screen too because of it's 'Reef-safe' qualities. So when you've finished riding you can jump into the ocean guilt free!

National Geographic explains what regular sunscreen does to our reef :-( click here to read the article

4- Deflect UV Arm Covers

Protect your skin and color-coordinate with your favorite jersey!

  • Lightweight and hydrophobic 100% polyester keeps you dry and comfortable and can be worn year round for versatile sun and weather protection
  • Unique knit construction provides UPF 50 protection
  • Spandex cuff with internal silicone print gently holds covers in place

5- UPF 50+ Solar Leg Covers

This fabric is specifically engineered to stops harmful damage from UV rays, and is recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation.

6-Deflect UV Beanie

Specialized 'deflect UV beanie' protects your head from harmful UV rays, comfortably fits under your helmet and is incredibly breathable.

7- Deflect UV gloves- The final Touch!

We sell Specialized's most highest performing glove, you'll be amazed at what this glove can offer you!

  • Deflect UV 50+
  • Slightly higher cuff for added protection
  • Touch screen compatible (wire-tap technology)
  • Body Geometry Gel technology reduces hand numbness by relieving pressure on the sensitive ulnar nerve
  • Reinforced Micromatrix synthetic leather palm is supple and durable
  • Soft, absorbent Microwipe™ thumb for brushing away sweat

You couldn't get better sun protection unless you stayed indoors! and where's the fun in that?


Bike Hugger Visits Maui again!

Nathan Blades

The blogger Bike Hugger visited Maui over the new year. Specialized sent over a special colorway silver Tarmac Pro Race SL4 for him to enjoy on our amazing Maui pavement. Check out the "Maui" section of his blog to get the skinny on his two wheeled adventures. His Best of Maui 14 post includes a Google Glass walk through of the West Maui Cycles shop which is where this blurp comes from.

I was in Maui just to ride after a very long season and didn’t take the bait when this Katusha Pro passed me twice. He said something that I think Pros say to each other in Euro pelotons, but I sat up, and just pedaled. Later I worked out a few scenarios in my head of what would’ve happened if I’d accelerated up to him that all ended badly. The Russian National TT champ, probably wouldn’t half wheeled me…

He wasn’t Upcountry when I was, which is good, cause I get angry after tall, thin dudes pass me on climbs. It’s the pleasure of just riding a bike that I was really trying to reconnect with on Maui and not turning myself inside out. Did plenty of that in 13 and posted about it here.

That’s the thing about Maui and why we enjoy riding there so much. You can ride like a tourist, have an epic day, or with their updated infrastructure, an errand ride to stock the vacation condo fridge for lunch.

Maui has also become a destination for cyclists and every year we see more on the shoulders and the roads we’ve ridden for years. The best of those routes I’ve mapped on Google and include

Haiku Loop
Wailea to Paia and Back
Big Inland Loop
It never gets old riding the same loops, like to the end of Makena and back or from Kihei to Lahaina. We prefer to stay in South Maui and for tourist activities, snorkeling with Maui Snorkel Charters who offers a more personal experience with a highly-qualified crew that cater to all dive levels.
— Bike Hugger

The rest of his adventures include a ride on Lanai, viscious trade/Kona winds, fruit stands and a whole lot more.

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The story was supposed to continue a season of riding Hydro with a trip to Maui, where we’d ride up and down a volcano, but you all know by now with the recall, that got cut. So Specialized and SRAM rushed out a Tarmac Pro with Force 22, Rovals and Zipp 303s. Traveled with the Tarmac in Thule’s new Transition case and after the flight, and arriving at the vacation condo, set up the Thule stand for a impromptu Lanai bike shop.
— http://www.bikehugger.com/tag/maui

A Little Advice About Biking on Maui

James Boote

A Vintage Cruiser bike on display at West Maui Cycles Lahaina bike shop.

A Vintage Cruiser bike on display at West Maui Cycles Lahaina bike shop.

The joys of biking on Maui over the holidays! Almost as much fun as the memory of seeing your first shiny red bicycle on Christmas morning and riding it around the neighborhood. Just as when you were a youngster trying to decide where to take that first ride Christmas morning, the choices available for riding a bike on Maui offer similar delight and merriment. Keep reading for Maui bike ride suggestions and a little advice to help make renting bikes on Maui easy.

One of the first questions to answer is where to go riding on Maui. We always answer: It depends. Where to ride will depend on the type of riding that will make you happy; your ability with experience level; your fitness and a few other variables. We want you to have a fun time riding on Maui and make the most of your cycling experience. With that said, here are a couple of our favorite ride suggestions, one for road cycling and one for mountain biking:

Bike riding on the West Maui Loop

Bike riding on the West Maui Loop

If you love road bike riding with amazing coastal scenery, most Maui cyclists will agree the West Maui Loop is a must ride! The 65 mile loop can be done in a half day of riding and offers almost as much scenery as cycling the road to Hana. Many returning bike rental customers tell us Mr. Steepy is only slightly less challenging than the ultimate endurance climb up Haleakala. Get more details about the West Maui Loop ride and then rent a bike at West Maui Cycles in Lahaina. When you pick up your bike rental, ask for the latest advice on which way to ride the route or find out how to avoid riding into the trade winds during a ride around West Maui. Looking for a shorter ride, try the Olowalu Petroglyph bike ride.

For holiday mountain bike riding on Maui with the best bet for the fresh smell of pine lingering in the air, you'll want to get up to the Makawao Forest Reserve mountain biking trails located midway up the slopes of Haleakala. Often shrouded in a rain forest mist and shaded by a lush forest canopy, mountain biking in the Makawao Forest Reserve offers cooler weather riding with enough 'over the hills and through the woods' terrain to make grandma want to ride a mountain bike on Maui! But don't forget, after the cool trail rides in the Makawao Forest reserve, its easy to warm up when you get back to the beaches just a few miles away.

Ever thought about mountain biking on Maui? Watch this short Maui mountain bike ride video to see why you should:

Cruiser bike rentals in Lahaina at West Maui Cycles

Cruiser bike rentals in Lahaina at West Maui Cycles

Where is the best place to ride a cruiser bike on Maui? When we aren't out riding our mountain bike in the West Maui mountains or circumventing West Maui on a Specialized Roubaix, one of our favorite things to do on a Sunday morning is to ride through Lahaina on a retro cruiser from the Electra bike company. After picking up an Electra Cruiser or maybe the Hellbetty Cruiser tandem at West Maui Cycles, ride a few blocks over to Front Street and start with breakfast at Longhi's. After breakfast you'll be all set to explore the rest of Lahaina on a cruiser bike. Another fun option could be the short few miles loop from Lahaina to Kapalua with Kaanapali in between.

Not to be too self promotional, but it is our blog after all so naturally we're a little biased about the best bike shop to rent a bike on Maui or where to get the latest cycling gear on Maui: West Maui Cycles has one of the largest bike rental fleets in the Hawaiian islands and our bike shop is always stocked with the latest bike gear for sale and knowledgeable helpful staff to help. We stock everything from the latest performance road bikes and mountain bikes for sale to bike parts and equipment from the major manufacturers. Stop into our bike shop in Lahaina to pick up a new bike tube, a logo water bottle for a stocking stuffer or to get a bike shipped to Maui tuned up. In addition to logo gear to remember your cycling vacation by, we also carry cycling shoes, bike gloves, protective clothing, complete hydration systems and nutritional supplies. From bike parts to professional bike repairs, you can count on West Maui Cycles bike shop in Lahaina.

Ready to make a Maui bicycle rental reservation?

Get the Latest Bike Gear on Sale at West Maui Cycles in Lahaina

James Boote

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You don't have to wait until Black Friday to start shopping for your favorite cyclist on Maui! Just head into West Maui Cycles in Lahaina to get great deals on bike gear and biking accessories. We've reduced pricing by as much as 50% off on a bunch of great bike gear in our bike shop!

To kick off the holiday season and make room for new inventory arrivals, we want to help our customers celebrate the season with spectacular savings on bicycling gear for yourself or a cycling fan on your list. Stop in and pick up the latest cycling clothing and other bike accessories from Dakine, Pearl Izume, Fox and other leading brands with a 30% off discount on select merchandise.

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Need a new pair of cycling shoes? Nows the time! We've lowered our entire inventory of legacy bike shoe lines by as much as 20% off! Don't wait! Many discounted items are limited supply!Head over to our Lahaina bike shop for latest deals and bring your bike in for a tuneup when you come in to shop.

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Do You remember the joy you experienced and felt when you saw your first shiny new bicycle sitting under the Christmas tree? Remember how excited you were about the thought of getting on the new bike and riding it everywhere? Relive that experience and share the holiday magic of getting a new bike for Christmas with your own child this holiday season! If you want to put a grin on the face of your child with their first bicycle this year, West Maui Cycles not only has one of the largest selections of kid's bicycles for sale in Hawaii, we also have helmets and other safety gear to ensure your child will have the most memorable biking experience from the start. Stop in and take a look at our huge selection of bikes for sale on Maui! We'll help you choose the best bike and select the size for your child or an adult cyclist. Big or small, we'll help you pick out the right bike for your child's first bike or choose a bike for the biggest cycling fanatic on your list.

If you are visiting Maui for a holiday cycling vacation, be sure to make a reservation for a bicycle rental. We offer one of the largest fleets of bike rentals in the Hawaiian islands! Choose from mountain bikes to performance road bikes and Electra cruiser bikes, then complete the short reservation form. When you get to Maui, just stop by the West Maui Cycles bike shop and your bike will be ready to ride! Make a bike rental reservation NOW:

More Maui Mountain Biking Video from the Makawao Forest Reserve

James Boote

Mountain bike repairs performed by West Maui Cycle bike mechanic at TriLanai triathlon.

Mountain bike repairs performed by West Maui Cycle bike mechanic at TriLanai triathlon.

A few weeks ago a bike rental customer, Darrel McGuire, posted a short video of his experience mountain biking in the Makawao Forest Reserve on the slopes of Haleakala. The reserve is about halfway down the dormant 10,000 foot volcano on East Maui. As the short video demonstrates, the Makawao Forest mountain bike trails provide plenty of excitement for even the most avid mountain bike rider. Watch the video below and then take a look at a couple images from last weekend's TriLanai Triathlon over on the island of Lanai. Next time you plan a mountain biking vacation on Maui, think about spending a couple days exploring the bike trails on Lanai too.

We want to extend a special Thanks to Darrel for the complimentary comments he left on his Vimeo page along with his mountain bike video:

What a Great Day riding some excellent single track in the Makawao Forest in Hawaii...:)

Special Thanks to: "West Maui Cycles" for the maps, info, and a well tuned Specialized StumpJumper, to explore the up Country on Haleakala's slopes.... Aloha & Mahalo !!!

After you watch the video be sure to head over to Darrel’s Vimeo page http://vimeo.com/77105642 to leave a comment to let him know you liked it.

Mountain bike rider on Lanai in WMC bike Jersey

Mountain bike rider on Lanai in WMC bike Jersey

Ever thought about mountain biking on Lanai and wondering what sort of MTB trails are available? Watch the XTERRA Adventure video below for a glimpse into a few of the mountain bike trails on Lanai ranging from the lush green Munroe Trail to dry dirt trails closer to shore. The video starts with a short segment spotlighting a local TriLanai participant from Lanai. As riders interviewed in the bike video explain, there is something for all types of mountain bike riders on Lanai! From the most adventurous looking for heart pumping challenging bike trails to the first time mountain bike riders, biking on Lanai provides something for everyone! Congrats to Specialized team rider Conrad Stoltz for repeating as 2013 TriLanai Champion!

And check out the bike jersey on that TriLanai participant pictured. West Maui Cycles is not only proud to be a sponsor of the TriLanai triathlon, we are always pleased to see riders sporting our bike gear in competition!

NOTE on schedule for next year: Next year’s TriLanai has already been moved from it's traditional weekend after the XTERRA World Championship on Maui. Next year, the 2014 TriLanai will be held the weekend following the Ironman competion over on the Big Island of Hawaii and the week before XTERRA on Maui. Take a look at more photos on the TriLanai Facebook, too!

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Maui Time Readers Voted West Maui Cycles Best Bike Shop on Maui!

James Boote

West Maui Cycles Voted Best Bike Shop on Maui by Maui Time Readers

West Maui Cycles Voted Best Bike Shop on Maui by Maui Time Readers

We’re pleased to announce for the third consecutive year and 4th out of 5 years, West Maui Cycles was voted the Best Bike Shop on Maui. The honor was bestowed upon us from the Maui Time annual Best of Maui 2013 Readers Poll. As most Maui cycling fans know, our little Hawaiian island in the Pacific is quickly becoming one of the leading cycling destinations and our competition for best bike shop increases each year. Though we like to consider other Maui bicycle stores as rival cycling colleagues more than competitors, we are a family owned bike shop in business to serve cyclists visiting Maui and the local Maui bike community. You’ll often see all the Maui bike stores collaborating on or promoting and supporting Maui cycling events collectively regardless of which bicycle shop is the primary sponsor or host. In general, what is good for the cycling community on Maui is good for the bike stores collectively. Accordingly, being named as the Best Bike Store on Maui is a huge honor we appreciate and think worth noting. More importantly, we know the readers had many choices from among our colleagues at other Maui bike shops and we our hugely humble for the appreciation you have bestowed upon our West Maui bike store. Thank YOU to all who voted for us and for your ongoing support with confidence in our Lahaina bike store!

You don’t get voted best bike shop on Maui 3 years in a row without doing things right! How do we do it year after year? As the owner of a small family owned bike store, I assure you it hasn’t been easy and it won’t get easier. With over 20 years as a family owned bicycle store in West Maui, we always strive to provide the best cycling experience on Maui regardless of a customer in need of a bike rental, bicycle repairs, looking to buy a bicycle or a visiting cyclist just stopping in to talk story or find out the best bike rides on Maui. We demonstrate our commitment to customer service by employing the best bike mechanics on Maui and providing a friendly fun environment to work in.

2014 Specialized Roubaix Comp Performance Road Bike Rentals on Maui

2014 Specialized Roubaix Comp Performance Road Bike Rentals on Maui

Along with the top notch mechanics performing bike repairs and keeping our bike rentals in top condition, our bike shop employees love cycling on Maui and bicycling in general! From our professional bike mechanics with years of experience supporting professional cycle racing teams around the world to the person ringing up your new replacement tube we simply eat breathe and sleep biking on Maui! Contributing to our success with cyclists visiting Maui is the fact our bike rental fleet is second to none on Maui and with more than a 100 rental bikes is one of the largest bicycle rental fleets in Hawaii! We keep our bike rental inventory current with the latest high performance road cycles and mountain bike rentals updated annually. As the closest bike shop to the annual XTerra World Championships at Kapalua, professional cyclists know they can always count on us for the support and the bike repairs they need during competition or while preparing to compete on Maui.

Speaking of keeping the latest road bike rentals up to date, I’ve been at the Specialized Dealer Demonstration days at Copper Mountain Colorado this week! And, we’d like our reader’s opinion of our new performance road bike rentals available later this year. Head over to our Facebook page for larger view of the 2014 Specialized Roubaix and let us know if you like the red or the black and why. Or, leave an opinion below in the comments. We anticipate these new bike performance road bike rentals will arrive in time for holiday vacation cycling rentals.

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TriLanai and 2013 XTERRA World Championship on Maui Highlights Video

James Boote

Tri Lanai Triathon

Tri Lanai Triathon

The XTERRA World Championship last weekend and TriLanai this weekend! Wow. A dream come true for Maui county cyclists and fans of biking on Maui! In addition to Halloween at the end of October, Maui is quickly becoming tradition for West Maui to celebrate with not one but two offroad triathalons. So you have to cross the channel to get to TriLanai on the beautiful island of Lani - it’s only a short ferry ride away and with luck you’ll spot a whale or three along the way. Here’s an idea: Rent a mountain bike from us here at West Maui Cycles and take it on the ferry over to Lanai so you are all set for the triathlon. Expeditions Ferry only charges a small $10 fee for bikes on the ferry.

Watch a highlight video from the 2013 XTERRA World Championship and then read on for more details and signup information for the 2013 TriLanai:

2013 XTERRA World Championship Highlights from XTERRA TV on Vimeo.

With a 3 mile run on the legendary Challenge at Manele Golf Course, a half mile swim in Hulopoe Bay and 10 mile bike ride swinging by the La Ola Solar Farm, the race combines challenging scenic areas of Lanai with a little competitive fun. Certainly a little shorter than the XTERRA at Kapalua, arguably the TriLanai Triathalon event is only slightly less competitive than the XTERRA World Championship.

The 2013 TriLanai is Saturday, November 2, 2013 and begins at 9:30 am. Come out to Lanai and play with us – the event can be accomplished by individuals or team relays. Anyone can participate and this is billed as a fun event for experienced as well as first-time or casual triathletes. West Maui Cycles is pleased to sponsor this event and we’ll be on hand again with our satellite bike shop to help any Tri-Lanai participants in need of repairs or bike gear.

Who do you think will win the 2013 TriLanai? Will Specialized Team Rider Conrad Stoltz repeat his win last year or will there be a Maui Double with last weekend’s XTERRA World Championship winner Ruben Ruzafa and combine with a win on Lanai? Share your winner predictions in the comments section below.

Visit the TriLanai website or signup online before Friday at 8 pm HST on Friday, November 1st. Take a look at the 2013 TriLanai event flyer for this year's route.

Need a mountain bike rental for TriLanai? Better hurry, the event is Saturday. Save time and reserve the bicycle rental by hitting the button below, then choose the bike rental you want and complete the reservation. Just stop by to pick up the mountain bike rental at our Lahaina bike shop before catching the Expeditions Ferry in Lahaina. Make a bike rental reservation now: