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1087 Limahana Pl
Lahaina, HI, 96761
United States

808-661-9005

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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9-5 pm  Mon - Sat
10-4 pm  Sun

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An Airbag for Cycling on Maui! Is an Invisible Bike Helmet for You?

James Boote

An invisible bike helmet, the Hovding deployed airbag.

An invisible bike helmet, the Hovding deployed airbag.

I was astounded when I heard about the new invisible bike helmet! Though most serious cycling enthusiasts are likely to say "Quit whining and get on with your bike ride!", some bike riders simply grin and bear feelings of bike helmet discomfort because they know they need to protect their head while riding. When outfitting a bicycle rental on Maui or upon return of a bike rental after a long ride, we seldom hear grumbling about discomforts of bike helmets. While the helmets we include with our Maui bicycle rentals are as comfortable as possible, like the inventors of the Hovding invisible bike helmet noted, some bike helmets "are so bulky like a hard mushroom on your head".

Meet the Invisible Bike Helmet with Airbag Technology

Wouldn't it be amazing to have the option to go without a bike helmet with even better protection than available with current bike helmet technology? Well, thanks to a couple of very smart Swedish women, their invisible bike helmet may provide just what some are seeking in a bike helmet. Introducing, The Hovding invisible bike helmet with airbag technology.

"If people say it’s impossible we have to prove them wrong.”- Design students Anna and Terese took on a giant challenge as an exam project, something no one had done before. If they could swing it, it would for sure be revolutionary. The bicycle is a tool to change the world. If we use bikes AND travel safe: Life will be better for all.

Mountain bike ride trails on Maui.

Mountain bike ride trails on Maui.

Powered by re-chargeable battery pack, the device detects motion using gyroscopes and accelerometers. The airbag automatically deploys and is filled with helium activated when the sensors detect movement and motion of a bike crash. The invisible airbag deploys over the riders head before impact, protecting the head and brain from serious injuries due to a bike crash. Unfortunately, the $600 price tag combined with the airbag NOT being re-deployable may prohibit sales to many bicycle riders. Like most helmets, if you crash hard enough for your bike helmet to absorb impact, you'll need to replace the helmet - an expensive proposition for the $600 Hovding airbag invisible helmet. Read more about this cycling innovation on the Hovding invisible helmet website at http://www.hovding.com/

Due to the device being is a little bulky for our tropical weather, I'd guess most bike riders wouldn't opt to wear the airbag collar while cycling on Maui. Still, a cool cycling invention worth noting in here in our Maui bike blog. Use the comments section below to share if you would prefer the new invisible airbag bike helmet?

Not quite ready for an invisible airbag helmet and looking for a traditional bike helmet to wear on your cycling vacation on Maui? Visit the West Maui Cycles bike shop for bike helmets and bicycle gear or cycling accessories. Be sure to ask our friendly staff about recommendations for tips about Maui bike rides. From bicycle repairs and service to a huge selection of bicycle rentals, West Maui Cycles bike shop in Lahaina has all your Maui cycling needs covered!

Ready to make a bicycle rental reservation for your next Maui cycling vacation?