Bike-rental options on the Big Island

May 5, 2004
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Bike-rental options on the Big Island
Question: I need some info about bike rental on the Big Island. We are going there April 30th to May 11th. Can you give me some shop names?

Anni O'Shea
Eugene, OR
[email protected]

Adventure Adviser: Of all the islands, Hawaii definitely ranks high for riding, thanks to the little-trafficked, well-paved roads--hence the annual influx of Ironman cyclists in October.

For rentals, try Mauna Kea Mountain Bikes ($28 per day, 808-885-2091) in Waimea, on the Kohala Peninsula on the northwestern end of the Big Island. While you're in the neighborhood, make the long, tough 3,000-foot climb out of town on the Kohala Mountain Road and pedal along a high ridge with panoramic views to the remote town of Hawi. Total there-and-back distance is a not-too-shabby 20 miles. Mauna Kea also will arrange for guided, full-day tours of the peninsula for $75 per person.

South of there in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii Pedals Unlimited rents mountain bikes, with or without suspension, by the day or week. Weekly rates range from $70 for a rigid-fork Diamondback to $140 for a full-suspension get-up. Call 808-329-2294.

Another good bet in Kailua is Dave's Bike and Triathlon Shop (808-329-4522); their skinny-tire road bikes and rigid-fork mountain bikes go for $60 per week, or $15 per day.

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