Bike-rental options on the Big Island

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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

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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