We had been to the summit of Haleakala previously, so didn't feel the need to visit the crater or the summit again this trip, but did want to bike down. Haleakala Bike Company offers an Express Ride, which takes you up a bit past the 6,500 level and drops you off for your opportunity to bike at your own pace back down the hill to Ha'iku.
Kimo gave us great tips and background on our drive up, with careful instructions of how to find out way back, places we might want to stop to investigate, contact information for if we had any questions or problems on our way down. He dropped us off with a map and a smile.
We were outfitted with great, state of the art bikes, with disk brakes which worked quietly and effectively. Before we left the shop, they provided us with rain gear, jacket, pants and gloves, as well as a daypack, all included in the price. They easily could nickle and dime their clients by adding these on as extra charges, but they don't.
The ride and the views down are spectacular. We especially appreciated being able to go at our own pace, stopping for pictures as we wanted, taking side trips to the lavender farm and the town of Makawao. We passed and were passed by others on group tours, which did not enjoy our same flexibility.
We highly recommend Haleakala Bike Company. They were professional, had great equipment, and seemed to genuinely enjoy working with their customers.
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