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“Great Bike Ride”

Haleakala Bike Company
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Owner description: Bike down Haleakala, Maui's largest Volcano. Enjoy a tour of Haleakala National Park and a trip up to the summit at 10,000feet above sea level. Admire views of the Crater, and bicoastal views of Maui. Experience a 23 mile bike ride downhill at your own pace. No guided convoy to rush you down, no big group to hold you back. You are free to come down at your own comfortable rate.
Reviewed October 10, 2013

The Haleakala Bike Company was great, we all had a wonderful time. We were able to stop where we wanted to and spend time checking out the country side. The bikes were in great condition and easy to use.

2  Thank Karolyn C
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Reviewed October 9, 2013

I found this place based on a friend's recommendation. Woke up at 1:30am so that I could get to the office by 2:30 in the morning. But it was perfect because we were able to get a prime location for capturing the sunrise at the peak of Haleakala.

Haleakala means "House of the Sun". The peak is the highest point in Maui. It rests at 10,000 feet and, at the peak, you sit right above the clouds. Sunrise here is a must-see event in Maui and it was probably one of my best memories of my trip. You come in seeing a sky full of stars. As the orange tint gradually rises above the clouds, the stars slowly fade. Then you get the sharp glimmer of the sun. When the sun appears, it's undoubtedly a Hakuna Matata moment, but it's only the beginning of the experience.

Taking the 26 mile downhill ride was also really fun. It forces you to really take in the beautiful environment and fresh air.

Reasons to choose this company:

You can trek down this mountain at your own pace. You could stop at Kula Lodge for mac nut pancakes and you could stop by the Komoda bakery for guava malasadas.
The guides are friendly and they have good insight.
The mountain bikes were new. They have nice disk braking systems and were a comfortable ride.

Factors to consider in choosing a different company or bus tour:

Choose a different company if you need a guided tour.
Choose a different company if you don't have a good navigation sense and you will be riding alone.
Choose a different company if you don't think you could safely ride a bike 26 miles downhill. Note that you are on roads and you will be sharing the road with traffic. I didn't see a lot of cars, but it is still a consideration if you have small kids or if you have a significant other that isn't comfortable with riding.

Things to be aware of:

There are 6 different climate zones between the peak of the volcano and the final destination at ground level. It will go from 20-40F at the peak to as high as 90F at sea level. Know the weather. Bring a backpack, sunglasses, and wear layers. They can provide you with a backpack and light rain jacket if you need it. But if you're sensitive to cold, then you will need to plan accordingly.

Also...on the bus ride up....pay attention to the driver. He gives you turn by turn directions.

1  Thank kchandrasena
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Reviewed October 8, 2013

Haleakala Bike Co. provided everything we needed to bike down Haleakala on our own without going on an organized tour. The bikes, bike rack, helmets, hats, gloves, backpacks, maps, all for a very affordable price that included rental return by the end of the following day. Very cheap compared to the tours that were offered. Plus we got to start at the top as compared to the tour companies that have to start at 6500 feet.

The down side of this deal for us was a bit of inaccurate information pertaining to the mountain bike ride down the spine of Haleakala, which we did. Their exact words were "A nine year old girl did it, yeah she fell a couple times but she did fine. Families do this ride no problem. This is not too technical of a ride."

Problem with this info was that it was more technical than they let on and my sister who was more of a beginner did not fair well. In fact it took us over 4 hours to get through what was supposed to be a 1 1/2 to 2 hour ride. Forcing us to return the bikes the following day which we did not want to do as we were staying 2 hours away.

The single track part of the ride is quite technical and good if you have experience with roots, rocks and mud. If your a beginner, you'd be better off on the road. Even the 4 wheel drive road was a lot of deep gravel which required a bit more skill than a beginner would possess.

Would have given them a 5 if their information was more accurate.

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Reviewed October 8, 2013

The staff at Haleakala Bike Company was great! Booked online and then had to change my trip, called them and it was no problem to make the switch. When we arrived in Maui they called to discuss our options about our trip since the park was closed due to the government shut down. They were super nice and accommodating. We opted for the Express tour which ended up still being a blast, particularly because our guide, Kimo, was awesome. He made the ride up the mountain a blast with his hilarious stories and island history. Ride down was easy and seemed very safe. We stopped at a fruit stand that had awesome and unique fruit selection. Stopping in Makawao was great. We shopped around and had lunch at Polli's (though the General Store looked great too and I have heard their lunches are really tasty). Make sure to grab some donuts on a stick at the bakery. Ride took about four hours from leaving the shop to returning.

2  Thank Ally M
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Reviewed October 7, 2013

Rented two hardtails and a full suspension for a ride down the Haleakala Skyline trail. Reservations were quick and easy over the phone a couple days before. The bikes were in great condition, well maintained and came with all the essentials. Price was fair. Accurate maps and route tips were provided and they even helped install the bike rack on the car before we left. Definitely would recommend these guys if you are looking to rent bikes and do your own thing.

1  Thank Eric K
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