The famous West Maui Loop is a challenging 60 mile ride around West Maui. It offers gorgeous views, steep climbs (4000’ elevation gain!) and varied landscapes. This ride offers epic views of both the mountains and the coastlines, with Maui, Molokai and Lanai visible in the distance. Famed as one of the best 10 bike rides in the world by Bicycle Magazine, this ride should definitely be on every cyclist’s bucket list. Since RideSmart Maui was featured in a New York Times article, E-Bike Bliss on Two Hawaiian Islands, we've received many inquiries about this legendary ride. Here are some helpful tips on how to make the most out of your West Maui Loop adventure.
A family e-bike ride might just be one of the most memorable experiences from your Maui vacation. It’s a unique way to enjoy Maui’s beauty while getting exercise, avoiding traffic and having fun!
While electric vehicles (EVs) are set to play an important role in decarbonising the transport industry, it’s clear that they aren’t the only solution, and should instead be used in conjunction with other innovations, such as e-bikes. Replacing petrol-powered cars for EVs will help to reduce the industry’s emissions, but ultimately it still means there are just as many cars on the road, and this congestion still raises environmental and social issues.
A family e-bike ride might just be one of the most memorable experiences from your Maui vacation. It’s a unique way to enjoy Maui’s beauty, while getting exercise, avoiding traffic and having fun!
Kaanapali is a popular resort town in West Maui that is home to many hotels, beaches, restaurants and shops, including RideSmart Maui! Our new location makes it easy to start exploring as soon as you pick up your e-bike. Whether you’re looking for a romantic week with your partner, or a family fun day with the kids, we offer a variety of e-bike types including tandem, cargo and all-terrain e-bikes to help you make the most out of your time in Kaanapali. We also offer 2-hour self-guided tours of Kaanapali, so you can simply follow our step-by-step instructions and skip the research and planning. Here are a few of our favorite local recommendations:
Since 1956, May has been recognized as National Bike Month! And everyone knows that the best way to celebrate is with more bike rides! Here are 5 easy ways to incorporate more e-bike trips into your life this month, and every month:
Remember when you were a kid, and the only way to get to your friend’s house was on your trusty 10-speed bike? Many of us relied on our bicycles as a form of transportation long before we got a license to drive. In our childhood, bikes weren’t just the vehicle that transported us to our next adventure… Riding itself was the adventure! And most of us were never motivated to get outside for a bike ride because we needed to burn some calories. Our reasons for riding were much simpler: We just wanted something fun to do on a Saturday!
March was full of adventure for John and Brenda Holder! Hailing from Knoxville, TN, the couple arrived on the island of Maui in Hawaii with an impressive electric bicycle to-do list. At the top of the list? Rent a tandem electric bike from RideSmart Maui’s location in Lahaina, Hawaii.
The 2022 legislative season is in session. As a socially-responsible local business, RideSmart Maui advocates for the implementation of laws and policies that make our community safer, more accessible and more connected. There are 3 important bills that have been introduced that we are actively tracking and supporting. Learn more about these bills and consider submitting testimony in support of a bike and pedestrian-friendly island.
As electric bikes have grown in popularity, their technology, features and the overall capabilities has improved drastically. This includes the total range of the battery, or the distance a rider is able to travel on a single charge. Being familiar with the e-bike's range estimate and efficient riding practices helps avoid those 0% battery situations. There are a few tips and tricks you should be aware of that will help you maximize your battery, ride more efficiently, and make the most out of each ride!
Electric bicycles are growing in popularity, surpassing all other categories of bicycles, and for good reason. With an electric bike, headwind, hills, and other obstacles are not as challenging, making it easier for you to travel a greater distance without getting as tired as you would riding a standard bike.
5 climate-friendly actions you can take right now that will make a difference:
Around the world, our way of living is overheating the earth, contaminating freshwater, and polluting clean air and topsoil. That’s why so many dedicated climate activists are participating in rallies and marches as part of this week's Global Climate Strike. Through this movement, they are demanding bold and urgent action to solve the climate crisis and end the age of fossil fuels. But you don’t have to participate in a rally to make some significant changes.
Gas prices are approaching a record high in Hawaii and there is no indication that they’re slowing down anytime soon. According to AAA, the Aloha state ranks second only to California for the highest gas prices in the US, and our residents spent a full dollar more per gallon than the national average.
The most obvious solution to cutting back on your expenses at the pump is by driving less. But for those who still want to get around, the best option is to switch your mode of transportation.
One of the best parts of winter in Maui is the return of koloha, or humpback whales! West Maui offers spectacular views of the Auau Channel, a humpback breeding ground that’s nestled between the islands of Maui, Lanai, Kahoolawe and Molokai. From December until May, residents and visitors can catch these gentle giants slapping their tails, blowing spouts from their blowholes, and sometimes even breaching from the sea! Best part is? You don’t need to have a boat to observe these magical creatures. You can see them from the shore along your electric bike ride! Simply pull over, put your kickstand down, and scan the horizon.
Visiting Maui without a car is a great way to save money on your vacation, reduce your carbon footprint and avoid potential stresses such as traffic jams, road closures and parking shortages. Many travelers choose to navigate the island using a combination of the transit modes Maui has to offer including the Bus, the trolley, and by bike! You'll still be able to experience the best activities Maui has to offer.
With rental car prices recently exceeding $1000 per day, now is a better time than ever to go car-less during your trip to paradise.
Here at RideSmart Maui, we’re passionate about e-bicycles because they offer the best of both worlds. They’re better for the environment than a car, while also eliminating most of the common disadvantages to cycling including hilly terrain, longer journeys. and high winds. Whether your intention is recreational use, exercise or transportation, the opportunities are endless and we guarantee you’ll find a time and a place to utilize an ebike while residing in or visiting Kihei, Lahaina, and the many other beautiful places on Maui. Participating in one of our fun, self-guided tours is the best way to learn about their benefits.
Ready for some adventurous, off-roading fun on Maui? Full suspension e-bikes are the newest trend for mountain bikers and we’re proud to offer top models to meet the needs of our customers. If you prefer challenging and varied terrain, and want to have peace of mind riding over roots, rocks and other obstacles, a full suspension e-bike might be for you!
These sturdy bikes offer pedal assistance and all the great features of a traditional e-bike. But, because of their increased carrying capacity, Cargo bikes make it even easier to use an e-bike as your primary mode of transportation.
In a perfectly sustainable world, vehicles that require gasoline for fuel would be extinct. Electric bikes and vehicles would transport us from point Lahaina to Kaanapali, and in between, we would consider how we have reduced our individual carbon footprint significantly by commuting on our electric bike. Or at the very least, we would not be worrying as much about the negative effects of climate change.
Buying a used electric bike can be a convenient way to score a bargain! It is recommended to buy used equipment from a reputable bike shop, instead of looking for a pre-owned or refurbished one online. That way, you’ll be able to ask the experts questions, go for a test ride and avoid unwanted surprises. When we purchase new e-bikes for our RideSmart rentals and self-guided tours, located in Maui Hawaii, we often make the majority of our used equipment available to our customers for purchase at super low prices. We thoroughly inspect each used e-bike to make sure all components are in good working condition. We also perform a comprehensive, deluxe e-bike tune-up before making any used e-bike available. Keep reading to find out if a used electric bike is right for you.
A new year offers a fresh start and an opportunity to set goals and make positive changes. According to a 2020 poll, half of those who made a New Year's resolutions said their top goal was to lose weight and get in shape. And, it's no wonder that most fitness facilities see their greatest revenue spike in January.
Residents are encouraged to tune-in to the first West Maui Greenway Community Meeting on Tuesday, January 11 from 5pm - 6:30pm!
Three basic (but important!) cycling accessories to add to your e-bike purchase.
1. Helmet - protect your noggin!
Head protection is the single most important accessory you can buy as a cyclist. In addition to selling e-bikes, we are happy to offer a small variety of cost-effective helmet models to suit your cycling needs. Before you purchase any helmet, be sure to check the size and product safety ratings.