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Bikes, Biking, Mopeds, Scooters, and Motorcycles in Hawai’i:

Bike, Bikes, Trikes and Rentals
Bike and Bicycle Safety Information
Mopeds and Rentals
Scooters and Rentals
Motorcycles and Rentals

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Hawai'i is a great place to ride a bike, and be exposed to the wonderful weather and scenery these Islands have to offer. Many people, who would not consider riding a Bike back home, will come to Hawai’i and ride over 100 miles without giving it a second thought. Why? It’s so fun and comfortable here, the miles just fly by. Also, people tend to be more active here (even in the midst of their relaxation), and the Bike ride just feels good. Well, the near perfect weather helps!

Many locations on the Islands of Hawai’i now have dedicated areas for walkers and bike riders, and these areas are almost always located in places where the scenery is superb… and you guessed it; the ride more often than not - intersects with some kickin’ beaches and marine fun. Honestly, much that you will see riding a Bike, may be missed if you only “drive by” in an automobile.

The availability of rental Bikes and Trikes is on an upswing in the Islands of Hawai’i too. You can get daily and weekly rental rates that can significantly cut your gas expenses for your vacation. Bike riding in Hawai’i is a ton of fun when done in pairs or larger groups as well.

Hawai'i Bike Rental Rates vary, but budget up to $40 per day (24 hours). Significant discounts are available, especially for multi-day rental periods.

Information AvailableBicycle Safety Considerations in Hawai’i:
To have the most fun in Hawai’i with a rental bike, you have to be safe and live to ride another day. Here are some suggestions in how to help that happen-

Is your Hawai’i Rental Bike Safe?
Okay, so you have decided to rent a Bike, and you have pricked out a ride. The rental paperwork is completed, and your credit card has been scanned. You select that cool Bike from the rack, and it’s time to take a serious look at the safety and operational features of the Bike.

Big Island BicycleHere is a pre-ride quick safety list to check:
• Bike bar should be at least an inch or two under your wahoo
• Bike wheels spin freely and no wobble
• Bike tires are properly inflated
• Handlebars and Bike seat are tight and straight
• All accessories are firmly secured to the Bike
• Standing still brake check: Brakes appear to work.

All Good!... time for a quick test ride-
• Brake check while moving
• Pedal the bike hard to make sure all the mechanical section is operating smoothly
• If the bike is a multi-gear bike, check the gear selection and accuracy

If anything is wrong withe Bike, either select another Bike, or get the Rental Agent to fix the problem before you proceed.

General Bike Safety and Bike usage considerations while riding in Hawai'i:
  • Wear a Properly Fitted Bicycle Helmet. Protect your brain, save your life. For more information see the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration publication
    “Easy Steps to Properly Fit a Bicycle Helmet (Hawai'i Style)”

  • Adjust Your Bicycle to Fit. Stand over your bicycle. There should be 1 to 2 inches between you and the top tube (bar) if using a road bike and 3 to 4 inches if a mountain bicycle. The seat should be level front to back. The seat height should be adjusted to allow a slight bend at the knee when the leg is fully extended. The handlebar height should be at the same level with the seat.

  • Check Your Equipment. Before riding, inflate tires properly and check that your brakes work.

  • See and Be Seen. Whether daytime, dawn, dusk, foul weather, or at night, you need to be seen by others. Wearing white has not been shown to make you more visible. Rather, always wear neon, fluorescent, or other bright colors when riding day or night. Also wear something that reflects light, such as reflective tape or markings, or flashing lights. Remember, just because you can see a driver does not’t mean the driver can see you.

  • Control Your Bicycle. Always ride with at least one hand on the handlebars. Carry books and other items in a bicycle carrier or backpack.

  • Watch for and Avoid Road Hazards. Be on the lookout for hazards such as potholes, broken glass, gravel, puddles, leaves, and dogs. All these hazards can cause a crash. If you are riding with friends and you are in the lead, yell out and point to the hazard to alert the riders behind you.

  • Avoid Riding at Night. It is far more dangerous to ride at night than during the day because you are harder for others to see. If you have to ride at night, wear something that makes you more easily seen by others. Make sure you have reflectors on the front and rear of your bicycle (white lights on the front and red rear reflectors are required by law in many States), in addition to reflectors on your tires, so others can see you.
Hawaii bike hand signalsMany bicycle-related crashes resulting in injury or death are associated with the bicyclist’s behavior, including such things as not wearing a bicycle helmet, riding into a street without stopping, turning left or swerving into traffic that is coming from behind, running a stop sign, and riding the wrong way in traffic. To maximize your safety, always wear a helmet AND follow the rules of the road.

Rules of the Road – Bicycling on the Road in Hawai'i

Bicycles in many States are considered vehicles, and cyclists have the same rights and the same responsibilities to follow the rules of the road as motorists. When riding, always:

  • Go With the Traffic Flow. Ride on the right in the same direction as other vehicles. Go with the flow – not against it.

  • Obey All Traffic Laws. A bicycle is a vehicle and you’re a driver. When you ride in the street, obey all traffic signs, signals, and lane markings.

  • Yield to Traffic When Appropriate. Almost always, drivers on a smaller road must yield (wait) for traffic on a major or larger road. If there is no stop sign or traffic signal and you are coming from a smaller roadway (out of a driveway, from a sidewalk, a bike path, etc.), you must slow down and look to see if the way is clear before proceeding. This also means yielding to pedestrians who have already entered a crosswalk.

  • Be Predictable. Ride in a straight line, not in and out of cars. Signal your moves to others.

  • Stay Alert at All Times. Use your eyes AND ears. Watch out for potholes, cracks, wet leaves, storm grates, railroad tracks, or anything that could make you lose control of your bike. You need your ears to hear traffic and avoid dangerous situations; don’t wear a headset when you ride.

  • Look Before Turning. When turning left or right, always look behind you for a break in traffic, then signal before making the turn. Watch for left- or right-turning traffic.

  • Watch for Parked Cars. Ride far enough out from the curb to avoid the unexpected from parked cars (like doors opening, or cars pulling out).
Sidewalk versus Street Riding
The safest place for bicycle riding is on the street, where bicycles are expected to follow the same rules of the road as motorists and ride in the same direction.
  • Children less than 10 years old, however, are not mature enough to make the decisions necessary to safely ride in the street.

  • Children less than 10 years old are better off riding on the sidewalk.

  • For anyone riding on a sidewalk:

    • Watch for vehicles coming out of or turning into driveways.

    • Stop at corners of sidewalks and streets to look for cars and to make sure the drivers see you before crossing.

    • Enter a street at a corner and not between parked cars. Alert pedestrians that you are near by saying, “Excuse me,” or, “Passing on your left,” or use a bell or horn.
Hawaii Bike Clothing Bike Clothing for Hawai'i Riding:
Many Biking enthusiasts have their own ideas about Bike clothing, and Hawai'i is no exception. Traditional tight fitting styles, that allow perspiration to wick through and breath, work well here, but the important point to remember is that Bike clothing must not interfere with the Bike first, and should be comfortable and stylish second. Bike clothing should also provide some protection from the UV rays of the sun in Hawai'i as well. A Bike ride may last for several hours, so consider your sunblock and hydration requirements too (bring water!).

Cellphones and Smartphones for Safety
Cellphones have gotten a lot smarter here in Hawai'i, and we recommend them for Bike riding as well. You never know when you might want to order a Pizza, or need to talk to your kids when you are out riding. Seriously, a cellphone is great idea for your safety, and many cellphones now have GPS (Global Positioning Services) built right in which can give you navigational information, and help you determine distances cross checked with your stamina.

Another wonderful component of the smartphone is that you can actually read about the things you are seeing as you see them. Hawai'i is rolling out 4G service very quickly now and many areas already have service. This feature gets more selective the further you get from civilization, but having the cellphone with you at least provides you a modicum of connectivity should you require assistance.

Mountain Biking in Moloka'iMountain Bikes, Beaches and Trails
We love riding our mountain bikes in Hawai'i! The super sturdy tires, bike frame, and wheels allow us access to places and trails we would never have tried before. The sturdy brakes also provide great stopping power down some really slanted hills off the volcanic roads to the beach. But there is some added obligations in riding a Mountain Bike responsibly in Hawai'i too.

A great deal of nature is new in many places in Hawai'i. This means that young plants are trying to take hold in fragile areas surrounding the beaches and several other areas. If these areas are not respected the plants won't continue to grow, and the Hawaiian experience will be diminished for the next Mountain Bike rider. We are not saying not to ride (not at all), but we are asking that you be aware of your surroundings as you are riding at all times.

Beach Trips and Beach Parking for Bikes
So you are heading for the Beach on you Bike, and the day is looking good. Don't forget your bike lock, and your backpack with your towel, sunblock, and any other beach item you may need.

When you get to the beach, look for a bike rack to lockup your baby, but failing that, you are going to have to find an available sturdy tree. Failing that, bring your bike down to the location you will be enjoying the beach (your Bike won't mind!). Hawai'i is a great place, full of wonderful people, but like anywhere else, we have a few bad apples that might want to take your bike for a joy ride. Don't let them do it!

Moped Rentals HawaiiHawai'i Mopeds and Rentals:

Moped on the beach, HawaiiWant to ride a two wheeler in Hawai'i but don't want to pedal, and can stand a bit of noise in the process? We have the ticket: Mopeds! If you have not been to the Hawaiian Islands, you might think that the environment is ideal for two-wheeled travel on the likes of a moped or scooter. It is! After all, gas prices in Hawaii sometimes feel more like filling up the tank in a foreign country, rather than the United States of America. How about 100 miles per gallon more or less? Yeah!

However, like many other states in the continental US, Hawaii is car crazy, which means Mopeds and Scooters are not always anticipated on the road, and this requires extra planning and safety considerations as you drive. Traditional Scooters are, however, making a (gas price related) comeback, and many commuters, tourists and travellers everywhere are finding them economical and convenient.

Mopeds have a two-stroke or four stroke engine based on a design below 49cc of cubic displacement. In a single rider configuration, and on the flat - Mopeds provide speeds to 35 mph. They are not considered motor vehicles in Hawai’i, they are considered bicycles. So please consider the Bike rules above.

Moped rentals are available on Hawai'i - The Big Island, O'ahu, Maui, and Kaua'i.

Hawai'i Moped Rental Rates vary, but budget from $15 to $30 per hour. Discounts are available, especially for longer rental periods.

Scooter Rentals HawaiiScooters for Scooting Around Hawai'i:
Hawaiian 600cc Scooter - Two SeaterNeed more speed than a Moped? Need to travel further, and maybe want a rider to come along with you on your romantic Super Beach Hawai'i vacation? Well get two Motorcycle helmets, and your motorcycle license, and you can rent a fabulous Hawai'i Scooter to take you to the edges... of the Island. Scooters are fun and sporty and really have some hill climbing capacity

Scooters in Hawai'i range from 50cc to 600cc in displacement, and can give a full range of performance. If you plan any highway travelling, a larger Scooter is probably the way to go. The last thing you want is line of angry motorists behind you on the highway because you are moving too slow. But, if you do find yourself slowing down, just pull out above a Hawaiian Beach, turn the motor off and chill with the amazing Hawaiian vista before you. No worries, it' s all good!

Scooter rentals are available on Hawai'i - The Big Island, O'ahu, Maui, and Kaua'i.

Hawai'i Scooter Rental Rates vary, but budget from $20 to $35 per hour. Discounts are available, especially for longer rental periods.

Motorcycle RentalsRenting a Motorcycle in Hawai'i:
Kauai Harley MotorcycleMaybe it's time to... get your motor running, and head out on the highway. Perhaps your... looking for adventure, and whatever comes your way. Well we know what... can make it happen. You want to rent a Motorcycle in Hawai'i, and take that Motorcycle to an amazing beach for a great day of fun discovery. Well Hawai'i is the place to come if your are a Motorcycle driver!

If you are planning on driving "mauka" (toward the center and toward the mountain), a Motorcycle may be the best option for you. Many of the road grades are steep, and always keep in mind that you may a ways away from a gas station on Hawai'i. So plan ahead.

Motorcycle rentals are available on Hawai'i - The Big Island, O'ahu, Maui, Moloka'i, and Kaua'i.

Hawai'i Motorcycle Rental Rates vary, but budget from $25 to $80 per hour. Discounts are available, especially for longer rental periods.

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