Are you planning a trip to Hawaii? Why not enjoy the best that the islands have to offer by cruising around on a bike? Cycling is not only an excellent way to enjoy the sights and attractions of Hawaii. It is also a great way to meet people and get a glimpse of the local culture up close. It also gives you the chance to get a good workout, which is always a plus!
How to Make sure you have a bike in Hawaii
But how do you get a hold of a bike in Hawaii? Unless you live there or have a friend willing to lend you a bike for the duration of your stay, your options are:
- Purchase a bike when you get there
- Rent a bike in Hawaii
- Ship your bike to Hawaii
The first option may not seem practical at first. If you aren’t staying on the islands for an extended period–or for good–you may think that you’ll have to sell your bike when you leave. However, a lot of airlines have great rates for flying your bike back home. Additionally, you can often sell your bike on the islands for nearly what you paid for it due to the high demand for bicycles.
Our advice would be to rent a bike from Maui Sunriders. We offer a wide range of quality cycling equipment, including bikes of all sizes and designs.
We’re going to go more into what we could offer you in rental bikes later on in the article. For now, let’s take a look at your other options.
Shipping a bike to Hawaii
Are you thinking of shipping your bike to Hawaii? The cost of doing so isn’t cheap, as you might imagine. But it isn’t as excessive as you might have expected either.
Companies such as Overnight Bikes, BikeFlights, and ShipBikes charge fairly reasonable rates for shipping a bike across the ocean. They cater to professional cyclists, triathletes, and industry professionals, so you can be reasonably sure that your bike will get to the intended destination in one piece.
Overnight Bikes charges flat rates for next-day shipping, which ranges from $99 to $340. Yes, you read it right: you can have your bike shipped to anywhere in the United States–including Hawaii–for as little as a hundred bucks.
Of course, you will have to be a member of Overnight Bikes, and your bike has to fit within the 130” size restriction of FedEx and UPS. Otherwise, you will have to pay $340 for the oversized package.
ShipBikes is a costlier option, charging $197 for the conventional-sized package. However, its oversized package rate is cheaper than Overnight Bikes’ at only $287.
BikeFlights is the priciest option, charging $225 for conventional-sized packages and $351 for oversized packages.
Checking your bike in on a flight
Another option is to check your bike in as baggage on the same flight you will be taking. Delta is free as long as you check your bike as “sporting equipment.” Alaska and other planes charge minimal fees but United may charge $100-$150 for shipping your bike.
Renting a bike from Maui Sunriders
As we mentioned previously, we strongly suggest renting a bike from Maui Sunriders. We have an extensive fleet of new and very high-quality bikes, with more models added all the time.
Our selection consists of everything from beach cruisers rentals and carbon/aluminum road bikes rentals, mountain bikes, road bike e-gravel and e-assist (pedal assisted with a small motor inside) and more. Our range of e-bikes available for those who prefer to cruise the island with ease and comfort.
Cycling is a great way to explore the best that Hawaii has to offer. Whether you are looking to cruise the town, head down to the beach, or explore the many fascinating bike paths on the islands, a bike will get you there in convenience and style.
Sure, you could ship your bike to Hawaii and have access to a ride that you are comfortable and familiar with. But do you really want to risk your precious machine on a transpacific flight?
Our advice would be to rent a bike from Maui Sunriders. This way, you are assured a high-quality ride with none of the hassles of shipping a bike halfway around the world. Plus, you are spared considerable worry and expense, making it easier for you to enjoy your trip to the fullest.