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Chris Blumenstetter at The Bike Shop.

A Cyclepathic Guide

Getting buzzed about the great outdoors

Outside / Whether you’re looking to cut carbon emissions or whittle your waistline, commute casually or tackle Tantalus, you’re likely to find a bike that suits your wants and needs at one of these shops.

The Bike Shop

Specializing in road bikes and mountain bikes, The Bike Shop also sells triathlon bikes, urban/commuter bikes, cruisers, BMX bikes, folding bikes, fixies and kids’ bikes. They carry brands like Specialized, Kona, Free Agent, Dahon and Electra. They’ll adjust bikes for cyclists, allowing them to ride faster, longer and in greater comfort.

Honolulu: 1149 S. King St., 596-0588 Aiea: 98-019 Kamehameha Hwy., 487-3616 Kailua: 270 Kuulei Rd., 261-1553

Bikefactory

If there is a new trend in action sports, Bikefactory is on it. They’re big on action staples such as BMX bikes and skateboards and also sell mountain bikes, road bikes, fixies, triathlon bikes and kids’ bikes. The brands they carry include Trek, Haro, MirraCo and SE Racing. They also sell child carriers and jogging strollers for parents who still want a part of the action. Their hot sellers: GoPro cameras, for documenting the extreme in HD broadcast-quality, and Chrome Bags.

Honolulu: 740 Ala Moana Blvd., 596-8844 Waipio: 94-1388 Moaniani St., 678-1800
Boca Hawaii

Not only a store but also a multi-sport training facility with classes and seminars, Boca Hawaii sells triathlon bikes, road bikes, mountain bikes, cruisers and kids’ bikes. They carry Trek, Fuji, Kestrel, Parlee and Ceepo, and their rental fleet includes Fuji road bikes and triathlon bikes, Trek road bikes and mountain bikes and Orbea road bikes. They hold classes on cycling, spinning, yoga, capoeira and samadhi.

330 Cooke St., [bocahawaii.com], 591-9839
Cycle Manoa

Cycle Manoa offers free bike repairs and parts for cost to students, as well as hands-on instruction in bicycle repair. Due to receiving funding from UH, Cycle Manoa’s used bike sale and bike buybacks are restricted to UH students with valid IDs; however, other events, such as volunteer night, open shop and meetings are open to the public.

Eki Cyclery

Primarily catering to families, commuters and recreational riders, Eki Cyclery sells adult bikes and trikes, folding bikes, unicycles, trailers, lowriders, choppers, wagons, parking racks, sport comfort bikes, cruisers, BMX bikes and kids trikes and bikes. They sell bikes made by Schwinn, Raleigh, Diamond Back, Dahon, F&R, Saris and Sun. The oldest of the bunch, Eki Cyclery celebrated its 100th birthday last year. Happy birthday, Eki!

1603 Dillingham Blvd., [ekicyclery.com], 847-2005

McCully Bicycle and Sporting Goods

Family-oriented and committed to traditional ideals, this shop sells bikes made by Giant, GT and Sun. In addition to selling road bikes, mountain bikes, kids bikes, fixies and cruisers, McCully carries a full line of sporting goods for baseball, basketball, tennis, volleyball, diving, snorkeling and fishing.

2124 S. King St., [mccullybike.com], 955-6329

Island Triathlon & Bike

The first triathlon-specific store in Hawaii, IT&B sells touring bikes, cyclocross and hybrid bikes and urban/commuter bikes. They carry Bianchi, Cervello, Felt, Guru, Lynskey, Niner, Orbea, Serotta and Surly. They offer classes and repair clinics and organize weekly group rides and shop rides.

569 Kapahulu Ave., [itbhawaii.com], 732-7227

Kalihi Valley Instructional Bike Exchange

Invest a few hours of sweat equity, or make the suggested donation to get a bike. The money goes back into the shop to cover the costs of lubricants, cables and chains. The non-profit bike shop/educational program is primarily geared toward the youth of Kalihi, but everyone is welcome.

1638 Kamehameha IV Rd., [k-vibe.blogspot.com], 843-1545

The Kickstand

Kick-started by a couple’s need to clear out their apartment overflowing with bikes and parts, The Kickstand evolved into a specialty shop that sells new, used and consignment parts and bikes, especially for commuters and customizers. They offer powder coating for steel and aluminum bicycle frames. Their mechanic’s club is $60 for a six-month membership, and members can access the repair stand and specialty bicycle tools.

3452 Waialae Ave., Rm. 2, [thekickstand808.blogspot.com], 384-0790,

Path to a Master Bike Blueprint

With the revised Honolulu Bicycle Master Plan scheduled to be released any day now, perhaps cyclists can look forward to riding in safer designated lanes.

Hawaii Bicycling League (HBL)’s executive director Chad Taniguchi says a bike plan doesn’t just benefit cyclists. When parts of Waialae Avenue were coned off for data-collection regarding the possibility of installing bike lanes, some merchants were concerned with losing street parking. However, Taniguchi observed trends in the rest of the country where similar projects have taken place. Some merchants found that bike lanes brought more bike traffic and pedestrian traffic. When traffic slows down people might be more likely to stop and shop. A pedestrian-friendly city might be a more sustainable town.

HBL is offering Commuter Cycling 101, a free class in bicycle awareness and safety where cyclists practice exercises in a secured parking area before moving on to public streets around the area. UH students attending the class will receive free bike lights. Participants will be eligible to win more than $2,700 in prizes, courtesy of local bike shops.