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    Kauai

    I'm planning on heading off to Kauai this winter for a conference plus a few extra days for holiday. Would it be worth bringing my Ritchey Break-Away road bike along?

    What are the roads like in Kauai? Are the shoulders paved? Safe for road biking?

    I've looked on Google, but everything I can find seems to be many years old.

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    been several years since I was there, but I recall the roads being narrow and winding, heavily-traveled in some areas, with no or generally sketchy shoulders.

    I'd stick to hiking the Napali Coast Trail, snorkeling, and drinking...
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    The way I remember the roads are narrow, no shoulders, gawking, cross-eyed, pre-occupied tourists behind the wheel.
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    What the others have said. I was there two years ago and was glad I didn't bring my bike. Narrow roads, narrow bridges - only saw a few cyclists on the main highways. There may be areas that are bike-friendly, but I was there for two weeks - all over the island and didn't see any.

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    Kaua'i has lots of angry wild chickens roaming everywhere!

    I'm from the islands, and really would only riding Mouna Kea, Haleakala, or the lunar landscape of Kona. All other areas would be too dangerous for my taste.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
    Kaua'i has lots of angry wild chickens roaming everywhere!

    I'm from the islands, and really would only riding Mouna Kea, Haleakala, or the lunar landscape of Kona. All other areas would be too dangerous for my taste.
    Another vote for, "leave the bike home". I was on Kaua'i over Thanksgiving and never saw a road that looked enjoyable or safe to ride a bike on.

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    I agree with the other posters. When you get an unaniomously shared opinion by this mob on any subject believe it and call Sixty Minutes so they can run segment on this most unusual occurance.

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    Not sure if you trip has occurred already, but I would say itís probably not worth bringing your bike. I live on Kauai. The weather is usually conducive to riding, although the winter is the rainy season. Generally speaking though the roads are not great for riding. I average about 120 miles a week & there are guys that do more. So itís doable, but we live here so no other choice. For the most part roads are single lane each direction, narrow shoulders, and mediocre to poor surface quality. Also as mentioned earlier there tends to be a lot of people on the roads who are unfamiliar with where they are driving/taking in the scenery.

    In my opinion there are better things to do if you are visiting here for the first time. If you want to ride when you are here I would suggest renting from Kauai Cycle, or one of the other rental spots on the east side. You can rent a hybrid style bike and there is a nice multi-use path along the coast. Itís about 7.5 miles out and back. If you decided you wanted to do a longer ride Kauai Cycle is an actual bike shop so they have actual road bikes you could also rent. The other shops just rent hybrids & cruisers for people to use on the path.

    if you decided to bring you own bike make sure you bring your front & rear lights as well as some reflective gear/ high vis clothing. The earlier/later you can start the less traffic obviously, but also less tourists on the road.

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    Thanks for the information. My trip is next month.
    Are your recommendations just for the east / north part of the island, or does that apply to the south / west side as well? I'll be staying in Koloa, if that matters.

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