Add a little variety to your riding here in Maui

Nick James – Makawao, HI

Add a little variety to your riding here in Maui

Becoming too familiar with trails gets old real quick and the impulse to explore increases. Adding a bit of variety to your riding pallet could be all you need to fix this issue. It is really fun to see fresh dirt for the first time and not have a clue what’s coming around that next corner.

At this stage of the game, I feel like I’ve ridden nearly every trail in my hometown of Lahaina. Fortunately, we’ve got an excellent selection of trails upcountry so I think it’s time to go explore. I am thinking of moving upcountry so there’ll be more opportunities to ride. Lately, I feel like I’m half asleep when I ride through the dry dirt at my home turf. With that being said, I’m really looking forward to getting in some of that upcountry red dirt!

Maui is an island that is fairly small, but I have found a lot of trails that should keep me pretty busy this winter. I plan to go hit up that 2 hour ride down from Haleakala Crater.

In several weeks, I will be on vacation. This means that I plan to work on some of my riding technique. A vital skill to have is riding well through corners. When the trails are loose and rugged, your technique can be essential. Around my house, the trails have great grip so that stuff in Makawao is a little foreign to me.

Not too long ago I went on a mission to the Makawao Forest. I did not expect it to be so developed. The chain on my usual Giant bike was broken so I stopped at a local shop called Krank Cycles near the base of the forest. The owner Moose fixed my bike up and even gave me a trail map of the new buildout in the forest. I’m not used to having such a big selection of trails so I ended up riding a little more careful than I usually do. It was a beautiful day and the sun shines everywhere through those tall trees.

Until I move upcountry, a personal goal for myself will be to try to find a new trail every week especially since the winter is almost upon us. In the mean time, I think that sometimes riding a trail backwards can be sufficient enough to provide a completely new experience. Another idea I thought of was to sign up for a race. I’m curious as to any ideas that people have on curbing trail boredom.

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