I never say this, but I needed a bigger gear on the way down. What an amazing day!
So, perhaps you do need those 11 teeth on your Red cassette? ;)
Need a RKP vacation contest to do this ride ;)
Kepler F1: Well, I was riding a Dura-Ace-equipped bike ... but yes, this was a rare occasion where I definitely needed at least a 53x12; a 50x11 would have been good.
Scott: That is a terrific idea; it could be some amazing fun.
Brad: It was the volcano, not me.
In some ways, the descent is harder than the climb -- tailgating tourist vehicles for an hour, sniffing exhaust and burning brakes... Then there's neck pain and other pains -- who the heck practices descending for an hour straight?
I pass slow-moving cars. I just wait until the grade is sufficiently steep to generate the speed necessary and there's enough road that I can see plenty of road ahead.
Hi Patrick, my wife and I rode Haleakala on the same day! I found you via your blog article (I commented there, too). I'm not sure, but I think we may have seen you going up while we were descending. What a great ride!
We rented bikes from Maui Cyclery in Paia. Good titanium bikes with Ultegra. I, too, wish I had a taller gear for the descent. I think mine had 50x12, which was not enough for most of it.
Hey Patrick, I'll be doing this route on Jan 4, 2013. Checking other Strava riders to seek advice. I was planning on bringing my own bike. Did you rent or bring your own? Any guidance? Can't wait.
Steven: I've got a bike with S&S couplers I travel with. However, as Corey Smith noted, you can rent a bike from Maui Cyclery in Paia, which is the place to start the ride. Leave yourself more time for the ride than you think you'll need.