Both Billy's have a great deal of experience in the Haleakala biking industry and have at one point in their careers worked for most of the companies that offer the tour. Things changed in the beginning of 2011 when they started their own service called, "Easy Riders". When they became owner-operations of their own company they immediately zeroed in on a niche that they observed, that nobody in the industry was capitalizing on. They immediately began operating a half day tour that did not waste anytime going to the top of the mountain and instead took their time riding the bikes as long as possible, traveling from the park entrance to the beach in the coastal town of Paia. The Billy’s stopped the ride along the way for pictures, food and photos at many different locations on the way down the hill. Even with all the stops we still managed to make in back to Baldwin Beach in less then four hours.
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Travel Blog #108 - Easy Riders, Haleakala Bike Ride
Since "Cruiser Bob" first pioneered the original Haleakala bike ride decades ago the format of the rides has changed, but the industry has remained the same in many ways. While Bob has long since left the industry, distinct larger then life individuals have followed in his footsteps and continue to rule the mountain. Some of these Haleakala bike ride personalities are Billy and Billy, the owners and operators of Easy Riders.
With all their experience in the industry, the Billy's of Easy Riders know that the quality of the guides can make or break the experience of the client and in turn overall reputation of a company. They also know that nobody likes to be crowded into a van rubbing elbows with people they don't know, so they minimize their tours to groups of eight people so (so each couple has a bench seat to share in the van). They also personally lead each tour so they know that every tour will be led with the same high quality customer service. From the reviews we've been getting from clients it seems like this has been working well for them, because in the short time that they've been in operation they have been steadily going up in rank on some of the industries largest review sites.
Read the previous article: Tom Barefoot's Travel Blog #107 - Kayak Kauai Outbound, Napali Coast Kayak (By Jake)