Beach cruiser bikes are not like any other ordinary cruisers bicycles.
They are renowned for their simple but durable construction that allows them to withstand the salt, sand and spray of a beachfront. It also helps that these bikes are more comfortable (and more affordable) than their mountain or racing counterparts, which is a definite draw for most anyone.
These cruisers were actually conceptualized and first introduced way back in the early 1930’s and got out of style in the 1960’s, but their simple and easy-to-use design brought them back into public consciousness as early as the 1990’s.
Tips For Buying Beach Cruiser Bikes
Not all beach cruiser bikes are made equal, especially when you’re looking for one that you can ride along the beach. Here are a few tips you’ll want to keep in mind when shopping for your first beach cruiser bikes:
Tip 1: Look for a High Quality Paint Job
If you look at the close-up pictures of the new Firmstrong Urban Lady Beach Cruiser Bicycle, one of the first things you’ll notice is the thick and solid paint job on the cruiser.
If you are able to physically inspect the cruiser you set your eyes on, lightly scratch a discreet section of the bike with your fingernails. If the paint comes off, you can forget about bringing it to the beach.
If you can’t physically inspect the cruiser and do your shopping online, then make sure to look for close-up pictures, or read all related bicycle reviews that will give you a better understanding of how solid (or how flimsy) the paint job is.
Tip 2: Examine the Tires
A wide and thick set of tires is the mark of a good beach cruiser. These kinds of tires can make your ride much easier when riding through more tightly packed stretches of sand, without grinding to a halt.
Take for example the Schwinn Ladies Legacy 24″ Cruiser Bike. The wide tires allow the woman rider to cruise through sand with ease. Make sure that the tires of the beach cruiser you set your eyes on are at least 2 inches wide to produce the same effect.
Tip 3: Test the Bike Seat
Unlike when you’re riding on your road bike where you have to raise your buttocks off the seat for most of the time, with beach cruiser bicycle you will plant your behind firmly on the seat as you ride.
The Schwinn Fairhaven is a good example: look at this close-up shot of the seat, and you’ll notice that the cushion is nice and thick. It’s also protected by a rather rugged-looking synthetic leather cover. Make sure that the seat is:
- Comfortable enough to ride on.
- Springy enough to adjust to minor bumps on the road.
- Durable enough to withstand salty conditions.
Tip 4: Check That The Parts Are Easily DisassembledMicargi Black Falcon GTS, you’ll notice that all the moving parts can be easily removed with a screwdriver and a wrench.
This minor feature is vital for beach cruiser bikes as sand and salt has a nasty habit of getting into places where you don’t want them to. Being able to conveniently disassemble your cruiser will let you clean out the sand and lubricate the moving parts as needed, so make sure that everything is attached by screws and nuts – not welded or sealed in place.
Can I Buy Beach Cruiser Bikes Online?
Yes – you can! There are many online stores that are selling beach cruiser bikes. I can recommend buying from one of my favorite online stores:
Beach Cruiser Bikes on eBay
E-Stores Where You Can Buy Beach Cruiser Bikes