Updated: December 2017
Cruiser Bike Reviews:Growing up in California I was totally familiar with cruiser bikes. We used to go bike riding in Santa Cruz (a coastal town) which has a nice bike path right along the beach. A cruiser bike, or beach bike, is usually a single geared bike with curvy handlebars that gives you the feeling of "cruising" along. Hence the name cruiser bike. They are for casual bike riding on paved paths or even on the beach itself. If you ride down along the water, they do surprisingly well in packed down sand. Just why are they so popular? I found that they are much easier to ride than mountain bikes or road bikes. Cruiser bikes have an ease about them and they are comfortable. Some of the top brands are Schwinn, Huffy, Cadillac, Victory, Sonoma, Nirve, Pacific, and Diamondback. Prices vary but you can expect to pay between $150 to $300 for a quality bike. They are available in your local bike shop, at Walmart, online at Amazon.com, and many other stores.
Choosing a cruiser bike - Want a leisure bike ride, then go with a cruiser bike. Their design is perfect for casual rides since your body can sit more upright (versus having to lean towards the handlebars on other types of bikes). Not built for speeds, cruiser bikes are for less avid bike riders who enjoy the "ride" and aren't interested in setting new speed records. There are cruiser bikes with gears, but single speed cruisers are still the most popular. Beach cruiser bikes are offered in aluminum or steel frames. For those near the beach and the saltwater, aluminum should hold up better as it is more resistant to rust. Most are offered with 26" wheels that are wide for better traction in the sand. There are cruiser bikes for women and men with the main difference being the bar between the handlebars and the seat post. Womens cruiser bikes sometimes have more "female" color choices like pink, orange, or yellow. The one common trait for all cruiser bicycles is that owners mention how comfortable the ride is. They are no longer sore from bad seats or leaning over all day. Want to read cruiser bike reviews? We suggest websites like Roadbikereview.com, Beachbikes.net, and Metaefficient.com. All offer up recent expert tips on choosing a bike and owner feedback and opinions on all brands. You can browse the best selling cruiser bikes online here. There are dozens of independent reviews that have been posted with pros and cons to each bike.