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Cruiser bicycle

For the 80's BMX-Cruiser class (kids' races), see BMX Racing.

"Beach cruiser" redirects here. For the album, see Beach Cruiser (album).

Schwinn advertisement from 1946

A cruiser bicycle, also known as a beach cruiser or (formerly) motobike, is a bicycle that usually combines balloon tires, an upright seating posture, a single-speed drivetrain, and straightforward steel construction with expressive styling. Cruisers are popular among casual bicyclists and vacationers because they are very stable and easy to ride, but their heavy weight and balloon tires tend to make them rather slow. Another common feature is their ability to be customized with accessories including fenders, lights and saddle bags.[1] They are designed for use primarily on paved roads, moderate speeds/distances, and are included in the non-racing/non-touring class and heavyweight or middleweight styles of the road bicycle type.

The bikes, noted for their durability and heavy weight, were the most popular bicycle in the United States from the early 1930s through the 1950s,[2] and have enjoyed renewed popularity since the late 1990s.[3]

Etymology[edit]

One of the first uses of the term “cruiser” for motobikes may have been in the WW2 era, by Mead Cycle Co., who sold via mail-order bicycles of the brand names Ranger, Pathfinder and Crusader. The Crusader “Cruiser” model was the high-end men/boy’s bicycle, and included additional features, such as front headlight, rear rack, and most importantly, the motorbike tank. The low-end model, (also described in ads' fine print as a cruiser), was the crusader “chaser,” and the ladies’ the crusader “clipper” and ‘cutter” models to complete the nautical theme in the product naming scheme. Art work of U.S. Navy Cruiser ships were depicted in the Mead Cycle Co. ads.

So "cruiser" may have originated as one model name used by one distributor of the motorbike style of bicycles. The term beach-ranger never really caught on.

In an old catalog from Sears, Roebuck and Company, the Elgin Motor Bike was advertised, and the term motor-bike was explained as follows, "The term "Moto-Bike" has reference only to the type of frame, meaning that it is built on the order of a motorcycle".

History[edit]

Development[edit]

Schwinn was one of many manufacturers who contributed to the development of the cruiser at a time when U.S. bicycle sales had declined sharply due to the Great Depression; adults purchased few bicycles, which were seen as luxury products intended largely for sport or recreation. In response to other manufacturers' innovations, Schwinn conceived their own sturdy, affordable bicycle designed for the more resilient youth market—originally marketing the Schwinn B-10E Motorbike—which resembled a motorcycle but carried no motor—in 1933. Mr. Schwinn adapted features from the Henderson and Excelsior motorcycles that his (formerly purchased) bankrupt company had built during the 1920s, including a heavy "cantilevered" frame with two top tubes and 2.125-inch-wide (54.0 mm) "balloon" tires from Germany. Schwinn, like others, copied what they saw going on in Europe. Both Sears and Montgomery Ward had bicycles in 1932 that had balloon tires in the USA, a full year before Schwinn. And the streamline movement in bicycles was really pioneered by Sears and Huffman. The resulting bicycles could endure abuse that could damage others.[4]

In 1934, Schwinn successfully re-styled the B-10E, renaming it the Aero Cycle. While the Aero Cycle featured no technical improvements over the original B-10E, its streamlined frame, faux gas tank, and battery-powered headlight came to define the cruiser 'look'.[5] Modern cruiser bicycles retain these design elements, (except sometimes for the tank and/or light accessories).[6]

1950s heyday[edit]

Cruisers were popular throughout the 1930s and 40s and gained greater postwar success. Their combination of substantial weight (some models weighing over 50 pounds), single speed mechanicals, and wide tires made the bicycles primarily suited to flat terrain. They were popular with paperboys and bicycle couriers.[7]

Competing firms including AMF (Roadmaster), Westfield (Columbia), AMF/Shelby, Monark-Silver King, and Huffman (Huffy) used styling features and distinctive models to attract buyers—including a Donald Duck bike with quacking horn, "cowboy" models named after Gene Autry or Hopalong Cassidy, and details such as fringed saddlebags, capgun holsters,[8] springer fork suspensions, motorcycle-style horn tanks, and extensive chrome plating. The Huffy "RadioBike"® (one word) featured an electron-tube radio built into the tank and an antenna and battery pack on the rear carrier.[9][10]

Decline of the cruiser[edit]

During the late 1950s and early 1960s, bicycles imported from Great Britain and Continental Europe became popular, especially lighter and more nimble sports roadster models or "English racer". These models featured three-speed gearing, taller wheels, narrower tires and lighter weight (35–40 pounds)[11] and greater hill-climbing ability. By the late 1950s, U.S. manufacturers such as Schwinn began producing their own version of the English racer.[12]

The cruiser also ceded market share to muscle and lowrider bikes featuring banana seats, oversized shift levers, and ape-hanger bars inspired by West coast motorcycle customizers—which in turn gave birth to the modern BMX bike, while the cruiser went into a steep sales decline.

By 1972, a new wave of lightweight derailleur-equipped bicycles led a wave of new consumer interest in recreational bicycling, resulting in the bike boom. Derailleur-equipped sport bikes or ten speeds inspired by European racing bicycles soon dominated the adult market.

While largely obsolete by the late 1960s, the cruiser remained popular for utility and recreational use at the beach, where they soon earned the title of "beach cruisers".[13] The term "beach cruiser" started in 1976 at Recycled Cycles in Newport Beach when Larry McNeely coined the phrase and used it as their trademark for the production of the modern Beach Cruiser. Secondhand cruisers found new life on America's coastlines as practical transportation for beach bums and surfers.[14]

Schwinn registered the trademark "Schwinn Cruiser"® with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in November 1979, at or near the end of the bike boom.

TRAC International Corporation of Atlanta, Georgia, registered the trademarks "Beach Cruiser"® and "Street Cruiser"® with the USPTO in December 1983, for their Taiwanese made bicycles.

The release of the 1985 film Pee-wee's Big Adventure[15] highlighted the main character's cross-country search for his lost custom-built heavily-accessorized horn-tank bicycle.

As inspiration for the mountain bike[edit]

In the early Seventies, two groups[16] of enthusiasts: the Larkspur Canyon Gang, from Larkspur (long-time speed-riders down Mount Tamalpais), and later members of Velo-Club Tamalpais from Fairfax and San Anselmo in Marin County, California began group rides in the canyons and over ridges, up and down the fireroads around Mount Tamalpais, later racing bikes downhill in a race they called "Repack"[17][18][19] because the ride was so grueling that riders had to repack their coaster brakes with grease after each run.[20] The off-road terrain was rocky and the steep mountainside helped riders attain high speeds as they bounced and slammed over rocks and mud. Such harsh treatment caused regular road bikes to crumble, so the racers searched for a more durable and affordable alternative. They soon discovered that old balloon-tired "clunkers"[21] (as they called them) could be had for $5.00 at a garage sale and would endure tremendous punishment. Soon, riders were snapping up these old cruisers, stripping off the heavy fenders and trim, and souped them up[16] to improve downhill performance.[22] Derailleur gears were added by Russ Mahon[16] of The Morrow Dirt Club in Cupertino at the 1974 Marin County cyclo-cross and Gary Fisher's[16] 1975 used a tandem rear hub (from a flea market) with internal steel drum brake and threaded for a freewheel derailleur cluster to his old Schwinn Excelsior bike, enabling him to ride up the mountain, as well as down.[23] About the same time, another rider named Joe Breeze began tinkering with his own Schwinn Excelsior, making it more suited to the "Repack" course.[24] Soon, both of them began to build and sell custom mountain bikes to fellow enthusiasts, launching a worldwide cycling phenomenon.[25][26] In the late 1970s and early 1980s, cruiser frames formed the basis of the newly developed mountain bike.[27] The late 1970s and early 1980s saw the emergence of interest in collecting old bicycles, and prices for balloon-tired classics climbed.[28] A bicycle collecting community has developed, with newsletters and specialty shops focused on bicycle collectors.[29][30][31]

Cruiser bikes today[edit]

Cruisers' comfort, style, and affordability (compared to mountain and racing bikes) have led to renewed popularity in recent years[3] In late 1979, Schwinn produced the "Schwinn Cruiser" model. In the 1980s Huffy built the "Good Vibrations" beach cruiser, and Murray built the "Monterey" beach cruiser, both using product names, like beaches, with an association to the west coast of California. Then in the early to mid-1990s, Schwinn produced a series of cruiser models, including the "Cruiser Deluxe" (which featured a Phantom-style tank with horn, chrome fenders, white-wall balloon tires, rear rack, a springer fork, and two-tone blue or green frames). The cruiser resurgence continued in 1995, when Schwinn reissued the Black Phantom to celebrate the company's 100th birthday.[32] During that same time frame, similar offerings appeared from Columbia (a limited reissue of the classic 1950's 5-Star was produced in the early 1990s),[33] and Roadmaster.[34] Harley-Davidson even licensed a cruiser bike with their logo and trademark styling.[35] These helped stir up interest in cruisers, which brought them to the attention of aging Baby Boomers, who remembered the originals from their youth and now were reaching an age where a comfortable bike was more exciting than a fast bike, and who also had the money to buy whatever they wanted. The classic "retro" looks, reliable mechanical performance, comfortable ride, and relatively low price of cruisers (compared to mountain bikes or road racers) also appealed to young Gen Xers.[6] Nearly every major bike manufacturer now offers at least one cruiser model, if not an entire line. Some notable contemporary manufactures include Electra Bicycle Company and Felt Bicycles. Cruiser sales have continued to rise over the past decade and today many towns have clubs sponsoring regular cruiser rides as a way to promote the low-tech, high fun aspect of cycling.[36][37][38]

Three other contemporary bike trends are related to cruisers. For decades, Latino car enthusiasts have been lowering the suspension on older American cars to build "lowriders". Their younger siblings have begun building their own custom "lowrider bikes". Lowrider bicycles are usually built on old Schwinn Sting-Ray or other "muscle bike" frames, but the entire lowrider look of "old school" accessories such as springer forks and bullet headlights is in the cruiser tradition. Lowrider bike magazines and catalogs also feature cruisers and are a great source of accessories for cruiser owners.[39] A similar trend is the sudden appearance of "chopper" bicycles over the past couple of years, in response to the surge of interest in custom motorcycles. Several manufacturers offer "chopper" style bikes in their cruiser range. These bikes usually feature a lower center of gravity, suspension forks, hot rod paint jobs, and large rear tires.

Finally, manufacturers have also introduced the "comfort bike" category, to combine the soft ride and upright posture of cruisers with a more conventionally styled bike. Comfort bikes have such features as fenders, suspension seatposts and forks, and large padded saddles with giant springs. All of these features are copied from cruisers, but redesigned to look more like regular road or hybrid bikes.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^Shumpert, Max. "Guide to Cruiser Bikes". Bikesreviewed. Retrieved 20 June 2019.
  2. ^Crown, Judith, and Coleman, Glenn, No Hands: The Rise and Fall of the Schwinn Bicycle Company, An American Institution, New York: Henry Holt (1996), p. 122
  3. ^ ab"05/19/97 RETRO BIKES WITH '90s PIZZAZZ". Businessweek.com. 1997-06-15. Archived from the original on 2010-12-01. Retrieved 2012-08-20.
  4. ^Crown, Judith, and Coleman, Glenn, No Hands: The Rise and Fall of the Schwinn Bicycle Company, An American Institution, New York: Henry Holt (1996), pp. 32–34, 122
  5. ^Crown, Judith, and Coleman, Glenn, No Hands: The Rise and Fall of the Schwinn Bicycle Company, An American Institution, New York: Henry Holt (1996), pp. 33–34
  6. ^ abSutherland, Scott. "Joy Rides | Metropolis Magazine | August/September 1999". Metropolismag.com. Archived from the original on 2008-10-16. Retrieved 2012-08-20.
  7. ^Crown, Judith, and Coleman, Glenn, No Hands: The Rise and Fall of the Schwinn Bicycle Company, An American Institution, New York: Henry Holt (1996), p. 40
  8. ^Pridmore, Jay, and Hurd, Jim, The American Bicycle, Motorbooks International (1995), pp. 127–141
  9. ^"Company History". Huffy Corporation. 2011. Archived from the original on 2012-10-16. Retrieved 2012-01-15.
  10. ^Pridmore, Jay, and Hurd, Jim, The American Bicycle, Motorbooks International (1995), pp.120–140
  11. ^Ballantine, Richard, The 21st Century Bicycle Book, New York: Overlook Press (2001), pp. 20–22
  12. ^Weaver, Susan, A Woman's Guide to Cycling, Ten Speed Press, rev. ed. (1998), ISBN 0-89815-982-2, ISBN 978-0-89815-982-0, p. 58
  13. ^Crown, Judity, and Coleman, Glenn, No Hands: The Rise and Fall of the Schwinn Bicycle Company, An American Institution, New York: Henry Holt (1996), p. 122.
  14. ^Pridmore, Jay, and Hurd, Jim, The American Bicycle, Motorbooks International (1995), pp.142–168.
  15. ^"Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985)". IMDbcom. Retrieved 2013-10-22.
  16. ^ abcd"Charlie Kelly's Repack Page". Retrieved 2014-09-14.
  17. ^"Cascade Canyon Road and San Geronimo Road to Cascade Canyon Road and Cascade Fire Road, Fairfax, California". Google Maps. Retrieved 2014-09-14.
  18. ^Breeze, Joe; Livingston, D.L. (1984). "Repack Map - information provided by Joe Breeze, 1984 map artwork by D.L. Livingston". Collectors Weekly. Archived from the original on 2014-10-18. Retrieved 2014-09-14.
  19. ^"The Hippie Daredevils Who Were Just Crazy Enough to Invent Mountain Biking". Collectors Weekly. Retrieved 2014-09-14.
  20. ^"Repack History". Marvin Museum of Bicycling.{}
  21. ^Nilsen, Richard; Castelli, Mike (Spring 1978). "Clunker Bikes : The Dirt Bicycle Comes of Age". Co-Evolution Quarterly. Retrieved 2009-05-21.
  22. ^"Mountain Biking's First Bikes". Mountain Bike Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on 2005-02-17. Retrieved 14 September 2014.
  23. ^"The American Bicycle" by Jay Pridmore and Jim Hurd, 1995, Motorbooks International, pp.170–171.
  24. ^"Joe Breeze and the History of Breezer Bikes". Breezer Bikes. Archived from the original on 2008-03-26. Retrieved 14 September 2014.
  25. ^"Ulrike Rodrigues – Vancouver writer". Ulrike.ca. Archived from the original on 2008-03-23. Retrieved 2012-08-20.
  26. ^"Trek Bicycle". Fisherbikes.com. Archived from the original on 2008-05-17. Retrieved 2012-08-20.
  27. ^"1996 Breezer Ignaz X". Firstflightbikes.com. Archived from the original on 2013-07-29. Retrieved 2012-08-20.
  28. ^"The American Bicycle" by Jay Pridmore and jim Hurd, 1995, Motorbooks International, pp. 188–189.
  29. ^"The Classic and Antique Bicycle Exchange | Collectible vintage and antique bicycle forum". Thecabe.com. Retrieved 2012-08-20.
  30. ^"Schwinn Phantom". Restoreclassicbicycles.com. Retrieved 2012-08-20.
  31. ^"Memory Lane Classics". Memory Lane Classics. Retrieved 2012-08-20.
  32. ^"Return of the Cruiser", Popular Mechanics, March 1996
  33. ^Classic Columbia Vintage Reproduction Bicycles from Nostalgia Merchants
  34. ^Classic Roadmaster Vintage Reproduction Bicycles from Nostalgia Merchants
  35. ^[1]Archived January 3, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  36. ^"Sun Valley Guide : Summer 2006 : The cruiser cometh". Svguide.com. Retrieved 2012-08-20.
  37. ^[2]
  38. ^West, New. "Thursday Cruiser Ride an Antidote to Boulder Bike Bling | Jenny Shank | New West Network Topics | New West New West Network Topics". Newwest.net. Archived from the original on 2012-09-22. Retrieved 2012-08-20.
  39. ^"Lowrider Bike Magazine - Custom Lowrider Bikes Parts, Pictures, Frames & more". Lowriderbike.com. Archived from the original on 2011-06-24. Retrieved 2012-08-20.

References[edit]

  • Crown, Judith, and Coleman, Glenn, No Hands: The Rise and Fall of the Schwinn Bicycle Company, An American Institution, New York: Henry Holt (1996)
  • Pridmore, Jay, and Hurd, Jim, The American Bicycle, Motorbooks International (1995)

External links[edit]

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Last summer was a test in patience. As June neared, we all wondered if and how Covid would affect our warm-weather routines. Would there be rides on the boardwalk? Or in groups, for that matter? Would there even be summer vacations at all? The idea of friends and family getting together for a week at the beach was pretty much put on hold. Yet here we are, one year later, and it seems we’re still not totally in the clear. But this doesn’t mean you can’t still find joy on a laid-back beach cruiser in your own neighborhood—far from any crowded boardwalk. If you’re in need of some two-wheeled therapy, a beach cruiser might be your saving grace. These simple machines are often the cheapest options in the bicycle world (though there are some pricier models on our list, including e-cruisers), and many of them can be ordered online—even customized to your liking—and delivered right to your doorstep, though availability is a bit touch and go right now thanks to high demand and limited production.

See at-a-glance reviews below of five of our top-rated beach cruiser bikes, or scroll deeper for full reviews of these and other high-ranking options, plus more buying info.


Best for Coastal LIving

Priority Coast

Priority Coast

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SixThreeZero EVRYjourney Women's

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Electric Bike Co. Model X

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Customizable, 25mph e-cruiser assembled in the U.S.

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Detroit Bikes B-Type Commuter

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Vivélo La Donna

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What Is a Beach Cruiser Bike?

To some, a cruiser is just a singlespeed bicycle with balloon tires, a comfy saddle, a coaster brake, and a wide, sweeping handlebar. When you’re on one, you’re not constricted by Lycra or expected to keep pace. There’s a good chance you’re wearing flip-flops and, with any luck at all, a bathing suit. Hopefully you’re near a beach, but you don’t have to be. A leisurely cruise downtown to grab lunch can be as pleasant as an early-morning roll on a boardwalk. But not every beach cruiser settles for simplicity. Most modern-day models take it to the next level or beyond (think more gears, bigger wheels, cleaner belt drives, internal gearing, mounts for racks, even motors). Knowing how and where you want to use your new cruiser bike will help you determine what else, if anything, you want from it.

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Do I Need More Than One Gear on My Beach Cruiser?

That depends. For riding the length of a boardwalk or ambling along Main Street, one gear is all you need—and it frees up a hand to hold a soft-serve twist. But if your rides are a little more challenging than the flat, coastal roads around your favorite seaside town, consider a beach cruiser with multiple gears. The bikes on this list range from singlespeed to 9-speed.

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Some Cruiser Bikes Now Come With E-Assist

Even though the whole idea of the beach cruiser is to slow down your fast-paced life, there’s nothing wrong with speeding up your laid-back life. Pedal assist can do wonders for your downtime by letting you get to the beach sooner and cut your departure time closer, ultimately extending your day and still getting you home in time for early-evening beers and BBQ. Most e-cruisers are class 1, which means they top out at 20 mph, but some go as high as 28 mph (class 3).

Why It May Be Harder to Find a Bike Right Now

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the bike industry has experienced an exponential boom in sales, partially due to public transit restrictions and also because people are looking for a fun, safe way to get outside. It has also experienced a shortage of bikes due to factory restrictions and delays. Because of this, many bike shops and online brands are nearly sold out of bikes. If a bike on this list is sold out, you might still have the option to pre-order it or join a waiting list. Or, it might still be available at a bike shop near you, so check the dealers and retailers listed on the site.

How We Chose These Bikes

We’ve ridden as many of these cruisers as we could get our hands on. The ones that haven’t been tested have been carefully chosen based on what they offer. And, unfortunately, we’ve had to eliminate a few of our all-time favorites from the list simply because they are no longer available (and won’t be for the unforeseeable future). But we know from experience what makes a beach cruiser desirable, so we’ve based our list on value, quality of parts (most of which have been tested separately), user reviews, comfort, our positive experience with the brand, and overall aesthetics. These are the 15 beach cruisers we recommend for laid-back bike rides—no matter where you are.


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―BEST VALUE CRUISER―

Tuesday June 7 Low Step

Tuesday June 7 Low Step

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  • Incredibly affordable
  • Comfortable riding position, with Touchdown Geometry
  • Available as a singlespeed for $370
  • Step-through comes in only pastel colors; step-over comes in black and grey only

The aptly named June 7 lives for carefree summer days and sandy surfaces. Its huge, sweeping Big Bend Cruiser handlebar and textured rubber grips need nothing more than a light touch and relaxed arms to keep the front wheel on course. When your feet aren’t on the barefoot-friendly, rubber-coated pedals cranking forward, they can easily touch down for a quick stop to grab a shot of the sunset. Like any capable cruiser, the June 7 comes with 2.35-inch balloon tires, ideal for mixed surfaces. A seven-speed drivetrain with a 44t chainring and 14-34t cassette opens this bike up to more variety of exploring in areas that aren’t mostly flat. Want more hauling capability? Add a rear rack. This one from Tuesday costs $45 and has a spring clip to hold valuables in place. Best way to buy it: Find it through a local dealer or retailer.

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―MOST CUSTOMIZABLE ELECTRIC CRUISER―

Electric Bike Company Model X

Electric Bike Company Model X

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  • 100% customizable, comes fully built
  • Gets up to 120 miles on one charge
  • Comes with a throttle
  • Hub motor makes flat changes more difficult
  • Available in only one size and as a step-over frame only

The Model X is assembled in the U.S., and the attention to detail is immediately evident; the bike makes almost no noise while in motion, save the subtle whir from the rear-hub motor. The Schwalbe Fat Frank tires and aluminum frame and steel fork combine to deliver a smooth ride, and the comfortable saddle and retro handlebar beckon you to relax and let the e-assist do much of the work. Its 500-watt motor peaks at 1,000 watts for quick bursts of power, making the Model X sporty enough for most. Pedal assist maxes out at 25mph, and you get a throttle as well. There are also loads of available accessories, including a front basket, rear rack, suspension fork, and custom colors, plus the option to upgrade to an in-basket battery (shown). Best way to buy it: After customizing it to your liking on Electric Bike Company’s site, add it to your cart and proceed to checkout. It’s in stock and available.


―BEST BEGINNER-FRIENDLY FRAME―

Specialized Roll Low-Entry

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  • Comfy saddle
  • Stable tires
  • Upright position

With one of the lowest step-through frames in the business, the Roll Low-Entry is ideal for anyone who’s ever been apprehensive about swinging a leg over a top tube or being able to touch their feet to the ground at the last second. Beefy 650b x 2.3-inch tires roll smoothly on the road, but come to your rescue when the pavement gets sketchy or a sandy shortcut starts calling your name. Its upright geometry puts you in a position that takes strain off your neck and back and lets you take in the sights around you, but isn’t ideal for steep climbs up winding mountains. Nor is the Shimano Altus 7-speed drivetrain, but that’s not what this bike is for. It’s also not for going fast. But for what it is, a $535 cruiser bike with mounts to add a rear rack, and a head tube tall enough to hang a pretty deep basket off the BMX-style handlebar, the Roll Low-Entry can double as a daily cruiser and around-town grocery-getter. Best way to buy it: Find it through a local dealer or retailer.

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Priority Coast

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  • Rust-proof frame and components
  • No-maintenance Gates belt drive
  • Available as a step-through model for 5'0" to 5'11"
  • One-size-fits-most frame accommodates only riders 5'5'' to 6'5"

The salt air is no match for the Coast’s rustproof components, which include stainless-steel spokes, an aluminum frame and fork, and a maintenance-free Gates Carbon Drive belt. Sealed bearings keep out water, and Kenda puncture-resistant tires are hardly fazed by broken glass and clamshells. On boardwalks and level city roads, you’ll likely spend most of your time in the hardest gear, but you’ll be thankful for easier pedaling when the street takes a slight upturn. A double kickstand keeps the bike from tipping when parked, and the traditional cruiser-style handlebar has a 3-speed twist shifter on the right and a front hand brake on the left (though you have the option of using the coaster brake). Best way to buy it: Add it to your cart and proceed to checkout. This bike is available to ship right now. But hurry!

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―BEST COMPACT E-CRUISER―

Benno eJoy 9D

Benno eJoy 9D

https://www.bennobikes.com/e-bikes/ejoy/

$3,500.00

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  • Comes with oversize rear rack
  • Powered by Bosch Active Line motor
  • Integrated lock and lights

Inspired by the lines of vintage Italian scooters and classic German cars, the eJoy 9D (named one of Bicycling’s Best Bikes of 2020) can easily be your zip-around-town-at-20mph e-bike. Notable features include: a frame-mounted lock, oversize rear rack, optional front tray, integrated lights, and a max claimed range of 80 miles—imagine all the crap you can haul to the beach. With an absolutely silent Bosch Active Line motor, a low standover for riders of all heights, a wheelbase similar to that of a typical townie, roll-over-anything balloon tires, and one of the easiest-to-operate computers, the eJoy is an e-bike for everyone. Best way to buy it: Find it through a local dealer or retailer.

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―MOST COMFORTABLE CRUISER―

Brooklyn Brighton 7

Brooklyn Brighton 7-Speed Cruiser

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$549.99

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  • Ridiculously comfortable
  • Equipped to accommodate racks
  • Great value
  • Is out of stock as quickly as it’s in—make your move!

It’s no wonder the Brighton 7 is out of stock as often as it’s in (even before the pandemic!). Every person who hopped onto our test model to take it for a spin had the same first impression: “This is the most comfortable bike I’ve ever been on.” Its incredibly relaxed geometry lets the rider—even one particular tester who has really long arms and legs—stretch out to the point of not having to bend elbows or knees when cruising on momentum. Coupled with the cushy seat, soft grips, barefoot-friendly pedals, and smooth-rolling balloon tires, we’re lucky we didn’t doze off midride. But this bike’s relaxed attitude doesn’t discount it as a capable utilitarian ride. Front and rear-carrier braze-ons let you outfit it with racks and bags so you can carry essentials to the beach or grab a six-pack and sandwiches on the way home. You also get a bottle-cage mount and internally routed cables. Choose from six refreshing colors (with matching fenders, rims, and chainguard), including beach-inspired sea glass and matte coral. Best way to buy it: It is currently out stock with an anticipated restock date of late spring. Not available for pre-order, so keep checking back.


―E-CRUISER WITH EXTRAS―

iZip Simi Step-Thru

iZip Simi Step-Thru

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$1,750.00

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  • Comes with rear rack, fenders, lights, and a kickstand
  • Low standover makes it user-friendly for everyone
  • 250-watt battery won’t get you too far
  • Rear-hub motor not as smooth and efficient as a mid-drive type

This beachy-looking cruiser comes with a rear-hub motor that lets you zip along at 20mph, and a down tube-mounted battery that will last up to 62 miles in the slowest setting. In the highest pedal-assist mode, that range drops to 15 miles, making the Simi better suited to slow-speed rolls than high-speed commutes. The step-thru frame makes the Simi suitable for everyone, especially those who are just getting into—or back into—riding. You get quite a few extras with this bike (extras that are often left off other bikes that cost as much or more), such as a kickstand, fenders, lights, a rear rack, and a bottle-cage mount. With a 7-speed drivetrain and a 12-28 cassette—not to mention the bonus boost you get from the motor—this is one beach bike that can do more than just hit the flat boardwalk for an out-and-back morning jaunt. Best way to buy it: Currently out of stock. Join iZip’s waitlist.

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―LOTS OF ACCESSORIES OPTIONS―

SixThreeZero EVRYjourney

SixThreeZero EVRYjourney Women’s 7-Speed

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  • Extremely customizable
  • Also available in e-bike options
  • 1.95-inch wide tires are narrow compared to most cruisers

Available in both men’s and women’s models and in speeds of 1, 3, 7, and 21, plus two electric versions (250W and 500W), there’s an EVRYjourney for everyone. The one you’re looking at here—the 7-speed women’s model—gives you an alloy frame and steel fork, Shimano Tourney 7-speed drivetrain with Revo twist shifter, 1.95-inch semi-slick tires on 26-inch rims, fenders, and a rear rack. Comfort features include soft grips, a cushy seat, and geometry that puts the rider closer to the ground and moves the pedals forward so you still have proper leg extension. Snap-on attachment points let you easily add accessories like racks, baskets, child seats, and more. And a 365-day test ride and lifetime warranty means you can decide now and change your mind later. But we don’t think you will. Best way to buy it: In stock now on Amazon.


―SHIPS FREE, EASY TO ASSEMBLE―

Detroit Bikes B-Type

Detroit Bikes B-Type

Detroit Bikesdetroitbikes.com

$529.00

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  • Comes with rear rack, fenders, kickstand, bell
  • Saddle is comfortable and waterproof
  • Ships 95 percent assembled
  • For more freedom to leave the pavement, you may want a bike with wider tires

The B-Type arrives at your door 95 percent assembled, with an estimated 5 minutes of assembly left for you. Besides free shipping, you also get a Detroit Bikes floor pump with your order. Other included features of this durable and classy commuter: fenders, rear rack, bell, kickstand, and a waterproof saddle. And with a Shimano Acera 8-speed drivetrain (with thumb shifter), you have all the gears you need for ambitious jaunts through town. Just don’t expect to take rugged shortcuts with the narrow 700x32mm tires. Looking for a step-over model? The A-Type costs the same, but comes in matte black only (the B-Type is available in an array of pretty colors, including blue, yellow, green, and purple). Best way to buy it: Currently out of stock online; sign up to be notified of updates regarding availability.


―BEST FOR APARTMENT DWELLERS―

Jamis Earth Cruiser 3

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Jamis Earth Cruiser 3

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  • Memory-foam saddle
  • Super lightweight frame and parts
  • Coaster brake may take some getting used to

Jamis did something here to make the appropriately named Earth Cruiser an option for anyone who has to haul the bike up flights of steps. It dressed the aluminum frame in lightweight alloy parts wherever possible: rims, crankset, crank arms, seatpost, seat clamp, stem, front hub, and kickstand. It also gave the Earth Cruiser a memory foam saddle (yep, like the mattress) with a synthetic suede top. A Shimano 3-speed internal hub and Revoshift twist shifter keep you going; a coaster brake brings you to a stop. Want to spend less? There’s a $359 aluminum EC1 and a $319 steel EC2 (both of which are singlespeed) as well as step-through versions of all three. Best way to buy it: Find it through a local dealer or retailer.


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―MOST CUSTOMIZABLE COLORS―

Vivélo La Donna

Vivélo La Donna

$799 and upvivelo.com

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  • Handcrafted in Miami
  • Extremely customizable
  • Almost always in stock

Every Vivélo cruiser is handcrafted in Miami’s Wynwood Art District. As if choosing from 42 standard style and color options—men’s, women’s, and kid’s—isn’t hard enough, Vivélo went ahead and made it even more difficult (in a good way) with its customizer tool, which lets you personalize up to 27 parts of the bike. A stock La Donna starts at $799 (3-speed) and $869 (7-speed) but can go as high as $1,150 once you start having fun making it unique—like the wild-looking one shown above (which adds up to $1,124 after customization). It’s one of four adult bikes—along with the Rider, Rider X, and Chopper—that can be made to match your vision. Every part—frame, fenders, chainguard, pedals, grips, rims, even the chain and spokes, can be a different color (though options do vary with each model). You can also add a basket or rear rack and choose between an internally geared 3- or 7-speed. The components are pretty standard fare for a cruiser: aluminum frame and components, steel fork, 26-inch wheels, platform pedals, double-spring saddle, and kickstand. We haven’t gotten one if these to test yet, but our creation is on its way. When it arrives, we’ll report back. Best way to buy it: Order today! These bikes are in stock right now.


―BEST VALUE SINGLESPEED―

Batch Bicycles The Cruiser Bicycle

The Cruiser Bicycle

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$299.99

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  • Affordable
  • Simple bike means low maintenance
  • Comes with fenders
  • Coaster brake may take some getting used to
  • Singlespeed gear can be limiting

Dayton, Ohio-based Batch Bicycles has a rule: As long as a bike is selling and people are buying it, it has no reason to fix what isn’t broken. In other words, it won’t churn out new models every year just for the sake of replacing the old. This strategy keeps prices down, which is why this singlespeed, aluminum cruiser with a coaster brake can be yours for $300. We’ve reviewed the Commuter and the E-Commuter, so we’re not unfamiliar with this brand’s bikes. The Cruiser comes in three colors and three sizes, including a 24-inch youth size and a M/L with 27.5-inch wheels. This bike is as simple as cruisers get—one gear, one speed, one model, one coaster brake. Just get on and go. Best way to buy it: Currently out of stock online. Find it through a local dealer or retailer.


―BEST CLASSIC CRUISER―

Schwinn Mikko

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Schwinn Mikko

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$395.10

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  • Very affordable
  • Classic design

For her 61st birthday last year, Ellen DeGeneres surprised her guests with several giveaways, including the 3-speed Schwinn Mikko (for the women) and the 3-speed Schwinn Huron (for the guys). This cruiser is as classic as they come: steel frame, 26-inch wheels, rear coaster brake, classic cruiser handlebar, matching fenders and chainguard, and a cushy seat on springs. Both models come in a variety of colors as well as 3- and 7-speed options (in addition to the singlespeed shown here). Before the curtain opened on the Ellen Show to reveal the bikes, Ellen told her audience, “I love this next gift. In fact, I have one here. I ride it every day.” Best way to buy it: Limited stock available right now on Amazon.


―MOST INCLUDED ACCESSORIES―

Liv Simple Three W

Simple Three W

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  • Includes fenders and a basket
  • Comes with a kickstand
  • Beginner-friendly step-through
  • Available in only one size

This sunny, aluminum, step-through cruiser is easy on/easy off and has a Shimano Nexus 3-speed internal hub controlled by a Shimano Revo twist shifter. It has a steel fork and handlebar, aluminum rims with stainless-steel spokes, and a rustproof chain. Traditional features include 26-inch wheels, 2.125-inch tires, and no-slip pedals. It also comes with a front basket and kickstand, meaning you can easily park your bike while you unpack your beach towel, snacks, and sunscreen without having to steady the front wheel between your knees. Full fenders are color-matched to the frame, and the saddle, sidewalls, and grips accent the whole package. This women’s cruiser is one size fits all and comes in ultraviolet/teal and salmon pink (shown here). Wanna save $150? The singlespeed version of this bike is only $440. Best way to buy it: Find it through a local dealer or retailer.


―BEST FOR EATING UP POTHOLES―

Linus Rover 9

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Rover 9

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  • Lightweight aluminum frame and parts
  • Microshift 9-speed cassette
  • Disc brakes and 27.5-inch wheels
  • Comes in brushed alloy and matte black only
  • Open, alloy pedals not barefoot-friendly

A classic cruiser with classic lines, the Rover 9 has a light 6061 aluminum frame and steel fork, hydraulic disc brakes, and a 1x9-speed drivetrain controlled by a Microshift trigger shifter. Moderately grippy, 45mm-wide Kenda Koast tires (with coffee-colored sidewalls) on 27.5-inch alloy rims roll fast and eat potholes in your path. The open, alloy pedals aren’t the most barefoot-friendly compared to rubber-coated pedals, but that’s an easy and inexpensive swap. The Rover 9 comes in two sizes (medium for 5-foot-5 to 5-foot-9 riders, large for 5-foot-10 and taller), two colors (brushed alloy and matte black), and one frame (there’s no step-through model here). And with nine gears to click through, the Rover 9 crosses over into short-commute territory. Best way to buy it: Pre-order for an estimated late-July delivery.

jennifer sherryJen is the associate test director for Bicycling and Runner’s World.

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