Beach cruisers have made a comeback. They were the most popular bicycle in the U.S. from the 1930’s through the 1950’s, especially during the postwar years. Lately, these brightly colored beauties have been enjoying a renewed popularity.
Their straightforward construction and upright seating position make them a popular choice for casual cyclists. Their large “balloon” tires and comfortable riding position make them stable and easy to ride. Styles vary from single-speed drive train, to three speeds or more – making them ideal for someone who doesn’t want to mess with shifting while riding.
Their renewed popularity is part nostalgia (“I had a bike just like this when I was little”) and part retro-chic. New owners of beach cruiser riders in age from pre-teens to those enjoying their golden years.
Cruiser bikes can be found far inland from “beach” towns. Their large “balloon” tires are perfect for handling the gravel of the Green Bay path just as well as the sand of Lake Michigan. And they work just fine on pavement too. These are great bikes for casual rides through the neighborhood and with the family.
Beach cruisers offer a combination of comfortable ride and reliable mechanical performance, affordability and classic retro look, making them a great choice for casual cyclists – and a great gift just in time for summer!
Where will your beach cruiser take you this summer?