Best Cruiser Bikes for Men and Women – RydBikes
Ask bike rider what separates the best beach cruiser bikes from the ordinary ones and the two elements which you’d find redundant in the answers are style and comfort. In addition to their laid back attitude, the best cruiser bikes provide such comfort which makes them ideal for summer riding plans. Hence, they can’t be more different from the ordinary road bikes which are miserable to ride in summer. Moreover, if you’re worried about the price tag, even the best cruiser bikes are cheaper than an equivalent mountain or road bike.
However, before moving forward, there is something you need to know about best cruiser bikes. They won’t win you races, nor will they allow you to zigzag through traffic with ease or would race down mountains. For, they are designed for your elegance, comfort, and style, and not to win races!
Commuting or just having fun?
Unlike the common opinion, using your cruiser bike for commuting purposes isn’t a bad idea. For, thanks to their huge tires, ease of use, and the innate stability, they are ideal for commuting. Another advantage, if you use them for going to office, is the fact that they won’t make you look drained and listless when you show up to work.
Hence, if you want to have the perfect balance to your work/life, going for a beach cruiser is a good idea.
What all Beach Cruisers have in common
Generally speaking, there are many elements which differentiate one particular beach cruiser from another. Similarly, there are others which unite them. Let’s take a look at the latter elements first:
Frames: If you have read the preceding part carefully, I have mentioned that beach cruisers are *stable*. This stability is imparted to these bikes by their frame, which, in turn, is made up of steel. Yes, the steel frame might make the bike heavy but it would also decrease its ability to wobble. Consequently, these bikes will withstand occasional potholes on a relatively flat road with ease.
Finally, as their popularity has soared, some manufacturers have started building aluminum frames. As you might guess, being lighter, the aluminum frames aren’t as stable as steel. Hence, if you ask me, I would definitely go for the old school steel frames.
Tires: If there is one word to describe beach cruiser tires, “huge” would suffice. Since they are built for providing comfort, anything less than an extra wide tire wouldn’t do that. However, if you think that the width of these tires would make them a puncture magnet, you couldn’t be more wrong. For, while they are huge, they are also thick. It means that the permeability of these tires is less than any other bike.
Finally, as their name suggests, the beach cruiser bikes are perfect for beach rides. For, since their tires are huge, they would save you from nose-diving while riding on a beach. However, to be safe, just make sure that the sand is firm. For, while they might have huge tires, laws of physics apply to even the best cruiser bikes.
Pedals and Handlebars: Talking about the pedals, they are just located a little bit close to the front wheel than in an ordinary bike. As for their handlebars, they are swept-back to allow the rider to control them with ease. For, when you would be sitting in an upright position – thanks to the swept back handlebars, your back would be subjected to little pressure, allowing you to be relaxed.
Gears: When it comes to gears, you would find two types of beach cruisers: those who have one gear and those who have multiple gears. Talking about the one-gear bikes – an ugly but useful piece of jargon, they are designed only for beach riding. As, they allow you to be all relaxed and hip while driving.
For the multi-gear beach cruisers, they are further divided into two categories: 3 gears and 7 gears. They are typically used for driving long distances at a greater speed. Hence, if you don’t practically live on a beach, the second type is just right for you.
Brakes: With due respect to the road bike users, they know nothing when it comes to the brakes of the beach cruisers. For, their brakes can’t be pulled by your hands. Rather, you could stop the bike by pushing the pedals backwards. This type of brakes are referred as coaster brakes.
While the above-mentioned description might make them look difficult to handle, coaster brakes are a cinch to handle. Also, if you’re fond of skids, they would provide you with just that.
Saddles: If you want to gauge how comfortable a bike is, a mere glance at the saddle would be enough. Comfortable bikes – like the beach cruisers, have saddles which allow wide posterior sitting space. This is in stark contrast to, let’s say, road bikes whose saddles accommodate a narrow posterior sitting space.
Thus, if the road on which you’re travelling is bumpy, the beach cruiser saddle would smooth those bumps out with aplomb.
Top 10 Best Beach Cruiser Bikes Reviews
When it comes to best cruiser bikes, sixthreezero is a name which always appears. The Company has been in the market for years – and as you might tell after reading the specs of this bike, they are one of the top brands out there.
This bike has a comfortable seat with a low center of gravity. Consequently, as the rider is situated close to the ground, the cycle is more stable and results in less – if any – back pains. Hence, if you are looking for a bike which could travel long distances with minimum fuss, this is the best beach cruiser bike out there.
Continuing our talk about cycling long distances, the Shimano 7-speed gears – which are complemented with front and rear handbrakes, are equally applicable for long distance as well as leisure commutes.
As for the tires, they are everything which you could expect from a long-distance bike: slick, powerful, and cushioned. The handlebars, meanwhile, are bent back allowing the user an easy grip thanks to their grips which are adorned with classic stitching.
Finally, while they don’t come with the bike, you could attach a basket, a trailer, or a child’s seat to this bike.
- Handbrakes on both the front and rear tires are a huge plus
- Thick tires, which, in addition to smooth out any terrain, are less prone to getting punctured
- Seat with a low Center of Gravity
- Provides the rider with an upright riding position – resulting in lower back pains
- The 7-Speed gears shift very easily
- Very expensive
Despite being one of the most expensive bikes of this review, a mere glance at the features of this bike would make this a must-have for you. Moreover, as evinced by its low Center of Gravity, this back would solve the problem of back pains for you.
Coming in two sizes – 24’’ and 26’’ respectively, this bike has got something for you regardless of your height. Moreover, thanks to its brand name, you could afford to trust this bike.Turning our attention to this features, and the one thing which amazed me was its single-speed mechanism.
While the above-mentioned feature kept it up with the tradition, the aforementioned one does the same. For, as you might guess, the frame is made up of steel, imparting extra stability to this bike.
The seat is also a huge plus. Taking into account the comfort factor, the seat is supersized – designed to support wide pelvic bones. Staying on the comfort front, the handlebars are gripped with rubber, allowing your hands to remain ache-free.
Lastly, one thing which has disappointed me about this bike is its tires. They aren’t huge – by any stretch of imagination, which puts the ability of this bike to see off bumpy roads into doubt. Maybe, Firmstrong might have opted for this feature to compensate for the one-gear system. Still, in my opinion, it would have been better had the bike had thicker tires.
- Treat yourself to a retro feel with a one-speed system and coaster brakes
- Available in a variety of color patterns
- Huge, comfortable seat
- Stable thanks to steel frame
- Wheels – which are made up of aluminum, won’t catch rust.
- Tires aren’t that huge to preclude bumpy roads
In this day and age when technology has changed everything, Firmstrong have taken a bold step by going retro with this bike. However, as mentioned above, this bike isn’t all retro. Rather, it is a perfect amalgam of tradition and technology.
If you are a rider who loves to cruise through your neighborhood – leaving your neighbors in awe – there are not many bikes which could fulfil the purpose with such aplomb as this one. With fat large tires, a 7-speed gear system, and easy to handle steel axle pedals, the speed of this bike is exemplary. Let’s start from the top. Fulfilling the basic criteria of a beach cruiser, the handles are bent in the backward direction.
Moreover, both the handles are supplanted with handbrakes – with the right one with the front and left one with the rear tire brakes. Thus, while it is known for its speed, the beach cruiser also has an immaculate braking system.
Let’s start from the top. Fulfilling the basic criteria of a beach cruiser, the handles are bent in the backward direction. Moreover, both the handles are supplanted with handbrakes – with the right one with the front and left one with the rear tire brakes. Thus, while it is known for its speed, the beach cruiser also has an immaculate braking system.
As for the chain – while it is a bit on the lower side, it is protected by a chain cover. Hence, it won’t be subject to rust any time soon.
Saddle is another feature of this bike which deserves a mention here. For, while its color is suited to the grip of handlebars – brown – it has much more to offer than mere aesthetics. Compounded by its lower height, the saddle allows the rider to sit in an uptight position, resulting in minimum back pain.
Finally, we turn our attention to the drive train. Combined with a RevoShift grip shifter and a Shimano derailleur, you need minimum effort to drive the rotate the drive-train.
- Wanda Tires supplant this bike with a stable ride
- Comes with a side stand
- Gear shifting mechanism is as easy as it gets
- Brakes for both front and rear tires
- Low Center of Gravity provides for easy ride
- Thickness of tires might disturb the speed of the bike
Though a bit expensive, this bike has got all the features to justify its price tag. However, having said that, it might need some fine tuning to give you a smooth, carefree ride. Consequently, while it is relatively new in the market, you won’t have to worry if you decide to buy it.
One of the least expensive bikes of our review, this bike is relatively new in the market. However, as early birds have told us, it has got all the features to withstand competition in the market. Starting from the better features, this bike is sturdy and offers smooth ride thanks to its cruiser bike frame – which is made up of steel. Moreover, in order to compensate for the single speed mechanism, it has a rear coaster brake.
Thus, while they aren’t the best in the world, coaster brakes brilliantly do the job for single-gear bikes. Also, as its price tag might tell, disc brakes might not have been feasible in this price limit.
Moreover, the seat – though not the best in the world, is accompanied with a quick release clamp. Consequently, if you want to adjust the seat height, you could do it within minutes thanks to the post clamp.
Finally, two features deserve our attention: the handlebars and chain cover. While I would have liked them to be more apart from each other – and a little laid back, they still serve the purpose. Finishing on a high note, the chain cover is a huge plus. For, it protects the chain from usual wear and tear which accompanies even the best beach cruiser bikes.
- Stable and Sturdy
- Chain enclosed with a cover to protect it from environmental degradation
- Seat could be adjusted with ease thanks to the quick release post clamp.
- Tires aren’t huge to absorb every vibration that a bumpy road will throw.
Being inexpensive, this bike is a beautiful amalgam of price and quality. Though some of its features are not brilliant, others are more than adequate. Moreover, its price tag is also on the lower side.
Finally, we have a bike which, in addition to having single gear, coaster brakes, and huge tires, has the retro bent back handlebars. However, as you might guess, the Huffy Nel Lusso has much more to offer than this. First thing which deserves our attention are the accessories which come with this bike – for FREE. Starting from the front, it has a basket which allows you to room around with everyday essentials. Moreover, if you feel thirsty while riding, it has a beverage holder attached to the handlebar. It also has fenders to provide both the wheels protection with style.
The weight of this bike is another factor which deserves our attention. Since it has been designed for commuting purposes – as its manufacturers put it, this bike weighs nearly 50lbs. However, on that weight, the weight rating of this bike is very small, a paltry 200lbs.
To take care of your comfort, the spring saddle is padded and the handlebars are covered with dual density grips. Thus, be it your back or your hands, neither will ache when you are riding this beauty.
Lastly, finishing on a low note, the assembly of this bike is certainly not the easiest in the world. For, in addition to taking a lot of your time, it also requires a large amount of tools. Make sure to follow the manual – in both letter and spirit, to save yourself from any nuisance.
- Very comfortable
- Padded style epitomizes your riding experience
- Host of extra features i.e. the front bucket and beverage holder, are available for free
- Dual density grips on the handlebars to provide you with extra comfort
- Very heavy
If you have developed an urge of going retro, there are not many bikes out there which could give you the same retro feel as this one. Thus, if you think that you would have no problem with the heaviness of this bike, there is no reason why this bike wouldn’t be the right choice for you.
When we compare this bike with its immediate predecessor in this article, one cannot help but think that there is a love affair going on with Huffy bikes and fenders. For, while the above-mentioned had blue fenders, this one has black, complementing its overall color pattern. Apart from fenders – and the obvious fact that this one is for men, there is nothing common between the two.
For, when we look at the gears, this bike has a 6-speed gear shifting mechanism waiting for us. Combine it with the tires – which are of sizable size, and this bike has the ability to take you paces.
Moreover, while they might have gone all black, Huffy has done well, in my opinion, to give the frame a powder chrome coating. This coating complements beautifully the all-black color of the bike.
Turning our attention to the seat, while it isn’t the most comfortable, it is durable and has been adorned with embroidery and piping, in addition to the obvious springs. Moreover, to show their faith in their product, Huffy has given a 6-months warranty on parts, accompanied by a lifetime warranty on the frame.
Finally, turning our attention to the brakes, and Huffy has played it safe by going with coaster brakes. For, while the disc brakes might have been better – given the fact that this bike has a 6 speed mechanism, the coaster brakes would also suffice.
- Warranty, on both parts and frame
- Frame will last longer than your imagination
- Fenders on both wheels
- Pedals which complement the weight rating
- Handlebars grips aren’t the most comfortable
If you don’t want to spend huge money on a bike – but would still like to get a good Rate of Return, this bike is worth your attention. With an extended warranty, rear and front fenders, weight complementing pedals, and a beautiful color, this bike is a must have.
So far in this review, we have taken a look at bikes which are inclined towards a modern touch. None of them, however, has the retro touch which seemed to be a hallmark of beach cruisers in the good old days. Consequently, if you are looking for a beach cruiser which gives you a taste of how they used to be in the past, this bike deserves your attention.
For, while they come in four major sizes, the one that meets the aforementioned description is the 1-speed bicycle. As the name suggests, this bike has no need of handbrakes whatsoever. As a result, Firmstrong seems to have eradicated it from their plans. Therefore, if you want to stop it, your feet seems to be the only option.
However, if you feel like the idea of stopping a bike with your feet is dangerous, take a look at this bike. For, thanks to its low seat, even the smaller riders shouldn’t find it difficult put their feet on the ground while sitting on the saddle.
One grey area which annoyed me regarding this bike was its seat. While the manufacturer says that it is “oversized”, a mere glance suggested otherwise to me.
Other than the seat, there aren’t many bad features of this bike. Hence, if you don’t have enough money to spend, this bike seems to be a good choice.
- Comfortable and sturdy
- Surefooted and gripping tires
- Retro touch
- Easy to mount on
- Seat isn’t particularly comfortable
If you can live with the seat – which is far from being the best in the world, this bike has a host of other features to satiate your appetite. Moreover, its price tag isn’t huge – a feature which seems to compensate for the drawback.
Although Diamondback bikes are more popular for road and mountain riding purposes, this bike in particular has allowed the Company to make space for them in the beach cruiser industry. For, in addition to its sizable price tag, the color of this bike and its features are a good mix. Like most of the best beach cruiser bikes in this review, this one has a steel frame. However, unlike most of them, the clearance afforded between the handlebars and the seat post isn’t huge. This has to do with the handlebars which are laid back, giving this bike a proper retro touch.
As for the seat post, while it isn’t the most comfortable in the world, it has some tiny springs attached beneath. These springs, in addition to the shape of the seat post, give it a touch of comfort.
Breaking away from the tradition, Diamondback have gone for an aluminum frame in this one. Hence, this bike is much lighter than any of the other bikes mentioned in this review.
- Reliable coaster brakes
- Provided with a chain guard
- Fender on the rear tire
- Handlebars are too close to the rider, resulting in a loss of clearance space.
If lack of clearance space doesn’t pose an issue for you, this bike, with its inexpensive price tag, is a must-have. Moreover, in stark contrast to majority of the other bikes in this review, the weight of this one is on the lower side – alluring for lean people.
When it comes to producing the best beach cruiser bikes, the name of sixthreezero is stacked right at the top. For, in addition to the comfort factor, the versatility offered by the bikes of this manufacturer is unrivaled. First of all, keeping with the tradition, this bike has a single speed gear shifting mechanism. This might seem odd to many considering the fact that the price of this bike rivals those which have multi-gears.
Turning our attention to the seat post, it has a couple of springs attached beneath. As you might guess, these springs give this bike an extra touch of comfort. Moreover, thanks to the structure of the seat – and that of the handlebars, which are laid back, this bike allows you to sit in an upright position. Consequently, you’ll save yourself from the back pain while riding this bike.
Lastly, talking about the aesthetics, the front and rear fenders – when combined with the brown comfort grips, give this bike a beautiful outlook.
- Allows you to sit in an upright position
- Straight forward assembly
- Brown Comfort bubble saddle
- Fenders on both tires
- Price tag is a bit on the higher side
Though not the priciest bike of our review, the price tag of this bike has swayed many customers. However, if you feel like your pockets are deep enough, this bike merits your attention.
So far in this review, we have talked about bikes having forgotten the importance of center of gravity. However, thanks to this bike, the importance of low center of gravity has been amplified. Starting from the seat – while it isn’t typical sixthreezero, it is perched significantly below the handlebars. Hence, thanks to its low center of gravity, the seat post allows the rider to be more stable while driving.
As for the tires – while they aren’t huge by any stretch of imagination, it is the waffle tread, which is attached to their inner side, and the double walled rims, which allows this bike to give its rider a smooth ride.
Moreover, this is the second beach cruiser bike in our review which has pedal-backwards coaster brakes. As you might guess, these coaster brakes allow you to stop the bike easily.
Finally, if you are concerned about accessories, this bike provides high density grips on its handlebars and a rear rack which you could use for optional panniers.
- Relatively inexpensive considering its features
- Long lasting steel frame
- Waffle tread on the tires makes the bike stable
- High density foam on the grips
- Has a kickstand
- Comes in a very limited size range
If you are looking for a bike which is stable, has a frame which would last ages, is responsive, and handlebars which are coated with high density foam grips, this bike merits your attention.
Is there a difference between Men’s and Women’s Cruisers?
When it comes to men and women cruiser bikes, they are more similar than one might guess. Two major differences which you could find in almost any beach cruiser are in the upper frame and tubing.
For purely aesthetic purposes, women best cruiser bikes have a slimmer tubing, allowing the females to push them forward with ease. Also, the curvatures in the upper frame are also different in women cruiser bikes. Other than these two differences, there are no major differences between cruiser bikes of both sexes.
Are Best Cruiser Bikes expensive?
No matter how much we look at the features, the one thing which would – either convince or dissuade, almost 90% of users in the end would be the price tag. However, when it comes to the beach cruisers, you don’t have to worry about the price tag. While they aren’t dirt cheap, you could get your hands on the best beach cruiser bikes for spending as little as $300. Also, if you pay this amount, you might also get a lifetime warranty on the frame.
Hence, if you are able to dish the amount – and follow our advice, you’d get a bike which would last ages.
Bike Shop or Online?
Ask any bike expert and they would tell you to buy a road/mountain bike firsthand from the bike shop. The same isn’t true for beach cruiser bikes. For, as their name suggests, they have been built to allow you to “Cruise” – speed is NOT a factor. Thus, once you have taken a look at the aforementioned pieces of advice, you would be in a position to buy your bike online.
So far in this article, we have shed light on various features of the best beach cruiser bikes, what they have in common, where they differ, and what are the things you need to watch out while going for them. Moreover, by providing you disinterested reviews on the 10 best beach cruiser bikes, we have tried our best to making the task of picking out a beach cruiser easy for you.
However, if you still feel that you are not able to make a choice, fear not as we will sort out this problem for you. While all the beauties mentioned above are the best beach cruiser bikes, the one which stands out in our opinion, for women, is the sixthree zero around the block bike. For, while it has a host of features, the competitive price tag has perched this bike on top of our wish list.
As for men, the Huffy Good Vibrations Men’s Cruiser stands out.