Brands of Beach Cruiser Bicycles

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Brands of Beach Cruiser Bicycles
Bike riding in the sand can be easier with a beach cruiser. (bikes on the beach image by Pix by Marti from Fotolia.com)

Beach cruiser bicycles, which first became popular in the 1950s, are notable for their comfortable ride and ease of use. Traditional beach cruiser features include a wide saddle seat, high handlebars allowing the rider to sit upright rather than bend forward and coaster brakes that engage when the rider pedals backwards. Wide tires allow beach cruisers to ride more easily in the sand. Several bicycle manufacturers make beach cruisers.

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Schwinn

Schwinn, which has been manufacturing bicycles since 1895, offers over 20 varieties of beach cruiser bikes. Frames are available in steel, aluminium or aluminium alloy and all of Schwinn's cruisers have wide saddle seats. In addition to the traditional one-speed cruiser, Schwinn also makes three-speed and seven-speed cruisers. Some of the bikes have rear coaster brakes, while others have hand brakes. Colour choices include cream, black, light blue, pink and red and some of Schwinn's cruisers come with an integrated beverage holder below the handle bars. In addition to the two-wheel bicycle, Schwinn also offers a tandem cruiser built for two people, as well as a three-wheel cruiser.

Electra

Electra makes 12 models of beach cruiser bicycles for men and 23 models of cruisers designed for women. All of Electra's cruisers feature wide saddle seats and Flat Foot Technology, which lowers the rider's centre of gravity and can ease the strain on the rider's neck, back and arms. This technology also allows the rider's feet to touch the ground more easily. Riders have the option of cruisers with one, three or seven speeds and coaster or hand brakes. Electra also offers accessories for their cruisers including bells, baskets, mirrors, handlebar flowers and racks for short and long surfboards.

Nirve

Nirve has 13 models of men's beach cruisers and 16 models of women's cruisers. There are also smaller juvenile beach cruisers with two models for boys and six models designed for girls. The men's bikes have 18-inch frames and 26-inch wheels, the women's models have 16-inch frames with 26-inch wheels and the juvenile models have 20-inch wheels and frames intended for children ages six through 10. Nirve has one and three-speed cruisers and all of their bikes come with both front hand brakes and rear coaster brakes. Available accessories include baskets, drink holders, headlamps and portable mp3 speakers. Nirve also allows customers to personalise their beach cruiser with custom wheel rims, some of which are painted to match the body of bike, coloured handlebar grips and handlebars of varying sizes.

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