3 Factors To Consider In Choosing The Best Beach Cruiser
So, you have been gawking at the cruiser bikes strolling around your neighborhood. You’ve reached the point where you’re feeling antsy—a void—because you don’t have one of those babies to call your own. Let us alleviate you from the confusion that has been gnawing at you. Here are 3 factors to consider before purchasing a beach cruiser.
1. Single Speed vs. Multi Speeds
When choosing the best beach cruiser, it is important that you know how and where the bike will be used, as single speed cruisers and beach bike cruisers with gears serve different needs.
If you plan to leisurely ride on smooth surfaces, without hills, and in a mellow environment, a single speed cruiser may be the better choice for you. Functional yet simple, the single speed bike can get you from point A to point B without the complicated technology. The FIRMSTRONG Urban Man Single Speed is a good choice, as it is an easy-riding single speed machine that has the ability to ride a consistent speed of 5 to 15 mph.
For those who desire a bit more adventurous riding with uneven terrains and longer routes, a beach bike with gears is a great match. There are 3 speed and 7 speed options at Beachbikes. An awesome option for a multi speed bike is the FIRMSTRONG Bella Classic 7 Speed which has seven speeds, can go up to 30 mph, and has a derailleur, allowing for versatile riding.
2. Type of Brake
There are two options of brakes for you to consider when choosing the best beach cruiser: coaster brake or handbrake.
For those who really enjoy simplicity and low-maintenance, a coaster brake may be the best option. This brake delivers a softer stop and provides less stress on the hands as the brake is triggered by the foot. For example, the FIRMSTRONG Urban Man 3 Speed gives riders a sweet, tranquil ride. It is important to note that some people find it counter-intuitive to pedal backward and thus delay their stop, putting the rider at risk.
If you are admittedly a control-freak, a cruiser with handbrakes is a better choice. The brakes on the handles are activated once a rider squeezes them, giving control to the slowing or stop. Since there are one brake per handle with this system, there is less risk of them failing all at once.
Price points can make or break a deal. Single speed cruisers that ride up to 15 mph will be the most affordable choice. If you wish to upgrade to a beach cruiser with gears, or wish to customize your cruiser, expect the price to go up a bit. Consider what is honestly the most comfortable investment when you choose the best beach cruiser for you—after all, this is meant to bring you happiness.
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