Started in 2005 out of a garage in sunny Hermosa Beach, California, sixthreezero designs bikes that will change the way you view man’s simplest form of transport. Their bikes not only turn heads but they’re affordable without any compromise on quality. On top of that, ease, comfort and style are their top priorities which is why their bikes stand out whether you’re riding them in the city, a park or around your neighborhood.
The sixthreezero bike we decided to feature is the Men’s In The Barrel Beach Cruiser. It’s unlike any other beach cruiser, thanks to its popular matte black color which gives it a sleek and cool look. It has an extended frame and designed for the ultimate comfort so no matter where you’re riding or with whom, you’re guaranteed a riding experience unlike any other. It retails for $299.99 and comes in several different colors which includes mammoth orange and cool gray. This model is a single speed cruiser but there are also 3-speed and 7-speed models available.
Take a look at the In The Barrel’s features:
The In The Barrel Beach Cruiser is a part of sizthreezero’s extensive line of beach cruisers, each with varying gears and fun, popping colors.
Dating all the way back to 1909, Kent is a family-owned business that is the result of one immigrant’s latent love for bicycles. After he moved to the US, he began working in a bike shop in New York City. And after moving on to start his own business, he along with his family has built what is now the 2nd largest supplier of bikes and bike parts in the US.
Kent’s products range from mountain bikes to all terrain bikes for both kids and adults. They also make great beach cruisers and even scooters as well as bike accessories. One product that caught our eye is the 26” Women’s Rockvale Cruiser which to us is a hybrid between a sports bike and a beach cruiser. It’s built for paved and unpaved roads even paths or trails, making it great for a relaxing ride around your neighborhood, some time on the boardwalk or even along your local trail. It’s currently retailing for $149 and offers you more than many others would.
Check out its features:
Even though we featured the Women’s Rockvale Cruiser but Kent also has a model designed for men and they’re both a part of Kent’s line of cruisers for Adults.
Firmstrong was started in California 10 years ago by a group of adventurous and fun people who loved bikes more than anything. They wanted to design high quality bikes that didn’t break the bank. These bikes would not just be a way to get from one place to another, they’d create an experience for their riders, making each trip something to remember.
The Firmstrong Chief Lady Beach Cruiser is a great beach cruiser. We chose to feature the 7-speed model but the Chief Lady also has 1-speed and 3-speed models. On top of that, it comes in some great colors which include mint green, black and white with pink rims. The Chief Lady Bike is ideal for taller women and ensures that you comfortable cruising through the city or along the pier. It retails for about $403 and offers you some pretty cool features.
Here’s what you get with the Chief Lady Cruiser:
The Firmstrong Chief Lady Cruiser as a male counterpart and they are both a part of Firmstrong’s extensive line of cruisers built for both men and women to ride in style and comfort.
Based in Los Angeles, California, Critical Cycles is not your average bicycle company. They’re more like your local bike shop than international cycling conglomerate. Each bike is designed, built and tested in house. Afterwards, its shipped directly to you. There’s absolutely no middle man, making it more affordable for you and giving you a more intimate experience.
Their bikes are built to not only take you where you want to go but also just take you on the journey even if you have no destination. Bikes like the 26” Chatham-1 Women’s Beach Cruiser is built so you can take a ride anywhere like you were on a boardwalk in LA, glasses perched on your face with the warm Cali sun on your skin. A ride on the Chatham-1 Cruiser is an experience that you can’t get anywhere else and it’s affordable at about $179.99 when we last looked. It’s available in multiple fun colors like seafoam, sand and beach.
Check out its features:
The Chatham-1 is a part of the Retrospec Chatham Cruiser Bike line which features cruisers for both men and women in one, three and seven speed gears.
Started in 1892 with their first bicycle being built in Dayton, Ohio at the George P. Huffman’s sewing machine company, Huffy has had a long history. They’ve been innovating and creating two wheelers that have changed the way people ride for over a century. Maybe you’ve heard about them from your parents or grandparents or maybe you’ve even grown up with a Huffy bicycle. Whether you’re a veteran Huffy rider or a newbie, you’re guaranteed an experience unlike any other.
Huffy has created many great bikes throughout the years such as the Huffy Radio Bicycle. Launched in 1955, it was the first bicycle to bring melodious sound to one of man’s simplest forms of transport. Now, Huffy continues to make great bikes such as the Nel Lusso™ Women’s Cruiser. A simple, elegant beach cruiser that goes for $119 and offers so much for such a modest price. It comes in a gorgeous butter yellow and light blue color which are great summer.
Here, check out its features:
Huffy also created a Nel Lusso for men which comes in a cool piano black. They also have many other great cruisers to choose from.
Most of us learned how to ride a bike at an early age. It’s a part of our childhood. It was more than a way to get around; it was another way to hang with friends, race, and learn cool tricks like wheelies or riding with no hands (even though your mom said not to!).
As a child, no one could quell your excitement when you got a new bike. Sure, learning how to ride it might be no easy task for some, but nothing could beat being able to race up and down the street! You felt like a big kid now, and while you might have to get in before dark and ensure you had your helmet on, nothing could stop you and your friends from owning the neighborhood.
Fast forward to 16 and up, and many of us have traded in our bikes for cars. While there’s nothing better than the freedom that comes with owning your first car, a car just doesn’t give you the same feeling as a bike -- especially a cruiser.
When times are stressful, you might not need a long drive, just a soothing ride -- one where you’re not working hard as if you’re running a marathon or sweating it out on the elliptical, but rather just cruising along, feeling the wind on your skin, hearing the living sounds of your city or the whispers and wonders of the beach.
No car ride can match that.
If you’ve owned a cruiser bike before, you probably know what to look for. But if you’re not sure, or you’re a newbie when it comes to bike cruisers, then no worries! We’ve got you covered. We’ll talk about all the important points of choosing the right cruiser bike for you, from build to features and more.
Cruiser bikes have been around for close to a century, if not longer. Their popularity has fluctuated, being big in the 1930’s, 50’s and 90’s thereafter. Shout out to the 90’s kids, even though we aren’t kids anymore.
Back to the topic at hand. In other words, cruiser bikes have been around for a long time, and aren’t going away anytime soon. In fact, manufacturers are only making them better – combining the best of the old classic style with modern features to give you the best of both.
But bike cruisers are not cheap. Sure, you will see some cheap cruiser bikes in stores or online, but as the old saying goes, “you get what you pay for.” We’re sure you don’t want a cruiser that’s going to break down on you or need constant repairs. That’s why it’s best to invest in a good model up front and save yourself stress down the road.
In terms of cost, you’re looking at maybe $140 on the low end and perhaps $500 on the high end. One of the determining factors of a bike cruiser’s price is its speed and gears, with single speed models being much more affordable than those with multispeed options. Other features, such as the bike’s build and braking system affect its price. There are models that can cost as much as $1500 or $1600 dollars -- a hefty investment, so think carefully before shelling out that much dough. What you want is a cruiser bike that will serve your needs well for years to come.
No two bikes are the same, just as no two people are the same -- the bike that works for you may not be the bike that works for someone else. One of the best things about bike cruisers is their variety. After all, variety is the spice of life.
Now, while cruiser bikes come in a wide range of sizes and designs, there are a few features that you must always consider so you buy the best bike for your needs.
Here’s what you should look for when shopping for a bike cruiser:
We mentioned before that cruiser bikes are generally much heavier than road or mountain bikes. This is because cruisers are built with looks in mind and favor aesthetics over speed. While the designs for bike cruisers vary widely, the frames are usually similar, with signature long handlebars so you can ride in a comfy upright position.
The frames are usually made of metal, aluminum, or a mixture of the two. For increased longevity, it’s wise to check for bikes with rust resistant frames, offered by many companies. Bike cruisers also have wide balloon tires to give you stability over uneven terrain like gravel or beach sand. There are two braking options to choose from, the hand brake and the coaster brake. Coaster brakes, activated by your foot, give you a softer stop, while hand brakes can slow you down or give you a more abrupt stop.
While bike cruisers are typically slow and heavy, their comfort-centric design is one of the things that keeps them around today. They are also quite durable and work well for riding around your city, neighborhood or beach. Some cruiser bikes also come with baskets or rear racks so you can carry stuff around.
When you’re shopping for a new bike cruiser, it’s important to consider where you’ll be riding it. If you’re going to be commuting to and from work or riding in an urban area, then you’ll be quite fine with a single-speed cruiser. On the other hand, if you’re going to be riding around a hilly area, then you’ll need a 3- or a 7-speed cruiser to help adjust the gears for a better ride.
Bike cruisers are a great way to get around the neighborhood or the countryside and enjoy the outdoors. You can get a bike cruiser for the beach, for your daily commute, or for more adventurous rides. Ultimately, where you ride your cruiser will affect the type you get, but with so many terrific options on the market for men, women, and children, we’re sure you’ll be able to find the right one.