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The Best Beach Cruiser Bicycles

The Best Beach Cruiser Bicycles

The history of the beach cruiser bicycle began in 1933 when Schwinn introduced its World B10E Motorbikea bike that, despite its name, did not have a motor. The cruiser concept gained popularity through the middle of the 20th century, but the popularity of the cruiser faded during the 1960s. Then, in the 1970s, people started riding bicycles up and down mountains and the beach cruiser found new life as the first iteration of the mountain bike. Today, people enjoy beach cruisers as a way to reconnect with the past, and people enjoy the simplicity and comfort of the cruiser. If you want to buy a beach cruiser, here are several makes and models to consider.

Schwinn HornetThe Schwinn Hornet has an aluminum alloy frame with a builtin cup holder. The drive train is Shamano internal Nexus threespeed with Schwinn 46tooth sprocket. The cog set is a 20tooth set, and the shifters are Shimano Revo. The bike has fullwrap fenders, a chain guard, a wide, comfortable retrolooking seat and sweptback Schwinn handlebars. A rear coaster brake, painted alloy rims and wide cruiser tires complete the classic look of this beach cruiser. The Schwinn Hornet has an estimated retail price of $450 for 2010.

Felt RevolverFelt Bicycles manufactures a wide range of bicycles, and its line of cruisers is extensive and diverse. The Felt Revolver has a steel frame, faux tank and tapered forks. The Felt rims are wide and made of aluminum. The tires are Felt Quick Brick 26 x 2.125 on the back and Felt Circuit 26 x 2.125 up front. Shimano supplies the rear coaster brake hub, with a Felt over sized aluminum double 5Star design front hub. The white wall rear tire adds an eclectic look to the front tire, which is black. The custom canvas cruiser grips, canvas seat and flat handle bars complete the Revolver look. The estimated retail price for the Revolver is $500 for 2010.

Electra Deluxe 3iThe Electra Deluxe 3i is a classiclooking beach cruiser with a strong steel frame and fork set. The derailleur is a Shimano Nexus threespeed internal. The shifter is also Shimano Nexus with a twist. The cassette on the Deluxe 3i has 22 teeth for easy pedaling. The rear hub is a Shimano three speed with a coaster brake. Alloy rims hold onto Retro Runner balloon tires. The Electra Bullhorn handlebars, double spring saddle and Comfort Kraton grips provide a smooth, comfortable ride. Electra finishes off the Deluxe 3i with painted fenders and chrome fork struts. This bike has an estimated retail price of $500 for 2010. It should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. LIVESTRONG is a registered trademark of the LIVESTRONG Foundation. Moreover, we do not select every advertiser or advertisement that appears on the web sitemany of the advertisements are served by third party advertising companies.