Outdoors Gear The 9 Best Beach Cruiser Bikes of 2021, According to Experts Top picks for relaxed rides around town By Ashley M. Biggers Ashley M. Biggers Instagram Twitter Ashley Biggers is a journalist specializing in travel, culture, and art. TripSavvy's editorial guidelines Updated on 08/24/21 Share Pin Email Our editors independently research, test, and recommend the best products; you can learn more about our review process here. We may receive commissions on purchases made from our chosen links. Chloe Jeong / TripSavvy The Rundown Best Overall Men's Cruiser: Schwinn Men’s Largo 7 Cruiser Bike at dickssportinggoods.com "This beach cruiser is tops when it comes to all-around features for men." Best Overall Women's Cruiser: sixthreezero EVRYjourney Hybrid Bike at Amazon "Stylish colors and white-side-walled tires make this bike perfect for cruising at the beach." Best Value: Huffy 26-Inch Women's Cranbrook Cruiser Bike at Walmart "Riders looking for a stylish, simple, and affordable bike have found their match." Best for Beginners: Firmstrong Urban Lady Single Speed at Firmstrong "The Firmstrong Urban Lady Single Speed offers easy-going, single-speed riding and comes mostly pre-assembled." Best Single-Speed: sixthreezero Around the Block Cruiser Bike at Amazon "With a springy saddle and waffle-tread tires, this single-speed bike delivers smooth riding." Best Electric: Sohoo Step-Thru Electric Beach Cruiser Bicycle at Walmart "The core components of the Sohoo electric cruiser bike easily help riders reach 25 miles per hour." Best for Commuting: Schwinn Huron Beach Cruiser Bike at Amazon "Conquer any hills on your urban commute with this seven-speed cruiser." Best Vintage Style: Huffy 24-Inch Panama Jack Beach Cruiser Bike at Amazon "Flower detailing across the bike's frame, chain guard, and cup holder feel straight out of a 1950s movie." Best for the Beach: Priority Coast at prioritybicycles.com "The ultralight frame is rust proof, making this bike extra durable. " Beach cruiser bikes epitomize the saying that the journey is the destination. “A cruiser bike is for when comfort, not speed, is the goal,” says Jeff Shyman, founder and owner of Confederacy of Cruisers, a New Orleans bike tour company. There are functional differences between these bikes and others, with their (often) single-speed operation, balloon tires, comfortable seats, and coaster breaks. Andre Batista, director of operations for web retailer Bikes Online observes, “The seating position [is] 90 degrees to the ground, so the rider’s back is upright, contrary to road and mountain bikes where the rider leans down towards the handlebars for aerodynamic benefits.” These bikes also have a great deal of style, with their low profiles and wide, sweeping handlebars. “Styling is a traditional consideration when shopping for a cruiser, and it is a personal choice that’s fun to make,” says Josh Arnold, co-owner of Routes Bicycle Tours and Rentals in Albuquerque, New Mexico. “Just ask yourself what type of bike fits your taste, and know that—these days—the sky is truly the limit.” Although often ridden at the beach, cruiser bikes are fitting for cross-town commutes, Sunday rides, and family outings. Read on to learn more about the best beach cruiser bikes available. Best Overall Men's Cruiser: Schwinn Men’s Largo 7 Cruiser Bike Courtesy of Dick's Sporting Goods Buy on Dick's What We Like Variety of frames Durable Good for a variety of terrains What We Don't Like Heavy This beach cruiser is tops when it comes to all-around features for men. It comes in a variety of frame sizes to fit riders with larger frames. For example, the 21-inch frame fits riders up to 6 feet, 6 inches. The steel frame is also incredibly durable, though it makes this bike heavier than those with aluminum frames. It features a seven-speed drivetrain with a Shimano Revoshift twist shifter and a Shimano rear derailleur for easy shifting across a variety of terrain. Plus, with its classic American-era design, this stylish bike is eye-catching. Frame Size: 18 in. | Tire Size: 26 in. | Weight: 42 lbs. Best Overall Women's Cruiser: sixthreezero EVRYjourney Hybrid Bike Buy on Amazon Buy on Sixthreezero.com What We Like Available in multiple speeds Multiple color options Comfortable ride What We Don't Like Assembly required Heavy Expensive This seven-speed hybrid cruiser delivers great versatility. Although its stylish colors (navy, yellow, mint green, and teal) and white-side-walled tires make it perfect for cruising at the beach, the sixthreezero EVRYjourney can tackle plenty of other terrains as riders shift up hills and speed through work commutes. Though attractive, this bike doesn’t place style over function. With 2-inch-thick tires and a cushioned, wide saddle, this bike is made for a comfortable, stable ride, even along bumpy streets or boardwalks. Frame Size: 17 in. | Tire Size: 26 in. | Weight: 38.1 lbs. Best Value: Huffy 26-Inch Women's Cranbrook Cruiser Bike Courtesy of Walmart Buy on Walmart What We Like Affordable Comfy seat Stylish What We Don't Like Basic breaking not ideal for all terrain Single gear Riders looking for a stylish, simple, and affordable bike have found their match in the Huffy 26-Inch Women's Cranbrook Cruiser Bike. Its eye-catching white frame features pops of periwinkle blue along the tires’ sidewalls, pedals, seat, and handlebars. The bike is a single speed and has an easy-to-use coaster brake (which means that riders pedal backward to stop). This bike is a match for the everyday rider who doesn’t want to bust his/her budget with an over-priced, over-accessorized bike. It's recommended for riders who are 60 inches or taller and are at least 13 years old. Frame Size: 17 in. | Tire Size: 26 in. | Weight: 42 lbs. Best for Beginners: Firmstrong Urban Lady Single Speed Courtesy of Firmstrong Buy on Firmstrong.com What We Like Durable Easy to ride What We Don't Like Some assembly required Not good for tall riders Coaster breaks inconvenient for some terrain Cruiser bikes are inherently beginner friendly, so beginners won’t easily go wrong in their selections. The 26-inch Firmstrong Urban Lady Single Speed offers easy-going, single-speed riding that can reach speeds of 3 to 15 miles per hour. It features a durable 15-inch steel frame with aluminum wheels. The wheels are outfitted in attractive, retro white-wall balloon tires that offer a cushioned ride. Although sized for women up to 5 feet, 6 inches, the bike can hold any rider up to 300 pounds. Plus, this model is a breeze to set up since it's shipped mostly pre-assembled. Frame Size: 15 in. | Tire Size: 26 in. | Weight: 38 lbs. Best Single-Speed: sixthreezero Around the Block Cruiser Bike Buy on Amazon What We Like Durable Rear rack included Stylish What We Don't Like Single speed Basic breaking system Single-speed cruisers make up the majority of the market, so it’s easy to find good choices in this competitive category. Single-speed bikes are matches for casual riders who plan on cruising flat roads and paths. The sixthreezero Around The Block Women’s Single-Speed balances design and performance in a laid-back ride that won’t leave you fussing with gears and cables. With a springy saddle, foam grips on the handlebars, and waffle-tread tires, this bike delivers smooth riding. Stopping is equally stress free with its pedal-backward coaster breaks. Sixthreezero also makes a men’s version of this beach cruiser. Frame Size: 17 in. | Tire Size: 26 in. | Weight: 10 lbs. The 10 Best Places to Buy Bikes in 2021 Best Electric: Sohoo Step-Thru Electric Beach Cruiser Bicycle Courtesy of Walmart Buy on Walmart What We Like Easy riding Detachable luggage rack Multiple modes What We Don't Like Expensive Needs to be charged Although riding a cruiser bike is all about, well, cruising, some bikes now come with electronic assistance that can ease pedaling difficulty and increase speed. Most e-cruisers top out at around 20 miles per hour; however, a few go faster. The core components of the Sohoo electric cruiser bike easily help riders reach 25 miles per hour. Riders can choose their own adventures, with modes for regular biking, which turns the bike into a standard one; pedal-assistance, which allows you to get some exercise, and throttle mode, which doesn’t need you to pedal at all. This e-bike also incorporates some of the best features of a mountain bike, with a fork shock at the front of the bike and a seat shock. Together, these deliver smooth riding even on bumpy surfaces. It can hold up to 290 pounds and the removable lithium battery lasts up to 65 miles before needing to be recharged. Frame Size: 17 in. | Tire Size: 26 in. | Weight: 66 lbs. The 10 Best Places to Buy Bikes in 2021 Best for Commuting: Schwinn Huron Beach Cruiser Bike Buy on Amazon Buy on Schwinnbikes.com What We Like Available in multiple colors Seven-speed gears Fenders keep riders dry What We Don't Like Simple breaking not ideal for all terrain Cruiser bikes aren’t a popular choice for long distances, like on bike-packing trips. However, for shorter trips around town, like commuting to work, they can fit the bill. With a seven-speed drivetrain, the Schwinn Huron Adult Beach Cruiser Bike is ready to conquer any hills on your urban commute or to accelerate around traffic. Twist shifters help gear changes easy to make on the fly, while front and rear linear pull brakes offer confident stopping power. The steel-framed cruiser offers durability and stability—it’s suggested for riders up to 6 feet, 2 inches tall. Frame Size: 17 in. | Tire Size: 26 in. Best Vintage Style: Huffy 24-Inch Panama Jack Beach Cruiser Bike Courtesy of Amazon Buy on Amazon Buy on Huffybikes.com What We Like Stylish Has a cup holder and basket Comfortable ride What We Don't Like Some assembly required Single speed Shoppers purely looking for style will find it in spades with the Huffy Panama Jack Beach Cruiser Bike. Flower detailing across the bike's frame, chain guard, and included cup holder feel straight out of a movie set in Polynesia—in all the best ways possible. White-side-walled tires and a front wicker basket add to the vintage appeal. The bike comes in six retro styles from creamy white to sky blue. Not one to compromise on comfort, Huffy also delivers its Perfect Fit frame, which allows the upright riding position and full leg extension typical of cruisers. The lightweight aluminum frame is a perfect match for salty beach-side conditions. A dual-spring padded seat; and soft, cork handlebar grips complete the comfort features. Frame Size: 17 in.| Tire Size: 26 in.| Weight: 44 lbs. Best for the Beach: Priority Coast Buy on Prioritybicycles.com What We Like Rust proof Smooth ride Handles well on sand What We Don't Like Expensive Simple breaking system Assembly required Many coastal cruisers on the market don't actually handle well on beaches — the water, salt, and sand is often too much and seaside corrosion deteriorates the vehicle. Not for this Priority Coast, though. The ultralight frame is rust proof, making this bike extra durable. It comes with the option of single-speed or 3-speed. You can also have a custom-built surfboard rack attached at an extra cost. Frame Size: 17 in. | Tire Size: 26 in. | Weight: 44 lbs. What to Look for in a Beach Cruiser Bike Cost If you’re looking to replace your existing bike or car and use this as the main mode of transit around town, then it might be worth spending a little more to ensure what you purchase is exactly right for you. If you're only planning on riding your bike a couple of times a year, getting something a little cheaper might not be a bad idea. Comfort If your new bike isn’t comfortable, the chance of you riding it drops exponentially. Be sure to test out your bike before you commit to it to make sure that it fits you from pedal to saddle—the last thing you want is to feel sore for a day or two after a ride. Gears Beach cruisers are one of the few types of bikes that commonly come in single-speed models, but if you live in an area that has plenty of hills (or just isn’t that flat), you might want to look at a bike that has more than one gear to help you navigate the terrain. Otherwise, it’s going to be a lot of work to get where you’re going. “If you plan to ride on hilly roads and bike lanes, a cruiser bike might not the right option for you,” Batista says. However, if you’re sure a cruiser is right for you, Josh Arnold, of Routes Bicycles Tours, recommends selecting a bike with at least three speeds FAQs How do you know what size bike to get? “Cruiser bikes usually come in very few frame sizes, so make sure you check the size chart to ensure the bike will fit you accordingly,” says Andre Batista, director of operations for web retailer Bikes Online. Is more than one gear necessary? Cruiser bikes generally have a single speed or a limited range of gears. “If you plan to ride on hilly roads and bike lanes, a cruiser bike might not the right option for you,” Batista says. However, if you’re sure a cruiser is right for you, Josh Arnold, of Routes Bicycles Tours, recommends selecting a bike with at least three speeds. What materials should you look for? Cruisers are often ridden at the beach and in humid climates. These conditions can cause wear over time, in particular a rusting frame. “Ensuring that most components are made of aluminum will prevent rust from settling in,” Batista says. What frame configuration is best? Cruisers generally have two configurations: step-thru (Dutch) or top-tube style. “Today this is a very personal choice, and both types are unisex,” Arnold says. “I recommend trying both styles in an appropriate size (based on height and leg length) and choosing what feels best to you.” What are the different wheel sizes and how do they affect ride? There are three standard adult cruiser wheel sizes: 26 inches, 27.5 inches, and 29 inches in diameter. Various tire widths are available as well, ranging between 1.95 and 4.0 inches. “In general, smaller wheel diameters offer more nimble handling–but slightly less balance and stability–while larger wheels require less force to turn at a given speed (i.e. less effort to ride) and are a bit more stable, but are heavier and accelerate more slowly,” Arnold says. Why Trust TripSavvy Freelance writer Ashley M. Biggers rode her trusty cruiser bike to campus during her graduate studies at Arizona State University. Since then, she’s been back in the cruiser saddle on bike tours in her hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and around the globe. She interviewed three bike experts for this article. The 7 Best Bike Pumps of 2021 Was this page helpful? Thanks for letting us know! Share Pin Email Tell us why! Submit Continue to 5 of 9 below. Continue to 9 of 9 below.