CruiserBikes.com is a site dedicated to your cycling needs. Cruisers bikes have long been a preferred method of transportation and a great way to spend your time outdoors. Whether you prefer to cruise down the boardwalk or pedal your way to work, we are sure to have the perfect bike for you.
The Evolution of the Cruiser Bike
Cruiser bicycles have provided fun and practical use for centuries. They have a long stemmed tradition and popularity among both children and adults. Bicycles date back to the early 19th century. Most bicycles of that time were not widely used as they were deemed unsafe. Mostly men used them merely for recreation at that time. After much trial and error, John Kemp Starley produced the first safety bicycle known as the “Rover” in 1885. His modifications revolutionized bicycles then and formed the basis for the ones we use today. By the early 20th century bicycling had become not only a main form of transportation, but also a form of recreation for both men and women. Biking clubs opened across the US and Europe. During the Second World War factories halted bicycle production and were used to produce items for wartime. This coupled with the great depression made cycling seem like a luxury most could not afford. After the war, Schwinn reinvented the cruiser bike by styling it after the popular motorcycles of the time. Schwinn targeted this new styling towards the youth market. Creating an almost exact replica with faux gas tank, balloon tires, and battery operated headlight, the only thing missing was the motor. Once cruiser bikes gained in popularity, themed bikes were introduced. Cruisers styled after celebrity figures such as Gene Autry became popular. Accessories included gun holsters, fringe and special colors and pin striping. The Huffy Radio cruiser even had an AM Radio built in to the oversized top tube, perfect for entertainment on the go!
The allure of cruiser bikes declined from the 60’s to early 70’s with the arrival of BMX and ten speed bikes. Cruisers are known for their comfort and relaxed styling, but avid riders wanted something more practical. Long distance and speed became a factor and cruisers just weren’t cutting it. Cruisers were now becoming a bike simply for recreation and utility use. In 1976 Recycled Cycles in Newport Beach coined the term “Beach Cruiser”. This trademark term helped spark renewed interest in the classic bicycle. Beach cruisers quickly became a practical and preferred method of transportation for beach bums and surfers.
In the 1970’s and 80’s mountain biking became a popular sport. Trying to find the best bikes to hold up to speed and rough terrain, riders turned to cruisers for inspiration. They found the balloon tires held up to the speed and harsh landscape they traversed during their runs. Today mountain bikes still possess characteristics and adapted tires styled from classic cruisers.
In the past decade modifications of the classic beach cruiser can be seen in low rider bicycles styled after the low rider cars, and chopper style bicycles styled after the classic West Coast chopper bike complete with ‘ape hanger’ handle bars.
Today, cruiser bikes have gained a renewed interest due to many manufacturers’ vintage styling of the classic cruisers of the 40’s and 50’s. Many Generation Xers have an appeal to this style as it reminds them of their youth and the fun they had as a child. Multiple speed cruisers also make longer distance riding more accessible without the cost of a road bike. Beach cruisers can be seen on any California beach being used by surfers and tourists alike. Of the many manufacturers of bicycles today all have at least one cruiser in their line to offer, if not several to choose from.
Bicycles have gained in popularity today as an alternate form of travel as car emissions and our effect on the environment has come into play. Many companies and businesses have jumped on the bandwagon and started providing cruiser bikes for employees and guests to get around on. Google is one such company as their facility is so large. Many hotels provide cruiser bikes to hotel guests so they can easily get around a city or ride down to the beach without having to use a car. Many cities have cruiser tours and themed bike rides to help promote the fun and practical side of cycling. There’s no better way to get out and enjoy the day or see the sites than to do it on a cruiser bike!
Cruiser bikes are known for their classic styling, comfort, and affordability. We offer styles in men's cruiser bikes, women's cruiser bikes, and kid's cruiser bikes. Styles include classic one speed coasters to 18 speed tandem beach cruisers., and have various colors to choose from. Come browse our site to find the perfect bike for you!
We at CruiserBikes.com are here to help you find the best beach cruiser for your needs. We pride ourselves in providing you the best support and knowledgeable team to help answer your questions. We have many styles, colors, and sizes to choose from and understand it can be a little overwhelming. Let us help fashion the perfect bicycle for your ride!
Why You Should Buy From CrusiersBikes.com…
Selection: we carry a great selection of the most popular cruisers on the market. From Kent to Polaris, we offer only the top quality brands at unbeatable prices. From Tandem bikes to 7 speeds we will have something to satisfy your needs!
Shipping: if you want your bicycle faster than anyone else for no additional cost, this is the place for you. We offer free shipping on all orders within the contiguous USA. We also offer international shipping on select styles. Contact us for rates!
Satisfaction: we stand behind everything we sell here at Cruiser Bikes. Just about everything in the store is warranted against defect and damages once it arrives at your door. So know you can shop with confidence here at CruiserBikes.com!