Beach cruiser lowriders or beach bikes have come a long way since they were first made in the 1950s. At that time, beach bikes were designed to look like a motorbike. Today, they are much improved in design and performance. They are called beach cruiser lowriders because they are constructed close to the ground and are long in shape.
Beach bikes are great comfort vehicles as they make cruising along the beach or the roads a breeze. But, for proper comfort, it is necessary to choose the right beach bike.
By the nature of their design, beach bikes are built to offer maximum comfort. Riders can sit up and ride. This keeps the back comfortable. The seat is wide and has more cushioning effect. These bikes have seat shock absorbers and wider tires. Since beach bikes have a single speed, they are easy to ride. All these features add up to provide maximum rider comfort.
For most folks, beach bikes are the epitome of style. This is one bike that is meant to be seen. It is relaxed, cool and can express its rider’s personality more than anything else.
Today, most beach bikes are mass manufactured in China or Taiwan. Of course, this has had a benevolent effect on prices. Unfortunately, it’s not all good news. This kind of large scale production affects quality. Many bikes that would not have passed quality standards in the past are making it to the market. Most consumers don’t care about durability anyways, steeped as they are in the use-and-throw culture that is very much a part of the general consumer mindset these days.
However, if you want your beach cruiser to last longer, then, you need to pay attention to the quality of the bike. The best way to make out high quality bikes is to look for weld marks on the bike. If these marks are smooth, you can be sure of the high quality of the bike. On the other hand, lower quality bikes have metal puddle at joints where the metal has been welded.
Another matter that most users overlook is the material that the bike is made of. Steel or aluminum? Aluminum is lightweight and rust resistant. So, people who live near the beach or take their bikes to the beach regularly are better off with aluminum beach bikes. The downside is that variety is less when it comes to aluminum. The bulk of beach bikes is made of steel. So, you may find it more difficult to find the bike of your choice if you choose aluminum.
It’s a great thing to take an expert with you when you buy a bike. But, don’t worry if you can’t. Just keep your eyes open. Take a close look at the quality of the frame. Test the brakes and buy the bike that calls out to you. You can’t go wrong!