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Help With Beach Cruiser Decision Please(9 posts)

Help With Beach Cruiser Decision Pleasebeachcruiser1
Apr 5, 2002 12:38 PM
I am buying matching beach cruiser bikes for my wife and I and want to get as much info as possible. Styling is really important to us, but so is functionality. We have it narrowed down, yeah right, to about 4 bikes: the Schwinn Classic Cruiser 4, the Trek Town and Country, the Electra Hawaii Internal 3, or the Giant Simple Plus. What we know is that the Schwinn and the Electra are steel frames and the Giant and the Trek are aluminum. All but the Schwinn have the Shimano Nexus 3 speed internal hub; Schwinn has a 4th speed. The only one that I am shying away from is the Giant simply because of styling-- same with the Trek too (Trek's ladies bike is the same frame as the mens, just smaller). But, I have heard that the Trek is probably the best in terms of overall components. I can get the Schwinns for about $250 a piece, the Giant for about $270, and the Electras and the Treks for about $310.
Thanks for your input!
Are ya talkin' bout a balloon bike here? Should be no gearstempeteKerouak
Apr 5, 2002 1:05 PM
C'mon! Style?

How can I help you with style?

A balloon bike should have one speed, retro-pedaling brake fenders and sping-loaded seat.

Schwinn HEAVY DUTY or CRUISER SS (with fenders)

Those are stylish. Now the problem is wearing a helmet while riding those; that's a big fashion NO-NO!

Back to drawing board.
options: football or bmx-style helmets. nmJS Haiku Shop
Apr 5, 2002 1:41 PM
also: construction helmet w/beer holders & tubes to mouth nmJS Haiku Shop
Apr 5, 2002 1:42 PM
AKA: redneck hydration pack....NMSoftrider
Apr 5, 2002 2:50 PM
overanalyzing?SteveO
Apr 5, 2002 1:05 PM
its a beach cruiser; certainly not performance oriented so frame materials, etc, are moot. Also there's little componentry to compare. ESPECIALLY with internal hubs.

I'd only consider gearing if you live in a hilly area, otherwise forgetit and get a SS(simplicity is the beauty of a cruiser).

Get whatever looks nice to the eye, feels right to the wallet, and dont forget to clamp one of those beer-can holders onto the handlebars.
beer-can holders. . .js5280
Apr 5, 2002 1:36 PM
Do they make an aerobar adapter for those? ;-)
re: Help With Beach Cruiser Decision PleaseAlpedhuez55
Apr 5, 2002 8:46 PM
If you want styling you should look at Nirve:

http://www.nirve.com/2001/cruiser/

They have a few really cool cruiser models. The Kilroy has a military look to it. The flamin one is great as well and looks even better in person. They are traditional beach cruisers that look great. Nirve is a BMX company that has started to make mountain bikes.

I like the Schwinns too but with their recent buyout, I would not buy one. I think you should add the Jamis Earth Cruiser to your list as well. Good Luck!!!
Mike Y.
go to www.phatcycles.com! your choices will change!!(nm)merckx56
Apr 6, 2002 8:56 AM