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Suggest a starter cruiser.

Old 08-18-19, 01:11 PM
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Suggest a starter cruiser.

Hi all - I am a road bike commuter. But I would like to get into a starter cruiser bike ( less competitive and more comfortable ) that I could use with my Wife.

Should I look to craigslist or go new perhaps. I ask because I know little about this type of bike.

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Old 08-18-19, 01:38 PM
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If you just want to ride it go to a shop. If you want to eventually modify/customize it buy used. I would definitely ride one before buying it and see if it speaks to you. Don't believe all the hype as you may not like any of them. Roger
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I see plenty of low mileage women's cruisers on Craigslist. Not so much the men's versions.

While there are bargains on CL, anything about 7 or more years of age tend to need new tires and brake pads due to rubber drying out and hardening. The tires may look good on inspection, but put a few miles on them with your weight flexing them and the cracks may show up sooner than later. So, factor in those items to any CL bargain out there.

My latest CL purchase was a low mileage $75 purchase. The rear tire was cracking within 20 miles of me riding it. So, I changed the rim strips, tubes, tires, rear sprocket*, and pedals*, which added an extra $100.00. Worth it to me? Yes.

*to suit me better

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Old 08-18-19, 08:48 PM
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Craigslist. Go with an Electra, Sixthreezero,..etc.
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Can't agree more with the advice above. Start at your (maybe local) Trek dealer and try an Electra, then proceed with Specialized and Giant models and decide on new or used. As above, you may need to replace some worn components an a used bike. I did front hub motor conversions on Bikes Direct's three-speed cruisers and was impressed by the price/quality ratio of the bikes.
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if the height difference isn't too much between you and your wife (like a more or less normal cruiser frame with just a seat post adjustment needed. don't know y'all's heights), try her bike. decide what you like or don't like about it and you'll have an idea of what you want for yourself.

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Thanks to everyone. Some excellent advice here. I had better get going on this before we run out of Summer.

Thanks again.
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Hope to see what you end up with, @Patrm2.
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I was thinking of perhaps starting with this :
https://sfbay.craigslist.org/pen/bop...955625096.html
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Old 08-20-19, 01:37 PM
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I was thinking of perhaps starting with this :
https://sfbay.craigslist.org/pen/bop...955625096.html
Doesn't have horizontal dropouts. Be ok with a derailleur and muti gears . But won’t be easy to setup as a single speed without a tensioner .
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Doesn't have horizontal dropouts. Be ok with a derailleur and muti gears . But won’t be easy to setup as a single speed without a tensioner .
I have an 8 speed Shimano Nexus IGH with a tensioner, and I find it a better option than a horizontal dropout. I don't need chain tugs, and I'm not required to pull the wheel back as the chain stretches. I love it,... All I need is a new front fender.

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That’ll work . Some folks don’t like using the tensioner . I hope you get the frame and look forward to seeing your build .
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What people now refer to as cruisers, were once just regular bikes. Things that people traveled and relied on. Back when bicycling was an activity, not a sport. I think the term "cruiser" or "beach cruiser" came into parlance at the tail end of the 1970's or so. By then, most bicycles were "lightweights" (drop bar 10 speeds, 3 speed tourist, etc with 1 3/8 tires or narrower). So the cruiser became a nostalgic throwback. And they never really went away.

I personally think most of the aversion to cruisers is simply some don't want to be seen on them. The more I ride my drop bar bike, the more I appreciate getting on a 40+ lb upright bike with a wide seat and cushy tires. Yeah, I get worn out faster trying to maintain a 15mph average pace on a three speed bike of that heft. But I've done 50 mile days on them with no problem. There's something to be said for slowing down and enjoying the ride, and like with motorcycles, it's definitely more fun to ride a slow bike fast, then a fast bike slow.

If you're still in the decision making process, don't get all hung up on weight and features. If you're going geared, three speeds are plenty. I pull a 100lb trailer with a three speed 45lb middleweight from the 1950's. It's no biggie. Obviously hills factor into the equation somewhat, but I still think 3 is enough. I'd buy used, and if it doesn't work out, you're going to lose less.
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I’m all for an electro C1. They’re great if you’re tall 6’. If you’re under that, there’s about a million used cruisers for sale all the time.
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This Giant Simple Three makes a sharp looking cruiser. I don't see many reliable reviews on it, But based on my experience with a 2018 Sedona, I think you get great value and good quality from their entry level bikes.

https://www.giant-bicycles.com/ca/simple-three-2020

You might want to check out Their Sedona DX and Cypress DX comfort bikes too. They offer that same upright seating and smooth fat tires but add a suspension fork and seat post and look more like a city bike. Whatever you choose, I'd try them out first.

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Old 09-06-19, 09:57 AM
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Internet order bikes (ie Amazon, Firmstrong, etc) seem decent quality, but I always notice that a "beginner" bike wrench is going to be a little challenged (Fit, true, tune, etc)

I have recently bought via mail order both a Firmstrong and Raleigh cruisers. Both needed the steerer tubes honed. Both needed at least one wheel trued. Both needed the front hub cones loosened. The Raleigh needed the rear hub cones loosened and the axle shimmed to take the stress off the brake arm. The Firmstrong needed the bottom bracket loosened.

Again the material quality is good, but self-assembly isn't as straight forward as one would expect.

Anything bought at a bike shop should have these issues already worked out prior to delivery or placement on the showroom floor.

REI carries a limited line of Electra. They have a 365 day return policy too. The slight forward crank thing is good and bad, depending on one's knees.

I prefer 3 speed over single speed or 7 speed.
I feel 7 speeds are overkill and ruin the aesthetic of simplicity.. And a 3 speed is like a single speed with coaster brake, but a low gear for over-crossings and a high gear for picking up the pace on a long stretch.

Shimano Nexus 3 speeds have wider dropouts than single speed coasters. Those frames also have cable guides brazed on for clean lines.

Also, double coil springs are better on the saddles than single coil (per side)

Felt makes some cool, quality cruisers too.
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What people now refer to as cruisers, were once just regular bikes. Things that people traveled and relied on. Back when bicycling was an activity, not a sport. I think the term "cruiser" or "beach cruiser" came into parlance at the tail end of the 1970's or so. By then, most bicycles were "lightweights" (drop bar 10 speeds, 3 speed tourist, etc with 1 3/8 tires or narrower). So the cruiser became a nostalgic throwback. And they never really went away.
"...the term “beach cruiser” was actually coined in the early 70s by Larry McNeely, the owner of Recycled Cycles in Newport Beach, California, when he began refurbishing old cruiser bikes into functional beach rides."

An interesting read:
https://www.citylab.com/transportati...p0YNnYvDcK3pH8
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