Originally popular in the ‘30s to ‘50s, cruiser bikes have had a resurgence in the last decade or two. Cruiser bikes helped to inspire early mountain bike designs, which is interesting since they have nearly opposite uses.
Mountain bikes are agile and can handle tough terrain, whereas cruisers are usually sturdier, less agile, and best for flat surfaces at lower speeds. With large tires, the ride is considerably more comfortable and smooth, but you won’t get the speed of a road bike or the ability to navigate any terrain like a mountain bike.
We’ve looked at some of the best cruiser bikes to help you take the guesswork out of choosing which one you should buy.
Best Overall Men’s Cruiser: Schwinn Men’s Largo 7 Cruiser Bike
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
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
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
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.
These are the best men’s cruiser bikes to invest in.