Florida’s vast coastline was meant to be explored by foot and by bicycle. There are few experiences more glorious than coasting along a sandy beach as the sun rises on a new day. Throw a lunch in the bike’s basket and pedal away until you find the right patch of beach for a picnic.
Before you plan your next visit to the coast, here are a few beach cruiser bikes you should consider bringing along with you.
Customize this bike however you like — it’s available in multiple sizes, gears and color combinations. The lightweight aluminum frame makes handling a breeze, with the rider sitting upright while keeping the back and shoulders in a comfy position. Front and rear hand-brakes can bring this cruiser to a quick stop with ease.
With a plush saddle seat and coaster brakes, this no-frills bike comes in a variety of dark colors — though the “banana yellow” option is somewhat alluring — and several gear options. The thick top tube design is there to provide an extended frame, giving the rider better arm extension. The wide tires are perfect for gliding across a sandy terrain.
This is a great cruiser for younger rides who are still fairly new to cycling but who have moved on from training wheels. The seat and handlebars are easily adjustable as the rider grows. (It’s recommended for riders from 3-feet-2-inches tall to 4-feet-4-inches tall.) It has just one gear and brake.
Learn and Go
While we love this bike as a beach cruiser, its simple design – and single speed – is meant to build confidence for young riders.
RoyalBaby specializes in bikes for kids, so they design their models with safety as the primary goal. This cruiser has a fully enclosed chain guard (to keep curious fingers safe), special training wheels designed to dampen noise and flanged handlebar grips to keep little hands where they belong while riding. This model also comes in a variety of colors, making it the perfect unisex option.
Steve Spears is editor of Florida Travel & Life, an online brand that inspires active, affluent travelers, providing them with insider information on discovering the best of Florida. Informative and engaging, the website showcases travel destinations, arts and cultural venues, vibrant dining scenes, recreational activities, the great outdoors and the revitalized real-estate market. He is based in Orlando and counts St. Augustine, Key West and the Gulf Beaches among his favorite destinations in the state.