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A beach cruiser is typically a single geared bicycle that you reverse pedal to brake. Made popular in the 1950s by Schwinn, they have since greatly increased in popularity relative to other bicycles on the market. They are best used on flat surfaces and at low speeds and have been known to work on hard packed sand as well. The term “Beach Cruiser” started in 1976 at Recycled Cycles in Newport Beach when Larry Mc Neely Coined the phrase and used it as their Trade Mark for the production of the modern Beach Cruiser.

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Beach cruisers generally have heavy, steel frames and wide tires. This combination makes them relatively slow in comparison to either a road bike or a mountain bike. Certainly, this type of bike is not built for hills but for flatter surfaces. However, due to modern, lighter materials, the beach cruiser is reviving and making inroads as a comfort bike, even far from the beach. Beach cruisers are now available with multi-speed gearing system as well.


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  1. Clarencio keen Says:

    With the thought’s I have on my 1952 Schwinn Beach Cruiser’s that was originally rented on the Redondo Bch. Pier starting in the 50’s; is that they have big tires known as a balloon tire. The purpose I come to know is that the pier’s at the beach were made of wooden planks; also called a board walk, that had a large space in between each slat; so the tire’s of the bike had to be made big so that the wheel would not slip between each wooden plank that makes up a pier…

    Best regards, Clarencio

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