I'm just starting shopping for a cruiser and was hoping to test ride some. I've checked out some of the related posts here in the BMX forum, but no internet research is ever gonna be as valuable as actually riding them, but the stores I frequent only have 1 or possibly 2 on the floor. I've been a (solid intermediate, possibly advanced) road biker for a number of years although I still have my 1983 Mongoose 20" that I'll break out every once in a while.
I'm actually looking to replace my road bike with the 24". I'm absolutely fed up with all the flat tires and all the wasted money on tubes and tires. I ride only bout 15 miles a day with no significant hills, so a single speed cruiser on the lighter side should work just fine. I might even try to stick with the clipless pedals.
I live in LA (SFValley) and regularly wander down to San Diego, so I'd like to hit some stores in those areas. Budget isn't really an issue. Thanks.