Seems like every day on Craigslist here in Chicago, I see numerous ads for bikes listed as 'cruisers.' But when I look at the actual ads, I notice that most of them are bikes of the English 3-speed persuasion or Schwinn road bikes with upright handlebars, pretty much all geared bikes with 27" wheels. I thought cruisers had big balloon tires and coaster brakes like my old Schwinn ballooner? Did I miss the memo?
Is this just a marketing buzzword, or do these upright handlebar roadbikes fall into the cruiser category?