Can someone explain beach cruisers to me? Why would anyone want to ride one of these?
This weekend I was at Ft. Stevens State Park with my family and my daughter and I decided to rent a couple of bikes to cruise around the paths there. We dropped by the KOA across the street and they rented us a couple of bikes for $6 per hour -- seemed like a good deal. Then we get down to the shed to pick them up and all they have are these god-awful two-ton beach cruisers.
OK, they actually only weighed about 50 pounds, but for a single speed bike that's nothing to sneeze at, especially for an 80-pound rider!
The guy at the rental shed told us they used to have some other kind of bike, but people kept getting stuck in the sand so they switched to these. Based on that comment, I couldn't talk my daughter out of taking them to the beach to test this idea. Of course, she had to push it up even the slightest of hills on the way to the beach -- I'm a decently strong rider, and it would have been hard for me (like I said, these things weighed a ton and I'm guessing the gear was around 48-18). Then we get to the sand and, of course, neither one of us can even get them to move in the soft stuff (no surprise there) and we don't feel like lugging these beasts through 100 yards of sand just to see if we can get them to roll on the wet, packed sand.
So all of this makes me wonder, why would anyone want a bike like this? What is its intended use?