Beach Cruisers Do you love balloon tires and fenders? Do you love riding the simplicity of a single gear and coaster brakes or a single gear cluster? Do you love the classic curves in the tubing of a cruiser that takes you back to the 1950's and 1960's, stylistically? Here's your home! Welcome to the Beach Cruisers and Cruisers forum!

Crusier comfort

Old 07-15-19, 10:38 AM
  #1  
Mombutt
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2019
Posts: 5
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Crusier comfort

I feel way more comfortable riding a 26inch cruiser compared to a 26inch mountain bike, I'm still worried if it's still on the small side.
Mombutt is offline  
Old 07-15-19, 11:44 AM
  #2  
xroadcharlie
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2019
Location: Windsor Ontario, Canada
Posts: 129

Bikes: 2018 Giant Sedona

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 43 Post(s)
Liked 18 Times in 16 Posts
I too switched to a comfort bike from a mountain bike last year. Huge improvement overall.

But to be fair, the mountain bike was a Canadian Tire special. It may be a good one would also be comfortable.

I went by the manufacturer's recomdations for sizing. They are usually correct. However if you have short legs and a longer torso, a frame on the lager side might provide a more comfortable riding position, and the opposite for long legs / Short torso. Make sure the seat and step over height are good too.

We can usually adjust the seat fore and aft, handlebar height, and sometimes angle too to make most bikes close to the correct size work well. Try making small changes you feel appropriate.

Also the manufacturer's frame sizes are estimates, Some may prefer a more stretched out fit. Others a compact fit sitting more upright.
xroadcharlie is offline  
Old 07-15-19, 08:14 PM
  #3  
kirby999
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Georgia
Posts: 234

Bikes: Schwinn Heavy Duty , Schwinn Cross-Cut, Electra Cruiser 1

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 13 Post(s)
Liked 41 Times in 27 Posts
Originally Posted by Mombutt View Post
I feel way more comfortable riding a 26inch cruiser compared to a 26inch mountain bike, I'm still worried if it's still on the small side.
So do I . I own a couple of mountain bikes, and a couple of old Schwinn Cross bikes , that ride great , but none of them are as comfortable to ride as my Electra Cruiser 1 . Even on the hills around my house .
kirby999 is offline  
Old 08-10-19, 07:14 PM
  #4  
Celticgirl
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2019
Location: Wolcott, Connecticut
Posts: 14

Bikes: Windsor Dover 2.0 Hybrid

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 8 Post(s)
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
If you mean too small with 26" tires? Not at all, I just purchased a 26" comfort hybrid with a 22" frame rated for riders 6'2" to 6'5"
I tried a 29" bike and found it too high off the ground for my liking.
In my opinion any mountain bike can be made comfortable just by replacing the straight bar with a swept back cruiser handlebar and a nice wide spring seat.
Celticgirl is offline  
Old 08-11-19, 10:49 AM
  #5  
Oldbikenut
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2016
Location: New Mexico
Posts: 97
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 17 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 7 Times in 5 Posts
I have several BMX cruisers and a few mountain bikes as well as a comfort bike, I really like the way they all ride but I use the BMX cruisers for short rides, the Mountain bikes for medium length or rougher rides and then the comfort bike for my long distance rides, all 26" wheels, I'm 6' and all seem to fit me well.

Last edited by Oldbikenut; 08-11-19 at 02:05 PM.
Oldbikenut is offline  
Old 08-13-19, 02:22 PM
  #6  
restlessswind
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2016
Location: Sacramento, CA
Posts: 253

Bikes: Surly Cross-Check, 2020 Specialized Turbo Vado 3.0, 1974 Raleigh Sports, 1995 Gary Fisher Hoo Koo E Koo -Grateful Dead Ed, 1999 Univega Tandem Sport, Firmstrong Urban Deluxe, Electra Cruiser 1, Raleigh Special 3

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 101 Post(s)
Liked 19 Times in 12 Posts
For higher speeds and longer distance (or road tripping), I prefer a D.S/hybrid bike, modified to my fit (slight lean forward with the ability to sit upright). For schlepping around, I love my cruisers
restlessswind is offline  
Likes For restlessswind:
Old 08-14-19, 08:39 AM
  #7  
2old
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Posts: 1,621
Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 218 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 13 Times in 12 Posts
I built a three-speed (electric) cruiser and was surprised at how comfortable it was to ride even without the motor. However, my MTB's, which fit well, are are as comfortable and much more attuned to off road activities.
2old is offline  
Old 08-14-19, 10:24 AM
  #8  
coopman
Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2019
Posts: 47
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 20 Post(s)
Liked 14 Times in 9 Posts
I have the Worksman bike saddle on order. I sure hope that it works for me - tired of being in pain during and after my rides.
coopman is offline  
Old 08-22-19, 01:52 PM
  #9  
3S1M
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2019
Location: SE Wisconsin
Posts: 14

Bikes: Schwinn Del Mar, Schwinn Sanctuary, Schwinn Hurricane, Murray Actra

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 5 Post(s)
Liked 2 Times in 2 Posts
I'm totally with you. We have a mountain bike that you really lean forward and I only like it for a few moments. Then I'm wanting to ride without touching the handlebars. Or I'm using my fingertips so I can sit upright. My son rode that one last night and he said the same thing. But it's my daughters and she likes it that way. So.... It was a bike I got for free and not having to change the handlebars is a good thing. I guess to each his own.



To me it seems like most seats are too narrow to be comfortable and most handlebars are too low. Unless it's a cruiser. I feel at home on them too. I think the shape of the frame puts the pedals just a little more forward than a mountain bike frame too. Which helps. But it's more about the handlebars and seat, IMHO. LOL.
3S1M is offline  
Old 08-22-19, 04:15 PM
  #10  
JimR56
Senior Member
 
JimR56's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2019
Location: SF Bay Area
Posts: 92

Bikes: 1994 Schwinn Cruiser Deluxe (Shimano 7 speed internal hub added); circa 1970 Mercier model 200 (?)

Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 25 Post(s)
Liked 20 Times in 17 Posts
Cool

Originally Posted by 3S1M View Post
I'm totally with you. We have a mountain bike that you really lean forward and I only like it for a few moments. Then I'm wanting to ride without touching the handlebars. Or I'm using my fingertips so I can sit upright. My son rode that one last night and he said the same thing. But it's my daughters and she likes it that way. So.... It was a bike I got for free and not having to change the handlebars is a good thing. I guess to each his own.



To me it seems like most seats are too narrow to be comfortable and most handlebars are too low. Unless it's a cruiser. I feel at home on them too. I think the shape of the frame puts the pedals just a little more forward than a mountain bike frame too. Which helps. But it's more about the handlebars and seat, IMHO. LOL.
Cruisers rule. (shh... don't tell the road bike guys I said that)
JimR56 is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.