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Origin of the term "Beach Cruiser"

Old 09-09-19, 02:48 PM
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Origin of the term "Beach Cruiser"

Responded with this on a thread but thought some might find it interesting.
I was confused at first after reading this because I know the fatter tired bikes and single speeds have been around since bikes were first made, but it appears it wasn't until the 70's that the term "beach cruiser" was coined and marketed with huge success.

From one article:
"... the term “beach cruiser” was actually coined in the early 70s by Larry McNeely, the owner of Recycled Cycles in Newport Beach, California, when he began refurbishing old cruiser bikes into functional beach rides."
He lives locally in my community. I hope to meet him some day.

An interesting read:

According to a Schwalbe the term "Balloonbike" was resurrected by them in the early 2000's.
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I never knew that. Thanks for the link.
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thanks for the info/

just captured an early Jamis Boss, great way to see the town when taking things slow.the term ballonbike has never gone away for those in the schwinn cruiser crowd.
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growing up in the 60's-70's, in my area we called them bus bikes, and later tarc's. a tarc (Transit Authority of River City) bus is the local city transit bus line. to be honest, i don't even know what they're called locally now.
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