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Old 03-16-09, 08:55 AM
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I am looking to start commuting to work. I'm looking to buy a relatively inexpensive beach cruiser (preferably with gears). Right now, I'm trying to decide between a Micargi Pantera 26" with Shimano 7-Speed Beach Cruiser and a GreenLine 26" with 7-Speed Shimano Tourney beach cruiser. Any thoughts on the merits/drawbacks of each? Is there something else on the cheaper end I should consider? Thanks.
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Old 03-16-09, 09:44 AM
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Sounds like identical equipment to me. If those are your only two choices buy the one with the color you like best.
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Is there some reason why you have narrowed you search to beach cruisers? Do you live and work on opposite ends of a beach?
Do you have any hills in you area? Because beach cruisers are generally not very efficient for climbing hills - innefficient in both weight and in ergonomics/body position.

You should also consider getting a used hybrid-style bike... they are often much more efficient and designed for actual riding - not for sitting still and looking cool for the chicks (or dudes) at the beach.
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Old 03-16-09, 12:58 PM
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Hybrid style?

Hi,
Thanks for the reply. I live in New Orleans. Our landscape is very flat here but our streets are horrible. I was thinking beach cruiser because I figured it would provide a comfortable ride and hopefully the big tires would handle all of the unavoidable potholes better. In truth, I hadn't really thought about a hybrid style bike. It sounds like in my situation, that still may be better both for efficiency and weight. Do you have any suggestions for specific hybrid style bikes? I think a used quality hybrid may be my best bet but there isn't much of a market here for used bikes. I may be forced to buy a new one online or in a local store if I can find one decently priced. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated. Thanks again!
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Originally Posted by red625 View Post
Hi,
Thanks for the reply. I live in New Orleans. Our landscape is very flat here but our streets are horrible. I was thinking beach cruiser because I figured it would provide a comfortable ride and hopefully the big tires would handle all of the unavoidable potholes better.
And the big tires will also give you better flotation.
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Ha! But hopefully not anytime soon (we have another few months till hurricane season).
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A hybrid with 35 mm tires should roll over most potholes without any pain, and would be easier pedalling.
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Go to Craigslist and find a decent used bike. For the ~$200 you would spend on a Micargi of Greenline 7speed cruiser new, you could have a good quality used bike that someone probably put 10 miles on.

I have a 7-speed Greenline cruiser and it a giant piece of cr*p. Poor quality in many aspects. I would never buy another one or recommend them.
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