Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > General Cycling Discussion
Reload this Page >

Beach cruiser model recomendation

General Cycling Discussion Have a cycling related question or comment that doesn't fit in one of the other specialty forums? Drop on in and post in here! When possible, please select the forum above that most fits your post!

Beach cruiser model recomendation

Old 07-20-08, 01:33 PM
  #1  
accorn
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 31
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Beach cruiser model recomendation

Hi - I'm interested in getting a man's 7 speed cruiser.
Budget is $200-250.
Just wondering if anyone has recommendations on the best quality model for that price range?

I was pretty interested in getting this one:
http://bikebuyers.com/tahiti7spman.htm

But then read that micargi bikes are pretty cheap.

So is there any good models in my price range?

Thanks!
Accorn
accorn is offline  
Old 07-20-08, 01:35 PM
  #2  
accorn
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 31
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Oh.. I should add I want it to be no more than 50 lbs if possible.
accorn is offline  
Old 07-20-08, 02:46 PM
  #3  
StephenH
Uber Goober
 
StephenH's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Dallas area, Texas
Posts: 11,650
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 154 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 4 Times in 4 Posts
That's kind of a hard question. The ideal person to answer it is the person who has bought several different cruiser bikes in that price range and put a lot of miles on each. The problem is that very few people do this.

I've got a Worksman cruiser that I like. But it's over that price range and may be over your weight (I have no clue what it weighs- it's not light, though).

I've seen some Caloi cruisers that sound neat, but haven't seen one in person or talked to anyone that owned them. But the neat thing is they are available in some larger frame sizes:
http://www.islandsportshop.com/Caloi.htm
Look for "Pan Am" in steel frame, specifically.
__________________
"be careful this rando stuff is addictive and dan's the 'pusher'."
StephenH is offline  
Old 07-20-08, 03:52 PM
  #4  
alanbikehouston
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Posts: 5,250
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Trek and Schwinn have sturdy beach cruisers with traditional geometry. Electra has beach cruiser with THEIR geometry...they move the saddle back behind the bottom bracket. That makes it easy to put both feet down at a stop sign or when you stop to talk with a neighbor, as the saddle is several inches closer to the ground.

Some of the big chain sporting goods stores, such as Academy and Dicks, sometimes have Schwinn cruisers for less than the bike shop price. Beach cruisers relatively simple, so the staff of a chain store ought to be able to assemble one correctly.
alanbikehouston is offline  
Old 07-20-08, 07:36 PM
  #5  
surfrider
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Mentioned: Post(s)
Tagged: Thread(s)
Quoted: Post(s)
trek, Schwinn, and others make traditional cruisers that meet your requriements except for price; they are typically in the $300 range. If you're going to ride it often, the extra $$$ are a good investment vs. a <$200 bike bought at a discount store.

I use a Sun Drifter 7-speed (external gears) for commuting to work (4 miles each way). Its got a 'relaxed' frame geometry like the Electra Townie. I bought this style of 'relaxed' frame because I couldn't raise the seat up to a comfortable enough level on the traditional cruiser. Bought the 'Sun' brand over the Electra because I found it cheap on Craigslist.
 
Old 07-21-08, 12:32 AM
  #6  
accorn
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 31
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanks everyone for your advice.
I think I have decided on this one:
http://www.amazon.com/Forge-Tonga-Be...6620750&sr=1-2

Forge brand seems pretty well respected - and it's light weight and in my budget.
accorn is offline  
Old 07-21-08, 01:11 PM
  #7  
mark9950
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 439
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Stay away from trek beach cruisers,I have one a learned the hard way.

wal-mart bike ALERT.
mark9950 is offline  
Old 07-21-08, 03:31 PM
  #8  
StephenH
Uber Goober
 
StephenH's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Dallas area, Texas
Posts: 11,650
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 154 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 4 Times in 4 Posts
Unfortunately, the warning about trek beach cruisers would likely apply to every bike in his price range. But a lot depends on how heavy you are and how many miles you put on it.
__________________
"be careful this rando stuff is addictive and dan's the 'pusher'."
StephenH is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
deekoy
For Sale
0
05-09-18 06:37 PM
Sharpshin
Commuting
10
09-18-14 12:07 PM
J.Montuori
Commuting
3
12-08-12 03:27 PM

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.