Four of the Best Cruiser Bikes For Women: 2017 Reviews
What's the best beach cruiser bike for female riders?
With bicycles, all things are not created equal. If you're a woman trying to find the best cruiser bikes at a reasonable price point, it can be a real challenge.
There are literally hundreds of brands and models to pick from. And unfortunately, not all of them have good reviews or complete descriptions. Beach cruiser bikes, especially those designed for ladies, are extremely popular lately, and you can find them offered everywhere, from high-end bike shops to big box stores.
I'm a bicycle mechanic, and this article is written to help you choose the best beach cruiser bike for women and help you avoid a lemon. I'll be focusing on budget-friendly models, and I might do a review of premium models down the road.
I hate seeing wasted money; if your new bicycle is too heavy, uncomfortable or badly made it will just collect dust. That's why a little early research is so beneficial.
In this piece we'll look at a list of four of my favourite cruisers. We'll talk a bit about cruiser bikes in general, some quality distinctions, and what you should be keeping an eye out for.
Hopefully this will set you up to make a well informed decision. If you have any questions, please feel free to leave them below and I'll try to respond.
What makes a ladies beach cruiser different from other styles?
There are a few features which make a beach cruiser-style women's bicycle distinct:
- All beach and boardwalk cruisers designed for women have a swooping, stylized frame, and they're usually quite low slung. The wheels are large and the tires will be wide but not heavily treaded. They run smoothly on pavement, grass and sand. Beach cruisers typically have sprung saddle (springs in the back for added comfort) and wide set riser bars.
- The riding position is upright and comfortable, with the rider in a leaned back and casual stance, with plenty of control. They are not ideal for serious exercise or strenuous riding; instead, they're better suited for flat terrain, casual fun rides on the beach, and light daily commutes.
- Almost all beach cruisers brake by pedaling backwards (this is called a coaster brake), although some will also have cabled brakes to augment the stopping power.
- Better quality beach cruiser bikes designed for women will include extra accessories, like a front basket, a set of fenders to keep dirt, sand and water off your clothes, and sometimes a three-speed rear hub and shifter, (as opposed to the traditional single-speed and coaster brake combination.)
Critical Cycles: A gorgeous "Dutch style" beach cruiser bicycle for women
You may not recognize this brand yet, but when it comes to cruiser bikes, Critical Cycles is one of the best names in the game, and for a good reason.
Among other products, they offer a very attractive women's beach cruiser bicycle for a great price, and it comes with pretty awesome components. This ladies Dutch style beach cruiser bike is stylish and fun, with a sturdy steel frame and larger 700c wheels paired to high quality Kenda Kwick tires.
The comfy, upright riding position is a huge plus; you can ride this bike all day. That said, keep in mind this is a single speed. If you want to tackle some hills, I'd opt for its slightly pricier sibling, which comes with 7 speeds.
It even has a front headlight. This lovely, vintage inspired cruiser bicycle for ladies is great on a wide variety of riding surfaces, so you can use it on the sand, on the boardwalk, or on pavement without issues. The only change I'd make? This is a bicycle that's begging for a front basket!
Comfy seat, lightweight and strong aluminum frame, 21 speeds.
Hollandia Holiday: An great ladie's beach cruiser with useful accessories
If you don't have much of a budget for accessories, don't fret. The Hollandia Holiday is a beautiful, stylized bike, and one of the best, inexpensive beach cruiser bikes for women due to its wide range of included accessories.
Just about everything you might want is included. Front and rear 'Dutch style' storage racks can hold a lot of your stuff (or a basket.) An upright riding position means you'll cruise in comfort, while a coaster hub and single-speed transmission mean a straightforward, headache-free ride. The integrated fenders and wide, comfortable tires are ideal for sand riding.
It's not fancy, and frankly not the best choice for hilly terrain. However, the low price tag reflects its basic outfitting, and the Holiday is perfect for the person who just wants to get out there and start riding. Did I mention it's usually under two hundred bucks?
Lots of accessories, beautiful and strong frame, everything you'll need.
Firmstrong Urban Lady: Customizable, urban-styled beach cruiser for female riders
Firmstrong isn't a big name brand, but this womens beach cruiser is one of the best-reviewed bicycles on Amazon. Designed in Hermosa Beach, California, they know exactly what a beach cruiser needs.
The biggest selling feature for me? They give you a lot of options. Rather than just offering a "one size fits all" ride, you're given a ton of ways to outfit your bike. Want fenders and a bell? No problem. Want a different colour? There's about two dozen to choose from. Want a three-speed? That's available too.
Aside from the versatility, this is a pretty nice looking bicycle. The frame is a swooping, modern take on the classic Schwinn profile, with wide, white-walled tires and a spring saddle to complete the look.
They come in 24" and 26" frame sizes. If you're under 5'5, opt for the former; if you're taller, go for a 26-inch frame. In any case it's a strong choice and one of the top, affordable beach cruisers around.
Inexpensive and well-reviewed, the Firmstrong Urban Lady comes in plenty of custom options.
A bicycle with beautiful flair: single speed, beverage holder and basket, rear cargo rack.
Huffy Deluxe Cruiser: A beautiful, stylish, retro-inspired ladie's cruiser bicycle
Huffy does beach cruisers right, and this one is just stunning. I commend their choice in wheel-frame colour contrast, as it gives the bike a vintage, throwback aesthetic that'll turn heads.
Beyond the flair and filigree, there's a lot of practicality in a bicycle like this. A wide, comfortable saddle and neutral riding stance mean this bike gets top marks for comfort. The beverage holder, front basket and rear storage rack let you carry your stuff and your favourite drink with ease. The fenders and chain protector keep that damp sand off your clothing.
The only real downside is the lack of gearing, but in a flatter city or town that's not going to bother you one bit. I should also mention that this is among the least expensive women's beach cruisers around.
Here are a few additional tips and hints to assist you in your hunt.
- Avoid 'brand-less' bikes. This may seem irrelevant, but brand is important. There are a LOT of terrible, brand-less beach cruiser bicycles for women out there, and you want to be a savvy shopper. If you go no-name, I wouldn't put too much stock in the quality of aftermarket support. Stick with reputable brands, they are popular for a reason.
- Try to find fenders. The laid back riding position puts you right in the path of nasty road debris, especially if you're riding on sand. Trust me, nothing ruins an evening ride like finding a line of salty sand running down your back. Avoid this by buying a model with a great set of integrated fenders to keep yourself clean and dry.
- Look for a model with gears if your daily ride takes you up a hill. It's difficult to get much leverage in this riding position, and steep inclines will be a major struggle, even more so than a standard diamond frame. Gears help counteract that by offering you mechanical advantage. It's nice to be able to tackle a hill or two, if necessary! Many women's beach cruiser bicycles have great gearing options if you're willing to bump the price up a tad.