You love the beach. You love riding your bike. Wouldn’t you love to combine the two? Maybe you’ve thought about trying to ride a beach cruiser, but you just didn’t feel like you understood them well enough to try before. Once you know the basics of a beach cruiser and know how it works, it might be less intimidating to try one.
When you have a beach cruiser, you’re looking at a frame, gears, pedals, and brakes. A few more essentials hold it together, of course, but these are the basic parts.
Frame: A light, sturdy frame is ideal. A lighter bike helps you move faster, and a stronger frame makes sure you are able to hold yourself up.
Gears: Gears help you determine how much power the bike will give you as you ride. A stronger rider can make use of more gears, while a newbie can get away with fewer.
Pedals: There are 3 types of pedals: regular, clipless, and toe cages. The latter two types will give the rider more power pulling on the upstroke. Some beach cruisers are sold without pedals, allowing you to choose which type will work best for you.
Brakes: Most bikes have two sets of brakes, and they are found on the handlebars. When this is the case, the brake on the left side of your handlebar controls the front brake, which will help bring you to a gradual stop. The brake on the right controls the rear brake, which will bring your bike to a more complete stop.
Nothing feels better than getting that fresh sea air in your lungs. If you try a beach cruiser, you’ll feel it even more deeply. Rent a beach cruiser on your next trip to Hilton Head, and try it out for yourself!