Schwinn Beach Cruiser Bikes
Schwinn beach cruiser bikes are back in a big way. The old style bicycles that were common in the days of Elvis almost disappeared after the 1960’s, but luckily some fans always remained. In the old days these heavy bicycles with the fat tires were used by children, and the television shows from that period contain many scenes showing paperboys and schoolkids riding around on their big Schwinn cruisers. These days Schwinn beach cruisers are the bicycle of choice for adults, and many customers are buying the same bike they had or wished they had when they were children.
The Comfortable Bicycle
A Schwinn beach cruiser is built not for speed, but for comfort. The big fat tires and the comfortably padded seat combine with the upright riding position and rugged frame to deliver an exceptionally smooth and comfortable ride. Obviously, Schwinn beach cruiser bikes aren’t intended for climbing up and down steep hills but are instead perfect for leisurely cruising on mostly level surfaces such as one would find on a beachside promenade. The modern Schwinn beach cruiser bicycles may include extras like multiple gears and alloy rims, but a smooth and comfortable ride remains the hallmark feature.
Schwinn beach cruiser bicycles were always concerned with being fashionable and even in the 1960’s the graceful form of a Schwinn beach cruiser was appreciated as being particularly attractive. Frame tanks, fender mounted headlights, coaster brakes, wide whitewall tires and springer forks were just the most conservative extras, and deluxe models were often equipped with fringed seats and handlebars, custom saddlebags, and loads of extra chrome. Today these same decorative features are fashionable for both aesthetic and nostalgic reasons, and a modern Schwinn beach cruiser bike has more frame, drive train, brake, safety and decorative options available than ever before.
When the Schwinn Bicycle Company was founded in 1895 it was only one of more than thirty bicycle factories in Chicago during the first American bicycle boom. While most of the other factories later folded when the automobile was invented, the Schwinn factory became the American dominant bicycle manufacturer of the twentieth century. Known for their high standards and no-nonsense design, Schwinn bicycles sold more than a million units per year during the 1960’s, due largely to the enormous popularity of the fat tired cruiser models that were modeled to a certain extent after the motorcycles that Schwinn had produced briefly in the 1920’s.
Although Schwinn cruisers are undoubtedly the most fashionable bicycles on the big beach areas like Santa Monica and Miami Beach, “beach cruising” refers to a state of mind rather than a physical location and Schwinn cruisers are a pleasure that can be enjoyed anywhere a comfortable and stylish ride is desired. Unsurprisingly, one of the new aspects of owning a Schwinn beach cruiser is that the market for used cruisers has soared in that past decade and all models of Schwinn beach cruiser bikes now have a notably high resale value.