Beach cruiser bicycles come in one speed and 3 speeds, have excellent seating posture with balloon tires and a steel frame. The styles of the bikes differ greatly from maker to maker. These bikes originally came about during the depression in America. Schwinn wanted to sell more adult bikes and decided to make a lower cost bike that was sturdy. The first beach cruiser made by Schwinn was called the Aero Cycle. The bicycle was an instant success.
After World War II, the country fell in love with Schwinn. The huge success of Schwinn caused other bicycle manufacturers to add things to their bikes too. The adaptations to the cruiser ranged from fringed saddlebags to chrome plating all over the bike. They remained popular into the 1950s
Then 1960 rolled around and the sale of cruisers dropped. Suddenly America had more important things on their mind. This decline continued through the 1970s. Then in the 1980s the cruisers began to inch their way back to success. It started small and many people laughed at people who bought beach cruiser bicycles and thought they were a joke. Then in the 1990s the beach cruiser craze exploded. The joke was over. Everyone loved these bikes.
Today, beach cruisers are coming back in a big way. These bikes are exactly like the original but lighter then the mountain bikes and more affordable for the most part. The style and comfort offered by these bikes has not changed over the decades. Schwinn brought these bikes back for their 100 year celebration and began remaking beach cruisers like crazy.
Roadmaster and Harley Davidson soon followed and started making their own version of this bike. In a way the popular bike that looks like a motorcycle or chopper bike is a cousin of cruisers. The cruisers have became so popular that many towns have started having "beach cruiser day" where everyone shows up on their own beach cruiser bicycle.
Cruisers have became popular due to the baby boomers and because they offer a much more comfortable ride. Beach cruisers have made such a splash that there is even an exercise bike built to give you the feel of a cruiser.
Now there is a very competitive market for cruisers for men, women and children in different styles and colors, including pink, turquoise and yellow. People have began to exercise more and instead of costly gym memberships, are leaning towards bicycles, and more specifically, cruiser bicycles for a more comfortable and easy ride. This fact alone is helping the cruiser climb back to center stage. Cruisers are a common sight in many cities across the country showing that many Americans have taken to cruisers. Beach cruiser bicycles are back with a vengeance and here to stay.