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Old 08-23-2015, 06:01 PM
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Default Cruiser bicycles; Jamis Earthe Cruiser any good?

We took our grandson with us for weekend camping at a State Park, While there, we made use of their loaner bicycles, since we didn't bring any with us this trip.

Turns out that the beater bikes rode really nice, were comfortable to ride for hours at a time, and we had a blast. I liked the one I was riding, better than my old Mirada mountain bike. Wife also liked the one she was using better than her Mirada. The seats were more comfortable, fat tire cruiser ride better, and the handle bar design and position was much more comfortable. The switch to coaster brakes was a no-brainer.

So now we're both thinking that we want to buy a cruiser bike. Rides will be mostly just around our community streets, and around RV campgrounds and state park trails. No need for gear changes, and in fact, the better half NEVER uses the shifter on her 10 speed.

Aluminum frames; stainless steel spokes; "HiStop" or Shimano coaster brakes. In the $200-$250 ~ street price range, are these a decent choice?
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Interested too. We bought Giant 21 speed bikes for our beach place and really didn't need anything so fancy so we just gave them to my daughter. Will be replacing them with "cruisers" also. Was looking at Firmstrong brand myself.
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Jamis makes a great bike. I have the Boss cruiser made by them and it is probably 10 years old and my wife has her original cruiser that is over 25 years old.

would definitely recommend
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Buy old beater, used bikes and then you won't have to worry about them getting stolen
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I'm also looking at the Electra Townie's, which they call their "flat foot" design. Can put feet on the ground without getting off the seat. The wife is about 5-foot nothing, so that would be a good thing. Trek also has a similar design frame. They are more money, especially the Electra, but maybe can find a trade-in or used one on Craigs. Even Electra's single speed is over $400.

Since we will be taking them on the back of the RV, I don't want to put high-dollar bikes back there.
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I recently bought a Micardi Mustang beach cruiser stretch job. Its the nicest one I think they have everybody comments how nice it is. I had a Giant Iguana 21 speed for 25 years then I bought a Trek 7.3 last winter then I saw the beach cruiser and just had to have it. I will try to post photo's.
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bikes are like most anything else these days in that you usually get what you pay for. while many of the components are "nearly identical" across most models in most price ranges, i.e. shimano shifters and brakes, there are also many, many cheaper imitations out there.

almost all of those bikes under $400 are going to be chinese made with chinese parts. that may actually be fine if your intended purpose is riding flat ground a few times per month in good weather. these cheaper bikes tend to be much heavier and use components that will rust overnight if they're even so much as misted with any moisture.

jamis used to make awesome bikes. they basically invented the beach cruiser style. my father in-law has one that's almost 30 years old and he's only ever had to replace tires and tubes. like many of the american based bike companies they were purchase by a conglomerate and now make their bikes in china. i think jamis still uses all quality components and is probably generally a quality bike overall.

do a little research before purchasing any of the cheaper bikes, though.

BTW my cruiser is a early 90s-vintage, made in the USA, GT dyno moto-glide


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We have Electra's which we friggin LOVE. Don't know the brand that you mentioned but having a beach cruiser is awesome! Make sure you get the cup holder...my Yeti fits perfect in mine!!!
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Capt Will. I own a bicycle shop and sell lots of comfort bikes. Electra is by far the nicest cruiser for the money. They have a full line of cruisers at different price points. The Townie is by far my best selling bike. People love it. We also sell a ton of their base model bikes. All of their bikes are pedal forward to some degree and they have a patent on this design. It makes a big difference in the comfort and fit of the bike. You should consider a 3spd model. The gears are internal. Really never come out of allignment and you still get foot brakes. Electra has their base model cruiser, the Lux and the Townie all available in the 3spd. The townie is the most expensive of the group but every part on this bike is aluminum, not just frame and rims . Even the hardware is zinc coated or ss.
Go to a dealer and give the diiferent price pts a test ride. youll be amazed.
Pedal forward has nothing to do with how tall you are. It allows you to extend your leg to full extension while still being able to put your feet on the ground. Other bikes do not offer this. Again way more comfortable.

Let me know if you have any more questions.

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I bought a Nirve a few years ago. Shopped around a good bit looking at different brands and different models, but when I found "Skulls," I had to have it! It's a very cool bike and rides like a dream, very limited production, as well. Prices on the Nirve line may be higher than you want to spend, but they are great bikes. Mine was $500. Also, you said you didn't want gears, but the three-speed handle grip shifter on mine is truly worth the extra coin. Sometimes I want to go faster - high gear, or pulling small inclines, low gear.

Just something else to consider as you look around and decide what you want.
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My Micargi Mustang Beach Cruiser. Spring seat and spring front end and big tires make it ride soft.
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Let me know if you have any more questions.

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Chip I sent you a pm.
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I've always been a big fan of the Jamis Boss and went to buy one a couple weeks ago. Ended up walking out with this it is a 3 speed, love it!

http://3gbikes.com/bikes/cruiser/men...ewportdlxchkr/

Local shop, knew the owner so didn't pay anywhere close to retail.
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Vintage earth cruiser fan here too. They are built like a tank. Not like my Worksman, but tough. The geometry is just right. This is one I just picked up. Color is wacky.
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Jamis is good stuff. If I ever buy again that will be it. Tried to buy a couple used ones off a guy but he didn't want to split them up and only one of the two fit us.
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Thanks for all the replies and photos... keep'em coming. Many of you guys have kickbutt bikes! And that stretch is just sick!

chip, I also sent you a pm.
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We have some Electra Townies and love em! Just great bikes to tool around on.
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Still riding my Ross Cruiser. Bought it in 1983 with my first paycheck. Survived a year as a DC bike courier (changed handle bars/stem, and added panniers)

Bought my wife the Townie and she loves it

Have road and mountain bikes, always pick the Cruiser
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We bought a pair of single speed bikes for our place in Savannah. The land is flat and we use the bikes on well known public bike trails or downtown SAV. I think we spent 125 for each of the bikes at Walmart. They will probably last 5 or more years in the salt air. Disposable bikes work for me.
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Originally Posted by Tireless View Post
We bought a pair of single speed bikes for our place in Savannah. The land is flat and we use the bikes on well known public bike trails or downtown SAV. I think we spent 125 for each of the bikes at Walmart. They will probably last 5 or more years in the salt air. Disposable bikes work for me.
which one's yours?

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