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The Best Cruiser Bikes for Women

author image Frank Trejo
Frank Trejo is a longtime journalist and writer, having reported on topics ranging from immigration to crime news and features. His career has primarily been in newspapers, including 22 years at "The Dallas Morning News." Trejo also served as content developer for the University of Texas at Austin's U.S. Latino and Latina World War II Oral History Project (now VOCES Oral History Project).

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The Best Cruiser Bikes for Women
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Bicycling isn’t always about zooming at top speed. Sometimes it’s about enjoying the scenery and making a statement. Whether you’re heading to the beach, a local trail or simply touring the neighborhood pulling your toddler in a child trailer, cruiser bikes are a stylish way to go. Jason Edwards, sales associate at the Richardson Bike Mart in Richardson, Texas, said that riding a cruiser bike is more of a social activity than an athletic one. "The best thing about cruiser bikes is that they are simplistic and old school; typically, they have only one speed, so there are no real maintenance issues," Edwards said.

Electra Townie 3i
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One of Edwards' top sellers is the Electra Townie, which not only has most of the best qualities of a good women's cruiser bike but also has some added touches, including flat foot technology: The pedals are slightly forward so the rider can place her feet on the ground. It also has a step-through, lightweight aluminum frame, a hand-operated linear pull brake plus a rear coaster brake, and platform pedals for most shoes. "It's modern and comfortable," Edwards said. Retail: $530.

Schwinn Windwood
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A classic, uncomplicated cruiser bike for women is the Schwinn Windwood, which has a single speed and a comfortable spring saddle as well as fenders and a rear rack. Retail: $150.

Jamis Taxi
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For reliability and sturdiness, there's the Jamis Taxi, which is not only comfortable but also can withstand rough treatment, especially at the seaside or beach. It has a lightweight aluminum frame and salt water-resistant drivetrain. Retail: $390.

Nirve Lahaina
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If you're looking for a little more style, try the Nirve Lahaina. It has a single speed, an aluminum frame, full-length fenders and a front hand brake as well as a rear coaster brake. Most distinctively, it has a colorful embossed saddle seat. Retail: $450.

sixthreezero Dreamcycle Women's Single Speed
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If you really want to stand out in a crowd, look at sixthreezero's Dreamcycle Women’s Single Speed. Vibrant colors and classic styling along with swept back handlebars make this bike distinctive, and easy to steer. It also has a gentle bucket saddle and rubber block comfort pedals.Retail: $300.

Schwinn Women's Lakeshore
Photograph Courtesy Schwinn


Another colorful choice is the Schwinn Women's Lakeshore, with a steel cruiser frame, a large, comfortable spring saddle and handlebars that are within easy reach. It sports a Shimano seven-speed drivetrain, fenders and a rear rack. Retail: $200.

Phat Cycles MacKenzie
Photograph Courtesy Phat Cycles


The MacKenzie from Phat Cycles may be just what you need for touring your neighborhood. Available in low maintenance one-, three- or six-speed, it has forward pedal technology, an easy step-through frame and casual shoe-friendly pedals. Retail: $400.

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