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

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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

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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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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.

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