Move over four-wheel drive trucks and four-door sedans because driving the compact sands of Daytona Beach doesn’t get any better than on a cruiser bicycle. Beach cruisers, as they are commonly called, are a favorite among locals and tourists as they provide a comfortable and relaxing ride along the World’s Most Famous Beach. Basic beach cruisers often feature balloon tires, an upright seating posture and are made with a heavier steel construction than is found in other bike types. The addition of a wide, comfortable seat, a rear rack, and even a horn will make the miles of beautiful blue Atlantic coastline drift by on a sunny Sunday afternoon.
Beach cruisers were developed in the 1920’s and 1930’s in response to slowed bicycle sales following the Great Depression. At this time, bicycles were considered a commodity and the durability factor of smaller-framed bikes kept many from making a pedaled purchase. The sturdier cruisers were perfect for paperboys and couriers and quickly gained popularity throughout the 1950’s. While the cruiser declined in popularity over the next few decades, they have found renewed life in recent years especially in areas with flat terrain, and of course, at the beach.
Daytona Beach is the perfect destination for beach cruiser enthusiasts for the same reasons the city has it’s world-famous nickname. Comprised of quartz crystals, limestone, compacted shell fragments and coral, the compact sand of Daytona Beach stretches up to 500 feet wide at low tide. While there are just 18 miles of beach where vehicle traffic is permitted, the beach cruiser knows no limits in Daytona Beach. Whether you’re a Flipper, a Basket Case or a Hasselhoff the ease and comfort of traversing Daytona Beach sands on a beach cruiser is like.. well, like riding a bike. Check out Electra Bikes, a top choice for cruiser bicycles and come see how we roll in Daytona Beach.