Spring is soon here again and it´s time to start to dream about enjoyable Beach Cruising in the sunshine. You just need to choose the right bicycle to take on the boardwalks in style. A Cool bicycle will make short work of getting to and from the beach, while you enjoy the ride.
We handpicked a few alternatives to consider for the coming season.
Felt Bixby Womens 7-SP
The Bixby, from the American bicycle maker Felt, is perfectly suited for a relaxing trip to the beach. The 7-speed drivetrain, balloon tires and hi-rise handlebars make for a smooth ride and let you take in the scenery as the miles pass by.
The frame of Bixby is stabile and the saddle is comfortable, designed for female body shape. You get a feeling this bike is made for American women. This bike both enjoyable and Cool for Beach Cruising – that´s obvious!
- Fork: Unicrown steel, curved blades
- 7-speed Shimano Revo twist shift w/ Shimano Tourney rear derailleur
- Classic cruiser springer saddle
- Hi-rise cruiser handlebars & Tektro v-type brakes
- Felt aluminum rims, stainless steel spokes & cruiser style 26″ tires
- Colors: Aquamarine, Matte Black Pearl, Coral and Raspberry
Sixthreezero Women’s Beach Cruiser Bicycle
Sixthreezero is a classic 3-speed steel frame cruiser, with fenders and 26″ wheels. It is also pretty robust bike with a cool American style.
This classic women’s beach cruiser has durable 17 inches wheels and has a reliable KT coaster brake system.
Sixthreezero comes with a very comfortable saddle that provides a great riding experience in all conditions.
If you prefer 3-speed hub instead of 7, this bike is clearly a good alternative to Felt Bixby.
- Shimano internal 3-speed hub with easy-to-use Nexus shifter
- Glossy teal cruiser, accented nicely with mauve alloy rims and spokes and Kendra white wall tires
- Classic brown gentle bucket saddle with complementary color stitching and matching grips
- Rubber block comfort pedals
Firmstrong Chief Lady Beach Cruiser Bicycle, 26″
Firmstrong Chief Lady Beacc Cruiser os 26-inch women’s single-speed cruiser bike with an elongated frame that is ideal for taller riders. The colors are cool and the bike has an overall feeling of quality. Also the saddle is acceptable, although not perfect what come to suspension. This is an energetic bike with nice looks!
- Forward pedaling design keeps seat closer to ground while providing proper leg extension
- Classic curvy beach cruiser design with 19-inch durable steel frame and 26-inch aluminum wheels
- White-wall balloon tires for a cushioned ride; easy-to-use coaster brakes
- Sized for women from 5 feet, 4 inches to 6 feet, 4 inches tall
Firmstrong Urban Lady Beach Cruiser Bicycle
Firmstrong Urban Lady Beach Cruiser is a 26-inch women’s three-speed cruiser bike. The bike shifts quickly and easily while riding hills. This is not only made for beach cruising, but also for longer trips.
The saddle suspension in the rear part of saddle works well.
- Classic curvy beach cruiser design with 17-inch durable steel frame and aluminum wheels
- White-wall balloon tires for a cushioned ride; easy-to-use coaster brakes
- Oversized seat with dual springs for added comfort, wide handlebars with rubber grips
- Sized for women from 5 to 6 feet tall
Fito Modena II Alloy 7-speed 26″ Beach Cruiser
Fito Modena is a nice bike, if you are looking for a light weight aluminium frame. It´s weight is about 32 lbs. Fito comes with Shimano Tourney TX-55 7-speed derailleur and Shimano Revoshift grip shifter. The wheels look professional with 26″ aluminium rims and stainless steel silver spokes. The size of the lowered frame is 15.5″ and the bike is recommended for women between 4’11” & 5’10”.
The saddle has a nice suspension, but it also has a high nose part, so you may want to change it unless you are a pure old school rider with no need for vibrating devices during the bike rides. On the other hand, this is one of the best standard saddles for old school cruising, as the high nose offers pretty nice mechanical stimulation.
Mongoose Juneau 26″ Fat Tire Bicycle Green
Mongoose is a nice looking bike that can be used for training purposes and sports too. It´s not really a cruiser, but it is worth mentioning as it is suitable for beach and city cruising too. It´s really cool looking and technically quite impressive. It has a durable frame and very wide wheels that makes it useful also on the beach.
There is only one real downside with Mongoose and it´s the standard saddle; it´s not optimal for female body shape. Luckily, the change of the saddle to a more comfortable one is easy, and it turns this bike to an Ultimate Cruising Machine for American women!
Actually, our test team picked Mongoose as our favorite bike, just ahead of Felt Bixby, although the fight was even. Mongoose won, because it has a robust frame and it matches the style of American women: it´s Cool, it looks brave, catches attention and has a great performance. Exactly like we. In order words, it fits US women great!
Mongoose has aluminum frame with Supersized 26″ x 4″ all terrain knobby tires.
- 21 speed Shimano trigger shifter with Shimano rear derailleur
- 26 inch alloy Super wide rims with front and rear disc brakes
- Alloy triple crank offers plenty of gears for all day riding
- Thread less headset for easy adjustability
Choose the Right Saddle for your Rides
Choosing the right saddle for you bike is crucial. Many imported bikes come with a standard saddle that is not optimal for our anatomy, nor the way we like to ride. American women have commonly a female body shape, so the thin standard saddles are uncomfortable and cause irritation during long rides.
When you choose your bike, you should think about that the saddle is one of the most important components of a bicycle. Choosing the right saddle may seem like a challenging task, since the market offers a huge variety of saddles, and you can feel confused by all the options available. There are hundreds, if not thousands of cheap imported saddles on the market. Avoid them, so you don´t ruin your cycling experience.
As an American woman you should always go for a woman´s saddle. We have a pronounced female body shape, so the standard saddles of foreign bikes are hardly ever optimal for our anatomy. We need a wider saddle, because our female body parts are more developed than what is typical for women in most other countries.
Too thin standard saddles leave our body weight to be supported only by our perineal area and shorter saddle models glide quite inevitably also into vaginal opening too. Obviously the thin lady saddles are not made to fit the dimensions of American women, and they are not comfortable for us. We need a real woman´s saddle as we have a female body shape. A wider saddle allows our gluteus muscles to bear the body weight, and unloads the perineal area and genitals.
A more comfortable saddle that does not load the genital area is needed also, because the way we ride our bikes. It is increasingly common we want to enhance our beach cruising experience of bike tour with various types of stimulators (“hybrid cruising”). Whether you wear vibrating panties or use other vulva area stimulators during the bike rides, you need a nose-less or low nose saddle with comfortable cushioning and proper suspension.
In the past, our grandmothers may have been happy to walk around only with a basic vibrator bullet or egg vibrator, but today many of us want to enjoy also vulva and clitoris area stimulation while we are out. If you make the mistake of buying a bike with a thin saddle or saddle with a high nose part, you run to trouble as soon as you wear your vibrator panties or vulva vibrator. So you better make sure you have the right saddle when you walk out of the bicycle store with your new ride.
The best saddle for a modern American woman is a wide low nose (or nose-less) saddle with a softer channel in the middle. It should have also proper suspension and a padding made of gel foam. These options reduce the pressure on the perineum and they leave genitals accessible allowing you to wear outer genital vibrators inside the panties. Gel foam is to prefer as it is comfortable, absorbs shocks and vibrations and adapts to the shape of your body and vibrator.
We tested two comfort saddles Sunlite Cloud-9 Cruiser Saddle and Zacro Gel Saddle BS053 mounted on Mongoose Juneau, and the combination was just great! Both saddles worked very well for a hybrid cruising with both Ohmibod Club Vibe 2 and the US made high quality Secrets Vibrating Panty. It turned out that the middle channel of the saddles does not only make them more comfortable, but it also offers a solid base for Ohmibod Club Vibe 2. In particular, the middle slot of Zacro Gel BS053 offered great comfort in Omnipod hydrid cruising. Most of our test team members preferred Zacro, because of the deep middle slot and because Zacro it is very easy to keep clean.
Life is good, when you cruise the beach with a bold Mongoone in Cool Color, you sit on the comfort saddle and have your Ohmibod Club Vibe 2 teasing you for the party ahead!
In conclusion, whatever bike you go for, make sure you have a comfortable saddle from the day one with your new bike.
Felt Bixby, Sixtreezero, Firmstrong Chief Lady and Firmstrong Urban Lady all has saddles suitable for American women. Still, a change to comfort saddle may improve the comfort a the bikes even a bit further. If you go for Mongoose the saddle is worth changing to a more comfortable model.
Fito Modena has a high nose part, so you may want to change it unless you are a pure old school rider with no need for vibrating devices during the bike rides. Not many in our generation are old school, I am afraid. On the other hand, Modena´s saddle is one of the best standard saddles for old school cruising, as the high nose offers nice mechanical stimulation.
We don´t recomment the standard saddle of Mongoone for American women. It is far too thin to be ridden comfortably.
Sunlite Cloud-9 Bicycle Suspension Cruiser Saddle with Gel is designed for serious comfort. It has a dual-density gel foam padding that is both soft and forgiving. Chrome coil spring suspension helps smooth out bumps. The saddle´s universal design installs on any standard seat post.
Zacro Gel Bike Saddle – BS053 Dual Spring was the favorite saddle of our test team. It has a deep middle slot and it is easy to keep clean. The body weight is taken by the gluteus maximus muscles and the saddle works great together with vulva area vibs.