Beach Cruiser Frames – The Ultimate Guide To Help You Choose!

A beach cruiser frame, also called a cruiser bike frame, or beachcomber bike frame, is the bread and butter of your favorite wheeled friend. When considering purchasing a men's or women's frame cruiser bike, the majority of individuals look at the bike like it's a total package. They do not realize that they can customize practically every part of the bike, or that they can order a bike based on the composition of a specific bike part.

In truth, the most important bike part to decide on is the beach cruiser bicycle frame. Bike frames, even beach cruiser frames, are the largest, most expensive part of the bike. They are also the most expensive to upgrade. They are available for sale in steel, aluminum, titanium, are found in 24, 26, large, extra large, and long sizes, come in many different colors including black, blue, and custom, and can purchased in old or new condition.

Knowing which cruiser bicycle frame you want is important, and I think that you will agree with me when I say that the bike frame you choose will affect your ride quality the most. This is why you need to purchase the right frame, made of the right materials, and made by the right manufacturer. Also, make sure you take a good look at the beach cruiser bike frame size chart and that your frame accommodates beach cruiser accessories like a water bottle holder.

Our Peace cruiser bikes use hi-tensile steel frames because of their robustness and amazing ability to absorb the road to provide the most comfortable ride possible. If you're looking for a bike that already has a quality hi-tensile, best for road absorption steel frame, check out our bikes below.

Here are some of the cruiser bikes we offer for sale online:

Peace Cruiser Bikes

 

 

It turns out that not all frames are created equal as they come from different beach cruiser frame manufacturers. Some bike frames, especially depending on your budget and needs, are better than others. In today’s post, I am going to show you what to look for in a bike frame, how to choose a bike frame depending on your body shape and size, and how to fit your frame to your body.

What You Want in a Beach Cruiser Frame

metal beach cruiser frame bikes by beach

Beach cruiser frames will accommodate a seat saddle with an upright riding position. There will be room for accessories like fenders, bottle cages, and panniers or rear racks. The tubing on the cruiser frame itself will be more curvy than other types of bikes. This type of tubing ensures that the cruiser can have an upright seating position and handlebars that face towards the rider’s torso.

The Best Beach Cruiser Frame Materials

Four common bike frame materials to choose from are: titanium, steel, carbon fiber, and aluminum. Each have their strengths and advantages.

Titanium

Titanium is very light, yet much more expensive than other bike frame materials. It is also not used as much, because it is a niche material. While you can use titanium on a beach cruiser, there are much more affordable options out there.

Steel

Steel is very popular, due to its durability, classic look, affordability. It lasts long. It functions well. It is strong enough for even the most arduous of materials. And it's the material of choice for Dutch Bikes as it absorbs the road better than most. It's also the metal used on most vintage cruiser bikesFor these reasons the metal we use for our cruiser and Dutch bikes is hi-tensile steel. 

Chromoly

Chromoly is a well-known for being light and strong and provides the perfect blend of durability and lightness that we have come to expect in a cruiser bike.

Carbon Fiber

Carbon fiber is a composite technology that can either be a blend of metals, or a blend of carbon metal and plastic. Regardless of the carbon fiber composition your beach cruiser frame is made of, carbon fiber is strong and light. Manufacturers use composite materials like carbon fiber for their frames if they want the frame to distribute stress towards the shell.

Aluminum

One of the biggest benefits of using an aluminum bike frame is its lower weight. This allows the rider to add thicker balloon wheels to their cruiser bike, for example. Aluminum is light, strong, and does not rust, but it does not absorb the road as well as steel.

How to Ensure Your Bike Frame is a Good Fit

beach cruiser frame with black saddle

Beach cruiser frames come in a variety of sizes. You need to ensure that you purchase a beach cruiser frame that fits you. You need a frame that can handle your weight, height, and general size. If you do not, using your beach cruiser may be uncomfortable. Get a beach cruiser with a frame that fits your body.

How Do I Do This?

You may see a sizing chart on our site to determine the ideal height of the rider. Second, a sales assistant from our virtual store can determine the best fit for you. Just hit the help tab on the site to start a message or send us a text here: 847-877-9967. With beach cruisers, a bike style that emphasizes comfort, you need to purchase the most comfortable bike you can.

Use Your Bicycle Inseam to Size a Frame to Your Body

To find your bicycle inseam, measure from the bottom of your crotch to the floor while standing. You should use a measuring tape and hold the tape at a 90 degree angle, straight down towards the floor. This measurement will inform you on the proper beach cruiser frame to purchase. The bike frame should be tall enough that you can stand comfortably while your bike is stopped, but small enough so that standing is not uncomfortable.

What Should Standing Feel Like?

When standing with a bike, like at a crosswalk, your feet should be planted firmly on the ground, with the bike frame standing between your legs. If you do not have a kickstand, you should hold the bike in place with your hands on your handlebars.

How Big a Gap from the Saddle Do I Need?

You should have a gap of at least a one inch between your crotch and the top of the beach cruiser frame. When purchasing a beach cruiser, however, ask the manufacturer how they measure their frames. Different manufacturers measure their bike frames differently and often have their own sizing guides. What works well for choosing one beach bike may not be accurate for another.

Three Accessories That Will Affect Your Bike’s Size

vintage beach cruiser bike by fence

The wheels, frame, and seat saddle, will all affect the size of your bike frame relative to your bicycle inseam. Here is why.

You can purchase wheels of varying heights that will fit your bike frame. This can result in a difference of a few inches overall to your bicycle inseam. In addition, bike frames can be purchased in different heights, and seat saddles can be raised or lowered.

Why the Size of a Beach Cruiser Frame Matters

The size of the beach cruiser frame controls your comfort and your control while riding around. If a bike frame is too large or too small for you, you will notice as it will not be a pleasant ride. The types of bike accessories you can include also depend on the frame.

There are many factors that come into play when determining if a bike frame is the right size for you, including:

  • saddle height (from the seat post to the top of your saddle),
  • the distance from the handlebars to the saddle
  • the distance from the bottom bracket (where the crankset is) to the saddle’s front
  • the distance from the top tube to the ground
  • the top overlap between your feet and the front wheel

Size Versus Fit

The size of a bike frame relative to your body refers to the measurement of the bike frame, and your measurements. The fit of a bike frame relative to your body refers to how comfortable you find the bike when sitting on it. Size and fit are similar but different ways to measure whether a bike frame is the right size for you.

Choose the Bike Frame First

vintage green beach cruiser frames bikes

When determining which accessory to choose first, choose the bike frame. Bike frames are the largest part of the bike, and often the most expensive. It is also the most intensive to replace. Although beach cruisers are very well-known for their customizability, it is wise not to modify your beach cruiser frame unless you feel you absolutely have to.

Choosing a beach cruiser frame is a matter of comfort and control. You need a bike frame that feels right and fits right. The information in this article is enough for you to make an informed decision when picking out a beach cruiser. Choosing a bike frame that fits versus one that does not is the difference that will determine the enjoyment of your beach cruiser bike rides.

Eric Carriere

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