When it comes to choosing a bicycle or a bike, we have to first decide where we plan to ride the new bike. This is necessary because there are different types of bike and each type is designed and constructed for different kinds of ride and the place to ride the bike. Basically, there are 4 types of bikes such as road bikes, mountain bikes, hybrid bikes, and specialty bikes such as cruiser bikes also known as beach cruisers.
These days, you can buy custom build bikes online. You only need to choose the bike your like, and have it customized to meet your requirement such as to fit your size, your favourite colour and accessories added according to your choice.
If you are riding your beach cruiser bicycle for the first time, you will need some beginner’s guide. You will be surprised at how different it is to ride a beach cruiser compared to a road bike. The following are simple steps to riding a beach cruiser for beginners:
- First, mount your cruiser bike. You should be seated comfortably with one foot firmly on the ground and the other on the pedal.
- Reach out both your hands to grip the handles comfortably. Just make sure the grip is firm enough to avoid any slipping. You will need to adjust the handlebars until your arms can grip the handles comfortably with your elbows slightly bent.
- To start riding, use the foot that is on the ground to push forward slightly. Using the foot that is on the pedal to immediately start pedalling and bring the other foot from the ground to the pedal. You will have to keep pedalling to maintain your balance just like any other normal bike.
If you have a multi-speed beach cruiser, you can switch gears using the multi-speed shifter located at the handlebar.
- To turn gracefully, you will need to remain in your upright position without leaning forward. Just apply a slight rotational pressure to the handlebar to the direction you want to turn and then lean slightly towards that direction. You will fall if the turning is too quick.
- To stop, stop pedalling forward. Instead slow pedal backward until you feel the coaster brake engage. When the bike slows down and stops, place one foot on the ground to stabilize the bike. Bikes with multi-speed shifter use handbrakes to slow down or stop by simply applying pressure to the lever.
- Make a few practice runs in your neighbourhood until you are comfortable before venturing out for longer rides.