Attn: Bike Babes! The Ultimate Guide To Beach Cruisers

A perfect day in sunny SoFla consists of eternal sunshine, endless palm trees and a light sea breeze as you pedal through the sand. While the essence of this scene is Pinterest-appropriate, the sight of a 6-speed mountain bike rolling along Ocean Drive kills it for us. But fear not, nostalgic warriors, an iconic vintage model has made a reemergence. Nothing says MIA living quite like the laid-back, chilled out, beach cruiser!
Today’s cruisers pack all that timeless class (gigantour wheels, single or three-speed, opportunity for an adorable woven basket) with a lot more style and a lot less poodle skirt. And best of all, most can be customized to your liking. From candy red wheels to mint green seats, your two-wheeler can be as colorful as you imagine. In the words of Fleetwood Hicks, the creative genius behind Villy Customs, “It’s not about going fast or far; it’s about enjoying the pleasure of the ride. I call them fashion bikes because they’re very fashion-oriented.”
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So as we sit here and design our dream cruiser, (and simultaneously pick out some killer accessories to match) we encourage you grab your espadrilles, some pastel jeans and a color-popped, lightweight top. Let’s ditch the gas-guzzlers and get this Monday stroll on a roll.
Photo: Courtesy of Urban Outfitters
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Nothing beats a bike ride and picnic on a sunny day, especially when you have a snazzy blanket to sit on — not to mention a stylishly smart way to carry it.

Beg Bicycles Picnic Rug With Straps, $142.75, available at Beg Bicycles.

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While customizing cruisers is totes up our alley, there is possibly nothing that could make this classic pink two-wheeler any more adorable, except maybe a pinwheel. And best of all, we could ride it right out of the store!

Electra Cruiser 7D Women, $299, available at Macks Cycles, 5995 Sunset Drive; 305-661-8363.

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Mom may not be around, but her words still ring true. Safety first, kids, but don’t skimp on style.

Nutcase Multi-Sport Rainbow Stripe Helmet, $60, available at Nutcase Helmets.

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Leave it to the always-applicable Urban Outfitters to show us their softer side with perfectly customizable bikes (huge fan of the Plato model). Is there anything this hipsters’ paradise doesn’t do?

Urban Outfitters, $399-499, available at Urban Outfitters.

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Don’t let a Cruiser’s good looks fool you; these bikes have a pendant for pedaling off-road, on a shoreline setting of course. “The key is to ride on hard-packed sand, and always lube your chain,” advises Villy's own Hicks.

Villy Customs, starts at $604, available at Villy Customs.

Photo: Courtesy of Villy Customs.
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A beach cruiser isn't really cruising until it can carry all of your essentials in an adorable way. Pups, bags, picnics, and beach blankets can all get a ride.

Nantucket Bike Basket Co. Cisco Collection, $53 to $56, available at Nantucket Bike Basket Co.

Photo: Courtesy of Nantucket Bike Basket Co.
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