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Cruiser vs. Hybrid vs. Comfort Bicycles: | What Are The Differences & Advantages of Each

Regardless of whether you seek a cruiser, hybrid, or one of the comfort bicycles, finding a two-wheeler to suit your specific wants and needs is easier than ever. Just answer the following questions:

1) Where do you intend to use your bike?

2) What activity will you most commonly be doing on it?

3) Will you ride alone or with friends?

4) If in a group, will you want to buy the same or similar type of bike as they ride?

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Cruiser Bicycles

Though similar to hybrids, multi-speed beach cruisers are slightly more durable and comfort-oriented. These upright-style bicycles are easy on the body, featuring padded seats that baby your bottom and thick tires that can roll over road debris without succumbing to punctures. Naturally, you give up speed and dashing design with these cruisers, but they will ensure your comfort while you traverse roadways throughout your city and neighborhood. But you don't give up as much speed as one would think. A cruiser bike of old may have only had a single speed but now a days this is not the case. Beach cruisers are available in an assortment of different speed options. There are single speeds, three speeds, seven speeds and even 21 speeds. This means a cruiser bicycle now can have the same gear setup as any other type of bicycle on the market. Let's run through all of the other elements of cruiser bicycles.

The tires on a cruiser tend to be on the wider side, usually 1.95" or wider. On a hybrid or comfort bike that will generally be less than 1.95" wide. Beach cruiser bikes are designed to provide a comfortable, shock free ride. The wider tires will absorb a lot of the bumps and bounces meaning the rider won't feel them in their body. This size tire though will create more drag when riding. It will take a slight amount of extra work to get a wide tire rolling versus a narrow tire rolling. So if you prefer speed a cruiser bicycle for men or women may not be the best bet for you. But if you enjoy comfort, then a wider tire is perfect for you. Just know you will exchanging efficiency for comfort when you choose a wide beach cruiser tire. You won't coast as far with a cruiser tire as you would on a hybrid bike tire.

The seats on a cruiser bike tend to be larger than any other category of bicycle including hybrid ands comfort bikes. Cruiser seats are designed to be extra wide and provide ample support for the riders rear. Again like tires, you are trading some of the aero dynamics for comfort. Most people who choose a cruiser bike are looking for an extra wide seat that will cradle their buttocks so they won't have pain when riding. Beach cruiser seats also tend to have spring support under the seat to again add vibration protection for the rider. Seats on a beach cruiser are comfortable, but they are heavier and will add additional weight. So the same is true of the seat which is they are not designed for performance. But if you really wanted to you could always put a more performance focused seat on a cruiser. Seats are interchangeable between any bike style.

The riding position is really what sets a cruiser bike a part from other categories of bike. Cruisers are designed to put the rider in an upright riding with their back upright and arms relaxed. This sitting position reduces muscle strain on the shoulders, upper and lower back. On hybrid bikes most times the riding position will have you leaning slightly forward and you will need to extend your arms forward to reach the handlebars. A position geared more towards performance than comfort. Cruiser bicycles are all about comfort and putting riders in the most comfortable riding position possible. The benefit of a cruiser is you won't have the soreness or post ride pain you may, or may not have on a hybrid bike post ride. The relaxed position is nice for cruising, enjoying the scenery and enjoying the day.

The last major element of a beach cruiser bicycle that really separates them from cruiser bikes is the look. Cruisers are just better looking and simply said. They have a beautifully curved frame with typically vibrant colors. Designers of cruisers tend to make more bold choices when it comes to the color palette of cruisers. It makes for a more fun poppy color scheme that will standout amongst all of the black and white bicycles on the trail. Also, there are so many fun beach cruiser accessories to choose from to add to your bike and truly make it your own. The customization choices are endless.

Whether on a daily basis for exercise and errand-running, or leisure rides on the weekend, cruiser bicycles may be the right bike for you. Check out sixthreezero’s collection of cruiser bikes.

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Hybrid Bicycles

Hybrid bikes are designed to be a cross between road and mountain bikes. The design typically make them ideal for biking on various terrains like roads, bike paths, and even some unpaved paths. Their tires are of medium thickness to ensure smooth sailing on neighborhood streets while being thick enough to handle the wear and tear of dirt paths. However, they are not meant for more rigorous off-road or mountain biking, since they are not as light or efficient as bikes made expressly for these activities. Lets get into some of the specifics of a hybrid bike.

The handlebars on a hybrid bike are typically focused a little more on performance than comfort. The rider will most likely have to slightly lean forward in order to reach the handlebars. This will cause a little more muscle tension for riders. But some riders prefer a slight more aggressive riding position because it gives you better control of the bike at higher speeds. Hybrid bikes are designed to reach higher speeds than a cruiser, and thus it's important to ensure the rider is in a position where they can have control the bike perfectly when reaching top speeds.

Hybrid bike tires will be narrower than a cruiser but will generally be designed to handle both on and off road riding. A typically width is around 1.5" and the diameter is typically 26". The large diameter will give riders a good roll on payment even with a tire that is wider than a traditional road bike tire. The narrower tire makes hybrid bicycles more nimble and easier to corner and steer than a cruiser. Now in straight line easy going riding you won't really notice the difference but if you ride at speeds over either miles per hour you'll appreciate the nimbleness of a hybrid bike.

Seats on a hybrid bike can really varying. It's called a hybrid bike for a reason and it's because they use elements from many different styles of bike. Typically a hybrid bike seat will be narrower than a cruiser but wider than a road bike. They will also have more padding than a road bike seat because drag isn't something hybrid bike riders worry about.

Suspension forks can often times be found on hybrid bikes. These type of forks are great for absorbing the bumps of an uneven terrain. The forks will absorb the bump so your body won't have to. It's a nice feature that just makes them roll smoother over uneven trails or pavement. The benefit is you can switch off the suspension and make them a rigid fork. This will allow them to roll more efficiently on flat ground terrain. The choice is yours whether you engage or don't engage the fork.

If you want to go fast, but still want to be comfortable, a hybrid bike is a great option. You can commute, get exercise but also be comfortable on rides. Peruse sixthreezero’s collection of hybrid bikes.

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Comfort Bicycles

These offshoots of hybrid bikes feature a design that puts your comfort at a premium while still allowing travel in neighborhoods and on city streets. Like cruiser bikes, comfort bikes offer padded seats and upright handlebars, but feature some of the performance elements of hybrid bikes. Comfort bikes typically have a low step through frame to allow riders the ability of easy mounting and dismounting. Let's discuss all of the features of a comfort bicycle.

Comfort bicycles are designed for just that, comfort. But they also feature a lot of performance bike elements. The riding position of a comfort bike will be very similar to a cruiser bike. Except a comfort bicycle will most like a different style handlebar than a cruiser. The handlebar on a comfort bicycle is typically more straight. So while the rider will be sitting upright, they will most likely be extending their arms out in front of them versus at their sides. Just means possibly a little more tension on the shoulders during rides.

Comfort bikes will have tire sizes similar to a hybird bike. Comfort bicycles are actually designed for comfort and also performance. Because of this the tires on a comfort bike are more similar to a hybrid bike versus a cruiser. Many people who buy comfort bicycles want the performance of a hybrid bike but with an additional comfort elements.

A suspension fork is commonly found on a comfort bike. This will add the extra shock absorption reducing the vibration felt in the body of the rider. This is both a performance and comfort feature, while it's good for comfort it's also a great feature to have when riding on uneven terrain. This is a feature that may drive the price of a comfort bike slightly higher than a cruiser bike, so make sure you decide if you want this option or not.

Comfort bicycles for men and women are designed for comfort while still allowing riders to get the performance elements of a hybrid. They are really a great choice if you like occasionally pick up some speed on rides but still want to be sitting comfortably. They are a very fun product category and perfect for adult riders getting back into cycling. Senior riders also commonly choose a comfort bike for their bike rides.

Check out the selection of comfort bikes at sixthreezero.

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Bike Comparison FAQs

Still not sure which type of bike is the best fit for your fitness lifestyle? We get a lot of questions about the nuts and bolts of separating one bike from the next. Here are some of the most common questions about cruiser bikes vs. hybrid models vs. comfort bicycles. Read on, then start browsing our bike inventory today so you can add a new toy to your garage ASAP.

What is a comfort bike best for? A comfort bike is best suited for slow, leisurely rides along the pavement. Think Sunday trips to the market in your neighborhood or beach boardwalk journeys to take in the view. They may also be the right choice for a rider who has lower back pain and needs to sit in an ergonomic position for safe, pain-free riding.

What is the price different between all three styles?

Typically a beach cruiser is going to be the least expensive type bike of the three. This is because usually they possess the least amount of features. Hybrid bikes and comfort bikes will tend to be about the same price. A cruiser bike will usually range in price from $200 - $700 while a hybrid bike and comfort bike will range from $300 - $1,000. The specs and features will impact this range but generally this is what you can expect to pay for each type.

What is a cruiser bike frame like? It’s easy for most riders to picture a beach cruiser with its bike, skinny tires and a mountain bike with its compact design and narrow handlebars. But what about a cruiser? Many new riders are less familiar with what to expect. Most cruisers are made of durable steel, which makes them a bit heavier but better able to handle wear and tear. They have wideset tires and curved handlebars. A cruiser bike will often be equipped with a high seat and handlebar arrangement.

What is a cruiser bike best for? Cruiser bikes are ideal for both city riding and some light trail excursions. If you want to hit a national park dirt trail, a cruiser is a better bike for the job than a beach cruiser. We also recommend them for low-speed, low-impact rides on both dirt paths and paved bike lanes. Since they have tough tires, they’re also good for riders who know there are a few potholes on their route.

What is the difference between a 3- and 7-speed hybrid bike? Naturally, a 7-speed bike has more gears (but you already knew that!) What are the other major differences? For one, the gears on a 3-speed are tucked into a single hub. On a 7-speed hybrid, cogs are placed externally and operate on a derailleur. A 3-speed also has a simpler look overall, while a 7-speed model has a more complex look thanks to the intricate gear system. 7-speed hybrid bikes are able to tackle tougher terrain than a 3-speed, which can handle some hills but is not ideal for rough off-roading.

What kind of bike is easiest to ride? This one is tough, and the answer may depend on your personal fitness level and health. When in doubt, check in with your doctor to see which bike is best for your arthritis, knee pain, or other issues. As a general rule, however, comfort bikes and other ergonomic bikes are the easiest for a wide array of cyclists. Look for bikes designated as “easy mount” that have wide handles and handbrakes if an easy ride is a priority.

Whichever style you choose, make sure you are comfortable with the design and durability of your new bike. If you are uncertain going in, remember to ask to test drive these different styles so you can become more accustomed to their features and differences before committing to one. This will ensure you bike many miles on your new vehicle.

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