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The Best Cruiser Bikes for Men and Women, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ’em) products and single out the most convincing ones. While we’ve written about the best bikes for commuting to work, and the best ones for kids of all ages, here we’ve rounded up the best-reviewed cruiser bikes for leisurely rides that you can find on Amazon. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)

Best fixed-gear cruiser bike

Pure Cycles Pure Fix Original Fixed Gear Single Speed Fixie Bike

“This is an excellent bike and a great value for the money. I have been riding bikes for over thirty years and even rode a few fixies years back before it was cool and this is one of the better riding bikes I have ridden. It’s a little heavy being steel, but the steel frame really sucks up any vibration from the road. When running fixed, you really feel like you and the bike are one and the ride is very smooth. The geometry of the frame seems perfect. It’s very comfortable.”

Best women’s basic cruiser bike

Sixthreezero Around the Block Women’s Cruiser Bike

“I love my new bike! At age 46, I wanted a comfortable bike to ride around with my family where I sat upright, had a few gears, and was light enough for me to lift onto the bike rack. Total success! The best features are how comfy the seat feels, the chain rail cover, and the paint job. I was also so pleased to find that the handlebars and the hand brakes were adjustable to my exact specifications.”

Best women’s step-through cruiser bikes

Sixthreezero EVRYjourney Women’s Step-Through Hybrid Cruiser Bicycle

“After a lot of research, I ordered this bike as an upgrade to the rusty one-speeder I recently bought used. The old bike convinced me that I still remember how to ride, and still love it, but this beautiful new EVRYjourney is what I really wanted all along. I live at the beach, so the real test was to see if I could ride it on the sand. I’m kind of old-ish, so I’m in first gear on the beach, but the point is, my bike and I are out there having fun! It was easy enough for my husband and me to put together with the tools provided. When I ordered this bike, I wasn’t sure if I’d keep it. Now you’d have to steal it from me to get it away. Please don’t — I love it!”

Schwinn Discover Women’s Hybrid Bicycle

“This bike is perfect! It is comfortable and a great height. I wanted the look of a cruiser, but wanted to be able to keep up with my husband while biking. This bike fits the bill perfectly–it has the mud guards and the cute back rack, but it can keep up, too! There are a lot of gears, I don’t change them too much, but I do like having them instead of just one or three options like a traditional cruiser would offer. I’ve ridden this bike to work (about 7 miles each way) and it was a great ride. The seat is comfortable too. I would highly recommend this bike if you want a cute, sophisticated bike that can ride well, too.”

Best women’s step-through cruiser bike with basket

Huffy Nel Lusso Women’s Cruiser Bike

“My 13-year-old loves this bike. It’s available in mint green and banana yellow in many places, but this color was what made it for her. She loves the cup holder and basket, which is pretty much why she wanted this over similar bikes. When she puts her phone in the bike cup holder and plays music, she swears it acts like a speaker. As the parent, I liked how easy it was to assemble, although the accessories don’t have directions so you have to wing that part. It rides very nicely.”

Best women’s beach cruiser bikes

Firmstrong Urban Lady Beach Cruiser Bicycle

“I can’t say enough about this bicycle. I love it like I loved my first new car, it’s such a nice, smooth ride. I even get to sit upright, which does wonders for my back, as the new models of bicycles force you to bend down. The seat, so far, has been better than anything else I’ve tried to replace it with. No more experimenting with seats, this one works well. The bumps in the road are so, so much better to deal with. I have been ‘forced’ to hit holes and other road hazards while trying not to get hit, and I am consistently surprised and impressed by the smooth ride.”

Sixthreezero Women’s Beach Cruiser Bicycle

“Love this bike! It is beautiful and a joy to ride. I was a little concerned about this purchase as we live in a hilly neighborhood. I bought the three-speed, but since this is a beach cruiser, I was still worried it would be too heavy and cumbersome. I am happy to say that the bike took the hills like a champ. Sure, I got a little workout with it, but nothing too crazy as to take the joy out of a leisurely paced ride. It shifts smoothly and seamlessly, something I was also worried about. I am thrilled beyond words with the internal shifter. I also like the back pedal brakes that my model has.”

Best men’s basic cruiser bike

Sixthreezero Around the Block Men’s Cruiser Bike

“Bicycle was ready to go out of the box and runs perfectly. I love this bicycle. I use it every day as a commuter and to run errands. This bicycle is very reliable and very easy to ride. I have biked all my life using road bicycles, mountain bikes, and a BMX bicycle. This is my first cruiser bike and has quickly become my favorite.”

Best men’s hybrid cruiser bikes

Schwinn Men’s Network Men’s Hybrid Bicycle

“I love this bike! It’s everything I was looking for in a bike for college. Since it’s a hybrid it has the grip of mountain bike tires with the easy cruising of the cruisers. Assembly was very easy, only taking me five minutes. Schwinn is an awesome brand so the bike should last long too. I’ve had it for a few months and everything works great!”

Sixthreezero EVRYjourney Men’s Hybrid Cruiser Bicycle

“This is a well-made, lightweight, aluminum bike with the highest quality components. I especially like the design of the frame. It enables me to sit comfortably without leaning forward, which I find is important in a hybrid cruiser. While pedaling, my legs extend properly without having to raise the seat to a ridiculous height. The seat is really easy to sit on even on a longer ride. I assembled the bike myself and it was relatively easy with the supplied instructions and tools. Oh, and my friends like the matte black paint job.”

Best men’s beach cruiser bikes

Firmstrong Urban Man Beach Cruiser Bicycle

“I had this bike on my wish list for while and finally broke down and purchased it. Now I don’t no why I waited as long as I did! This bike is well worth the price considering all you get. It is comfortable to ride, the seat is nice and bouncy, the shifter is easy to operate, and it has coaster brakes! As far as assembly, well, that went very smoothly and quickly. I have already recommended this bike to several co-workers and am very happy that I made the purchase. This isn’t a racing bike, it is designed for comfort and fun. Personally, I think it looks great and it rides really well. Again, if you are looking for a nice, comfortable, fun bike, this is it.”

Firmstrong Bruiser Man Beach Cruiser Bicycle

“This is a beautiful bike. It is a big bike for big people. Small people would probably find this bike sorta heavy. It is very comfortable. I have ridden as much as ten miles a day with it. I was told by many people that it would be a very bad idea to buy a three-speed, but I love it. I live in the country and ride up a few midsize hills with no problem. I believe that the 3-speed is just as good as the 7-speed I used to ride and it will need much less maintenance. The assembly instructions are very good and they also include a recommended maintenance schedule with directions.”

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Best Cruiser Bikes for Men and Women, According to Reviewers