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Cruiser Bikes

2013 Best Cruiser Bikes

“Reviewing the best Cruiser bikes for 2013. Read below to find out what made the list!”

Cruiser Bikes

Cruiser Bikes

Let’s face it, a comfortable bike for women can be difficult to find. You look all over town for something that won’t make your shoulders sore from leaning over and won’t give you a sore seat either. Cruise bikes for women might be what you want. Will they be perfect? Well, like most products, you see both the awesome ones and the real lemons.

There’s no bike that will suit all purposes. You’ll want to pick out one that fits your height, your comfort zone and your reasons for buying a bike. Cruise bikes are excellent for riding around town or taking a pleasure ride on a trail by the waterfront.

Sonoma Women’s Chainless Drive Evolution Sunset Beach Cruiser Bike
Combining modern innovative with a sleek retro design, the Sonoma chainless women’s Beach Cruiser will keep you looking good–and riding comfortably–whether you’re heading to the shore or running errands downtown. In addition to Sonoma’s exclusive chainless technology, the Beach Cruiser offers such features as a sturdy yet lightweight aluminum frame that’s easy to handle and transport, an ergonomically designed spring comfort saddle and fashionable bullhorn-style handlebars, a simplified three-speed shifting system, premium alloy V-brakes, and a coaster brake for additional safety.

Schwinn Prestige Women’s Cruiser Bike
The Prestige Women’s Cruiser Bike from Schwinn offers classic style for comfortable riding to and from the beach and around town. The Prestige is equipped with a seven-speed drivetrain and SRAM grip shifters to get you up and down hills with confidence. Meanwhile, the comfort suspension fork takes the jolt out of the road and the steel comfort frame allows you to maintain an upright riding position for reduced neck and shoulder strain. With alloy linear pull brakes, the bike is designed for a safe and reliable ride.

Susan G Komen Single Speed Beach Cruiser Bike
The Susan G Komen Single Speed Beach Cruiser Bike donates $10 for every one of these bikes sold to support breast cancer research. It has 26″ wheels, a coaster brake, and a cruiser comfort style.

2013 Most Wished For Cruiser Bikes For Women / Men
1: Huffy Women’s Deluxe Cruiser Bike, Mint Green, 26-Inch/Medium
2: Schwinn Windwood Women’s Cruiser Bike (26-Inch Wheels)
3: Schwinn Women’s Sanctuary 7-Speed Cruiser Bicycle (26-Inch Wheels), Cream/Burgundy, 16-Inch
4: Huffy Men’s Deluxe Cruiser Bike, Gloss Navy Blue, 26-Inch/Medium
5: Airwalk 26-Inch Cardiff Black Cruiser Bicycle Huffy Women’s

Good Vibrations Bike
The Huffy Good Vibrations women’s cruiser is made for folks who want to enjoy the ride as much as the destination. Reminiscent of the classic bikes of the 1950s, the single-speed cruiser is a retro beauty. The Good Vibrations bike features a maroon-colored cruiser frame with beefy 26-inch whitewall cruiser tires, long steel fenders, upswept handlebars, and an extra-wide, double-spring seat. This simple combination of big tires, upright riding position, and cantilevered frame has been the stock and trade of cruiser bikes since the days of poodle skirts and tail fins. Use the Good Vibrations bike to cruise the campus, meander around the campsite, or ride to the store to pick up a gallon of milk. The design concludes with old-fashioned rear coaster brakes (they’re controlled through the foot pedals, in case you don’t remember). The Huffy Good Vibrations women’s cruiser is recommended for ages 12 to adult. Huffy, which made its first bike–the Davis Sewing Machine bicycle–in 1892, is so confident in the Good Vibrations that it offers a manufacturer’s lifetime warranty on its steel frame.

Nirve Wispy Women’s Cruiser Bike
Built for comfortable around-town road and trail cruising, the Wispy Bike from Nirve features a unique Nirve Galaxie frame with Nirve Kandy ergonomic handlebars for an easy, upright riding position. Available with a choice of one or three-speed gearing, the Wispy offers a front hand brake and a rear coaster brake for confident stopping power. The 26-inch Pinwheels flower tread tires roll well on paved and dirt surfaces and the Nirve Classic saddle, grips, and full-length fenders deliver on style and comfort.

Kettler Women’s Verso Capri Cruiser Bike
Whether you’re moseying along the boardwalk or taking a relaxed ride to the grocery store, the Kettler Verso Capri women’s cruiser bike is an ideal choice. The Verso Capri is equipped with a high-strength 15-inch aluminum frame with retro styling, along with swept-back cruiser-style handlebars and an extra-wide padded saddle. The cruiser features let you pedal effortlessly in an ergonomically superior upright position–a must for casual rides on a sunny day. The bike also includes a front basket that’s large enough to carry everything from produce to picnic lunches. And riders will love the clear-coated front and rear fenders and heavy-duty 2.12-inch whitewall tires, which complete the retro cruiser look. Other features include dual-sided pedals, a three-piece chrome-plated crank set, a sturdy chromoly rigid fork, resilient alloy rims with stainless-steel spokes, a quick-release seat post clamp, a shatterproof chain guard, and a center-mounted, rust-resistant kickstand. More at Women Beach Cruiser Bike Reviews – 2013 Best Ladies Bicycles

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Felt Bikes

Felt Bikes: Felt Z95 Bike Review

“Felt produces road, mountain, track, bmx, cyclocross and cruiser bikes. For our first Felt Bikes review, we feature Felt Z95 Bike. Check it out below!”

Felt Bikes

Felt Bikes

Felt Z95

£649

evanscycles.com / saddleback.co.uk

Mirinda Carfrae and Becky Lavelle are among the triathletes who reached the podium on Felt bikes in 2012. The American company’s bikes always look the part, but their Z95 endurance machine has brought something more tangible than just good looks to the party: nine-speed Shimano Sora shifting. The significance is the range: the Felt doesn’t just have a higher top gear than a lot of bikes at this price, but also a much lower bottom gear.

FRAME AND FORK

The frame is exactly what you’d expect for £650 – but for an entry-level machine it’s very well finished. It’s a welcome sign for today’s bike buyers that even comparatively modestly priced bikes look so much like their dearer siblings, and in a lot of cases ride like them – riding this you could easily believe you’re on something much more pricey.

The frame has all the evidence of hydroforming. It has an oversized down tube and its curved top tube narrows as it nears the seat tube, where it forms a junction with the slightly dropped seatstays. The seatpost is standard 27.2mm diameter rather than oversize, but this year it’s aluminium rather than the carbon of the 2012 model.

It’s paired with an excellent fork too. Felt’s own UHC (ultra-high-modulus carbon) Performance fork has an oversize 1.125in aluminium steerer tube – the sort of fork that would have been on more exotic bikes a few years ago.

THE KIT

Felt has seriously raised the game when it comes to spec. Though it’s only one level higher than 2300 in Shimano’s hierarchy, Sora offers an extra gear and its levers are, ergonomically speaking, a huge improvement. Most significantly for competitive riders, you can change gear when on the drops, the paddle lever being much more accessible than 2300’s thumbshifter.

Paired with the 11-32T cassette, the gear range is virtually the equal of a triple. But it does this without the weight of the extra chainring and the possible increase in Q factor. We reckon the knee-friendly lower gears more than make up for the downside of slightly larger jumps between gears.

In addition to a good groupset for the price, the Felt also has some decent stoppers, its dual-pivot cartridge brakes offering both excellent stopping power and good modulation. The chainset is FSA’s Tempo compact with square-taper bottom bracket, BB30 not yet having made it to bikes at this price. It’s tried and trusted technology, easy to replace and straightforward if you want to upgrade.

Wheels, too, are very much the norm, with Alex’s R500 rims and Felt’s skinny own-brand hubs. They’re competent rather than exciting, but are easy to service. Felt’s own all-weather 25mm tyres favour durability over performance, but their 25mm width offers an ideal balance of comfort and performance.

THE RIDE

Although endurance- rather than performance-orientated, the Z95 actually has pretty typical road bike frame angles – 73.5° seat angle with only a marginally slacker 72.5° head tube. What Felt has done is to shorten the top tube a little and raise lengthen the head angle slightly, though not to extreme proportions, and fit a shortish stem. The slightly upright riding position that results puts less pressure on your lower back, emphasising its suitability for distance rather than sprint events, but the front isn’t so high to prevent you fitting tri-bars.

The Z95’s lower gears come into their own late in a ride after long, hard miles, allowing you to climb riding in the saddle, which is more efficient and uses less energy than out-of-saddle efforts. The gearing also makes it a very sound choice for less-experienced riders, or older riders returning to cycling who might have issues with their knees.

But that shouldn’t make you think this is a bike for dawdling. It’s not quite as urgent around the corners or on climbs as some of its slightly lighter rivals but it’s no slouch, and with that 50/11T top gear you can hit high speeds and maintain them well – and in comfort – with the added ability to change up when riding on the drops.

The drops are quite deep, which offsets some of the effects of the heightened head tube, and the padded gel bar tape proved very welcome too. The dual-density saddle may be a little spongy for some, but the extra softness may be popular with other riders.

Pros

+ Great groupset for the price – Sora is a massive step-up from 2300

+ Good build quality, and excellent transmission range

Cons

– It’s heavier than some of its rivals, and its upright geometry won’t appeal to racers

– Dual-density saddle can be an acquired taste

Verdict

The Z95 majors in comfort over all-out performance, but would make a great long-distance machine if its upright position suits you.

More at Felt Z95 Bike Review

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Your Questions About Best Wetsuit For Weak Swimmers

Nancy asks…

I am doing my first triathlon in a month?

I can’t afford a full body wetsuit. all I have here is a longsleeve wetsuit top. Will that do?

Mike Rich answers:

It depends. What is the water temperature likely to be?

If it’s too cold for you to swim without a wetsuit, then by all means wear it! It will keep your core warm even if your legs are getting cold. I would recommend buying a neoprene hood to wear under your swim cap. They aren’t very expensive but will keep your head warm. I do a lot of open water swimming in cold water (under 60F) and usually wear a neoprene cap and just a regular swim suit –though this takes some practice to get adjusted to!

If you are not worried about the water being too cold for you to swim in without a wetsuit, then I would not bother with it. The wetsuit will restrict your arm movement while not giving you the benefit of lifting your hips like a fullbody suit would. The reasons triathletes wear wetsuits are to a) stay warm and b) keep their hips up since they often are relatively weak swimmers with poor body position/technique. So, wearing a wetsuit on top only can actually lift your shoulders up more, which will result in dropping your hips more –this is the opposite of how you want to swim. You do not want to drag your hips through the water like a barge. You want to float them up to the surface as much as possible.

In short, if you won’t be too cold, leave the top-half wetsuit at home.

Either way, you should be able to save time in your first transition over folks wearing a full wetsuit!

I’m a swimmer who just started doing triathlons myself. I saved up my money to buy a road bike, so I couldn’t afford a wetsuit either. I borrowed one from a friend for a couple of really cold water early-springtime practice swims. I hated wearing the wetsuit (but was happy for the warmth). I’m glad I spent my money on the bike instead. The triathlons I’ve done were in water warm enough for me to leave the wetsuit at home.

Best of luck to you in your first tri!

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