Cruiser bikes are great for relaxed rides, short trips, commutes, and errands. They often have a heavy frame, “balloon” tires, fenders, a single speed, coaster brake, chainguard, and a large padded seat (“saddle”). Variations may feature a step-through U-frame for effortless mounting and dismounting, multi-speed derailleur shifting, hand brakes, front fork suspension, and “giant spring” front shock absorber.
High-end cruiser bikes may feature an improved saddle, oversize rear carrier rack with spring clip to hold gear, groceries, etc., built-in front and rear lights powered by an internal hub generator, reflective sidewall tires for improved night visibility, built-in lock for short-stop security, kickstand, and bell for friendly communication. Some come with a hub transmission for smooth gear-shifting while coasting, pedaling, at a stop, or under full torque up a hill.