Are you on the hunt for a new bicycle and not sure whether to go for a beach cruiser or one of the hybrid bikes? Today we are going to take a look into the pros and cons of each option, and take a look at which one may best suit your needs. Selecting a new bike should come down to how you will use it, where you will use it and whether or not you want to purchase a bike in the same style as what your riding buddies have. To help you make the best choice, let’s weigh up the pros and cons of each option.

Beach Cruiser Bikes

Some of the best beach cruiser bikes are actually very similar to the hybrid bicycles although there are many differences between the two choices. Here are the pros and cons of buying a beach cruiser.

  • Pros

Beach cruisers are designed with a heavy focus on the comfort for the rider. Very often you will find heavily padded seats and an upright design which supports the body as you ride.

These bikes are made to last and they are often designed using durable materials and in a way which creates a strong and robust bicycle. The tires on a beach cruiser and usually thick and chunky which minimizes the risk of puncture.

Beach cruisers have a number of purposes and they can be used for casual riding or exercise, they are also great city bicycles, perfect for small distances.

  • Cons

Speed is certainly something which you lose out on with these bikes, largely owing to the way in which they are designed win terms of comfort and durability.

The design of these bikes are very classic and whilst that may appeal to some, many prefer a more dynamic and attractive bicycle, something which you won’t find with a beach cruiser.


If a beach cruiser doesn’t suit your needs then perhaps a hybrid will be a better option, let’s take a look at some of the benefits and disadvantages of this bicycle style.

  • Pros

The all-purpose nature of a hybrid bike is something which draws in many people, these bikes are a cross between a road bike and a mountain bike, meaning that they can be used for just about any kind of riding.

If the lack of speed which beach cruisers offer is an issue then this could be a far better choice as hybrid bikes offer a much faster ride thanks to its light and streamlined design.

Comfort isn’t sacrificed on these bikes and you will enjoy a thick padded seat, a sturdy design and strong upright handlebars which support the body.

  • Cons

Whilst they may look like great bikes to take off-road, the hybrid bike really isn’t designed that way and beyond the odd dirt path they don’t perform well when used in this manner.

The tires are made of medium thickness which is great for roaming about on the streets, unfortunately however they may not fair well going over debris and you may need to fix punctures as you go.

Both bikes make for great options and the choice will really be down to how you see yourself using the bike.