Firmstrong Urban Man Beach Cruiser Bicycle Review
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If you love cycling and looking to get active, then a beach cruiser can be your ideal solution.
Ok, I’d still suggest a cruiser even if you don’t love cycling.
Coz they are fun, and you will eventually come to love them.
After all, they have changed a lot from 50’s cruisers. Back in those days, beach cruisers used to be bland and, may I dare to say, ugly.
Nowadays, they are stylish and much easier to ride though still retaining some similarities to the old cruisers in terms of design.
But you aren’t here for history lessons; you are here to learn more about the Firmstrong man beach cruiser bicycle.
So, let’s cut to the chase. Below I will provide you with a detailed review of the Firmstrong Cruiser Bicycle. And then you can decide if that’s good enough for you.
Firmstrong Urban Man Beach Cruiser Bicycle Review
Firmstrong is one of the most popular manufacturers of cruiser bikes. Though they have been producing bikes for not more than a decade, they have managed to gain a foothold in this industry in a short time.
The beach cruiser bike comes in a dazzling array of 13 colors. Moreover, it also has 4-speed options, which you can choose from. While the single and 3-speed versions feature coaster brakes, the 7-speed and 21-speed versions come with additional handbrakes. Rated for 300 pounds, it can easily handle big guys.
Regarding assembly, this one comes 80% assembled so that you won’t have to work too hard to set this thing up. The leather, padded handle grips are also very impressive. When it comes to the saddle, they have done a really good job. It’s extra wide and very comfortable to sit on.
The balloon tires are 2.125-inch wide each and can absorb bumps very well and roll fast and smooth. In addition, the 19-inch frame looks solid and should last a very long time. It really shines in the aesthetic aspect as the bike looks nothing short of gorgeous.
The design of the bike is geared towards user comfort. It doesn’t require you to bend uncomfortably as you can sit upright while enjoying the ride.
When it comes to looks, it’s certainly eye-pleasing and able to attract eyeballs.
Moreover, the handlebar is sufficiently wide to give you enough torque to steer the front wheel comfortably. As a result, you can control the bike direction better.
Though it’s not mentioned in the product details, the handlebar comes with leather, padded grip. Nonetheless, these grips slip a lot and hardly remain on the original spot.
As I have mentioned earlier that the bike features coaster brakes. That’s a good thing as it requires minimum maintenance. Moreover, the coaster brakes are really helpful for individuals that are suffering from carpal tunnel.
If you ever find yourself in bad weather, the coaster brakes will come in very handy. It’s because they great provide amazing traction in adverse weather.
Also, due to having a minimalist appearance, they make the device look a lot cooler.
That said the only issue with coaster brakes is that they take a bit of time to halt the bike. The longer breaking time can be a problem if you ever find yourself in need of stopping immediately.
And keep in mind that if you are used to using hand brakes, it might take a while for you to get accustomed to the coaster brake.
In 50’s, cruiser bikes used to be really heavy. That’s one of the reasoned why their popularity waned so quickly. When the much lighter ‘English racer’ arrived at the scene, the sell of cruiser bikes dropped dramatically.
However, that’s not the case anymore as bikes are much lighter nowadays. Weighing only 38 lbs, it’s as lightweight as beach cruiser bikes get.
As you know already that the bike is available in 4-speed options.
The single speed is perfect for beach rides and going on errands around town. You can go as fast as 15 MPH with a single speed bike.
The 3-speed gives you more options and is suitable for hilly terrains, but not steep ones. Just like the single speed bikes, it can go about 15 MPH.
As you can guess, the 7-speed bikes offer a lot more biking options. With this one, not only you can go on short beach rides but can also use it for commuting.
If you have high-intensity biking in mind, then I’d suggest that you go with the 21-speed bike. The Shimano Tourney derailleur features 21 gears and is ideal to handle rough terrains.
Though the bike comes 80% assembled, you still need to do a bit of work. Not that the process is a cakewalk, but it’s certainly not difficult.
However, you’ll be glad to know that the drive chain, which is the trickiest part of a cruiser assembly, comes already assembled.
To put up the whole thing together, you’ll need some grease and tools such as wrenches and screwdriver.
You’ll need to buy these tools separately since they aren’t included in the package. It would have been better if they came with the unit, but unfortunately, they didn’t.
A word of caution: if you aren’t familiar with the tools, the entire process might prove a tad cumbersome for you.
Once you have assembled the wheels, handlebar, and the seat, you need to give your attention to the brakes. Adjust the brakes as it suits you.
A manual guide is provided to help you with the setup.
Overall, it shouldn’t take you more than 30 minutes to put the bike together.
It’s impossible to find fault with the seat.
The seat is plush, wide and very comfortable.
Hence, there’s no need to worry about the seat as you will certainly find the seat to your liking.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Is the bike able to handle a flat trail that is predominately made of rocks and dirt?
It can manage gravels and creeks without a hitch. However, the single-speed version may not be able to handle steep hilly terrains.
2. How do you stop the bike?
Coastal brake has been used in this bike. For this reason, you need to reverse the pedal to stop the bike. It’s one of the simplest but effective brakes out there.
3. What is the weight capacity of this bike?
About 300 pounds. It can easily carry a big guy without bending the rims or popping the chain.
4. Does buying a fully assembled bike means you won’t have to assemble anything before you ride?
That’s right. Purchasing a fully assemble bike means you won’t need to do anything. However, you’ll have to pay additional money for a fully assembled bike.
5. Can you ride the thing on the beach and dunes?
This thing is called a beach cruiser bicycle. Obviously, you can. In addition, you can also use it for commuting around town.
That’s about all you need to know about the Firmstrong man beach cruiser bicycle.
Overall, it’s a pretty good bike that fits the bill for both beach trips and regular commuting.
But is it worth the money?
I can say with full confidence that it is. Its durable components, great performance, and good looks make the bike worth every penny.
Let me know in the comments section about your thoughts on the bike.Gracias!