BeachBike ~ A Sweet Ride for the Beach and Way Beyond

When my family isn't traveling, every summer weekday I drop my kids off at camp and then head over to the gym for a little cardio before diving into a pile of work for the day. I am the only mom at drop-off riding a bicycle, with my kids following behind on their bikes. We live in Arizona, the hottest state in the U.S., so most folks keep cool in their air conditioned cars, no matter how short the commute. Biking is healthier for us and the environment. I don't mind the ride, even in the heat, ever since I got my sweet, sweet customized BeachBike. Want a BeachBike you can pimp out with all the bells (literally, get a bell!) and whistles? Here's how.

My sweet BeachBike way beyond the beach in Arizona

My sweet BeachBike way beyond the beach in Arizona (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

This story is brought to you in partnership with BeachBikes.net.

Why choose a BeachBike

Sure, BeachBikes are awesome for cruising along the boardwalk at the beach (hence, the name BeachBike). But they're also handy for tooling around your neighborhood or pedaling along paved bike paths, even when there's no beach around for miles and miles and miles. Sitting up straight on a beach cruiser, rather than hunched over with a street or mountain bike, is easier on the back and makes taking in the scenery easier.

This 3-speed BeachBike is so my style!

This 3-speed BeachBike is so my style! (Photo from BeachBikes.net)

Custom build your BeachBike

It's so fun to build the bike you want. Just fill out an online customizer with BeachBikes.net to pick your frame (with options for men and women), your color, rims, fenders, seat and grips. Then trick out your BeachBike with extras like a basket for holding your picnic basket or gym gear, a bell to let other bikers know you're coming, a cup holder to stay hydrated on the go, and a beam light for nighttime rides. You can even add a back rack or surfboard rack, if that's your groove. I love my pretty 7-speed vanilla-colored BeachBike and souped it up with an easily removable white basket, blue bell and light, plus a pink cup holder.

7-speed BeachBike for men

Of course, BeachBikes makes bikes for men, too, like this black 7-speed (Photo from BeachBikes.net)

BeachBikes beyond Cali

Although BeachBikes.net is located in SoCal, they ship for FREE nationwide. Your BeachBike arrives 85 percent pre-assembled. Then you (or in my case, my husband and dad!) install your pedals, seat and fine tune. BeachBikes.net provides detailed instructions plus links to videos to make the process easier. Need more assistance? Email or call “your own personal mechanic” and he can walk you through the steps. To help with brake installation, we brought my vanilla yellow BeachBike to a local bike shop and had them make sure everything was good to go (for just $25). Learn more at BeachBikes.net.

What color BeachBike would you choose? Let us know in the comments below!

A Note from The Travel Mama: I received free product related to this blog post. All opinions are mine, as always.

About Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama

Colleen Lanin is the founder/editor-in-chief of TravelMamas.com. As the author of her book, "The Travel Mamas' Guide," she teaches parents not only how to survive a trip with children, but also how to love exploring the world with their offspring. Her stories have appeared online and in print for such outlets as the "Today" show, NBCNews.com, Parenting Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, Chicago Tribune, Expedia, San Diego Family Magazine, and more. Colleen gives tips on television, radio, and as a public speaker. She has a master’s degree in business administration with a background in marketing. She lives in Arizona with her husband and two kids.

Comments

  1. I’d go for something bright, maybe yellow! Everyone in my family has a bike except me and I think it’s time I get one! The Mission Bay Boardwalk is perfect for cruising and I need to not let these years pass by not doing the fun free activities. Love idea of customizing this Beach Bike!

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      Definitely time to get a bike to join your family in some adventures in SoCal!

  2. So super cute and I love how you can customize each different part. I’d have to say pink or purple so I wouldn’t clash with my daughter’s new bike.

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