Tips for Picking the Best Beach Bike

Sand or pavement? Adam Chance of Indian Rocks Beach Bicycle goes over a couple things that people should think about when buying a bike.

Biking out on the beach is one of the many popular recreational activities on the beach.

Sooner or later, you may want to get a bicycle for going out and Adam Chance, owner of Indian Rocks Beach Cycle, has given a few helpful hints on figuring out what kind of bike to get.

The first thing to figure out is if you’re going to be riding around on sand, as well as the pavement, Chance said.

“If you do want to ride on the beach during sunset or anytime, you want to get a beach cruiser or mountain bike size wheel, 26 inch and wide,” Chance said.

For those looking to go anywhere on the sand, Fat sand bikes have three and a half inch to four inch wide tires fly anywhere across the sand, not just where it’s tightly packed by the water.

“They’re zippy on the street, too,” Chance said.

The traditional beach cruisers look like old-fashioned bicycles, but employ pedal forward technology to allow the rider to sit more upright, which makes for longer rides.

“You get less fatigue and you’re using your larger muscle groups, “ Chance said.

Single speed bikes, like the traditional cruisers, make for less maintenance on beaches with no chains to rust, Chance said.

“If you’re going to be commuting, you’d want to get a 21-speed at least to get over the bridges,” Chance said.

If you’re looking for the ultimate beach accessory to your beach bike, make sure to check out the coconut drink holders that Indian Rocks Beach Bicycle stocks. Some of the drink holders are made locally in Indian Rocks Beach as well.

“It also works great as a glovebox to hold your keys or camera,” Chance said.

If you do end up getting a bike, make sure to watch for sand spurs, which can pop your tire easily.

“Sand spurs are the number one killer here out on the beach,” Chance said.

If that happens, Indian Rocks Beach Bicycle is able to help you out with its full repair department.

For more information on the bikes offered at Indian Rocks Beach Bicycle, make sure to check out their website or visit them at 1401 Gulf Blvd. in Indian Rocks Beach.


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