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Cruising the Beach

On a sunny summer day at the beach, nothing beats riding down coastal roads on a beach cruiser bicycle. Catch the cooling beach breeze in your hair as you ride along, explore a new area of your beach town that you wouldn’t otherwise reach on foot, or skip the parking headache along the beachfront all by simply hopping on your beach cruiser. Best of all, you’ll also turn heads when you’re out for a ride thanks to the beautiful vintage design and sleek look of modern beach cruisers.

Beach cruisers offer a number of advantages over traditional bikes. For the casual beachgoer simply looking for an easy way to get around, beach cruisers are perfect because of their long handlebars, plushy seats, and large wheelbases that all contribute to comfort during the ride. They also allow you to sit upright rather than hunched over as on a road bike, which is more comfortable for many users especially if riding with a backpack or bag to the beach. Beach cruisers are also easy to maintain and ride, since they often lack complicated multi-speed gear mechanisms.

Although many cruiser bikes look the same when compared to a road or mountain bike, once you dive into the world of cruiser bikes you’ll quickly find that there are several different types available. Beach cruisers are the most classic design. Beach cruisers are famous for their upright seating position, extra-large and comfortable seats, and extended handlebars. Most beach cruisers also incorporate large 26-inch wheels with fat tires, making it easier to speed over sand-covered roads.

Stretch cruisers are very similar to classic beach cruisers, but take the elongated handlebars even further. This results in more of a reclined seating position than an upright one, which many riders enjoy for short trips between home and the beach. Similarly, low-rider cruisers are a variant of the traditional design that feature a shorter seat, similar to motorcycles. These cruisers place the handlebars nearly above your head, and special variants known as choppers even push the front wheel out at a 45 degree angle from the bike to truly mimic its namesake style of motorcycle.

Connecticut has miles and miles of shoreline to see. Taking a bike to the beach is a privilege that we’ve come to love. But not all bike rides along our stunning coast are simple and sandy.

Check out these incredible beach bike rides to give you a new perspective on the shore.

Harkness Memorial State Park, Waterford

It will be hard to decide where to begin or finish your excursion at Harkness Memorial State Park. Take a bike along the roads within the state park lead up to a short 1/4-mile beach for a blend of sand and rock. Then venture into the elegant gardens that overlook the waterfront.

Address: 275 Great Neck Road, Waterford, CT 06385.

Sherwood Island State Park, Westport

Sherwood Island State Park has two beaches to explore with pathways to connect them creating a one-mile journey along the shore. You’ll also want to stop by the 9/11 Memorial when you visit this park.

Address: Sherwood Island Connector, Westport, CT 06880.

Hammonasset Beach State Park, Madison

Hammonasset Beach is Connecticut’s longest beach and you can bike two miles of beachfront. But don’t miss out on the opportunity to take a tour behind the dunes. The flat winding paths are lined with beach flowers and give a unique look at the coast.

Address: 1288 Boston Post Road, Madison, CT 06443.

Greenwich Point Park, Greenwich

Greenwich Point Park is popular for its sandy beach but the biking trails are equally delightful. Don’t forget your camera, you’ll definitely want to capture the breathtaking landscape here.

Address: 7 Tods Driftway, Old Greenwich, CT 06870.

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