Put style over speed on a local cruiser ride (cruiserbikeride.org), where half the fun comes from adorning yourself and your bike with the latest accessories.
1. Nutcase Helmet
From snow to cycle to skate, Nutcase makes helmets that make a statement through graphic art. Hipsters and bike couriers love them for their simple understated shape, as compared with the vented aerodynamic styles more commonly seen today.
2. Nirve Jewel Bell
You’ll be the bell of the ball, err ride, with this diamond-faceted ringer. With an easy twist, the plastic gem sounds off loud and clear. Fits any standard handlebars. Choose from gold or silver.
3. Betty Basket Liners
Denverite Tara Byrnes designed these liners after she got her first cruiser in 2006 and realized smaller things would fall from her wire basket. Besides adding flair and function, the liner pulls out as a stylish handbag for in-town errands.
4. Electra Betty 3i
This fashion cruiser has beauty and brains, pairing a flashy steel frame punctuated by handlebar tassels and fenders with a Shimano internal 3-speed and an easy-to-use twist shifter. Electra’s patented Flat Foot technology ensures a comfortable upright position on the bike, along with the ability to reach both feet to the ground for added stability and control.
5. Skirt Sports Cruiser Bike Girl
This 14-inch skirt with built-in mesh shorts and foam chamois transitions seamlessly from cruiser ride to wine bar. Thoughtfully designed in Boulder, the skirt’s waistband is slightly higher in the back to avoid the crack-factor when bending over. An iPod porthole just beneath the waistband means no peek-a-boo when accessing your music.