beach cruiser


: a usually single-speed bicycle that is typically equipped with balloon tires and is designed to be ridden in an upright seating position
He was 6'2" and 300 pounds as a sophomore at Morse High in San Diego, and he was riding his beach cruiser home from band practice one day, his trumpet case balancing on the handlebars, when the football coach stopped him and said, "You know, you really ought to try football."Tim Keown

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Examples of beach cruiser in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Little People brand also has an official Barbie beach cruiser set, which includes two mini dolls and a push-along toy car that plays music. Tim Chan, The Hollywood Reporter, 1 Aug. 2023 The fabric kept me as cool, didn’t show sweat, and remained polished after hours of wear — sightseeing, riding beach cruisers, and gorging on southern delicacies — with hardly any wrinkles thanks to the linen-rayon fabric. Susan Brickell, Travel + Leisure, 16 July 2023 After a long bike ride around the neighborhood (on complimentary beach cruisers, of course), begin your evening with a cocktail in the outdoor courtyard before tucking into the seasonal fare offered at the on-site Zero Restaurant. Lydia Mansel, Travel + Leisure, 31 May 2023 Later, nab one of the hotel’s beach cruisers and coast down the boardwalk. Kate Donnelly, Forbes, 18 Apr. 2023 Thömus The rapidly expanding e-bike market now runs the gamut from urban commuters and beach cruisers to rugged mountain bikes and svelte, carbon-fiber road bikes. Michael Van Runkle, Robb Report, 14 Mar. 2023 That would separate people on foot and the slower bicycles, such as beach cruisers, from the buffered bike trails used by faster cyclists along the highway. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Mar. 2023 Paradise Point Resort & Spa This family-friendly resort on Mission Bay near SeaWorld San Diego features five pools, a mile-long beach, tennis courts, bonfire pits, a nine-hole putting course, beach cruisers, multiple waterfront restaurants, and a private marina on its 44-acre island. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, 22 Feb. 2023 Hop on a beach cruiser to pedal along downtown streets. Outside Online, 4 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1977, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of beach cruiser was in 1977

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“Beach cruiser.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2023.

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