I purchased a Sonoma Oasis beach cruiser. Since it's a cruiser, it's quite comfortable with a cushy, padded, spring-loaded seat and nice, high handlebars that allow me to ride without being hunched over.
But the most unique aspect of this bicycle is that it doesn't have a chain. Instead, it has a 3-speed "self-contained drive shaft." To me, that means no more pants caught in the chain, no more shoelaces chewed to oblivion, & no more chains coming off the sprocket. It also means no more black, greasy hands from replacing the chain on the aforementioned sprocket.
|Sonoma Oasis beach cruiser is |
comfortable, stylish, & inexpensive
I shouldn't say "no more" since I still own three bikes that have chains. But at least I'll have fewer incidents of the caught pants, chewed shoelaces, & greasy hands.
This bike wouldn't win any races, but it's a lot of fun and very comfortable to ride. And it elicited lots of comments at the coffee shop today, both about it's retro look and the lack of a chain.
Oh, one last quality of the bike appealed to me. It only cost $315... brand new... with no shipping charges.
What more could a cheap bike freak ask for?
And the Sonoma Oasis beach cruiser is also available as a bike rental, if you'd like to try one out before buying it.