My first bike in Bangkok was a light blue Trek Beach Cruiser. It was stolen within two weeks. It was such an awesome and good performing city bike that I didn’t hesitate to buy the exact same bike a few days later.
My bicycle currently in Udon Thani.
To turn it in a practical city bike I pimped it up a little bit.
First of all I did buy three locks but pretty soon I lost the keys one by one so that was hopeless.
On a more substantional level I did install a back carrier and a seat for my baby son. In 4 years of biking to come I biked maybe three of four times without my son. That seat was well worth the investment.
I also did buy a front carrier on the ‘net. It can carry a heavy load and the bike can handle it perfectly. I use it all the time for groceries, and occasionally for <heavy stuff> and <very heavy stuff>. Turns the bike from a recreational vehicle into a practical city bike.
On a safety level, I did install two mirrors on the bike. It gives me a great view of the traffic behind me. At least 30% of the time I glance in the mirrors to keep my awareness of the scooters, cars and trucks behind me. No mirrors ? Suicide !
One of the trademarks of the beach cruiser is it’s handle bar . Replace the handle bar with an ordinary handle bar and a beach cruiser doesn’t look like a beach cruiser anymore.
Because the handle bar is wide it gives you more control and precision. Thanks to a rising handle bar you can sit straight (and not slightly bended) which gives you the <cruising around town> feeling. Comfortable, especially for longer drives through the city.
Sitting straight (instead of bending over like on a mountain bike) also gives you a better view.
With a 3 gear the Trek Beach Cruiser can handle speed very well. Without special effort I speed through the traffic.
The only improvement that I see for this bike would be Disc Brakes which gives you more control.
In my experience, the Beach Cruiser is the perfect city bike by far.