Beach cruiser bicycles promise to be an even bigger fad this summer than last. The more practically inclined can opt for a mountain bike or a good old-fashioned Schwinn.

Many of these bikes are sold by Bicycle Habitat in New York and at BeachBikes.net in LA and San Diego. Most beach cruisers go for $350 or less.

bicycle by Firmstrong, based in SoCal
bicycle by Diamondback
Love the bikes in 1950's colors.

looks like a Schwinn
Yes, people are friendlier in LA.
a windswept day on the beach
low rider