Biking on the beach is one of my favorite things to do in St. Augustine! I do it several times a week, usually in the morning hours. It’s a great workout especially when it’s windy! At the same time, it’s very relaxing and definitely puts my mind and soul in a great Zen place to start my day!
Riding on the beach, however, takes its toll on your bike. A regular maintenance schedule is really important in order to keep your bike in the best shape possible so you can continue to enjoy those fabulous bike rides! Here are some helpful tips that every beach biker should know about their beach cruiser!
If you have not ridden your bike in the ocean waters (which is not good for your bike but sure is a lot of fun) or been rained on, let the sand on your bike dry naturally then brush the sand off with a soft brush. Rinsing it every time you ride tends to make your bike rust out faster especially if water has seeped into the frame through the seat post and handlebar post. This will cause rusting from the inside out. You want to make sure that there is a sufficient amount of white lithium grease on the end and bottom of the posts that go into the frame so that everything stays lubricated. You can remove these posts with the right tools (usually a 15mm box wrench) and grease the posts yourself. Make sure when you put them back that you check the lines on the posts for the minimum insertion position. Having the posts set too high can cause the seat or handlebars to come off during a ride and put you in harms way!
White Lightening Clean Ride is the best lubricant for your chain at the beach because it has silicone in it that will prevent the sand from sticking to the chain. Turn your bike upside down when putting the lubricant on your chain and turn the chain while wiping gently with a towel or cloth to get the excess product off the chain. You only need to lubricate if your bike has gotten wet (do it after it dries) and then maybe once a month or so depending on the condition of your chain.
T9 or Tri-flow are the 2 best lubricants for the nuts and bolts of your bike. You can get these at a bike shop or Ace Hardware. Using a dry silicone spray on your bike frame and handle bars will keep your bike shiny and protect it from the elements. (It will rust slower!)
It’s normal for the air in your tires to go down especially if you have not ridden in a few days or weeks. Standard PSI for a beach cruiser is 35-40 PSI. You should always go a little below max on your tire pressure.
Make sure you have a bike that fits your body correctly. You should be able to stand over the frame with clearance. When you’re sitting on the bike, you should have a slight bend in your knee when your leg is extended in the downward position on the peddle. Your shoulders should be relaxed with your hands on the handlebars. If you need to adjust the seat, the seat is usually on a rail so that you can slide the seat back and forth to find the right reach for you.
I hope you find this information helpful! Happy riding and I hope to see you on the beach!