With the exception of precipitation, every day is a good day for a bike ride! Sure you can rent a set of wheels for an afternoon ride through the park, but owning a bicycle, like any one of these cruisers or mountain bikes, will save you money in the long run.
Shimano 26" Folding Mountain Bike
Store: Comfort Stools via eBay
Price: $137.95 with $24.95 s&h
Lowest By: $12
Is It Worth It?: Shimano makes the go-to shifters and components on some of the world's most desired bikes, so it makes sense that they'd take their mechanical know-how to make a great folding bike. The price folds magically, too, as it's $12 under the lowest total price we could find for any 26" folding mountain bike elsewhere. Designed for demanding terrain or rougher-than-normal urban transit, this bike is stripped down a bit in terms of speeds (it has six, as opposed to 18 or 24 on more tricked out mountain bikes), but still built to perform.
High Roller Adult Size Big Wheel Drift Trike
Store: High Roller
Price: $599.99 with $99.99 s&h
Lowest By: $300
Is It Worth It?: We never forgot our Marx Big Wheel toy as a kid. And now there's a trike for adults! It features a steel frame and fork, pneumatic 26" front wheel, alloy V-Brake and levers, and metal flake glossy paint.
Schwinn Women's Clairmont 26" Cruiser Bike
Price: $149 with free shipping
Lowest By: $34
Is It Worth It?: Not sure which cruiser is right for you? This Yellow/Pink bike is designed with lady riders in mind: it even has pink sidewalls on the tires and the step-through frame for easy mounting. The wheels measure 26" which are ideal for medium-height riders, and the 7 speeds are a nice added touch: more shifting flexibility to negotiate hills and terrain changes. Other features include a steel frame and alloy linear pull brakes.
Schwinn Men's 26" Delmar Cruiser Bike
Price: $129 with free shipping
Lowest By: $113
Is It Worth It?: Similar to the woman's bike above, this 26" men's bike has a sleek styling (available in Navy) and a padded cruiser saddle. It also features a rear rack for carrying small loads on the go, a steel frame, dual-density handlebar grips, coaster brakes, and whitewall balloon tires.
Huffy Men's Cranbrook 26" Cruiser Bike
Price: $89 with free shipping
Lowest By: $16
Is It Worth It?: Available in Gold, this single-speed bike is made for light riding duty, with more attention paid to cosmetic flourishes (like the gold fenders and gloss black rims) than say, race-quality shifting components. And unlike the Schwinn Delmar listed above, it has no rear rack. It features a steel frame, dual-density handlebar grips, padded spring saddle with quick-release binder, coaster brakes, and whitewall balloon tires.