Dubbing a cruiser bike as an “urban lady” bike is a rather lofty move by all accounts. Doing so means that you are claiming to have a bike that is feminine, easy to ride, and able to withstand the rigors that come with city riding, or changing terrain around town.
Firmstrong’s Urban Lady Beach Cruiser lives up to the name, providing all the key things a woman could want with a high-end cruiser. The bike rides great, feels great, and looks great, leaving some room for customization and other options as well.
The result is a top-tier cruiser bike that is built to perform, while offering plenty of style as well. It may cost you a little more, but you’ll find it to be more than worth the money. The Urban Lady is simply one of the best beach cruisers you’ll find, and still maintains a fair price.
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The wide, oversized seat completes your comfort with dual springs that help make the ride soft and cushy
Beach cruisers have evolved a little over time, but it sometimes seems like some bike makers have forgotten what they’re supposed to be about.
At its heart, a beach cruiser should be as simple as possible, incredibly comfortable, and versatile enough to be ridden on pavement and a little off the road as well.
The Firmstrong Urban Lady Beach Cruiser retains the classic features and styling of vintage cruisers, while using exceptional components and some strategic engineering to ensure a versatile, capable bike that is everything a cruiser should be.
Everything starts with the bike’s frame. The 17-inch steel frame has a female-friendly top tube design, and showcases some subtle curving throughout that gives the bike a throwback look with some modern flair.
The frame’s design also allows for improved shock absorption, but not at the expense of its overall stability. When fully-equipped, the Urban Lady weighs around 37 pounds, which is definitely on the lighter side in terms of cruiser bike weights.
In fact, the lighter weight is one of the bike’s better advantages. This makes it easier to carry the bike whenever the need arises, and it also makes it a little more nimble when accelerating from a stop.
The drivetrain is your usual singlespeed setup that’s standard for a cruiser. The gearing is very efficient for speeds anywhere from around 3 to 15 mph. Acceleration is noticeably quick, and it’s easy to maintain a consistent speed when seated.
For those that would like more than one speed, the Urban Lady is available in a 3-speed and 7-speed version. The 3-speed model uses a rear hb for shifting, while the 7-speed version uses a standard derailleur system instead. Whoever you choose, the shifting is fast and precise.
The 7-speed version also makes for a formidable commuter-style bike as well. If you live in an area with lots of hills, or just need more efficiency and speed options for long rides on a frequent basis, the 7-speed is a great choice.
As with most single-speeds, the Urban Lady uses coaster brakes for stopping, eliminating the need for brakes levers, cables, and any unwanted maintenance. However, if you get a multi-speed version, you will have either one or two hand brakes, depending on the model you choose.
The wheelset of the Urban Lady is impressive. 2.125-inch wide tires give the bike a softer ride, and handle bumps well. The smooth, knobby tread is a good mixture, giving the bike some added versatility on various surfaces. The white tire walls give the bike a classic look that’s in tune with the frame design and other components.
The saddle is very soft, with a lot of added cushioning to compliment the spring coils in the back. The saddle’s shape is wide and oversized, giving the bike a boost of comfort that makes longer rides much more bearable.
The Urban Lady comes in many different color schemes, and you can even upgrade to other versions that include matching fenders, and a bell too.
The different color and feature combinations are available in the different speed options as well, so it’s easy to pick out the perfect combination for your needs and style preferences.
In terms of quality, the Urban Lady has all you need. The numerous options for speeds, colors, and other features serve to only make this bike even better.
Regardless of which one you choose, you know you’ll be getting a well-built cruiser with precise attention to detail.
It’s hard to really narrow it down since we love everything about this bike, but we’ll try. The frame design is the first thing that stands out. The curves and color options are all very attractive, and serves as the perfect foundation to the rest of the bike.
The lighter weight of the frame affects the Urban Lady in all the right ways, but most importantly how it rides. The bike feels the exact opposite of sluggish, which is a common complaint with cruisers that are on the heavier side of things.
The numerous combinations and options is another aspect that stands out. It’s rare to see this many ways to personalize a beach cruiser to your preferences. Speeds, brakes, colors, fenders -- it’s all there.
The handlebar design deserves some attention, as it adds to the bike’s comfort without taking away from steering ability.
The handlebar grips are adequate for this bike, but with the price, and the overall high level of other components, it seems strange that the grips aren’t better than they are. You get the same standard foam grips found on every other cruiser. Oh well.
Be sure to glance over all the options you have with the Urban Lady before ordering. Not only can you choose different speeds, colors, and features, you can get smaller tires as well. Consider your main riding environment, and how much you’ll be using the bike.
The Urban Lady is a little more expensive than other cruisers, but it’s worth the price. The level of comfort and performance is unmatched from other cruisers in its class.
The bike has a noticeable amount of durability that goes along with its smoother ride, so you know it’s built to last.
If you have some extra money to spend, and you want a truly superior cruiser that looks as good as it rides, the Firmstrong Urban Lady is for you.
This post was last updated on September 21st, 2018 at 08:53 pm
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