How does a cruiser know it's a cruiser and therefore should be more prone to rusting than any other sort of bike?
The bike dosn't know - but cruisers are mostly made by manufactures who's main customers do not face the harsh weather we have in Denmark where even cars corrode. Thus the impressive Red Schwinn bike (pic #2) is simply not built to last in our climate the way a Danish manufactured bicycle is. In sunny California its a different story.
Cruisers for sunny California originally came from cold and snowy Chicago, Dayton Ohio and Little Falls NY; The Rust Belt, where cars corrode before your eyes and people drive SAABs while dreaming of the pleasant Danish winters. The bikes were made for it. The one I have parked out in the yard is 50 years old.The main customers are still there, although few ride them in winter and the bikes now come from Taiwan and China; just like many Danish bikes. For decades before a rental shop in Venice California started calling them "Beach Cruisers" all across America they were known as "Bicycles."But a Dane should know that anything near a salt water beach is gonna rust if it can. Faster if it's sunny. Before your eyes if you let the water actually touch it.They rust in sunny California.They don't rust because they're cruisers. They don't rust because they're in Denmark. They don't even rust because they come from China.They rust because they're cheap ass.
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