We get asked all the time, do we repair bikes?  We certainly do here at our location in Tempe, AZ. We can fix nearly any bike.

The beauty of a beach cruiser bike is the simplicity.  Generally, keep ample tire pressure going and you are ready to ride.  With Soul Beach Cruisers, we build a premium bike, but it is easy to maintain.

We choose hydraulic brakes because they have little to no maintenance.  Brake pads wear out in perhaps 4-5 years of standard dry weather riding.  If they get wet frequently, they will wear faster.

The Sturmey Archer SX-RK3 3 speed hub is low maintenance as well.  It runs sealed bearings on the rotor side, and everything on the shifter side has seals to prevent contaminants from getting in there.  Basically, adjust the shifter every once in a while and you are good to go.  That is the only real adjustment you do mechanically to the bike. Everything else needs little attention.

Our chains are coated in several ways.  Most of the chains are plated, with a specialty coating over the top to prevent rust.  We run chrome chainrings and cogs, so only the tips of the teeth get wear and could show rust.

Keep good air pressure in all of your tires. When ample air pressure is maintained, you get less flat tires.  On our fat tire bikes we try to keep 30 psi in them. Thinner tires go a bit higher, sometimes to 40.

We recommend a wax based chain lubricant such as White Lightning. This lasts longer, stays cleaner and is easy to apply.

Everyone worries about the saddle on a bicycle. It is the sore spot for many! But finding the right saddle is not always simple.

Just simply putting a tractor saddle on a bike doesnt make it comfortable. There is a trade off on wide versus supportive.  If a saddle becomes too wide, as you pedal, the back of your thighs push you forward off the seat.

Also, soft sounds great. But, if it is too soft, it will wrinkle. Wrinkles will create pressure points. The same way that loose clothing can be an issue.

We feel the best cruiser seat is from a company called GrandStar, a maker in Taiwan. We equip this saddle on every Soul Beach Cruiser we make!  It features two layers of dense foam, and a quilted top which give a soft feel, but does not distort.

We use a rubber spring in our seat as well. Springs start to make noise after a while, rubber is nice and quiet! This combination of foam, quilting and rubber springs give comfortable support where it is needed.

Adjustment is always necessary.  Generally, you start with the saddle level to the ground. You can take a straight edge or level, and ensure that the nose and the tail are even. If the rear springs settle too much, pointing the nose up, then readjust the saddle to have a 1/4″ nose down angle. Having the saddle relatively flat like this prevents you from sliding forward or backwards excessively.

Generally, basic tires for cruisers have little if any technology built into them. So things like tighter thread casings and belts for flat resistance are not included due mainly to the price point and demand. Funny thing is that people want less flats, there is a demand there.

Most cruiser tires are built with a casing of around 20-25 tpi or threads per inch. Since cruisers are low pressure tire types, the need for heavier or more tpi in the casings is reduced.  Also the bead is made out of steel.

Normally, wire bead tires are less precise and fit fairly loosely onto the rims. The wider the tire, the less precise it becomes since it is difficult to have a tight fit on a wide 2 or 3″ rim.

We try to choose better tire compounds for Soul Beach Cruisers. While the carcass can be basic, tread and compound can be improved easily.  We run two tread types, the Duro Beach Bum style with deeper grooves and the Soul Fast which is lighter weight.

We are researching higher quality casings that reinforce the bead area so that on eBikes you have a stronger tire.  The main sidewall will always be thin for ride quality. Thicker sidewalls may seem good, but on a bike the tire is the main suspension, so a flexible sidewall is important.

High quality tires are very important to bicycle performance. Even for cruisers, some tires actually make riding hard due to rolling resistance. We choose to run a 3″ tire on a 4″ rim to help with rolling resistance and overall performance.