Coastal Bikes

Check out these five cool beach cruisers--plus the perfect scenic bike trails to match your style.

Romantic: Trek T900

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Romantic: Trek T900

Much more lightweight than traditional tandems, this cruiser offers a large range of gears for just about any terrain. $1,099; trekbikes.com for dealers

Romantic Trail

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Romantic Trail

On a bicycle built for two, you can easily brave the winds across San Francisco's famous Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito. Starting from Fisherman's Wharf, follow the bike path to the bridge, which overlooks the city, the Marin Headlands, and the bay. The ride is just under nine miles, and you can return to the wharf via one of Sausalito's two ferries if you prefer to cozy up with your copilot instead.

Stylish: Electra Amsterdam Girard 3i Circles

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Stylish: Electra Amsterdam Girard 3i Circles

Combining comfort and looks, this bike has a chain case to protect designer duds from grease, and the rear rack can carry a day's worth of shopping, should you care to detour to some favorite boutiques along your ride. $900; electrabike.com for dealers

Stylish Bike Trail

Nicknamed the Trail of Conspicuous Consumption, the Lake Trail in Palm Beach, Florida, rolls past some of the swankiest mansions in the world. The easy nine-mile out-and-back ride follows the Intracoastal Waterway on a flat, paved trail near Lake Worth.

Sporty: Specialized Crosstrail Disc

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Sporty: Specialized Crosstrail Disc

Disc brakes mean no-fear stopping power in rain, mud, sand, and water. The front suspension absorbs bumps on- or off-road, and the tires are smooth enough for pavement but have enough traction for trails. $600; specialized.com  for dealers

Sporty Bike Trail

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Sporty Bike Trail

Tracing the coastal "thumb" of Michigan's glove, this route rolls past beaches along the 23-mile Caseville and Lake Huron loop. The journey offers several side trips, such as mountain biking trails in Alber E. Sleeper State Park. With exploring time built in, the loop takes about three hours.

Easy: Fuji Sanibel 2.0

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Easy: Fuji Sanibel 2.0

The step-through frame design is sundress-friendly and available in five fun coastal colors, including sea-foam green. With coaster brakes and only one speed, this no-brainer bike means you just pedal and go--best for flat-as-a-pancake trails. $329; fujibikes.com for dealers

Easy Bike Trail

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Easy Bike Trail

The 15 miles of paved bike paths on Key Biscayne near Miami meander past secluded beaches (you might want to wear your tankini and tote a beach towel), oceanside bars, and the picture-perfect Cape Florida Light--a nice stop for a photo op. The ride is great for a leisurely outing during a girls' getaway weekend.

Family-oriented: Jamis Hudson 2 & Burley D'Lite

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Family-oriented: Jamis Hudson 2 & Burley D'Lite

Leg-friendly gears allow parents to keep spinning even when they're hauling kids in the trailer, which features a safety harness, suspension system, and padded seat. $475 (bike; jamisbikes.com for dealers) and $579 (trailer; burley.com for dealers)

Family-oriented Bike Trail

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Family-oriented Bike Trail

While mom or dad provide the pedal power, kids can marvel at the wildlife along the False Cape Interior Trail at False Cape State Park in Virginia. The 15-mile out-and-back trail starts south of Sandbridge Beach adn follows the length of the park past saltwater marshes teeming with birds.

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