Re: hi everyone! yet another newbe
The cruiser style frame typically offers a softer ride than a road bike. As for a multispeed, once the engine is running most of us find little use for gears. I keep all of mine in 2nd gear and never change it. Pedal to start then enjoy the ride.
The cruisers have fatter, softer tires and some have suspension forks to better enhance the ride. Good luck, ride safe.
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