sixthreezero Around The Block Women’s Cruiser Commuter Bike, 26-Inch

Last updated date: August 10, 2020

DWYM Score

9.5

sixthreezero Around The Block Women’s Cruiser Commuter Bike, 26-Inch

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Overall Take

With a 17-inch durable steel frame, this commuter bike is extremely reliable. The dual-spring saddle and wide cruiser handlebar with foam grips also make the bicycle comfortable to use. There are three speeds to choose from, as well as a gear shift to make switching from one speed to another a breeze.


In our analysis of 71 expert reviews, the sixthreezero sixthreezero Women's Cruiser Commuter Bike, 26-Inch placed 5th when we looked at the top 20 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Cruise with style on the supremely comfortable Around The Block women's bike, featuring an upright riding design and sweeping cruiser handlebars to keep your back and shoulders relaxed. The comfort and ease of the sixthreezero Around The Block make it great for casual jaunts of 20 miles or less – whether to the beach, down the bike path, or around the neighborhood. The Around the Block amps up its eye-catchingly curvy 17-inch steel cruiser frame with comfort details like high-density foam grips on the wide handlebars, a dual-spring seat that ensures tailbone comfort on long rides, and 26-inch, 2. 125-inch wide aluminum wheels with large waffle tread tires that help smooth out the bumps. The Around The Block is available in four gearing options: 21-speed Shimano Tourney derailleur and friction shifters help you tackle demanding street, trail, long distance, and uphill riding. Front and rear handbrakes make stopping easy and precise. 7-speed Shimano external hub allows for a wide range of riding – from leisure to long distance commutes. Includes front and rear handbrakes. 3-speed Shimano internal hub with easy-to-use Nexus shifter enables you to handle longer distances and moderate hills. Includes front handbrake and rear coaster brakes. Single-speed model offers ultimate simplicity, and is ideal for flat terrain. The coaster braking system is simple – just pedal backwards to glide to a stop. This bike comes with a chain guard to protect pant cuffs from getting caught, plus a rear rack for use with optional panniers, baskets, and other accessories. The Around The Block is sized for riders from 5 feet to 6 feet, 4 inches tall. It comes 85% assembled. Designed with comfort, ease, and eye-catching style, sixthreezero bikes offer affordable quality for a vast range of riders.

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

9.0
3 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

9.1
2,047 user reviews

What experts liked

I think it’s the perfect combo between an old-fashioned beach cruiser and a new-school chopper-style cruiser
- New York Mag
One of the advantages of the Around The Block, as seen by users, is that it comes in a variety of models - from a simpler singlespeed option with a coaster brake, to a 21 speed option with front and rear V-brakes.
- Bike Ride
Supremely comfortable
- BIKE SMARTS

What experts didn't like

The most common complaint regarding the Around The Block, is regarding the instructions. It was a common occurrence for buyers to complain of receiving the wrong instructions for the purchased model. Others said that even the correct instructions were difficult to follow.
- Bike Ride
Heavy
- BIKE SMARTS

Our Expert Consultant

Stephanie Mansour   
Certified Personal Trainer, Health and Wellness Expert

Stephanie Mansour, host of “Step It Up with Steph” on public broadcasting, has been coaching women for over a decade on how to lose weight and make it last. She has a Bachelor of Arts in communications with an emphasis on women’s studies and psychology from the University of Michigan. She holds certifications in life coaching, personal training, yoga and Pilates.

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An Overview On Bikes

If sitting in traffic every day isn’t your idea of fun, consider riding a commuter bike to work instead. That way, you can avoid all of the congestion while getting some exercise along the way. Not to mention, riding a bike is far more eco-friendly than driving in a car, so you’re also helping out the planet with your commute.

“Are you looking for a way to burn calories, be more active, improve your health and get some fresh air on your way to and from work? A commuter bike may be perfect for you,” says fitness expert Stephanie Mansour. “A commuter bike is used to travel to and from your work and home.”

With so many different bikes available, it’s hard to know which bike is the best for your commute. One of the most important things to consider is the length of your commute. This will affect what kind of bike you need and what kind of comfort requirements you’ll have. Also beware of the cycling conditions in your city, with respect to road conditions and cycling lanes.

“Unlike a recreational bike, a commuter bike needs to be comfortable for everyday use and the specific terrain on which your route will take you,” says Mansour. “Are you going up and down hills, in bike lanes within traffic, or through neighborhoods? Your route to and from work needs to be considered and kept n mind when purchasing a commuter bike. Also, what’s the weather like in your area? If you are dealing with rain, snow, or colder temperatures, a skinny tired bike is not the best for you.”

If your commute is under three miles, then you can use pretty much any kind of bike. If your commute is between three and six miles, you’ll want to pay special attention to the bike seat to ensure it’s comfortable. Plus, take note of the height of the handlebars and the bike itself, as they will need to fit you perfectly to avoid any pain. If your commute is a long one, around nine miles, opt for a bike that’s designed for speed and efficiency.

Another element to consider is the kind of tires you will need. If your bike has large, skinny tires, you’ll have a quick ride but your tires won’t do well in the rain. If you live in an area with lots of precipitation, then you may need something with a better grip. If your commute takes you over train or streetcar tracks, skinny tires are more likely to get stuck in the grooves.

Be sure to take a look at what kind of brakes your bike has. Rim brakes, which are inexpensive and light, are prone to slipping on wet surfaces. If you’re riding along wet roads often, this isn’t a good choice. On the other hand, these may work if your commute is consistently dry. Disc brakes are more costly and considerably heavier. They offer heavy-duty braking force and more safety than rim brakes.

Your bike should also be adjusted to fit your body, and you should always practice good posture while riding to and from work.

“Make sure the bike is comfortable for you,” says Mansour. “When you extend your legs down fully on each pedal, you still want to keep your knee slightly bent. You never want to fully extend your knee as you pedal down because this can cause you to hyperextend at the knee joint. You also want to make sure that as you ride the commuter bike, you’re able to pull your navel in toward your spine to keep your core tight. Finally, you want to make sure that your shoulders are back and relaxed instead of hunched forward on the bike handles.”

The Bike Buying Guide

  • When you’re in the market for a commuter bike, be sure to look at the size of the frame and the height of the wheels. Your height will determine which sizes you need, and many bike companies provide sizing charts you can review before you purchase, to ensure you’ve selected the right bike for you. The weight of the bike may be a purchasing factor for some commuters. If you live in a place where you need to store your bike indoors or have to carry it up and down stairs, you don’t want to get one that’s too heavy. Similarly, if you don’t have a bike lockup outside at work and need to carry it to another location, you’ll be thankful you got a lightweight bike. Pay attention to the frame of the bike, as you want to get one that’s durable. A steel or aluminum alloy frame is a good choice for a commuter bike because they are hardy and last a lifetime.
  • The kind of seat your commuter bike can make all the difference when it comes to comfort. After a ride to work, you don’t want to start your tasks with a sore backside. Opt for a seat that is designed with comfort in mind and has plenty of padding.
  • The height and shape of the bike’s handlebars affect your comfort level as well. If you’re consistently hunched over, you will end up with a sore back. Similarly, having to reach up to hold the handles will give you sore upper arms. Take a look at the design of the handles when selecting your commuter bike to ensure you sit in a natural and comfortable position when holding on to them.