Sometimes it's the little things that make a difference
The most inexpensive bike cup holders are usually simple metal or plastic rings that are designed to tighten around your drink. These are often made of some flimsy metal or a cheap grade of plastic that's so thin it quickly breaks. Whether they clip onto the center rail of your bike or onto the handlebars, skip these models. They aren't worth the money.
There is a lot more variety in the top of the handle bar models of cup holder. These vary more widely in price and style, so you can probably find one that looks nice. These cup holders attach to your handlebars with the actual cup holder sitting on top of the bars. There are some advantages to these. Some of them have insulation to keep your drink cooler or warmer longer, which is nice for a long bike ride. You can get these bike cup holders in different colors if you like to coordinate your accessories to your beach cruiser.
On the other hand, since these are perched on top of the handlebars, they can easily flip or slip to one side, spilling your drink everywhere. Some people also complain that if you don't put just the right size cup or can into one of these holders, the can or cup can get stuck or be difficult to remove. Since you only have one hand to reach for your drink while you're biking, you don't want to have to wrestle it out of the cup holder. Some cup holders that fit on the top of the handlebars can also get in the way if you want to install a basket or bell to your cruiser bike.
The bike cup holders that are most reliable clip to the handlebars, but hold the cup or can alongside the handlebars rather than on top. Top quality ones will be made of sturdy, hard plastic with metal screws. They 're easy to install and don't interfere with your being able to add anything like a bell or basket, to your handlebars.
These bike cup holders feature a wrap-around style that adjusts to hold a variety of can and cup sizes securely. A bottom plate keeps drinks from slipping out and steadies your drink so there's no spilling. It's easy to take a drink and place the cup or can into the holder because of the easy, snap-in and snap-out design. We recommend this style because it's versatile, strong and easy to install and use. Even better is the price. You can find these bike cup holders for less than twenty bucks from the right beach cruiser bike shop.