What is a good cheap road bike?
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What is a good cheap road bike?

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What is a road bike?

You can skip to the next section if you’ve already done your research and know what a road bike is. For those who just want a quick refresher, see our description right here.

Many folks call a road bike a race bike. In fact, you’ll find road bikes look almost the same as many pro race bikes.

You’ll find drop (mustache) handlebars. The tires are pretty narrow and have high air pressure. The bikes usually have derailleur gears so you can change speeds however you want. Some single speed and fixed gear models are also available.

The overall body frame of the bike is pretty lightweight. The main purpose of a road bike is to be used on paved roads, as opposed to off-road uses like that of a mountain bike.

That’s why many riders choose a road bike for daily commutes, cruising around town, running quick errands and even exercising.

If these are the uses you’re looking for, we’ll show you the best options for under $500 next.

Vilano Diverse 3.0 Performance Hybrid Road Bike

The Vilano Diverse 3.0 Performance Hybrid Road Bike
The Vilano Diverse 3.0 Performance Hybrid Road Bike

Price: $299

Although they call it a hybrid bike, you obviously can use this bike for paved road riding and racing. Vilano is a pretty well-known brand in the bike industry. Despite their relatively new establishment, Vilano bikes have already won the hearts of many difficult riders.

We think this is a great bike for you even if you’re a beginner because it’s so versatile. You can use it for many purposes like cruising around the neighborhood, traveling to work or to school, or even exercising on the weekends.

The bike is also super easy to put together. We think you’ll love the Shimano thumb shifters on this one. It’s one of the easiest shifters to get used to for beginners. The overall bike is not that heavy. For under $300, this is certainly a great bike for the buck.

6KU Aluminum Fixed Gear Single-Speed Fixie Urban Track Bike

The 6KU Aluminum Fixed Gear Single-Speed Fixie Urban Track Bike
The 6KU Aluminum Fixed Gear Single-Speed Fixie Urban Track Bike

Price: $249

If multiple speed bikes are not your thing, check out this single speed right here. This is a super awesome bike to ride around your city. What we particularly love about this bike is its Flip Flop hub.

Simply, Flip Flop hub allows you to alternate between single speed (aka freewheel) and fixie riding by just flipping the rear wheel over. For beginners, you may want to stick with the single speed mode because you can coast from time to time. If you want to build some muscles, definitely try fixed gear mode!

The material 6061 double-butted aluminum is one of the best materials you can find on quality bikes today. And this 6KU is made from that lightweight aircraft-grade metal.

You can choose from 5 sizes: 49 to 58 cm. This is the bike height measured from the bottom bracket shell up to the top tube. Make sure you leave about an inch of clearance from the top tube and your inseam. This will make standing over your bike more comfortable.

Merax Finiss Aluminum 21 Speed 700C Road Bike Racing Bicycle

The Merax Finiss Aluminum 21 Speed 700C Road Bike Racing Bicycle
The Merax Finiss Aluminum 21 Speed 700C Road Bike Racing Bicycle

Price: $219

This is an amazing bike for only a little over $200. It looks super cool. There are drop bars, tail light, kickstand, water bottle cage, and a very nice black and neon finish.

This is a 21-speed bike. You can easily change gears by clicking the shifter lever with your thumb. Riding hard gear will surely help you develop very strong legs and muscles.

Racing on this bike also feels great. The Kenda tires are very up to the task. What’s cute about it is that there’s a free pannier bag included with the purchase. It’s pretty handy if you want to bring along some snacks or energy bars on long rides.

We’re very satisfied with the overall construction and performance of this bike. It might just be your favorite one. Definitely a cheap but high-quality road bike! Check it out!

Schwinn Volare 1300 Men’s Drop Bar Road Bike

The Schwinn Volare 1300 Men's Drop Bar Road Bike
The Schwinn Volare 1300 Men’s Drop Bar Road Bike

Price: $306

Schwinn is another big name in the house. This drop bar road bike will surely not disappoint. If 24 or 21 speeds feel overwhelming to you, this baby right here has a sweet 14-speed combination.

The overall bike is very well-built. The welds are made with high precision. The paint is nicely done. There’s not much to complain about the overall design of the bike at this price point.

In terms of performance, this bike is certainly a beast. You can go downhills at 30 MPH and somewhere around 18-20 MPH on the open road. Pretty awesome.

You should check the parts in the box carefully when the shipment arrives. Because you wouldn’t want any missing parts upon unpacking.

In a nutshell, this is a worth-it bike at a very good price.

Takara Kabuto Single Speed Road Bike

The Takara Kabuto Single Speed Road Bike
The Takara Kabuto Single Speed Road Bike

Price: $199

This Takara road bike is incredibly cheap compared to other models that we’ve seen. First of all, it looks awesome! You’ll certainly turn heads riding this bike around town.

This is a single speed bike. It does have a Flip Flop hub as well. This makes maintenance super easy on you. If you’re very meticulous, 5-10 minutes a week is all you need to keep the bike in good shape and performance.

It’s very easy to use. You can stop the bike by squeezing the rim brakes. Also, it’s quick to assemble. You can upgrade the bike by replacing the chainring or cranks if you like. The possibilities are endless.

We think you will love this bike just as much as your wallet does.

Huffy: 16″ Rock It EZ Build Bike, Red

The Huffy: 16" Rock It EZ Build Bike, Red
The Huffy: 16″ Rock It EZ Build Bike, Red

Price: $68

Now, here is a very good option for your little ones. This Huffy road bike is adorable! It’s like the miniature version of all the bigger road bikes for adults.

If your child is just learning how to ride a bike, you can get them this one. It’s a single speed bike that’s super easy for kids to control. Taller kids can also ride it without hurting their knees too much.

Stopping the bike is easy. You can teach the kids to use the coaster brake by turning the pedals backward with their feet. This is a nice skill to have. And it’s so useful if they grow up and use foot-operated brakes later on.

Giordano Libero 1.6 Men’s Road Bike-700c

The Giordano Libero 1.6 Men's Road Bike-700c
The Giordano Libero 1.6 Men’s Road Bike-700c

Price: $399

The last road bike we recommend is this Giordano Libero. It’s a little bit more expensive than the other models. However, it’s a great bike.

This is a unique 16-speed bike with Shimano shifters. They are very easy to use. Also, we like the look and feel of the bike. There are 2 water bottle mounts as well.

If your budget allows this, certainly check this bike out!

Conclusion

Those are 7 great cheap road bikes that we think you, your sons or daughters will love. Whatever bike you choose, don’t forget to protect your loved ones or yourself with a helmet or knee pads. With that said, we hope you’ll have a nice experience riding your bike today.

Author

David E. Rodriguez

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