Been looking for the best road bike for you, but don’t have thousands of dollars to drop on a nice one? The great news is that you don’t actually have to spend thousands of dollars to get a road bike that is worth riding. In fact, there are plenty of great road bike models that you can find for under a couple hundred dollars.
Today, we are going to take a look at a variety of road bikes that you can get for under $200. Hopefully, by the end of this review you will have a better idea of what bike you want to be riding, while you are road biking on a budget.
Let’s have a look at the GMC Denali Road Bike. This is a classic 21 speed road bike with a lightweight and durable aluminum frame for easy transportation, and easier riding. This road bike is equipped with alloy brake levers and alloy calipers for fast action and reliable braking capabilities. The Denali is also geared up with alloy, high profile, Vitesse racing wheels.
There’s no need to worry about how smooth it is to change gears on your Denali because it is fitted with a Shimano derailleur and Shimano Revolution shifters which make for quick and easy shifting between gears. You are going to be rolling on 700c tires that are built for riding quickly on any street.
Now, let’s have a look at the Aluminum Road Commuter Bike. The frame of this road bicycle is made of 6061 double butted aluminum, which make it extremely lightweight. The light frame is really easy to pedal on, and is easy to store in your home, garage, or throw it in the back of your car for a weekend ride. This bike is setup with Shimano A050 thumb shifters for smooth and seamless transition between gears.
This aluminum framed commuter sits on 700c double walled machined sides. You have 21 speeds on this bike which make it great for just about any riding situation, whether you are coasting through your neighborhood or climbing up a steep incline. The pedals are included when you purchase this bike, so there’s no need to install your own unless you want to.
Now, for something a little bit different, let’s have a look at the Takara Kabuto Single Speed Road Bike. Unlike the first two road bikes that we looked at, this bike does not come stocked with multiple speeds, as you may have been able to tell by the name. This bike is constructed from a tig-welded sturdy steel frame and fork with a horizontal drop out, so that it can get roughed up without getting any dents or a noticeable damage.
This unique road bike features alloy rims with an alloy hub. Just to give you an idea of how built this bike it, it weighs in at a stocky 29.5 pounds.
The Vilano R2 Commuter is another reliable choice for getting yourself a road bike under $200. This bike is constructed from a lightweight 6061 double butted aluminum frame, which make it really fast and easy to pedal down the road. This bike, much like the aluminum commuter road bike, also features Shimano A050 thumb shifters for conveniently located, quick, and easy transition between gears.
Speaking of gears, this bike features a 21 gear drivetrain that can handle any kind of roadways that you want to ride it on. Free pedals are included with the bicycle, so that you don’t have to be concerned about buying pedals separately, and the bike is shipped directly from the factory.
Just in case you are a fan of fixed gear bikes, let’s take a look at another with the Critical Cycles Harper Coaster Fixie road bicycle. This fixie is hand built for high-tensile, tig-welded strong steel that is great for absorbing bumps and shakes from the road. The construction of the frame of this bicycle makes it incredibly durable and built to last. This sleek looking fixed gear bike comes with 30 mm deep-v rims and rides on Wanda commuter tires for a smooth fast riding experience.
It also comes with a VP freestyle pedals, a KMC bike chain, and a coaster brake that you can use to come to a quick stop. What we really enjoy about this fix gear, is that everything that you need to ride comes in the box, including the tools that you need to build it.
For the last road bike that we are looking at today, let’s delve into the Vilano Women's Classic Urban Commuter Single Speed Bike. This bike has a classic design that makes it look like a road bike was fused with a classic beach cruiser.
This is another single speed bike with 700c tires, and was designed for fairly flat city riding. This bike has cool mustache handlebars that are covered with comfort grips, for an enjoyable riding experience. The Vilano Women’s Commuter also includes a coaster brake for quick, safe, and easy braking. That, along with the relaxed geometrical design of this bicycle make it a very comfortable ride for taking around town. To top it off, the pedals and a kickstand are included with this bike.
Which one of these pocketbook-friendly road bikes did you end up liking the best? For us personally, it was the Vilano R2 Commuter Aluminum Road Bike. This essentially has all of the features that you could need in a great commuter road bike including a lightweight frame, pedals, great tires, good components, and 21 gears for tackling roads of all shapes, sizes, and inclines. That’s why this road bike wins our pick.