There are few things better than speeding down the road on your bike with the wind streaming across your face. The freedom of riding your bike down an open road is like no other experience in the world, and can easily be the most freeing and liberating part of your week.
If you are in the market for a new road bike, you know how important it is to find a great quality bike that is fun to ride. Even if you find a road bike that was a great deal, if it is clunky and you don’t enjoy riding it, you aren’t going to be encouraged to get out and enjoy the ride. You also probably recognize that finding a great road bike isn’t the cheapest venture on the planet. Quality road bikes can cost thousands of dollars, and that doesn’t even include ongoing maintenance and repairs.
Thankfully, there are also some really great road bikes on the market that you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to get. To give you better idea of all the affordable road bike options on the market, today we are going to look at some of the best road bikes that you can buy for under $500.
When choosing the right road bike for you, especially in this price range, there are some features that you want to be aware of to make sure that you get a reliable bike that you enjoy riding.
One of the first things that you want to make sure to check on any road bike that you are considering purchasing is that it is made with quality components. Most experts will say that Shimano components should be standard on any bike that you are seriously considering, because they provide for smooth and easy transitions between gears. Make sure that you have reliable brakes and brake pads. The last thing that you want is to be riding on a bike that isn’t safe.
The materials that your bike is made out of is going to make all of the difference in the world when it comes to pedaling, transportation, storage, and the like. Just to give you an idea of some of the materials that you will look at with these road bikes, here’s a quick breakdown.
You will notice that most of the bikes in this review have shifters that are integrated into the handlebars, but some that will actually have them in the fork or the stem. Having shifters that aren’t integrated into the handlebars near where your fingers are can make shifting more difficult, but can sometimes knock a few bucks off of the price. Take notice to the placement and functionality of the shifters, brakes, and their placement on the bike.
Typically, the more well-known the manufacturer and the longer they have been around, the better quality of bike you are getting. That isn’t always the case though. You can find some great deals on some awesome road bikes, from lesser known companies.
You also want to make sure that your bike has quality wheels and tires. The last thing that you want is a seemingly nice bike that gives you a bumpy ride and is prone to popping tires.
This Giordano Men’s 700c road bike may be just the road bike that you are looking for. It sports a durable and lightweight 6061 aluminum frame that makes it enjoyable and functional to ride. This bicycle is also equipped with with a 16 speed Shimano STI drivetrain so that you have plenty of gears for conquering hills and a changing environment on the open road.
This is yet another great value when it comes to road bikes with one of the most reputable companies in cycling history. This Schwinn road bike has a 16 speed Shimano claris derailleur and an alloy crankset for being able to take on any road.
What’s unique about this bike is the integrated microshifters that overlay with the brakes, so that all of your control mechanisms are very close together. No reaching is necessary.
This is a durable tensile-steel framed bike that is filled with Italian style and performance. It has a heavy-duty frame that is great for any road, and has a 14 speed Shimano Tourney drivetrain and derailleur for smooth and effortless shifting.
This Vilano aluminum road bike is great because it expands on the greatness of so many bikes in the under $500 category. This bike comes with a 21 speed Shimano drivetrain that gives you even more gears for tackling the roadways that you love to ride.
It is also built on a lightweight and durable aluminum frame to make riding and storage easy.
GMC is no longer just a name that is known for cars. The GMC Denali road bike is built to last on a durable and lightweight aluminum frame, and has alloy brake levers and calipers for great braking capabilities and maximum control, while riding. It also features a 21 gear Shimano drivetrain and shifters for easy and smooth shifting.
The Vilano Shadow is another great beginner road bike that you can get for under $500. It is built on a 6061 double butted aluminum frame, features all Shimano components, and 14 gears for tackling any hills.
What’s nice is that this bike also includes integrated brake/shifters into the handles so that you don’t have to move your hands around to access your gears or brakes.
This is another great men’s commuter road bike from Schwinn. It is built on an aluminum drop bar frame and fork which make it really lightweight and easy to ride. It has 14 gears which make it great for tackling any hill, and has Shimano A050 shifters for smooth transitions between gears.
The Takara Kabuto Single Speed is a little different than any of the other bikes that we have looked at up to this point in the review. Besides the fact that it is built on a durable and heavy-duty tig-welded steel frame, it is a single speed commuter which makes it ideal for riding around town with a minimal amount of incline. This is a basic, reliable, and cool bike that is great for riding to work or around town.
This Merax Road Bike is yet another undeniably great value for a reliable bike that you can get in the Under $500 price range. It gives you 21 gears of shifting versatility, with Shimano shifters and a Shimano derailleur for smooth and easy transitions between all of those gears. It sits on a lightweight aluminum frame and fork so it is really easy to pedal, transport, and store anywhere.
This is another great beginner road bike that is perfect for either men or women. It comes in a variety of sizes that accommodate riders of all different heights, and it is built on a sturdy aluminum frame with a carbon fiber fork. Smooth and effortless shifting are guaranteed with the Shimano Claris Groupset components.
Out of all of the bikes that we have taken a look at today, there are a few specific road bikes under the $500 price point that rise to the top. We are thinking of one in particular, and that is the Schwinn Men’s Prelude Bicycle. Based on performance, components, and materials, we believe that this is the highest performing and best value for any of the bikes in this review.