Try Cycling With A Cheap Road Bike

Looking for a good bike to ride on the way to work, for exercise, or just for fun on weekends and after work? If so, a good road bike is likely exactly what you need to get started. In fact, one of these will serve you well on most bike paths and for road riding. The best thing about turning into a roadie rider is that these bikes can be found for cheap. In fact, there are lots of great options when it comes to road bikes under $500 – $1000. So, if you’re not sure, we suggest starting with a cheap model and upgrading later on if you really need to. Below we share some of our favorite models and give you some tips on what to look for when shopping.

Top 10 Best Cheap Road Bikes For The Money (2017)

we've focused on quality bikes in the under $500 - $1000 range, but prices change all the time - the price you see listed on the product page is always the correct current price!
Tommaso Imola Compact Aluminum Road Bike (4.7 / 5)
Vilano Shadow 2.0 Road Bike - Shimano STI Integrated Shifters (4.4 / 5)
Tommaso Monza Aluminum Tiagra Road Bike with Carbon Fork (4.8 / 5)
Cyrusher XC760 Races Road Bike Commuting Cycling 52cm Aluminium Frame 14 Speed 700C Shimano Tourney ST-A070 Shifting System Disc Brakes (4.4 / 5)
2017 HASA R5 Shimano 21 Speed Road Bike (4.5 / 5)
Merax Finiss Aluminum 21 Speed 700C Road Bike Racing Bicycle Shimano (4.2 / 5)
Giordano Libero 1.6 Men's Road Bike-700c (4.2 / 5)
Vilano Diverse 2.0 Performance Hybrid Bike 24 Speed Shimano Road Bike 700c (4.4 / 5)
Giordano Libero Acciao Road Bike (4.1 / 5)
Nashbar Flat Bar Road Bike (4.2 / 5)

When selecting a road bike, you have to consider many details. However, it all starts with the frame. Although there are numerous materials and styles, you decision should be based on budget constraints and anything that can add to the speed or comfort of the ride. The frame material of your new road bike is you want to concentrate most of the money. It is the skeleton that will bear your weight and determine how quickly you will be able to move on the street. Casings are produced using a scope of materials, the most widely recognized being steel, aluminum, titanium and carbon fiber.


Your main frame choices include aluminum or carbon fiber. There are other materials but these are the lightest, an essential quality in selecting a bike.

Most aluminum frames are great at providing a smooth riding experience. Plus, they are generally more affordable than carbon fiber. Most aluminum-frame road bikes are accompanied by a carbon fiber front fork which absorbs some of the vibration to smooth out your ride.

Overall, a carbon-fiber bike frame will provide a more comfortable ride as it absorbs more vibrations from the ride. Unfortunately, this makes them more costly when compared to aluminum bikes. Although, the ride quality can fluctuate depending on the design. So, you can’t assume that all carbon-fiber bikes are superior.

Titanium is the most sought-after frame material. A titanium has the lightness of aluminum and as longevity and durability of steel, making it a brilliant material for bikes. Its resistance to rust and corrosion is what tops off an already good thing.  However, even though it is slowly becoming more affordable, it is still the priciest option on the market and few people have the budget for it.

Steel dominated road bike frames until the 1980s. It is still used to produce beautiful bikes. These are custom bikes for slow touring, when the impact of their much heavier weight doesn’t impede the ride as well.

Tip: If you have to have the lightest and stronger material, then a carbon-fiber is going to be your ideal frame. On the other hand, if you mostly ride for fitness and fun, aluminum is a cost-effective middle ground that you should explore.

Now, for the rest of the bike. Component parts include:

•    Drivetrain (crankset, brake levers, chain, derailleurs, equip levers).

•    Wheels (rims, spokes, axles, hubs).

•    Brakes, handlebars, seats and pedals.


Companies pre-assemble their parts into groupsets — this includes the brakes and gear assembly to ensure everything is matched up properly and that the buyer gets a bike that is properly put together.

You may here and there hear the groupset called gruppo, from the Italian original name. A bicycle made with a groupset has a refined, fashionable and reliable bike containing a random assortment of parts. People judge a bike’s quality based on what is in the groupset.


What is the drivetrain and what does it do?

The “drivetrain” of the bicycle has a large number of complex parts and is used to propel (or force) the bicycle ahead.

The key parts are:

  • Pedals
  • Cogs (cassette) and Cranks
  • Chain and “Chainrings” (chainwheel)
  • Derailleur

Cranksets and Gearing 

If you meet up with an avid biker, then talk will eventually turn to gearing. How about we begin with the crankset. This is the component set that the pedals turn and that propel the back wheel by means of the chain.  A road bike has a triple, double or compact crankset. This alludes to the number and size of chainrings (situated by the pedals).

A triple crankset has 3 chainrings. It is regularly coupled with a 9-speed cassette that sits on the rear wheel, for a maximum of 27 gear selections. This setup is most common on configuration on beginner’s road bikes and gives you an extensive range of gears to choose from. Meanwhile, double and compact cranksets have 2 chainrings in the front which combine with a 10-speed cassette in the back for an aggregate of 20 riggings. A compact crankset has small chainrings with less teeth than a twofold, giving it fewer gears.

Compact cranksets typically occupy bicycles with a sport geometry, as it number of gears (from low to high) as a triple but weighs less. Both compact and double cranksets additionally offers better heel clearance to the crank arm when compared to the triple crankset choice that avoids shoe rub on each turn of the pedals.

Purchasing tip: If you are new to road cycling, you will need a triple or compact crankset. Experienced cyclists or those riding on level ground may lean toward a twofold.


Wheels majorly affect:

  •  The weight of the bicycle.
  • How well a bicycle speeds up and conveys momentum.
  • Streamlined and aerodynamic agility in wind.

Unless you pick a custom-made bike, you don’t get a selection of wheels when you purchase a bicycle. You can move upgrade to a superior quality wheelset once you buy the bicycle, which helps with budgeting over time. Similarly, the higher up a bike falls in its model range, the lighter and faster the wheels get. Recreational riders are less concerned over wheel choice than experience, avid riders.


A typical question from those looking for a street bike is “Where are the pedals?”

Pedals may be available on basic models, but experience riders will likely already have their preferred pedals and components. Manufacturers know this and don’t include pedals with higher models. Your pedal choice often comes down to what works best with your cycling shoe preference.

If you want to be efficient and be more connected to your bike, you ought to invest in cycling shoes and clip-in pedals. Ignoring this is like driving a Ferrari and filling it with cheap gas. It will still go, but you won’t get anywhere near the optima speed until you upgrade your equipment. A higher cost brings with certain goodies, such as low friction, lower weight and better ball bearings.

Brake Levers and Gear Shifters

Previously, these were separate components situated on various parts of the bike. Presently, components are integrated for efficiency. Although the actual configuration varies by model and brand.

By test riding diverse bicycles, you may build up an individual preference for one style over another. In some models, the brake level doubles as a gear shifter. In others, the gear shifter is a tiny lever behind the brake lever, for example.

Purchasing tip: Make sure the bike you choose allows you to keep a good grip on the handlbars. Make sure you can shift and brake with your hands on top of the bars or in the drop position. For those with small hands, see if the bike can be adjusted for reach. This will ensure safety while riding.

Getting A Good Fit From Your New Bike

To check reach (preferably with your cycling clothes on), mount your bicycle and make sure it is level. You can do this on a trainer or test ride.

  1. Stand against a wall with bike shoes on.
  2. Straddle a book, spine up, as though you were perched on the seat.
  3. Utilize the pencil to mark where the spine of the book meets the wall.
  4. Measure from the mark to the floor. This is your inseam.
  5. Repeat it a couple of times to be sure of the sizing.

Get on and pedal until you’re alright with your abdominal area loose. Look forward as though you were looking down a stretch of road. For dropped handlebars, lay your hands on the top of the brake levers.


Bike against wall by weareaway/Pixabay CC0 license

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