|Frame Material Type||Speeds||Brakes||Wheel Size|
|Steel||14||Alloy Side Pull Front and Rear||700C|
|Aluminum||21||Aluminum dual pivot caliper black||700C|
Last Update September 14th, 2016 If you’re just starting out as a bike rider, scouring the internet and bike shops for reviews and various information can seem incredibly daunting. You may not even know what type of bike to buy, much less what brand, model, or size. Here at Ride the Right Ride, we want to help you find exactly what you’re looking for in a bike and bike accessories. If you’re already a seasoned rider, you might be looking for a backup bike or a new type of bike, and you can still feel overwhelmed with the possibilities, even if you’ve already made several bike purchases in the past.
When it comes to road bikes, we know that riders want their rides to last—not just for several long journeys but for years to come. We also know that most riders don’t want to spend a fortune on a new bike, particularly if they haven’t tried out a similar model before. So we’ve rounded up a handful of excellent road bikes that are under $500 for you to check out and compare. You can also check out our post on road bikes for beginners and if you’re looking to upgrade your current road bike, check out our post on the best road bike wheels under $500.
The Tommaso Imola has been around for a while, but this new version is even better than the much-loved older versions. This 2016 version is upgraded and is absolutely one of the best beginner road bikes for the price. It has an aluminum compact frame and an SST steel frame for added support and durability, as well as a full Shimano Claris Groupset and Tommaso Corsa TC20 wheels. This company doesn’t skimp on quality at all, and they have beautifully combined various top-of-the-line components to create a bike that is unmatched in power, precision, and style. In addition to its amazing specs, the bike also has a rear triangle that is ready to mount a rear rack in case you want to use this bike as a commuter or otherwise carry belongings with you. The newest Imola is available in black or white and five different sizes that accommodate riders from 5’2” to 6’5”.
This ride is considered an entry level bike, but it boasts an expensive and pro-level feel. It has a 6061 alloy frame that has been beautifully pieced together by Poseidon’s smooth-weld technology. The carbon fiber fork comes equipped with a 1 1/8” alloy steerer, and the 16-speed Shimano 2400 Claris gears will help you transition smoothly no matter how flat or hilly your riding surface is. The Poseidon Bike Sport 4.0 Road Bike is available in five sizes (49, 52, 55, 58, and 61), so it will fit riders between 5’0” and 6’3”. It comes in a matte black, which simply add to the strength and boldness of this stylish and high-quality bike.
The carbon fiber rigid road fork and aluminum road frame make this bike an excellent choice when you’re looking for a quick, responsive, and lightweight bike. Whether you’re riding for a hefty workout or casually riding on a sunny afternoon, the Schwinn Phocus has what you want in a ride. A quick release saddle, Promax alloy caliper road brakes, brake lever shifting, and high profile alloy rims are just a few of the incredible features of this bike. While this bike is considered a beginner’s bike, expert riders have testified to its precision and comfort and continue to ride this bike long past their beginner stage. The exceptional components and high-quality workmanship make the Schwinn Phocus a wonderful bike for any road rider, particularly for one looking for top-of-the-line components at an affordable price.
The handcrafted steel frame on this bike makes it both extremely strong and very lightweight. It has a 14-speed Shimano Tourney STI-equipped drivetrain, 700c wheels, and an alloy threadless stem and alloy handlebars. This bike was inspired by Italy’s cycling history, and it’s no secret that Giordano strives to give riders gorgeous bikes of exceptional quality. This bike is affordably priced and was created as a merger of cycling tradition and the latest and greatest technological advancements. This bike comes in a bold red color and is available in three sizes, fitting riders from 5’1” to 6’5”. No matter your height, your age, or your level of cycling experience, the Giordano Libero Acciao Road Bike is likely a great fit for you. It even comes equipped with a water bottle mount on the downtube to help you stay hydrated and healthy during your leisurely road rides or city commutes.
This bold bike is stunning yet incredibly durable. It has an aluminum frame, bar top shifters, 21 speeds, dual pivot aluminum brakes, and a Shimano rear derailleur. It only weighs 24 pounds, making it one of the lightest road bikes available today. If you’re looking for a bike to commute to work or school with, or if you want something for casual road riding, this bike is a fantastic option. The Windson Wellington’s price point is great, it is easy to carry up and down stairs, and it’s comfortable and bold. It’s available in two colors, black or yellow, and five different sizes. The different sizes accommodate riders from 5’ to 6’4”, making it a viable option for just about anyone who wants a casual and smooth road bike.
Here is a video with additional options and some tips for buying an entry level road bicycle: