Best Road Bikes Under 500

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With a budget of $500 it’s possible to find a good road bike that will hopefully last several years and need minimum maintenance due to it’s quality and design. $500 allows us to start looking at carbon composite bike frames to reduce the weight of the road bikes even further and consider branded tyres and brake systems. Hopefully the list below will give you some indication of the types of bikes on offer and what you can get for your money.

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Vilano Aluminium 21 Speed Road Bike Vilano Aluminium 21 Speed Road Bike

Rating: 3.8

A great example of how you don’t need to break the bank to have a really nice road bike. Buy On Amazon
Vilano Rampage Black Review Vilano Rampage Black

Rating: 4.3

Hugely recommended bike to anyone looking for a low maintenance, high quality bike. Buy On Amazon
Royal London Fixed Gear Speed Bike Royal London Fixed Gear Speed Bike

Rating: 4.0

The only thing better than the bikes look and feel is the price. Buy On Amazon
Vilano Rampage Blue Review Vilano Rampage Blue

Rating: 4.1

Hugely recommended bike to anyone looking for a low maintenance, high quality bike. Buy On Amazon
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Vilano Aluminium 21 Speed Road Bike Vilano Aluminium 21 Speed Road Bike

Rating: 3.8

Buy On Amazon
Vilano Rampage Black Review Vilano Rampage Black

Rating: 4.3

Buy On Amazon
Royal London Fixed Gear Speed Bike Royal London Fixed Gear Speed Bike

Rating: 4.0

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Vilano Rampage Blue Review Vilano Rampage Blue

Rating: 4.1

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Best Road Bikes Under $500

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Editors Choice

Vilano Aluminium 21 Speed Road Bike

Vilano Aluminium 21 Speed Road Bike
Body: 3.6
Brakes: 4.0
Tyres: 4.0
Ride: 4.2
Overall: 3.8

The Vilano Aluminium 21 Speed road bike is a great example of how you don’t need to break the bank to have a really nice road bike. It’s frame is made from aluminium to help keep it’s weight down to a nice 7.27kg. Although shown in black the bike is also available in white. The handlebars are ergonomically designed for optimal comfort and come with mounted Shimano A050 SIS gear shifters. The wheels are 700x double walled alloy wheels in a chrome effect. These wheels are quick release to allow you to transport the bike easily in the back of your car and is also useful for long term storage.

As this bike is not priced to break speed records or require a small mortgage to pay for the bike offers great features unseen elsewhere within the price bracket. It comes with pedals which is a nice bonus as not all road bikes are supplied with these. In terms of its design, look and feel it is a very nice bike, some road bikes have a much more ‘in your face’ design and this bike offers a nice alternative to these type of styles.

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Vilano Rampage Black

Vilano Rampage Black Review
Body: 4.4
Brakes: 3.9
Tyres: 3.9
Ride: 4.2
Overall: 4.3

This bike is eye catching to say the least. The Vilano Rampage’s frame is jet black as is every component of this bike. The frame comes in at 12.5kg (large version is 15kg) and is designed to eat up the miles. As stated earlier the whole bike is coloured black and looks great. The handle bars aren’t as curved and ergonomic as some of the others available however they are just as comfortable and easy to use. The wheels on this bike are impressive, presented in black and seem strong and durable. The Vilano Rampage Black comes with urban platform pedals as standard. The saddle is perhaps a little on the hard side however remains comfortable and easily adjusted for rider preference. The Vilano Rampage Black comes with a rear flip-flop hub containing a freewheel and cog, allowing the rider to quickly change from a single speed to a fixed gear by flipping the rear wheel. This is well reviewed and we agree is a very nice feature of the bike.

Hugely recommended bike to anyone looking for a low maintenance, high quality bike. The price for a brand new bike like this is impressively low and therefore offers huge value for money. The bike comes with somewhat budget components which is perfectly understandable for the cost of the bike.

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Royal London Fixed Gear Speed Bike

Royal London Fixed Gear Speed Bike
Body: 4.3
Brakes: 3.5
Tyres: 4.1
Ride: 3.9
Overall: 4.0

The Royal London fixed gear speed bike has a sturdy 22″ steel frame and a flip-flop rear hub allowing the rider to ride on a fixed gear or a single-speed. The bike has and adjustable yellow and black saddle that matches the frame of the bike in terms of colour. The bikes frame is bright yellow, it’s handlebars, saddle mount and pedal system all in black. Although the bike doesn’t take a conventional approach in it’s colour scheme it’s easy to see it’s charm and character. The bike comes with black plastic pedals as standard.

A beautifully individual bike, very different to the usual road bikes seen on the market. The combination of simple design and bright colours is unique and a great show of creativity by Royal London.

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Vilano Rampage Blue

Vilano Rampage Blue Review
Body: 4.2
Brakes: 3.9
Tyres: 3.9
Ride: 4.2
Overall: 4.1

This bike is eye catching to say the least. The Vilano Rampage’s frame is jet black as is every component of this bike apart from the hand grips and wheel trims. The frame comes in at 12.5kg (large version is 15kg) and is designed to eat up the miles. As stated earlier the almost the whole bike is coloured black and looks great. The handle bars aren’t as curved and ergonomic as some of the others available however they are just as comfortable and easy to use. The wheels on this bike are impressive, presented in red with black spokes and seem strong and durable. The Vilano Rampage Red comes with urban platform pedals as standard. The saddle is perhaps a little on the hard side however remains comfortable and easily adjusted for rider preference. The Vilano Rampage Red comes with a rear flip-flop hub containing a freewheel and cog, allowing the rider to quickly change from a single speed to a fixed gear by flipping the rear wheel. This is well reviewed and we agree is a very nice feature of the bike.

Hugely recommended bike to anyone looking for a low maintenance, high quality bike. The price for a brand new bike like this is impressively low and therefore offers huge value for money. The bike comes with somewhat budget components which is perfectly understandable for the cost of the bike.

What To Expect

With a road bike budget of $500 we are starting to enter the realm of semi-professional road bikes. We can start to enhance our expectations and hope for low weight bike frames and high quality components. We’ve got several mid tier bikes on offer in this list each with a selection of premium features. We can start to expect some of the features seen on the bikes in the list best road bikes under $1000.

Quality

As said above, the materials used when we have £500 on the table are better, lighter and more responsive than in the budget range. Specialised road bike types start to appear in our list including racing and touring road bikes. Each offering advantages to the rider and fulfilling specific tasks better than others.

Common Features

Many of these road bikes come with racing elements. Some have racing saddles for rider comfort. Some provide racing styled drop handlebars in order to provide comfortable hand positions for the rider. Some of the road bikes listed here go all out and provide a completely ‘racing’ look and feel the bike.

Additional Features

Some of the additional features of this range of bikes include double walled alloy rims, offering enhanced strength to the bikes wheels while maintaining a low weight. Sports saddles are also very common with these bikes providing the riders with higher levels of comfort compared to their budget counterparts. Many come with little extras like luggage storage, bottle holders or pedal straps.

Worth It?

Absolutely, when we look at the increase in quality we see in comparison to some of the lower priced road bikes it’s definitely a case of ‘if you have the money, get the higher quality bike’.