Best Road Bikes Under $1000 – Let’s Talk Value
Many of us have met someone who is very much into triathlons or some form bike racing who has that skinny bike with the skinny wheels. These were the only people you would see in North American cities using a road bike. Today, more and more people are going back to road bikes in order to make their commutes to work a lot easier. In European countries with strong bike cultures, like the Netherlands and Belgium, road bikes have never left and have remained the staple of transportation in their cities.
Because racers want the lightest and the fastest bikes, road models have grown exponentially in price over the years and its very easy to spend over $1000. This blog post, however, will aim to find the best road bikes for under $1000. If your budget is a bit higher, we will have a blog post for the best road bikes under $1500 here and $2000 right here.
Introducing first, we have the HASA R4 by the legendary company, Shimano. This would have to be the best road bike for beginners who don’t want to spend too much. Our prices usually fluctuate depending if we have a sale, but it usually is priced under $500 on our shop portion of the website.
If you thought that by reading the title of this article that you would have to spend close to $1000, you can say that you’ve almost saved 50% right here.
What makes this best so wonderful, besides its price, is the inclusion of 24 speeds which means that you will be able to zoom past the average biker. What helps with the speed is that the gear shifting on this model is very smooth and that plays a big role in races.
What you might find bad about this model is that it has a hard seat so we recommend that you get yourself some cushioned shorts from Amazon when buying the bike as well. It’s not a bad expense when you’ve already saved so much on the bike, am I right?
Once again, you will be excited to know that this Schwinn bicycle, like the Shimano posted above, are both around the $500 mark. This allows for beginners to enter the market at a relatively low cost, and still be able to perform at a higher level.
While the company did go bankrupt in 1992, it was purchased by Pacific Cycle who chose to retain the name and the same quality. Schwinn bicycles are well known for their durability and these bikes will last for a long time, and even longer with proper maintenance. This means that such a bargain for a road bike like this makes it that much more valuable in the long run.
What buyers will certainly enjoy about the Schwinn is that it is easy to put together. This means you don’t have to take it to a bike shop for them to put it together for $60. Still not a bad deal when you consider that you were looking for a bike under $1000, but one less cost makes it that much better.
That being said, the bike does not excel in any particular area, but it is a well rounded bike that is great for beginners and it will last a very long time. That is what makes it one of the best road bikes under $1000.
The Diamondback Airen Sport is probably the best road bike under $1000 for women and that is why it has made our list. Although, we should have maybe said the article was for bikes in the $500 range because this bike, like the others, is also in that area whenever its on sale. When it’s not, it’s about half way between $500 and $1000. For an updated price, you can visit our shop link here.
Are you a woman looking to get into road bikes but don’t know where to start? If that sounds like you, then this is the model that you want. Not too expensive like other road bikes, but such a pleasure that you will feel like you are riding on clouds compared to your old hybrid bike.
It’s a relatively light bike, weighing in close to 25 pounds so its close to average and that makes it easy to lift for most riders.
Many people who choose this bike purchase upgrade like a new seat or cushioned shorts just to make the experience more enjoyable. All in all, its a strong favorite for women looking to spend under $1000, even with any upgrades down the road.