Some commuters like to spend a small fortune on their ‘work-horse’, investing in uber-lightweight components and all the fancy gear that goes with it. But for those of us on a budget, something a little cheaper is preferable.
In fact, for the everyday commuter practicality, longevity and affordability all come in as key aspects when looking for a bike. That is why we’ve put together this guide, running through some of our favourite hybrid and commuter bikes on the market. We will admit there are a few Decathlon bikes in this list – honestly, they’re not bribing us! We just think they’re are some of the best cheap commuter bikes under £500, so we really couldn’t not include them all!
The cheapest bike on this list, currently retailing at £249 is the B’Twin Riverside 500. Built specifically for commuting, you get a lot of bang for your buck with this bike. For such an affordable bike it is surprising to find that it comes with disc brakes. It is also perfectly suited for those that want to take on gentle forest dirt parks over the weekend. It gets good reviews with 4.4 out of stars from 165 reviews.
A slightly more expensive alternative to the Riverside 500 is its big brother the Riverside 900, retailing at £379. Offering a small upgrade on the majority of components makes this bike feel a bit more substantial when tackling tougher terrain. It has a lightweight alloy frame, modern 1×10 gearing, hydraulic disc brakes, double wall rims and comfortable suspension forks with lockout. It also gets very good reviews with 4.3 out of 5 stars from 62 reviews.
The Sirrus is the flagship entry level commuter bike for Specialized and it’s a great one at that! Firstly, it’s not too heavy, due to the lightweight alloy and carbon frame set up. It also has hydraulic brakes which provide superior stopping power. Having tested it, we’d say this is a great option if your commute is short as it’s got practicality and longevity in spades but we’d have to admit that we’ve ridden more comfortable bikes over a longer distance. So if your commute is quite long, maybe check out the similarly-priced B’Twin 520 below instead. Read our full review of the Sirrus here
We reviewed this bike a few weeks ago and loved it. In fact, we would argue that for the money you won’t get a better entry level commuter bike. Weighing in at 9.75kg, riding this bike feels like sitting on a much more expensive model. The geometry makes for a very comfortable ride and small things like a front and rear lighting kit with bell just add the cherry on top to its brilliant set up. It definitely feels like a bike that will last which is what you want when you’re on a budget and forking out over £400.
Fuji is a lesser known bike brand featured on this list. The first thing we noticed about this bike is the weight, a pretty massive 14.17kg. However, for those with a relatively flat ride into work, who want a quality bike that isn’t going to let them down, this is definitely a good option. It’s equipped with a 21-Speed Shimano drivetrain, disc brakes and a suspension fork to provide comfort and efficiency.
The Cannondale Quick 7 has been built with the commuter in mind. Coming in at the very top of the price range we cover, it retails at £499.99. The comfortable Cannondale ergo performance lock-on grips and fitness ergo saddle make this bicycle an impressively comfortable ride. This is a weighty bike at 12.08kg, but the responsiveness is excellent and the weight is barely noticeable when tackling reasonably steep hill climbs.
What about you?
Have you ridden a fantastic commuter bike under £500 that we should include in our list? Do let us know as we’d love to pass on your knowledge to our readers 🙂