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Reviewed: 8 Great, Entry Level Road Bikes | $1000 & Under

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Eight of the Best Quality Road Bikes Below $1000

It wasn’t that long ago that spending less than $1000 on a road bike was the domain of commuters looking to find a cheap ride into work. The market has changed dramatically since, and the $1000 range is now becoming a very competitive price point.

There’s a lot of value to be found. This piece is written to help you find a good road bike at or below $1000. We’ll be reviewing each one, mentioning the style of riding it’s suited for, and any other concerns worth noting.

This article is part of a series on entry level road bikes. Stay tuned for the next piece, which will explore the $1500 price range!

5 Good, Cheap Full Carbon Road Bikes | $2000 & Under

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What Are The Cheapest Carbon Road Bikes Worth Riding?

Carbon fibre entered the cycling scene with a bang. It’s a material that has been heralded as being incredibly strong and light, something that road cyclists are always on the hunt for.

In fact, carbon is at least 10 times stronger than steel. Hard to believe, yet true!

The downside to this amazing material is the expense. Since the product is far more labour intensive to produce, it pushes up the price of finished bikes.

Here’s the good news: the technology is now more mainstream, and cheap carbon fibre road bikes are arriving.

4 Good, Cheap Fixed Gear Wheelsets | Single Speed Gear Reviews

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Got a Single Speed Project? We Review 4 Good, Fixed Gear Bike Wheels for 2017

If you live in any major city, you’ve seen them. They’re fast, fun and beautiful. Fixed gear bikes are a ‘back to the basics’ concept that has caught on in a major way.

The idea is really simple: rather than having gears, derailleurs and a freewheel, these bikes have only one speed. In addition, the cog is fixed to the rear wheel.

That means it turns at the same speed as the wheel… and no coasting!

4 Signs That Your Wheels Deperately Need Truing

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The wheels are the most important components on your bike. They’re big, they’re noticeable, and if they fail, you’re in trouble.

I’m shocked by how many people ride around on floppy wheels with loose spokes. It’s a hazard!

Truing is the process of tightening your spokes. It makes the rim nice and straight, and creates a strong structure.

Not sure if your wheels are out of true? Are you willing to bet your life on it?

Here are a few signs that your wheels are in dire need of truing.

8 Best Fixed Gear Bikes Under $500 | Cheap Fixie Reviews

The best fixed gear bikes on a budget

Fixies on the Cheap: Reviews & Advice for 2017

The first time I saw one, I thought, “That is one beautiful bike.” The clean chain line, the minimalist approach.

Fixed gear bikes are everywhere, and they’re here to stay. I can’t remember the last time a style has hit the scene so hard. Riders everywhere are getting into the simplicity and visceral experience of riding without gears or a freewheel (or, in some cases, brakes!)

One gear, one speed, it’s a blast.

The good news is they’re very affordable. The bad news is that, because they’ve become so popular, there’s a lot of cheap junk on the market — nameless brands made from junk components. So what are the best fixed gear bikes on a cheap budget?

I’ve been building and riding them for years now. I’m going to review eight of the top, affordable fixed gear bicycles for sale today. I’ll give a brief overview of the components, the build quality, and what you can expect. We’ll be specifically looking for the best fixed gear bikes below $500.

Hopefully by listing the pros and cons of each ride, you’ll find a top quality fixie for a cheap price! Read on. 

5 of the Best, Affordable Fat Tire Bikes | Ride Reviews

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Five Fat Bike Reviews: Cheap Options for Riding Bliss

Nothing on two wheels draws looks like a fat bike! They are truly compelling.

With their oversized tires and impressive traction, these bicycles can ride virtually anywhere. And they look incredible.

Since you’re probably reading this for the fat bike reviews, I don’t really need to explain the appeal.

Why ride a fat bike? I think the real question is why not!

Whether you’re riding on snow, mud, slick rock, sand or even ice, these monster rides give you unprecedented traction. And they’re more responsive and fun than you might think.

Unfortunately, they also tend to be expensive. So for this article, I want to focus on five cheap fat bikes that review nicely and will serve you well.

For each bicycle, I’ll go over the features, capabilities, pros and cons, along with a short verdict on what it’s best suited for. Hopefully this info will get you rolling in no time.

Ready for some reviews of inexpensive fat tire bikes? Let’s get started!

Updated! Bike models come and go. Thanks for your patience!

Montague Crosstown Review: Can a Full-Sized Folding Bicycle Compete?

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A Review of the Montague Crosstown Foldable Bicycle

I, like many other people around the world, often curse at my bicycle. I do it when the chain falls off. I do it when I get a flat.

And I curse whenever I have to haul my full-sized bicycle through the heavy, swinging door of my cramped bicycle room.

The door invariably slams shut the moment I let go. If I don’t yank my bike out of the way in time, crunch. I mean, who designs these things?

Frankly, I love commuting by bike, and I wouldn’t give it up. But wouldn’t it be so much easier if a bike could fold up?

Well guess what? It has happened! And the results are surprising.

Montague is a bicycle company with a full lineup of cleverly designed folding bikes, all featuring full-sized frames. They’re stylish, they feature modern components, and they fold up small enough to fit in the trunk of your car, or the back of your closet.

Intrigued? So was I. Hopefully this review of the Montague Crosstown commuter bicycle will satisfy your thirst for knowledge!

A Road Cycling Tour of the Best Places to Visit in Sherwood Forest

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Liam Hallam Rides Through the Home of Robin Hood

Many visitors to Nottingham and the surrounding area are surprised at the area that Sherwood Forest covers. Back in the times of Robin Hood, Little John and Maid Marion, Sherwood Forest would have been a dense woodland a third of the size of modern day Central London. It passes from the North of Nottingham, past the Industrial town of Mansfield and up to Worksop in the North.

Now the forest still takes up a huge section of the Nottinghamshire countryside and offers some fantastic cycling routes for both road cyclists and mountain bikers.

It is an amazing place to ride for cyclists: a picturesque setting, with plenty of historic stops along the way. The roads are quiet, fun and challenging, and the setting must be seen to be believed.

We took a few photographs on a recent ride though. Is Nottingham forest really one of the most beautiful places on earth? Read on and find out!

Mud Tire Duel: Vittoria Cross XL vs. Clement PDX | Cyclocross Reviews

What's the Best Cyclocross Mud Tire?

Getting To Grips with the Vittoria Cross XL Pro and Clement PDX Clincher Tires in the Mud – A Review

If you’re racing cyclocross this winter there’s pretty much an assurance that you’re going to encounter some mud. Whether it’s the thick heavy stuff like riding through peanut-butter that severely slows you down or the ultra-soft watered down stuff that literally ends up everywhere, it’s tough to ride through. At some point during the season the hard-packed ground of early season will turn to a form of gloop and as a rider you need to be prepared.

One of the easiest ways to prepare for the conditions is picking up some mud-specific cyclocross tires.  Generally there are three kinds of cyclocross racing tires: dry conditions, all-around performance and mud-specific tires. It’s logical for a racer using clincher wheels to have a selection of tires at their disposal throughout the racing season.

 Two of the more recent additions to the clincher cyclocross tire market are Vittoria’s Cross XL Pro and the Clement PDX. Both tires aim to target the muddier end of the cx racing season but will they help you power your way to better performance or leave you sliding in the mud? To give you an idea of our comparison of these tires we’ve given a running scorecard for you to judge how each cyclocross tire performs.

Which of these two cyclocross mud racing tires is the best? Read on to find out.

8 of the Best Hybrid Bikes Under $500 | Commute Frugally

Affordable Hybrid Bikes Under $500

Finding a Road Worthy, Top Quality Hybrid Bike for Under 500 Bucks

Ah, the hybrid bike. It’s probably the best thing to happen to the cycling industry in 50 years. Nothing targets the casual / commuter rider quite like it.

And that’s for good reason. Hybrid bicycles (theoretically) offer a wonderful balance of capability.

Road, grass, trails, what’s your pleasure? The hybrid bike handles them all with ease. Right? Err… not exactly.

While there are some phenomenally great entrants into this category, they’re not all made equal.

The best hybrid bikes under $500 are a good blend of two styles of riding, capable (but not brilliant) at both styles. The worst hybrids out there aren’t really good at any type of riding.

So how does one find a stud in amongst all the duds?

I will be offering a few reviews of some affordable, top quality hybrid bikes below the $500 price point, explaining why each one made the cut, and what kind of riding it’s best suited towards.

Furthermore, I’ll offer a few tips on how to shop for them, and how to better understand hybrids and their various denominations. Let’s get started!