Best Road Bicycle Under 500$ in 2017 – Buyer’s Guide

Choosing the right bike for you is extremely important, not every bike fits every buyer if you don’t want to spend the upcoming years complaining about buying a bike that doesn’t fit you then you should read this guide as we will provide you with the list of the best road bicycle under 500$. All the information we’ve gathered regarding the bikes was through actual testing and comparing with several hundreds of models and brands. Before we proceed to the most important points about the road bikes and which ones are the best, I would recommend you to take a look at our hybrid bicycles buyers guide as they may be what you’re looking for and not road bicycles.


We would like to warn you about a few things  before purchasing a bike as they’re extremely important;

  • Make sure you research properly before buying.

Seriously do your homework and research properly, in our case we have done everything for you, so you really don’t have to worry, but this also applies to any other product, always do your homework and research properly if what you’re buying is top notch quality.

  • Don’t buy bikes made in China.

This is common knowledge, but you’d be surprised how many people buy bikes made in China and regret after a few months when things start to fall out of place, China products are never high quality, that’s a fact, and you should know this by now.

  • Go for a popular brand.

Either go for a popular brand or like I’ve said before, research the brand before purchasing a bike, the brand may have extremely negative reviews, and you probably don’t even know about it, you don’t have to worry, though, all the bikes and brands in this best road bikes under 500$ list are top notch quality.

If you wish to know more about Road Bicycle’s you can check out Wikipedia’s article, and make sure that’s what you’re looking for!


Best Road Bicycle Under 500$


If you’re reading our guide it probably means that you have a maximum budget of 500$ as such we have included plenty of cheaper bikes however you must also realize that the more you spend the better the quality, that’s a fact and regardless of whatever product you’re searching for, be it bikes be it cars be it motorcycles, 99.9% of the times the most expensive one is also the highest quality product, remember that you’re doing a long-term investment, these bicycles last for dozens of years so don’t be scared of spending up to 500$ for a one-time fee in a lifetime.


PictureNameCheck Price on Amazon
Vilano Aluminum Road BicycleVilano Aluminum Road Bike 21 Speed Shimano
Giordano Libero 1.6 Men's Road Bike
Vilano Shadow Road BicycleVilano Shadow Road Bike
Tommaso Imola Compact Aluminum Road Bike
Schwinn Phocus 1600 Men's Road Bike
Schwinn Phocus 1400 Men's Road Bike

1.Vilano Aluminum Road Bike 21 Speed Shimano – Best Entry Level Road Bicycle

Vilano isn’t a very well known brand, at least not to the general public, however, fear not, any professional biker knows this brand, it probably is the best entry level road bicycle producer, the quality of these bikes are absolutely not questionable, you will never run into problems with a Vilano bike.

You can pretty much do anything with this bike, and I’m not even joking, wanna climb a steep hill? Just do it, why not? Want to go for a race with friends with terrain obstacles? Just do it. This bike is a great entry level bike because of how easy, comfortable and secure it is to ride it and guess what, it’s also the cheapest bicycle in our list! Doesn’t that make you excited to know exactly what kind of monster bikes we will show you up ahead? However, lets keep going about this bike’s specifications.

It comes with many extra great features; you may select 3 different colors;

  • Black
  • Grey
  • White

You may also choose a size between these 3;

  • 50CM
  • 54CM
  • 58CM

This is perfect for people who know exactly the right size for them, this way you will be 100% comfortable riding this bike.


One more thing to keep in mind is that this bike is made with Aluminum, you may not know what this means, but we’ll give you a small resume, Aluminum bikes are a bit more expensive that your regular bikes because they’re extremely light yet very stiff, this means that it’s not only easy to take with you while you’re walking due to how light it is but it also can endure crashes really well without much problems to the bicycle’s frame.




2.Giordano Libero 1.6 Men’s Road Bike – Second Best Entry Level Road Bicycle

Just like the Vilano this bike is also a great entry-level bike, however, it also is a perfect choice for any riding veteran, it will fulfill your needs regardless of you being an entry level rider or a seasoned bike rider.

The thing about this bike is that it really catches your eye, it’s a stunning design with a variety of colors from black to white and even red, they all feel perfect together resulting in an extraordinary design that will attract everyone’s attention on the street while you’re riding it.

This bike also supports 2 water bottles, something that (for our surprise and probably even yours) some high tier bikes ranging up to the 800$ have forgotten to add, these water bottle mounts are crucial for any rider, you’ll really miss not having them if you ever ride a bike for extended periods of time.

This bicycle features 3 different sizes;

  • Small
  • Medium
  • Large

This means that depending on your overall height you may choose the size of the bike frame to fit you better, the frame itself is also made of and as explained before it’s extremely light and stiff, it’s very hard to damage this frame even when crashing.



3.Vilano Shadow Road Bike

This Vilano bicycle is somewhat equal to the other Vilano on this list, except it does everything slightly better than the other one, it’s a newer version of the other Vilano, however, while the other Vilano is targetted at entry-level bikers this one is more towards seasoned veterans, it’s perfect for everyone who goes for long rides & needs top notch quality in terms of being comfortable & easy to ride.

This model has excellent reviews so far and allows you choose between 2 colors;

  • Black
  • White

While it’s a limited choice, it’s still better than being limited to a single color, and honestly, both of them look great. It also only allows you to choose between 2 sizes. Apparently, there’s no large size for this model so right now you can only choose between;

  • Small
  • Medium

Don’t feel disappointment on the lack of customizable options; I assure you that it’s a great bike, very pleasant to do long rides with.


4.Tommaso Imola Compact Aluminum Road Bike

While it’s not a very well known brand we just had to include this bicycle in this list, it’s, without doubt, the best road bike under 500$ in this list. This bike is absolutely incredible, everything about it is top-notch, you won’t find a single flaw on this bike, that’s just how good this bike is, however, it also has a significant flaw, it’s the most expensive bike on this list, that’s the only downside to the otherwise perfect bike.


While the other bikes on this list have Aluminum only frames, this bike features a combination of an Aluminum frame with an SST Steel frame, this doesn’t only mean that it’s a lightweight bike but also EXTREMELY durable, far more durable than any other bike in this list, all of this while remaining under 500$! If you’re the kind of person that goes on rough terrain then this is without a doubt the best bike you could get, it’s extremely durable, and you will never damage the frame.

Another great thing about this one is that it has great customizable options! It allows the following 3 colors;

  • Black
  • White
  • Burnt Orange

Both the Black and White design look great, the Burnt Orange is a different look, some people may like it, some may not, it depends from person to person, so we have no particular opinion about it, however it also has a ton of different custom sizes, you won’t find any bike on this list with this many different custom sizes! This allows you to perfectly pick the right size to make you as comfortable while riding it as possible!

  • XXS
  • XS
  • S
  • M
  • L
  • XL


5.Schwinn Phocus 1600 Men’s Road Bike

This is in our opinion the second best bicycle in this list; it has everything that the previous bike had (the Tommaso Imola) however the difference between the 2 comes down to some little details.

The Tommaso Imola has a better overall design, the truth is that while the Schwinn Phocus 1600 isn’t ugly, it also isn’t as great as the Imola, and one of the other details that makes the Tommaso Imola greater than this one is that the Tommaso Imola has a frame combined of Aluminum and SST Steel while this Schwwin Phocus 1600’s frame is pretty much made of Aluminum with no steel parts, what this means is that it’s also not quite as durable as the Tommaso Imola, however on the bright side it’s also slightly cheaper.

And there’s another important detail that gives the absolute win to the Tommaso Imola over this one, this one completely lack customization, while it allows you select between;

  • Black
  • White

Designs, it completely lacks any size customization, this bike has a fixed size of 56CM, and that’s not too good because you can’t choose the perfect size for you and you may not feel as comfortable as you could otherwise.

Leaving all of these small details aside, it remains the second best road bike on this list without a shadow of doubt.


6. Schwinn Phocus 1400 Men’s Road Bike

Yes, this is just a older model of the Schwinn Phocus 1600, we have decided to include it on this list because there’s honestly not much of a difference between the two and considering how the 1600 is the second best bicycle in this list we have decided that this one may even be “better” in terms of being the best road bike for the money spent. It’s quite a bit cheaper than the 1600 while only lacking the color choice and the fact that the 1600 has 16 shifts while this one has 14 which may not be crucial for everyone and as such we would recommend you to get this one instead of the 1600.

One of the problems you’ll face is that it only has this version in a single color;

  • Black

This means that like the design or not you don’t have that many options, it’s either buy it or not buy it. Unfortunately, you cannot personalize it at all, not even the bike size either.

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