In this blog post, we will review hybrid bikes that cost less than $500. We will discuss the different hybrid bike categories and then provide a list of hybrid bicycles under $500.
There are a lot of options available for hybrid bikes so it is important to know what you want before purchasing one. To help you with your decision, we have also included some helpful tips on how to select the best hybrid bike for your needs.
Pure hybrid bikes are perfect for commuting or ride for fitness. They give the best of both worlds as they combine some characteristics from road and mountain bicycles. If your priority is comfort, pure hybrid bikes will provide more comfort than their counterparts (road and mountain bicycle) as they offer a wider gear range which makes it easier to change.
There are a lot of hybrid bikes out there and choosing the right one can be quite confusing. There are different type of hybrid bikes made from different type of materials. These materials are:-
- Aluminium bikes.
Carbon frames are lighter than other materials such as steel, aluminum or titanium. Carbon bikes can be expensive but they last longer too. Carbon bikes are also stiffer than other materials.
The carbon frame is made up of man-made fibers that are almost as strong as steel but only half the weight, making carbon bikes lighter and stronger than ever before. The carbon fiber tubes can be molded into any shape so they fit perfectly to your body type which makes for a more comfortable ride too!
Because carbon bikes are quite expensive, its impossible to get a hybrid bike that is less than $500 so we won’t discuss much on these type of bikes.
Hybrid steel bikes are strong, lightweight, and durable. They are generally well-received among bike enthusiasts because of their reliability and affordability. Steel is easy to mold into any shape or form which makes it perfect for the manufacturing process of a bicycle frame.
A hybrid steel bike can be made out of either hot rolled steel strips (butted), cold drawn steel tubes, or stainless steel tubing depending on what you’re looking for in your ride.
The most common type of steel used in bicycles is chromoly also known as c molly or chrome molly. A possible drawback with this type of material is that they corrode if not properly maintained so regular cleaning and rust prevention may need to occur before prolonged storage periods as long as
Steel bikes main disadvantage is their weight. A steel bike can become difficult to handle if it is too heavy. On average steel bikes cost more money but they last longer that aluminum or carbon fiber framesets which means that in some cases will actually save you money over time because you won’t need to purchase another bike for years – depending on how often use your bike and how well take care of it.
Aluminium bikes on the other hand are generally light, far lighter than steel bikes. Aluminium is corrosion resistant so aluminium will not rust or corrode like some steel bicycle parts do over time – this makes them very durable!
The other advantage of aluminium frames is that they can be built to have many different shapes compared to carbon fiber frames (which are are pretty much the same shape) Different shaped aluminum frames offer more comfort.
These features make aluminium hybrid bikes perfect in terms of pricing, design and level of comfort. In our review below, all our recommendations are bikes made of aluminium frame.
Hiland Road Hybrid Bike
Hiland Road Bike Hybrid bike, made in Taiwan and shipped to the US, is excellent option for commuting to work or just riding around the neighborhood. Hiland road bike has a lightweight aluminum frame that makes it easy to pick up and carry into your home after you lock it securely away.
It also comes with Shimano components which are known for their durability. Hiland hybrid bike has an adjustable handlebar stem so everyone in the family can enjoy comfortable rides no matter what height they may be!
The full suspension and gel seat make this hybrid road bike incredibly smooth and enjoyable even when going over rougher terrain like gravel paths or bumpy roads.
The Hiland road bike is available in two different colors. You can pick between flat black or gloss white. The handlebars are not adjustable
Other Technical Specs
– Aluminium Frame
– Shimano 12-32T cassette
– Kenda 700*40C High-performance tyres
– Weight: Approximately 28lbs (12.8kg)
– Size S/M for 5’7” & 5’10”, M for 5’9” & 6’1″,L for 6’1” & 6’5″
– Frame: Aluminium
– Brakes – Disc Brakes, 180 mm front, 160 mm rear radius
– 24-speed gearshift
– Shifters：Shimano EF 51 3/8 Speed
– Front Derailleur：Shimano Tourney
– Rear Derailleur：Shimano TX800
This hybrid bike comes 85% pre-assembled & with each package they have included the necessary assembly tools. The parts you need to assemble include the front wheel, the handlebars, pedals, and saddle. As with any new bike, adjustments to the brakes and derailleurs are required.
When you receive the bike, it is mostly assembled, but it has a few minor issues that you need to be aware of. Some of the complains ive read online are:-
– The front disc break kept rubbing and you have to make the necessary adjustments. Make sure the lock nut on the quick release skewer isn’t overtightened when fitting the front tire otherwise the rubbing problem will manifest
– Before you assemble the front wheel for the first time, you must first loosen the front brake. If you don’t, the brake will bend the rotor when you tighten the wheel. After installing the front wheel, loosen the two Allen bolts on the brake and tighten them.
I’d suggest if you are not good at assembling bikes, do take take it to a bike shop they assemble it for you to avoid annoying issues popping up that could further damage components.
All in all, I would recommend a hiland hybrid bike because they are affordable. The best thing about them is that you can ride on the road or gravel roads with ease, as others have done both many times without any problems. Plus for the price of less than $500 dollars it’s a great deal for what you are getting
Assembly Guide For Hiland Road Hybrid Bikes
Who is it for:
– Someone who wants to do some serious riding at entry level prices
2. Diamondback Edgewood Hybrid Bike
Diamondbacks are built using high quality materials so you get a great product without breaking the bank. Diamondback bikes are known for their comfort which makes them quite popular with bikers. The bikes are reliable in terms of the quality, performance, durability .
This hybrid bike, also selling for less than $500, is great for casual use or long commutes. The bike has a comfortable saddle that is very easy on the back and thighs too making it perfect for biking over long distances.
– Front derailleur: Microshift M22
– Rear derailleur: Shimano Altus
– Fork: SR Suntour M2000-N 63mm travel with alloy crown
– Gear: Shimano 7-speed freewheel (13-28t)
– Brakes: Tektro linear pull
– Tires: Kenda Cross 700 x 40c
– Weight: 25 Pounds
What I like about the bike
– It was simple to change gears, and the bike worked admirably.
– The brakes are excellent, and one could stop on a dime.
– The handlebar is comfy and designed like a cruiser bike creating a very comfortable angle for the hands
– The seat can be simply moved up and down.
Cons about the bike
– Lack of a kickstand
– Lack of assembly instructions. (The steering wheel, front wheel, and pedals were the only parts of the bike that need to be mounted. The seat is easy to install, and the chain must be attached to the back gears.)
Who is it for:? Best for those living in areas that also have rough roads
3. Schwinn Wayfarer Adult Hybrid Bike
Schwinn’s reputation for quality is well known all over the world because there are Schwinns everywhere, not just in America but elsewhere too, such as Europe and Asia and Africa and Oceania too!
The Wayfarer adult bike extends Schwinn’s legendary cruiser frame styling to include adult riders who can finally rock that vintage look without sacrificing performance or comfort.
The bike comes in a variety of colors to fit every rider’s style and personality. Schwinn Schwinn bikes are built to last, so they put in reinforcements at points that need extra strength and durability. This is an ideal bike that can be safely ridden on many types of surfaces including smooth roads, wet pavement, grass
Schwinns hybrid bikes also come equipped with a chainguard to keep your pant leg from getting caught in the chain while cruising down the boardwalk with friends or cruising around campus during rush hour (or cutting class!).
Schwinn Wayfarer hybrid bikes also bike comes with fenders to protect you from mud caused by rain.
Another notable thing about Schwinn Wayfarer bikes is that they have a very sturdy and durable Aluminium frame construction coupled with plus sized tires to give a comfortable & smooth ride even on rough terrain, road commutes or long distance traveling.
This bike looks good on women. The bike also has a lowered top tube frame design which makes it easy to mount and dismount the bike comfortably.
Schwinn Wayfarer hybrid bike comes with 21 speeds to let you smoothly ride uphill as well as downhill. The Shimano rear derailleur makes shifting gears quick and smooth.
How To Assemble Schwinn Wayfarer Adult Hybrid Bike
Check out this video that gives you detailed instructions on how to assemble a Schwinn bike
Who is it for:? This is a good hybrid bike for women.
4. Vilano Diverse 3.0 Performance Hybrid Bike
The Vilano Diverse 3.0 Performance Hybrid Bike is an affordable, stylish and lightweight hybrid bike that has been designed for urban use with a focus on performance and style. The company hold themselves accountable to ensure customer satisfaction and safety as well as delivering excellence on all their products.
This bike is built using Shimano components (Shifters/Derailleurs) which will make changing gears very easy and also looks great with its glossy finish.
It features 700c alloy wheels which are great for any surface whether it be road or off-road whilst the high profile alloy rims can take some abuse and won’t crack even if you’re unlucky enough to get a puncture.
Vilano Diverse 3.0 hybrid bike ensures safety by using front and rear disc brakes which allow you to stop on a dime no matter what conditions the roads are under.
Vilano knows that along with safety comes performance and makes sure that their Vilano diverse hybrid bike delivers an equally impressive pedal power experience via its “ultra light alloy 6061 double butted frame” that is sturdy enough to withstand even your toughest rides outside.
Other Technical Specs
- Weight: 26.5 lbs
- Crankset: Triple 42/34/24T with replaceable chainrings, alloy crank arms
- Speeds: 24
Vilano Bike Size Chart
Here is the Vilano bike size chart. It’s critical to choose the right bike size for safety and comfort. Between the rider and the top bar of the bike, there should be at least 1″-2″ between them. To achieve the best fit, take your inseam measurement first. The Diverse 3.0’s standover heights are displayed above.
What I like about this bike
- Smooth shifting gears. Even with hard shifting, the trigger shifters perfectly position the derailers, and the disc brakes provide a good sense of control on downhill excursions. When riding uphill, the 8-speed rear cassette gives you a lot of options.
- Design & structure of this bike makes it handle different types of terrain very well
- Easy to assemble
- Accommodaties tall riders quite well
- Lack of shocks on the fork and seats.
- Lack of assembly instructions
- Bike seat is uncomfortable with some people.
How To Assemble Vilano Diverse 3 Performance Hybrid Bike
Check out this video that gives detailed instructions on how to assemble this hybrid bike.
Best For? This bike is best for men.
5. Cannondale Bad Boy 3 Hybrid Bike
Cannondale Bad Boy 3 Bike is a great bike for cyclists who want a hybrid bike that meets the requirements of urban commuting and recreational riding. Cannondale’s Bad Boy series of bikes feature a lightweight Aluminum frame with riser handlebars, which is ideal for commuting around town or riding on the trail. Cannondale has applied their years of race-tested technology to make the perfect commuter bike with the Cannondale Bad Boy 3 Bike.
With its comfortable upright seating position, you can ride more comfortably for longer periods on your Cannondale Bad Boy 3 Bike without experiencing fatigue on your back and shoulders from being hunched over in an aggressive road bicycle position.
The brakes of a cannondale bad boy bike are very easy to use. The brakes on Cannodale Bad Boy 3 bikes are specially designed to provide control while riding in any environment or surface and are made by Tektro so as to ensure optimal performance with minimum effort needed to apply breaking pressure.
The drivetrain of this bike is made up of some of the highest quality Cannondale components available. The drive train is a mix of Shimano and Cannondale parts, using a mixture of Tiagra shifters, Cannondale Si crank arms with Gossamer large chain ring, and XT derailleurs to ensure that this bike has everything you need to start your cycling journey.
The front chain rings are a combination of the Cannondale Si 50/34 compact double crankset in black, and a road racing triple chain ring set from Shimano in silver. This gives the cyclist three gears to work with in each range.
The rear derailleur is Cannondale’s own top-of-the-line XTR model, which delivers flawless gear changes every time.
The fork of this bike is well designed to handle different types of terrain. Cannondale made many of these Cannondale Bad Boy 3 forks with different types of metals to create a lighter bike, which is still strong enough to withstand tough bike accidents.
The Cannondale Bad Boy 3 fork has two different cooling fins that are thick and sturdy. The material used for the Cannondale Bad Boy 3 fork
- 26 pounds weight
How To Take Care Of Your Hybrid Bike
1. Get your hybrid bike tuned up at the beginning of every season
Many bike riders do not realize the importance of bike tune up. This is especially true for those who ride their hybrid bike occasionally or infrequently, but it applies to all bike owners including frequent riders and commuters as well.
On average, your bike should be tuned up every season to make sure everything still works like clockwork. If you are riding a hybrid bike that gets daily use, this number goes down significantly depending on how often you rely on your bicycle each day – perhaps once every few months may suffice if only used occasionally throughout the week!
2. Clean and lube the chain after you’ve ridden it for a few weeks
Its important to ensure that your bike is cleaned and lubricated in order to ensure the safety of yourself and others on the road. The clean bike chain will help your gear shift better, further prolonging its life span.
The lubricant will reduce friction in the metal parts making for a smoother ride when you are cycling with friends or family members. You can clean your bike by hand using soap and water; however we recommend that this process be done outside if possible as it may get messy!
To clean, start at one end of each link until both sides have been cleaned thoroughly and make sure not to forget between teeth where dirt likes to build up!
Afterwards rinse off all soap residue and pat dry before applying lubricant carefully onto exposed areas such as gears, chains etc If applied correctly after cleaning then
3. Keep your tires properly inflated – not too high, not too low
Proper tire pressure is critical to ensure a smooth ride and avoid any unnecessary damage. Inflating your bike tire is easy, but keep in mind that you need to do it at the correct pressure for optimal performance.
First, check the manufacturer’s specifications before inflating tires with a specific PSI rating. This information can usually be found on a sticker located somewhere on the frame of your bicycle or listed in the owner’s manual.
If no reference point exists, inflate them by adding about five pounds per square inch (PSI) above what they were previously inflated to when pumped up manually using an air pump at home.
For example: if you have been pumping up your own bicycle tube to 30 psi, then add another 15 psi for 40
4. Protect your bike from theft with a good lock
A good lock is the most important thing when it comes to stopping your bike from being stolen. You’ll need one that attaches securely around both wheels and frame, which will probably be heavy duty steel or metal links in some form. The more solid this part of the lock is, the harder it will be for thieves to break through into your bike .
It also needs two parts – a U shaped bar on each end that fit together with an almost impenetrable locking mechanism between them, otherwise known as shackle security . One padlock isn’t going to cut it either so always go for at least two locks if possible
5. Be gentle on the brakes so they don’t wear out prematurely
Bike brakes play a very important role in the ensuring your safety as you ride. This is why it’s important bike bike brakes are carefully maintained and taken care of, especially after riding through wet conditions.
To ensure bike braking systems work properly, check the pads periodically for wear or damage (especially down one side) as well as ensuring that they’re correctly aligned.