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Photo courtesy of Virtue Bikes
5 City Bikes Under 500 – 2014 Virtue Curve 7
Sizes: 49 cm
Colors: Atlantis Green
Included Accessories: Fenders, Bell
Virtue Bike’s Curve 7 lets you commute to work in style, take a quick ride across town, or run an errand after work. The Virtue Curve 7 features a step-through chromoly frame and fork, 7-speed Shimano drivetrain, Tektro front and rear brakes, Wellgo road pedals, Kenda Kwest cream tires, fashionable riveted leatherette saddle, stitched grips, and shiny bell.
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Photo courtesy of State Bicycle Co.
5 City Bikes Under $500 – State Bicycle Co. Shoreline Deluxe
Sizes: 42, 46, 52, 56 cm
Included Accessories: Chainguard, Fenders, Kickstand, Bell, Bottle Opener, Front and Rear Racks
There is something about riding around in the sunshine that sparks a craving for a cold beer (or soda). Arizona-based State Bicycle Co. has tapped into this urge and installed a bottle opener and 6-pack ready front rack on their Shoreline Deluxe. With a TIG-welded, Hi-Tensile steel frame, 700x23c tires, single-speed rear hub, and coaster brake this bike is ready for summer rides to the beach.
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Photo courtesy of Retrospec
5 City Bikes Under $500 – Retrospec Siddhartha-7
Sizes: 50, 55 cm
Colors: Green, Black, and Grey
Included Accessories: Chainguard, Center Mount Kickstand, Classic Bell, Vintage Style Bullet Head Lamp, Fenders, Tools
Designed for comfort and performance, the Retrospec Siddhartha-7 is made for riding to work or getting some exercise. With a hand-built, lightweight steel frame, 700x30c tires, a sturdy rear rack, and vintage inspired bullet headlamp, this bicycle has European vintage appeal with a modern technical advantage.
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Photo courtesy of PUBLIC Bikes
5 City Bikes Under $500 – PUBLIC C1
Price: $299 (Special introductory price), $449 (Regular retail price)
Sizes: Small-Medium (4’8”-5’5”), Medium-Large (5’6”-5’10”)
Colors: Turquoise, Cream
Included Accessories: Chainguard, Fenders, Kickstand, Painted Rims
“Our bikes are designed to put a smile on your face and make you feel like a kid again,” said PUBLIC’s founder, Rob Forbes, and that is exactly what they have done with their newly launched C1 city bike. The C1 comes complete with a Hi-Tensile steel frame with mounts for front and rear racks, 700x35c tires, and an efficient single-speed drivetrain, all while being PUBLIC’s most affordable bike on the market.
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Photo courtesy of Pure Fix Cycles
5 City Bikes Under $500 – Pure Fix Cycles Pure City The Western
Price: $399 for single speed, $499 for 3-speed
Sizes: 43, 45 cm
Included Accessories: Fenders, Silver Bell, Kickstand, Reflectors, Rear Rack, Leather Grips, Leather Saddle
Part of Pure Fix Cycle’s Pure City line, The Western is a comfortable, upright bike suited for getting out and about around town. The sleek, black, Dutch-inspired Hi-ten steel frame is supported by 26" or 700c (depending on chosen size) wheels and leather grips and saddle that will make you feel like a star whizzing around the city.
2014 is shaping up to be a banner year for affordable city bikes. Decked out with must-have accessories that include fenders, racks, lights, bells, (and even a bottle opener) these lower-priced bikes prove that you don't have to sacrifice utility or style as the price drops.