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Buying the best men's bike new and used for under $500

Updated on August 9, 2015

Buying the right bike for me or my loved one.

There are several things you need to look into before buying a bike. If you already know who the bike is for and what sex they are then you are already well on your way. If this is a shared bike then when it comes down to it you can get either a men's or a women's bike.

The next thing that you need to know is what the bicycle is going to be used for. Is it going to be a mountain bike or is it going to used on the road(or something else). There are also hybrids and just all around good bikes, but ideally if you are sticking to one thing you are usually better off getting a road bike if you are only going to be on the road.


Buying a bike for a kid?

Buying a kid's bike is actually much easier than one would think. If you don't want to spend a couple hundred to get them an over the top bike, then there are several different things that you can do.

Bringing your kid along is all you really need to do. The don't look at price they just look to see if it is "cool" or not. K Mart usually has crappy everything, but if you don't want to look all around and don't want to spend much then certainly take the kid there and let them pick one out.

Going to a garage sale is always a good idea to find some good cheap bikes. I actually got my first bike from one and I honestly couldn't tell you if it was quality or not. It worked and it looked cool to me.

So the only thing to take out of this is, take the kid with you and let them pick. You can certainly pick one out yourself, but you might end up having to pay more than you needed to. Make sure to also let them pick out their helmet! That way they are more likely to use it.

I know this picture to the right seems a little over the top, but some people just don't get it-- make sure to wear the helmet the proper way!

Keep an eye out for quite possibly the best kid's bike to ever come out the Leg&Go. It is an 8 in 1 bike that can help with all stages of learning and riding. Check it out here

What are the differences between men's and women's bikes?

To find out the differences between men's and women's bikes you can check out this informational link.

There can be many differences depending on the brand/model. But mainly the things that you will notice are the seat(aka saddle) and the crank length(how big of a circle you have to peddle). Obviously women tend to be smaller then men so the bikes are designed to fit a smaller body. The seats are designed different for obvious reasons that I don't necessarily need to get in to. The two noticeable differences are 1. Saddles for women are wider.
2. The pointy front part (the horn) is shorter for women

Are you a big guy looking for the right bicycle?

If you are a big guy looking for a bike. You can get any type of bike you want-- that includes BMX bikes. Pick one that fits your style and make sure that the there aren't any cheap parts.

Especially if you are trying to cut down some of the weight you try a BMX bike, they are fun. Make sure that is they type of bike that you are in to. The main thing you need to find is a bike that is completely chromoly. Try the Kink Gap XL. It is completely chromoly, not including the fork legs, seat tube, chain-stay, and seat-stay. They are around $300-400 for the new versions. Many people recommend swapping out the tires for a pair that go up to 110 PSI. Also don't just buy the bike, make sure you order a tool kit, pump, some spare tubes, and some lube/chain grease. Also remember a helmet and a bike lock if you need it.

If you aren't interested in in a BMX bike check out the video to right and take some of his suggestions.

What is the difference between Hybrid and Road bikes

If you are having trouble deciding if you want a road bike or a hybrid check out this informational video.

Hybrids come with different types of seats and offer more comfort. They also come with wider wheels-- which allows you to ride on many different surfaces.

The road bike is designed for speed and neatly paved roads. If you are going to be riding well paved areas only then the road bike is a must.

Giant - Escape 3

This is a well known bike and a much higher quality than any big box store. Another great choice for under $500 is the Escape 3 from Giant. You'll have no issues keeping up with friends on the most expensive of bikes and will ride thousands of miles with no issues. Depending if you want new bulletproof tires.

Check out the video for an in depth look and review of the bike. He will discuss how great the brakes are among all of the great perks that comes with it. The seat is actually pretty comfortable and it is up to you if you want to change it. It works great in the snow and all weather. No one with a sane mind will ever want to ride a bike in the rain, but I am sure this will do well in that situation as well.

You can check out other suggestions for bicycles under 500 dollars here and here.

Other recommendations and a poll

Check out my other recommendations please-- also vote on the poll. If you have a favorite brand that isn't listened please feel free to leave a detailed comment on why you like it!

What is your favorite bike brand?

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Where to buy my bike from?

If you aren't sure where to get your bike from then you need to ask yourself a couple of questions. Do I want it new or used? If you want it new then it is important to NOT go to a big box store to get your bike-- they are lower quality and in one way other another you are going to end up paying for it.

Buy directly from the manufacturer-- I have several links above.

Go to your local bike shop to find a fair price along with a quality bike. Ask if they have used bikes-- getting a nice discount on a bike that is nearly perfect is always a plus!

Amazon will give you a fair price and you can get your bike as fast as the next day. You may need to assemble it(check for details).

Use Craigslist-- one of the best ways to find a bike if you are a penny pincher. Check your area for the bikes that you are interested in and find one that suits you. The more active you are the better chance you have to find one.

Ebay is also another great way to find your bike-- it could end up taking a little longer but you can end up getting just as good of a deal if not better than that of Craigslist.


Schwinn Bicycles

One of the oldest and most trusted names when it comes to bicycles is obviously Schwinn. For over 100 years they have been at the forefront of biking and still continue to hold a top spot to this day.

Two solid recommendations that won't break the bank from Schwinn:

  • Schwinn Men's Volare 1200 Road Bike (700c)

    This is a great entry level bike. This beautifully painted bike offers outstanding brakes, lightweight for the price, great wheels/tires although thin, looks more expensive then the price. With that comes the problems-- some components are dirt cheap: the seat, freewheel, and handlebar grips. All of which can be changed out.

    Honestly for the price you aren't going to find a much better product. Unless you are willing to spend $1300+ don't expect to see that many upgrades over this.

  • Schwinn Discover Men's Hybrid Bike (700c)

    This 35 pound bike is about as good as you are going to get for a hybrid at this price. There are definitely some rivals out there and you can expect from Trek and others. Realistically this bike has gotten a lot of great feedback and everyone seems to love it with very minor complaints. Obviously there are some cheaper parts that you can replace, but most people are happy with it as is. People have been riding this for years so far and pretty much all the feedback is positive.

Please use the comment section

If you have a question, a link, or something about a bike less than 500 dollars and have more suggestions/ideas please let me know,

Anyone can post a comment so please do!


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