Thankfully, there are plenty of great road bikes available online for under $300. Here we compiled the Best Road Bikes under $300. We’ll look at the top 10 below.
1. Merax Finiss
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This is flashy red-and-white bike that will get you noticed on the road. Though it’s inexpensive, it’s made with quality Shimano components, unlike many competitors. It’s a 21 speed, meaning that you’ll have the range of gears to deal with even the most stubborn of hills. It weighs in at 28 pounds, so it’s not the lightest of road bikes, but it’s certainly lighter than steel competitors.
2. Aluminum Commuter Bike
3. Schwinn Axios
If you prefer a bike with a successful, reliable company behind it, the Axios is for you. Schwinn has decades of successful bike manufacturing behind it, and the Axios is the lower-budget alternative to some of its higher-end models. The aluminum frame and alloy wheels help to keep weight down, although this bike weighs in at 33.4 pounds. The Axios is equipped with high-quality Shimano components.
4. Vilano R2 Commuter
This is a commuter bike with the look of a road bike. At 27 pounds, it is one of the lighter bikes on the list. It comes with Shimano components and is 21 speed, just like many bikes on the list. As an added bonus, it comes with free pedals, though the manufacturer warns that these can be a challenge to install. This bike, while it has many of the features of others listed, is one of the least expensive, coming in at just under $200.
6. Schwinn Volare 1200 (Men’s)
This road bike is perfect for those who like the lightweight nature of a road bike, but not drop handlebars. All the bikes on this list have had drop handlebars so far, but this one has straight bars similar to those of a mountain bike, thus allowing you to ride in a more upright fashion. The company does not list the bike’s weight, but owner reports range from 26 to 29 pounds. It comes with high-quality Shimano components, and like most Schwinn bikes, it comes with a lifetime warranty.