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Street Bikes

The term street bikes sure sounds a lot like road bikes but, where road bikes are designed more for speed or long-distance touring, street bikes are designed more for comfort and short-distance touring. Think neighborhood streets, bike paths and smooth country roads. They feature an upright riding position, unlike the more bent-over riding position associated with the traditional drop handlebars of road bikes.

Most street bikes will not have any suspension, whereas some urban bikes will. Gearing can run the gamut and street bikes often have rim brakes that are lighter and less expensive than the disc brakes found on urban bikes. With rim brakes it’s easy to observe brake pad wear and relatively easy to replace worn pads, but rim brakes provide less stopping power than disc brakes, are less effective in wet conditions, and generally require more finger effort on the brake levers.

In order to find the best price for any of the bikes in our recommended bike tables below, just click the name of the bike. That should open a pop-up window with additional information. (If clicking the name of the bike doesn’t open a pop-up window, please submit a comment on the Contact Us page telling us which page and which bike and we’ll get it fixed ASAP. Thanks!). In the pop-up window, click on the Comparison tab to see recommended retailers and their current prices. Please refer to Cheap Bikes’ Price Categories for a more detailed explanation of what the number of dollar signs means.

The Best Street Bikes ($ Very Cheap Bikes)

Product NameWheel SizeFront Suspension TravelPrice
GHOST Panamao X 3700c60 mm$699
Diamondback Insight STI-8 Disc700cnone$749
Novara Cortona700cnone$849

The Best Street Bikes ($$ Cheap Bikes)

Product NameWheel SizeFront Suspension TravelPrice
GHOST Panamao X 4700c60 mm$849
Cannondale Quick CX 2700c50 mm$879
Cannondale Quick Speed 2 Disc700cnone$949

The Best Street Bikes ($$$ Moderately Cheap Bikes)

Product NameWheel SizeFront Suspension TravelPrice
GHOST Speedline 2700cnone$1099
Cannondale Quick Speed 1 Disc700cnone$1099
Charge Grater 3700cnone$1199
Cannondale Quick CX 1700c50 mm$1399

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