How to get into road cycling for less than £500

Here’s our guide on how to get started in cycling without breaking the bank

How To Get Into Road Cycling For Less Than £500

Road cycling can be incredibly expensive. After all, there are no shortage of top-end bikes that will set you back astonishing amounts of money, often stretching into five figures.

>>> Best cheap road bikes: ridden and rated1

The good news is that if you re new to the sport, then there s no need to break the bank. In fact, if you don t want to commit too much, then it s easily doable to completely kit yourself out with everything you need on a budget of less than 500. So, what do you need to get out of the front door and start falling in love with road cycling ?

Bike

We ll start with the obvious. For this sort of money you re not going to be able to get a fancy carbon-frame. In fact, for most road bikes under 5002 you re probably going to have to settle for either steel or aluminium.

Not that this is a bad thing mind, and should be reasonably comfy offering a sturdy base for you to fall in love with road cycling

B Twin Triban 500 280

How To Get Into Road Cycling For Less Than £500

The B Twin Triban represents great value for less than 300

The B Twin Triban 500 features an aluminium frame3 and steel fork, for improved handling. It isn t the fastest, lightest bike, but considering the price it is superb. A great entry level road bike for getting into road cycling or regular short distance commuting to work. There s also a lifetime warranty on the frame, reliable 24 speed microshift gearing, and a snazzy black, white and orange paintjob.

Head over to the B Twin website for more details4, and for more information on what to look for in an entry-level road bike, watch our video below.

Jersey

For riding in warm weather, all you ll need on your top is a short sleeve jersey5. This doesn t need to be anything complicated, and all you need to look for is something that keeps the wind off your chest when going downhill, has a few rear pockets for storing food, money and a phone, and fits well.

Bontrager Starvos jersey 29.996

How To Get Into Road Cycling For Less Than £500

Great performance and looks without breaking the bank

Ok, so this Bontrager jersey isn t the absolute cheapest jersey you re going to find, but we like it because it really doesn t feel like an entry-level jersey. There s plenty of storage space for when your rides start to get a bit longer and require food for fuel, is really light and comfortable, and also looks and feels much more expensive than it is. Visit Bontrager7 for more details

Shorts

One thing you should not compromise on is shorts. As the main contact point between your body and the bike, shorts should be comfortable and of good quality.

Read our buyer s guide to men s bib shorts8 and women s bib shorts9 to learn everything you need to know, but the most important things to look for are a good pad and close fit.

dhb Aeron bib shorts 30

How To Get Into Road Cycling For Less Than £500

These dhb shorts are among the best value bib shorts on the market

These dhb shorts are a great option for the price. They come with a Cytech pad, the same company that make pads for a whole host of premium brands, so you know they re going to be comfortable, while, almost as importantly, they re black, meaning that, unlike white shorts, they won t turn translucent in wet weather. No one wants to see that, do they

Visit Wiggle10 for more details.

Shoes

There s an awful lot more to a pair of cycling shoes11 than you might expect. In fact, your shoes are a really important piece of kit, being the crucial connection between you and your bike, with all the power that your legs generate having to make its way through the soles of your shoes with as little wasted energy as possible.

dhb R2.0C shoes 64.9912

How To Get Into Road Cycling For Less Than £500

These dhb shoes represent excellent value

Another product from dhb, these R2.0C shoes are not the cheapest on the market, but very impressively come with a carbon sole13. This means that the sole of the show won t bend as much as you pedal, so more of your leg power is turned into forward momentum. And they re comfy too, certainly good enough for a good few hours in the saddle.

Visit Wiggle14 for more details

Helmet

Believe it or not, but it s perfectly possible to spend almost as much on a helmet as it is on that B Twin bike. If you re not sure what to look for in a helmet, then check out our buyer s guide to road bike helmets15, but of course the most important thing is that it protects you, and for this you don t have to spend the earth.

Giro Foray helmet 49.9916

How To Get Into Road Cycling For Less Than £500

The Giro Foray helmet is an excellent option for the price

In fact you can actually pick up a pretty sleek looking helmet from a big name brand for less than fifty quid. This Giro Foray helmet is a great option. It features excellent ventilation that will keep your head cool when riding in hot weather, and the adjustment system at the back of the helmet means that it should fit, whatever shape your head is.

Visit Zyro17 for more details.

Pedals

I m sorry to break it to you, but if you really want to get into cycling then you re going to need clipless pedals18, which require your shoes to be attached to the pedals. This might seem a little scary at first, but they don t require much practice to get used to, and once you re into the flow you ll be riding much faster than you would be with flat pedals.

Shimano R540 pedals 39.99

How To Get Into Road Cycling For Less Than £500

The R540 pedals are specifically designed to be easy to get out of

These pedals are specifically designed for new riders, with a lighter action to make clipping in and out easier. They also have a very similar design to some of Shimano s more expensive pedals, which means that once you get into the sport and have need for better pedals, then you ll be able to move up the price ladder without having to learn a new action for getting your feet in and out.

Visit Madison19 for more details.

Anything else?

By our calculations, all of that comes to a grand total of 494.96, but it s worth noting that that is based only on RRPs, and if you shop around then you should be able to get all of this for much less than that. It s also possible to go for cheaper items, on most of these pieces of kit, but we ve tried to pick out clothing and equipment that will not only get you started on the road, but will get you going at a decent lick too, and stand you in good stead for when you re ready to spend a little more.

How To Get Into Road Cycling For Less Than £500

It s worth getting some tools and a mini pump to make you self-sufficient when this happens

However there are a few little things you might still need on top of this. The most important things that we ve missed out are tools and a mini pump20.

For your first few rides you can get away with a phone and a willing family member in a car to get you out of trouble in the event of a puncture, but you re much more likely to maintain domestic harmony if you learn how to fix them yourself21.

For riding in cold and wet weather22 you re also going to need some gloves23 and a waterproof jacket24, but both of which these can be picked up reasonably cheaply, and if you want to record your riding achievements, then a cycling computer will be a good investment too.

References

  1. ^ >>> Best cheap road bikes: ridden and rated (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  2. ^ most road bikes under 500 (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  3. ^ an aluminium frame (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  4. ^ B Twin website for more details (www.btwin.com)
  5. ^ short sleeve jersey (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  6. ^ Bontrager Starvos jersey (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  7. ^ Bontrager (www.bontrager.com)
  8. ^ buyer s guide to men s bib shorts (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  9. ^ women s bib shorts (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  10. ^ Wiggle (www.wiggle.co.uk)
  11. ^ Cycling shoes: a buyer s guide (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  12. ^ dhb R2.0C shoes 64.99 (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  13. ^ Are carbon-soled cycling shoes necessary? (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  14. ^ Wiggle (www.wiggle.co.uk)
  15. ^ buyer s guide to road bike helmets (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  16. ^ Giro Foray helmet 49.99 (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  17. ^ Zyro (www.zyro.co.uk)
  18. ^ you re going to need clipless pedals (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  19. ^ Madison (www.madison.co.uk)
  20. ^ tools and a mini pump (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  21. ^ learn how to fix them yourself (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  22. ^ riding in cold and wet weather (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  23. ^ some gloves (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  24. ^ a waterproof jacket (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)

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