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With the monthly cost of a MetroCard in NYC having risen to $109, and the temperature also having risen almost half as high, we think it's just about the right time to start biking everywhere. The assortment of bikes in our roundup are priced so right that they'll practically pay for themselves in a month, too! From cruisers to road bikes, to a bicycle built for two, these bicycles are ready to be taken for a ride!
Is It Worth It?: While this bike may not be ideal for a city commute up and over bridges and highways (it lacks shifting gears), it will make for an enjoying ride through the park or around the neighborhood. A light yet sturdy construction, and boasting a cane basket, this cruiser stands out from the pack. It also features an aluminum frame, single-speed gearing, coaster brakes, and more.
Is It Worth It?: Much like the aforementioned Schwinn, this 26" cruiser is perfect for an afternoon bike ride, though it also boasts seven gears for tackling hills. Other features include a steel frame, Shimano 7-speed rear derailleur with SRAM Grip Shift, alloy linear pull brakes, and more. Note that Amazon also charges $169.99 with free shipping.
Is It Worth It?: "But you'd look sweet upon the seat, of a bicycle built for two!" But first, you've gotta own this tandem bike in a Yellow. This bike is easy to assemble and features a rear coaster brake, extra large spring saddles, cruiser handlebars, and more.
Is It Worth It?: The workmanship on the Nashbar AT2 is on par with other, better known bike brands, but this deal puts this men's mountain bike at a $200 discount. It also features an SE 1 aluminum alloy frame with a Suntour SF13 XCT 80mm travel suspension fork, HL DB-280 mechanical disc brakes, and Shimano 8-speed derailleurs. It's available in 17-inch, 19-inch, and 21-inch frame sizes.
For the ladies, the Nashbar Women's AT2 Mountain Bike also rings in at $299.99 with $38.99 for shipping. The frame, the fork, and the major components are, like the men's model, all very high-quality. It's available in 15-inch and 17-inch frame sizes.
Is It Worth It?: For a snappy and fast road bike, turn to the Denali 700C. In Yellow/Black (pictured) or Gold, this bike provides a smooth ride, and features a 21-speed Shimano drive train, side-pull caliper brakes, drop handlebars, Vitesse racing rims, and more. This bike is available in S to L frames, although not in all size/color combinations. Note that Walmart charges $159 with free shipping also for M, L, and XL sizes.
Front page photo credit: Bike Osprey