BikeRadar Bargains: 4 budget hybrid and town bikes for beginner cyclists

Cheap hybrid and city bikes for the newbie cyclist

We can forgive the uninitiated for assuming that dedicated cyclists are wholly pre-occupied with suffering in the name of... Well, seemingly just for the sake of suffering. 

But fret not newbies, cycling need not be always be an 'epic', and a dependable and practical bike for mooching about town can be the gateway drug to a life (mis)spent on two wheels.

For this week's edition of BikeRadar Bargains, we've pulled together four discounted hybrid and town bikes to get you started on two wheels. Embrace the plush!

Creme CafeRacer Solo Ladies 3 speed bike — £599.99 £379.99

How many friends do you reckon you could carry on that rack?
How many friends do you reckon you could carry on that rack?

This mixte style bike from Creme is the most practical — and arguably the best value of the bunch — coming with a porteur rack, mudguards and front and rear lighting, all for a penny under £380. The three-speed drivetrain will also be easy to maintain, and the upright position will make for some very casual pootling. We'll take blue please.

Vitus Bikes Dee-1 26" — £349.99 £199.99

The Vitus Dee 26 is a great after work shredder
The Vitus Dee 26 is a great after work shredder

If you're looking for an even simpler solution for riding around town or after-work trail shreddage, then you could do a lot worse than the Vitus Dee-1. This rigid, single speed beast is built around beefy mountain bike tyres, giving a bit of cush over rougher surfaces. 

Charge Plus 2  — £649.99 £454.99

If you're looking to do longer rides, the Charge Plug is worth looking at
If you're looking to do longer rides, the Charge Plug is worth looking at

If you're after a fancier ride, or plan to commute longer distances, this bargain Charge Plug is worth a look.

For under £500, you get a lightweight alloy frame, a dependable Shimano Claris groupset and classy looking, colour-matched finishing kit.

Giant Flourish 3 Women's hybrid bike — £399.00 £299.25

The Giant flourish is the cushiest ride of the bunch
The Giant flourish is the cushiest ride of the bunch

If you're after a ride equally as comfortable as the Creme Cafe Racer, but desire a slightly wider spread of gears, this regally positioned hybrid from Giant looksjust the ticket. 

With an upright position, sprung saddle and cushy, 40mm tyres, this will make an ideal town cruiser. 

Jack Luke

Staff Writer, UK
Jack has been riding and fettling with bikes for his whole life. Always in search of the hippest new niche in cycling, Jack is a self-confessed gravel dork and thinks nothing of bivouacking on a beach after work. Also fond of cup and cone bearings, skids and tan wall tyres.
  • Discipline: Long days in the saddle by either road or mountain bike
  • Preferred Terrain: Happiest when on a rural road by the coast or crossing a remote mountain pass. Also partial to a cheeky gravel adventure or an arduous hike-a-bike.
  • Current Bikes: Custom Genesis Croix de Fer all road adventure wagon, Niner EMD 9.
  • Dream Bike: A rigid 44 Bikes Marauder, all black please.
  • Beer of Choice: Caesar Augustus
  • Location: Bristol, UK

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