Perhaps you’ve read about the current bike shortage. Put simply, the pandemic interrupted the supply chain just as the need for socially distanced activities rose and public transportation usage dropped. And of course, all of those things happened to coincide with the arrival of spring and summer, when bike sales soar anyway. The result is that all of the reasonably-priced bikes are disappearing, and not many new bikes are coming in. It’s happening with kids’ bikes, too. But hope is not lost. We scoured the internet and contacted experts to find a bunch of great options for new and seasoned riders alike. We capped our search at $1,200 (okay, $1,260, but we really like the Merit 3), since more expensive bikes are less affected by the shortage. Just be sure to act fast. As quickly as things are selling out, we can’t guarantee that these bikes will be in stock for long, either.
Moosejaw has three sizes of the Raleigh Merit 2, an endurance bike with relaxed geometry for improved comfort during long days in the saddle.
Editors’ note: Many bikes, including this one, are sold without pedals. You’re probably going to want those, too.
Similar to the Merit 2, but with upgraded Shimano 22 speed 105 drivetrain and disc brakes. One size (52cm) in stock.
There are a couple sizes left of this hybrid bike that would be good for commuting. It can handle road biking and some off-road.
Evo currently has a few of these well-made mountain bikes, by popular bike manufacturer Giant, in stock and ready to ship by May 28, but you need to order over the phone. Call them at 866-386-1590.
This touring bike has front and rear racks for long trips and an ultralow gear for easier climbing. And it’s on sale through Memorial Day.
REI has a few men’s and women’s mountain bikes in stock, too. The DRT 1.1 is great for new riders, with an affordable price, hydraulic disc brakes, and a 21-gear drivetrain.
This hardtail bike has 18 gears and a low height that makes it comfortable for shorter riders.
Dick’s has quite a few affordable options (although some are available only for local pickup), including kids’ bikes and plenty of adult options. The GTX3 hybrid would make a good commuter bike for beginners (or those of us who don’t want to make a big investment before seeing how this whole bike commuting thing goes). And the Standpoint will get any entry-level riders out on mountain trails.
This fixed-gear bike with a flip-flop hub for fixed or free riding is made of lightweight 600-series aluminum tubing and is available to order from Southern California bike retailer, Incycle.
R&A Cycles has three Scott bikes available. The Sub Cross 20 is a women’s city/trekking bike with flat bars, disc brakes, a Shimano ten-speed drivetrain, and a suspension fork. The Sub Cross 30 is a unisex version of the 20 for $100 less. And the Contessa is a women’s 18-speed, 6061 double-butted aluminum road bike with a Shimano Sora 18-speed drivetrain.
Boutique bike manufacturer Public is known for American versions of popular Dutch city bikes. Although it’s currently available only in extra small, their best city road bike, the R24, is made from chromoly steel, has a triple crank, a Shimano Claris derailleur group, and a lifetime warranty.
The D8i is a commuter bike made of lightweight, 100 percent chromoly tubing and features Shimano’s Nexus 8 internally-geared hub and eight-speed twist shifters.
The Salsa Journeyman is an all-road, eight-speed bike that’s equipped with three pack mounts.
Sante Fe independent bike shop Mellow Velo has bikes in stock that they can ship to you. (Ignore what it says on their website about manufacturers not allowing the bikes to be shipped — they are making an exception during the pandemic.) This urban all-road bike is made from Reynolds double-butted chromoly tubing. It has hydraulic brakes, no-nonsense one-by-ten drivetrains, and multiple fender, bottle, and rack-mount options.
The A2 is a lightweight but strong mountain bike with a triple-butted 6061 aluminum frame, a Suntour hydraulic fork, thru axles, a Shimano nine-speed drivetrain, and tubeless WTB Trailboss 27.5-inch by 2.25-inch tires.
The modernist furniture company Blu Dot collaborated with Handsome Cycles to create this stylish single-gear bike.
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