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For a jaunt around town, sometimes your road bike can feel like overkill. It can be nice to get out of your head, stop worrying about training, and simply get from A to B on a bike that's steady and stylish.

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When it comes to urban bikes, you'll be looking for flat bars and a pretty relaxed riding position so you get a full view of the road ahead. You'll want a bicycle that can cope with a canal path as well as smooth tarmac.

Here, we run down 10 of the cheapest city bikes currently on the market. They won't be of the same quality as our Urban Bikes for under £500, or our Urban Bikes for under £1000, but they will certainly be up to the job of your daily commute if you give them a bit of love and affection.

Pinnacle Lithium One 2015 Women's Hybrid Bike

Pinnacle make very good value bikes, and the Pinnacle Lithium One 2015 Women's Hybrid Bike is certainly a good option for those of you feeling less than spendy. It has an aluminium frame, steel forks, Shimano Tourney derailleurs and Tektro rim brakes.

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At 10.43kg it's not light, but it's not bad for a sturdy hybrid at this price. The women's model comes in smaller frame sizes with optimised geometry and proportionate crank arm, as well as a female-friendly finishing set (handlebar, stem and saddle).

Giant Alight 3 Womens 2015 Hybrid Bike

We love that the Giant Liv Alight 3 Women's 2015 Hybrid Bike looks a lot more expensive than it is – the turquoise tone is also beautiful but not too girly.

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Giant builds their Liv bikes for women from the ground up, so the women's specific geometry isn't just a tweak from the men's model. That makes this bike stable and suited to you – making it perfect for a commute or even some light fitness rides.

With a Shimano drivetrain, Tektro TK837 brakes and Giant puncture protect tyres, you won't go far wrong with this Alight. It even comes with a women's saddle specifically designed for a city-friendly, upright riding position. Also don't forget to take a look at the Alight 3 City – if your budget can stretch it has a fender, lights and a kickstand included.

Dawes Discovery Trail Women's 2015 Hybrid Bike

This Dawes Discovery Trail Women's 2015 Hybrid Bike is pretty darn cheap to still be rocking Shimano gears. It may not wow you, but this machine certainly won't disappoint you either.

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For a budget buy, this hybrid has women's specific geometry and decent quality components.

Specialized Ariel 2015 Women's Hybrid Bike

It may be one of the more expensive bikes on this list, but it's worth having a look at the Specialized Ariel 2015 Women's Hybrid Bike. Specialized have a fantastic reputation for making good quality bikes that will last, and they are also famed for taking women's specific design seriously.

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This particular bike comes with really excellent components considering the price (Shimano Altus drivetrain and Acera shifters) and SR Suntour forks to help cushion your ride. You'll get wherever you need to go, over any sort of track with this Specialized Ariel.

Pendleton Drake Hybrid Bike

Again, Pendleton succeed in making astonishing cheap bicycles. At the time of writing this Pendleton Drake Hybrid Bike is under £200, and for that money you'll get a surprisingly smooth ride.

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The components are not of fantastic quality, but this bike looks good and could be the perfect buy for those of you that need two wheels and not much else. At 13.6kg it's a little weighty though (especially considering it's only got 3 gears), so perhaps not a good choice if you live in a flat.

Raleigh Strada 1 Womens Hybrid Bike

Raleigh is an old and trusted brand in the cycling world, and that's why this Raleigh Strada 1 Womens Hybrid Bike is a steal at only £299.99. It is possible to get cheaper Raleigh's, but we reckon it's worth going to this model for slightly increased stability and build quality.

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Be cautious though – it weighs in at a mighty 17.4kg and will require some affection and regular maintenance due to the cheap components.

Trek 7.0 FX 2015 Women's Hybrid Bike

We've been consistently impressed with Trek's mid-range bicycles, and therefore we're inclined to trust they'll do a good job of their cheapest models too.

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The Trek 7.0 FX 2015 Women's Hybrid Bike, for instance, comes with great components like Shimano Tourney derailleurs, Altus shifters and Bontrager saddle, bars, stem, seat post and tyres. It also looks pretty sleek, right?

Jamis Commuter 1 Femme 2015 Women's Hybrid Bike

The Jamis Commuter 1 Femme 2015 Women's Hybrid Bike aims to get you commuting while minimising on maintenance. For instance, it has single-chaining drivetrains in order to keep off extra weight and keep things simple if anything should go wrong.

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It also comes already kitted out with a rack and kickstand, so you can ride it out of the shop if you wish.

Want even less work to do? We've previously recommended the Jamis Commuter 3, which comes with hub gearing that again reduces the need for maintenance. It's currently £375.

Ridgeback Motion Open Frame Womens 2015 Hybrid Bike

We love the colour of this Ridgeback Motion Open Frame Womens 2015, and the price is pretty sweet too. Entry level Shimano componentry is paired with Continental Contact tyres for a reliable, stable ride in the city.

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The step-through frame means that it's workwear-friendly and the riding position is perfect for a commuter.

Apollo Excelle Women's Hybrid Bike

At the time of writing this Apollo Excelle Women's Hybrid Bike is an almost criminal £129.99. Seriously. That's nothing. Can you even buy an iPod for that anymore?

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The rear mech is listed as just 'Shimano' with no details of what sort on the Halfords site. That's a little worrying, but it could be worse. There's no point in us denying that this is cheap as chips and the perfect bicycle for someone who doesn't want to break the bank before ensuring they actually want to ride a bicycle every day. Which is fair enough. Although we promise that you will want to ride every day. Because cycling is awesome.