Road Cycling Buying Guides

Beginners: Six entry-level women’s bicycles under £400

Looking for an entry level women's road bike, mountain bike or hybrid? Then check in here for buying advice tips and the things you need to look for.

1. Raleigh, Alana Hybrid (RRP £219) discounted to £149.99

Raleigh is a great entry-level brand to start with and the Alana hybrid is a great deal for money. Be sure to check out reviews before buying.











If you have a modest budget, it’s worth looking out for end of season offers (2013 bikes will be reducing from as early as the end of the summer), especially if you’re taller or shorter than average. There are some great bargains to be had, if you don’t mind having last year’s model.

Anyway, back to the price range, have a look for names you recognise, like Raleigh – who offer quite a few solutions in this purse friendly price range – just don’t expect any of them to be lightweight.

The Raleigh Alana Hybrid at £219 is one of the best urban bikes with 700c wheels and a mixture of reliable Shimano components. It’ll get you around town and looks like it should have a higher price tag.

Big manufacturers like Raleigh – and there are others readily available – buy in bulk, making huge savings on entry level components. They pass these savings on to the customer by keeping the price of their bicycles low.

The Alana Hybrid is a good example of a decent starter bike for those looking to cycle to work, the shops or a pleasant weekend ride.

If you’re also on the look out for cheap accessories as well as a great deal on an entry-level women’s bicycle, our 10 Bike Accessories for Under £10 should be helpful.


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