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With summer just around the corner, now is the perfect time to swap your bus pass for a road bike and cycle wherever you need to go.

High end road bikes can cost thousands but we've found you eight affordable, stylish and good quality bikes designed specifically for women that will make you want to keep cycling all year long.

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An ideal choice for long distance cyclists, the Norco Valence A4 Forma 2014 is at the top end of our budget but boasts the features necessary to justify the £500 price tag. Built for endurance, the Norco Valence comes in a sleek silver colour in three different sizes.

The light frame paired with a white Norco Forma saddle and a Shimano Claris 16-speed drive train make this bike both comfortable and high performing.

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A Boardman bike for women, the Road Sport Fi Bike 2014 is a great first time road bike. It's sturdy on the road, has smooth gear changes and is lightweight, ensuring that your cycling confidence will grow with each ride.

The 16 speed Shimano Claris gearing, female-specific E4P finishing kit and triple butted alloy frame together make this bike a strong competitor for higher end bikes.

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Setting you back £499, the Bobbin Women's Scout 2014 is the ultimate in stylish road bikes. This is a retro bike that can handle a bit of endurance and a few hills, as well as making you look great whilst you're zipping around the city.

It comes fitted with mudguards and bottle case bosses as standard and the 16 gears ensure uninterrupted riding as you zoom across flats and pedal up hills.

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The tube set and geometry have been specifically optimised for ultimate female riding comfort, improved further by shorter stems and cranks, narrow bars and a woman's saddle. The Pinnacle comes with 25C tyres as standard but these can be upgraded to 28Cs without reducing the bike's speed.

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It's an easy climber and fast on flats, and has quick release wheels for transporting it in your car boot and space for a rear rack.

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Road vibrations are barely felt thanks to the oversized alloy seat post, and the ergonomic bar and stem combination offer extra support during out of the saddle sprints.

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Perfect for commuting to work, nipping around town and setting off on long cycle routes, the Giant Escape RX 2 2013 is a steal at £399, almost half the RRP. The pale blue and white design and stylish finish make this a bike that you will want to be seen on.

Comfort and convenience haven't been overlooked either as the Giant Escape boasts a lightweight frame and 27 speed gears too.

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