Here’s Exactly Where to Buy the Best Bikes for Women Right Now

Talia Abbas

After months of being cooped up inside, many of us are reacquainting ourselves with relics of the past: roller skates, real clothes, the best bikes for women—anything that can provide a mini escape from the monotony of quarantine. 

Not too long ago, recreational bikes were relegated to the cobwebbed corners of storage units and garages, but that's all changed since March, when people around the country realized that as long as you're wearing a helmet and a face mask, biking is one of the easiest ways to enjoy the outdoors during the pandemic. 

With states reopening (and closing), people who haven't mounted a bike since their nostalgic rite of passage have suddenly jumped on the two-wheel bandwagon, with shops from New York to New Mexico facing an unprecedented shortage of bikes, biking gear, and clothing. Even Peloton hasn't been able to keep its $2,245 indoor bikes in stock for would-be gymgoers and Spin regulars.

Commuters returning to work have caught on too, and those who previously jostled around crowded public transit (hi, New Yorkers) have swapped subway cards for spokes and wheels as a safer way to maintain social distancing precautions. So whether you're a Strava stan or just taking off your training wheels, we rounded up all the best bikes for women we could still find on the internet. Oh, and we added some essential items to complete your ride, like helmets, a breathable face mask, and sweat-wicking gear. Check them all out below. 

How to choose a bike 

Popular bike styles run the gamut from cruiser bikes to commuter bikes, road bikes, and e-bikes—but before you jump on the last one in stock, you'll want to consider where you live, how often you plan to ride, and how “into” the sport you are. Also, don't underestimate the fit. Some of us have longer legs than torsos (or vice versa), so choosing a bike size that complements your height and body proportions is key if you want a comfortable ride.

The best women’s cruiser bikes

If you're channeling effortless Audrey Hepburn vibes, a cruiser bike is a solid, low-maintenance option for pedaling around town. They tend to have fewer moving parts, and with a single speed, they're ideal for long weekend rides on flat grounds. You can easily kit this bike out with all kinds of picnic-ready accessories, like a wicker basket in the front or a pannier in the back. (Pro tip: If the roads near you aren't always paved, you might want to skip the cruiser and go for an adventure, hybrid, or gravel bike, which might be better suited for uneven terrain.)

Huffy 26" Nel Lusso Women’s Cruiser Bike

$305.00, Amazon

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Sixthreezero Women’s 3-Speed Step

$1102.00, Amazon

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The best women’s commuter and comfort bikes 

Commuter and comfort bikes are great entry-level options if you're just going to the store, office, or farmers market. Like cruiser bikes, most of these are lightweight, low-maintenance, and easy to mount. You can deck them out with rattan baskets for carrying all your essentials, like a reusable shopping bag full of fresh flowers and groceries. (P.S. If you live in a rainy city like Seattle, you may want to look for bikes with mechanical disc brakes, as they can be more dependable on wet, slippery roads.)

Huffy 27.5" Women’s Comfort Bike

$148.00, Walmart

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Schwinn Wayfarer Hybrid Bike

$500.00, Amazon

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Sixthreezero Pave 'n Trail Hybrid Bike

$878.00, Amazon

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Specialized Roll Elite

$900.00, Specialized

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The best women’s e-bikes

E-bikes are having a moment, especially among city dwellers looking to cover serious ground quickly and with minimal effort. These battery-powered two-wheelers are more expensive than nonelectric assist options, but just imagine how much you'd be saving on skipping Ubers for a year(!!).

VanMoof X3

$1998.00, VanMoof

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Electra Townie Go! 8i Step-Thru

$2600.00, Rei

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The best women’s road bikes

If you have a burning desire to release some pent-up quarantine energy, women's road bikes are probably the way to go. These models tend to differ from everyday cruisers and commuter bikes by having a more aggressive-looking design that prioritizes speed over comfort. Expect to be leaning forward on your bike for longer periods of time, as opposed to sitting upright on your seat. Most entry road bikes have aluminum frames, but if this isn't your first rodeo (and your budget allows it), you may be happier with a high-quality bike that integrates carbon fiber elements. 

Diamondback Arden 5 Carbon

$2500.00, Diamondback

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Giant Fastroad SL3

$780.00, Giant Bicycles

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Cute (and safe!) bike helmets

Bike helmets have come a long way—design and safetywise—so before you add the first nonoffensive-looking helmet to cart, you'll want to consider things like weight, ventilation (it's summer after all), and helmet safety tech. Popular brands like Bern, Thousand, and Giro are all currently designing helmets that feature MIPS technology (a.k.a. multidirectional impact protection system). It sounds jargony, but it's a plastic liner that moves with the wearer and is intended to redirect the impact of falling sideways if you take a spill. 

Thousand Chapter MIPS Cycling Helmet

$140.00, REI

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Bern Hudson MIPS Bike Helmet

$120.00, REI

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Smith Signal MIPS Bike Helmet

$75.00, REI

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Giro Sutton MIPS Helmet

$110.00, Backcountry

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Essential bike accessories

Once you settle on a set of wheels and proper headgear, the natural next step is to upgrade your ride accessories. Not sure where to start? Try a bike basket, in wire or wicker, for the front or the back of your ride. Wicker panniers are adorable for summer, in addition to being a convenient solution for storing everything from groceries to beach cooler and blanket combos. And don't forget your lights and bell, especially if you plan on cruising at night. 

Retrospec Detachable Steel Half-Mesh Apollo Bike Basket

$22.00, Amazon

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Electra Rattan Pannier Basket

$120.00, Trek Bikes

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Blackburn Front and Back Bike Light Set

$27.00, Dick's Sporting Goods

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Spurcycle Bell

$49.00, Backcountry

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Cool and comfy bike outfit ideas

Bike shorts are the (un)official uniform of summer, and there's no doubt a stylish workout look can get you in the mood for a ride. Complete your outfit with a moisture-wicking jersey (these tend to have back pockets for snacks), high-waist bike shorts, and breathable face masks. Opt for your everyday shorts if you're just running errands, or level up with a chamois (pronounced "shamee") to protect your tush from bruising after a 30-mile ride. Oh, and socks! Everyone needs a good pair of socks.

Rapha + Outdoor Voices Jersey

$150.00, Outdoor Voices

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Nike Icon Clash Sports Bra

$40.00, Nike

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Rapha + Outdoor Voices High-Waist Padded Shorts

$110.00, Outdoor Voices

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Girlfriend Collective Drawstring Bike Shorts

$58.00, Girlfriend Collective

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Everlane The 100% Human Tie-Dye Face Masks (5-Pack)

$25.00, Everlane

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Adidas Face Covers (3-Pack)

$16.00, Adidas

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Bombas Tie-Dye Ankle Socks

$12.00, Nordstrom

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Alo Yoga Traverse Socks

$16.00, Alo Yoga

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Originally Appeared on Glamour

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