Raleigh Cadent 2
If your around-town rides involve hills, you’ll appreciate the leg-friendly gearing of the Raleigh Cadent 2 ($450). It features an aluminum frameset and a Shimano 3x8 drivetrain, which should get you up just about any hill that you encounter. Tektro’s mechanical disc brakes handle stopping, while 700x35 tires keep you rolling smoothly. The tires are wide enough to handle some light gravel riding, if it comes your way, and will readily manage rugged road surfaces. Raleigh also equips the Cadent with double-wall wheels for extra strength. Add racks and fenders, and the Cadent is ready for your daily commute. We like the attention to detail throughout the Raleigh line-up and their low-key colorways.