MSRP: $900

Forget the best bikes under $1,000, the Raleigh Tripper might be one of the best bikes available now at any price. The $900 Tripper is essentially a flat-bar cyclocross bike, only with fat 32c street tires, disc brakes, and an internally-geared three-speed hub. A steel frame and fork ensures a smooth ride, and the drab coloration gives it a proper urban feel.