For those of you unsure as to what exactly a hybrid’s bike is; it’s basically a combination of road and mountain bike; suitable for most general purpose rides over a variety of terrain. If you’re exploring the option of buying hybrid type of bikes, – based or otherwise, here’s some things you need to know before committing to purchase.
What to expect from a hybrid:
The big difference between a hybrid and a standard road bike is that the braking and shifting is very similar to that of a mountain bike, rather than featuring integrated brake and shift levers (as generally found on road bikes).
The seating position is upright, which obviously impedes speed, but makes for a safer, more comfortable ride. Tyres are also generally larger, which offers a more cushioned experience than the narrower tyres used on road bikes.
Of course, there’s variation between models. Some are more akin to road bikes, others more similar to mountain bikes. When choosing a hybrid, it’s best to think about what exactly you’ll be using it for most, and base your buying decision on that.
Advantages of hybrid bikes:
It’s safer: Hybrids are generally a safer choice if you do a lot of weaving in and out of traffic.
It’s a good all-rounder: Unlike mountain of bikes for sale, hybrids are good for a wide range of terrains.
There’s a lot of options on the market: There are a number of hybrids available on the market, and you should be able to find one that suits your purposes.
Disadvantages of hybrid of bikes:
It lacks a bit of speed: Due to the upright position, you won’t be able to quite reach the speeds that you’ll be able to reach with standard road bikes. However, average speeds are not at all bad.
You might feel self-conscious: Some devoted cyclists are against hybrid in bikes, on the grounds that they don’t like the upright position, and claim that it feels a little ‘unnatural’. However, it’s purely a matter of personal taste.
It’s good for everything, excellent for nothing: A hybrid is a great option if you want to travel over a lot of different terrains, or if you’re planning to use it for a regular commute. However, for serious mountain cyclists or road cyclists, it’s obviously not such a great option.
What else do you need with your hybrid?:
When investing in a new bike of any kind, it’s important to consider all the other things you’ll also need, and factor this into your budget. For example, some hybrid in bikes feature mud guards, others don’t, so you may need to buy them separately. You may also need to invest in some cycling clothing; MTB parts shops should be able to give you further advice if required.