It seems that hybrid machines are everywhere. If you’re new to cycling, you may have heard the term “hybrid”, associated with bicycles. But what is a hybrid bike? Is it better than a road or mountain bike? Something to try out for fun? Is it one you might want to add to your growing collection of bikes? It might be.
The All-Purpose Bike
Bike-shop owners face this problem on a daily basis; someone wanders in without a clue as to what type of bike they are looking for. The answer depends on what kind of biking you do — long-distance, trail riding, road riding, cruising or all of them put together. Generally speaking, a hybrid is an all-purpose bike that can do a little bit of everything.
What is a Hybrid Bike
A hybrid bike is a blend of a standard road bike and a mountain bike, taking the bits of both types to create a machine that can adapt to different terrains and surfaces. The hybrid is a casual approach to almost any terrain.
Geometry of a Hybrid Bike
Handlebar and Shifters
Who Can Benefit From a Hybrid
Summing up the Hybrid
Here’s a quick summation to “What is a hybrid bike?” and the benefits of one:
- A hybrid can go off and on road, expanding your choice of weekend riding and commuting routes.
- A hybrid can have a selection of fairly wide tires, which aids comfort and allows for various levels of off-road riding.
- A hybrid’s horizontal bars provide a more upright riding posture.
- Hybrids typically have gears more similar to a mountain bike, so riding hills shouldn’t be a struggle.
- A Hybrid’s shifters and brake levers on horizontal bars are easy to reach.
- Most standard hybrids are fitted for racks and mudguards, making it a popular choice for commuters.
- Hybrids package quality and a variety of features at an affordable price. For a cyclist who rides slightly rough trails, flat city roads, bike paths, and the occasional sidewalk, the hybrid meets most purposes halfway.