I see them in the bicycle shops and hear people talk about them but honestly I don’t really understand what a hybrid bicycle is, why it’s different than the other types and who makes them. I figured I better do a blog post on them because I know I’m not the only one wondering this, so I did some research.
First, we’ll start with the WHAT:
A hybrid bicycle is one that blends the best characteristics of both road and mountain bikes into a sturdy, comfortable and fast bike that’s ideal for streets and bike paths.
Second, we have the WHY:
A hybrid bicycle features from a mountain bike, such as:
- a more upright frame for a more comfortable riding position
- a stouter frame that can handle more weight and absorb the everyday punishment your riding may encounter
- slightly wider tires for better traction and stability
A hybrid bicycle also has features from a road bike, such as:
- lighter rims for faster riding
- lighter components and taller gearing for going faster
The wheels on a hybrid bicycle are a true combination of what you would find on road and mountain bikes. They can handle a higher air pressure level, which allows them to go faster by reducing rolling resistance. The rims and spokes are lighter like a road bike.
The frame is made of lightweight aluminum or steel for strenght and durability.
The handlebars are usually flat like a mountain bike and have a wider grip allowing the rider to sit upright for better vision and control.
Hybrid bicycles have a wide range of gearing, which allows riders to climb hills as well as go fast on flats and downhills, more similar to a road bike. Typically the crank assembly will allow for anywhere from 16 to 27 possible gear combinations, which will account for nearly ever need a rider will have in town or on the bike path.
Hybrids come equipped with platform pedals for riders who put their feet down frequently.
Finally, we get to the WHO:
The major brands for hybrid bicycles are Cannondale, Specialized and Trek. I’ve seen them in places like Dick’s Sporting Goods as well by Diamond Back, which is a less expensive brand.
Need to figure out which frame size you should buy, go to: http://bicycling.about.com/od/howtoride/a/bike_sizing.htm
Ride, live, have fun. Cindy 🙂