Many bikers have a specialised bike that suits their specific biking needs. There are specific, high-performance variants for every type of biker, including racing, off-road, tricks and stunts. Some biking fans want a more general, all-purpose option that allows them to enjoy a variety of biking styles in one machine. Nowadays this is called a hybrid bike.
Today’s hybrid bikes use modern technology from all different types of bikes to create excellent choices for the everyday rider, and you’ll be surprised at how well they accomplish all tasks.
Choosing the right bike is a big decision, and as you are considering a hybrid bike, there are a few questions you’ll want to ask yourself:
How will you use your hybrid bike?
Will you transport it on your car?
Are you going to ride on hilly terrain, or is it more of a city bike for flat touring?
Is the utmost in comfort important to you, or can you forego a bit of padding and suspension travel for a more aggressive bike?
Answering the above questions will dictate how light or heavy a model you can live with, and the number of gears you choose. Think about where, how, and how often you will use your hybrid bike and you’ll already start to narrow down your choices.
Nowadays you have two main choices for hybrid bike frame construction:
If you want the absolute lightest bike possible, carbon is the way to go, but it’s also the most expensive choice. Both materials are strong and corrosion resistant, which means you can’t go wrong with either. Men’s and women’s frames are available, though some people prefer a unisex model. This is especially appealing if you plan to share your bike with other family members. There’s no limit to the colours you can find, so that comes down to your personal preference.
Hybrid bike tyres need to provide good comfort and adequate grip because they’ll be used in a variety of conditions and surfaces. A larger diameter tyre will give you a smoother, more relaxed ride compared to a smaller diameter wheel, which will be more manoeuvrable. Narrow tyres create less rolling resistance for higher on-road speeds, while a slightly wider tyre is more stable on loose surfaces.
Seats and suspension are responsible for providing the comfort you demand for your hybrid bike. A front-fork suspension can go a long way to soaking up bumps and making your ride more enjoyable. Another easy-to-install option is a seatpost suspension.
Make sure you choose a seat that offers the support you need. Long-distance tourers will want a large, wide seat with springs for long-lasting comfort. Bikers who do a bit more off-roading will prefer the comfort of an anatomically-designed gel seat with extra padding.
The last points to consider are your brakes and gearing. Linear-pull brakes (that clamp onto your rim) are common, but if you want extra stopping performance, disc- and hub-mounted brakes are available. Gears will be dictated by the type and elevation of the terrain you will ride. If you’re mainly flat riding, you can get away with fewer gears. If you’re heading into more hilly areas, you’ll need more gears for better speed control.
Consider the hybrid bikes available in our BikeExchange marketplace. You can pick an existing model, or custom build the exact bike you want. You can do almost anything with the right hybrid bike!