If you are a serious rider who only does a very specific type of cycling, having a bike specifically for that purpose makes a lot of sense. However, if you are a more casual rider who does different types of cycling, a specialized bike for a specific purpose isn’t to your advantage. Having more than one type of bike for the riding that you do isn’t practical either. Fortunately, hybrid bikes combine features of more than one type of bike so that you can put it to multiple purposes, and Curbside Cyclery has a selection of hybrid bikes.
What Is a Hybrid Bike?
Let’s say that you commute to work on your bicycle, you also take your bicycle out on the trails in the nearest state park, where the terrain is very hilly. You can’t justify having both a road bike and a mountain bike, so you need a bicycle that combines some of the characteristics of each so that you can ride it for both activities.
Hybrid bikes do exactly that.
Like a mountain bike, a hybrid bike typically has a flat handlebar. You can also add a kick stand, rack and a basket to make commuting easier.
The tires of a hybrid bike are a little wider than the narrow tires found on road bikes. They are closer in width to mountain bike tires but with shallower tread so that they can grip pavement as well as loose soil and gravel.
The frame of a hybrid bike is designed to be heavier than a road bike but lighter than a mountain bike so that it can ride equally well in both areas. The materials used to make the frame are similar in any case: aluminum, carbon fiber, or steel.
How Do You Choose the Right Model for You?
The right model of hybrid bike depends on where and how often you ride. If you do not ride very often or you frequently cover hilly terrain, you could benefit from a bike that offers more gears to make pedaling easier. On the other hand, if you ride in the Ahwatukee, Arizona, area more often or cover mostly flat terrain, a bike with few gears will probably work fine for you.
Another important consideration is the frame size relative to your height. You may have trouble propelling and controlling a bike that is either too large or too small for you.
See Our Selection
With a full selection of hybrid bicycles, you are sure to find what you are looking for at Curbside Cyclery. Visiting our store allows you to see how the bikes fit your height to find one that is the right size. Let our knowledgeable staff help you find a hybrid bike that reflects your cycling habits.