Like the name suggests, hybrid bikes are a good compromise between the city, countryside, sports and recreation.
They’re comfy, sturdy, and ride just as well on earthy tracks as on tarmac. If you’re never in one place for long, or don’t want to shell out for two bikes – one for your commute, and one for the weekend – a hybrid bike is perfect.
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Handy hints and tips to help with your cycling practice.
Thanks to the chameleon-like nature of hybrid bikes, you don’t need to consider where you’ll be riding, just how long for to find the right one for you.
1. HOW LONG DO YOU RIDE FOR?
The time you plan to spend on your bike is an important factor in choosing your bike. You'll need something very different for 45-minute rides to 3-hour ones...
FOR RIDES OF NO MORE THAN 45 MINUTES
Play it safe and prioritise sturdiness: a steel frame and rigid fork don't need much adjustment and maintenance.
FOR RIDES OF 45 MINUTES TO 2 HOURS
The bike's weight will start to become more important. The best option is a frame made from aluminium. A suspension fork will make things more comfortable by absorbing bumps in the ground, potholes, etc. Ergonomic handlebars are easier on your hands.
FOR RIDES OF MORE THAN 2 HOURS
Go for a light, comfy bike. The most important things to consider are front and rear suspension, a gel saddle (you’ll be really pleased you’ve got one after a few hours in the same position!), strengthened wheels, more speeds so that you can tackle difficult hills, and disc brakes for more effective braking in all weather conditions.