A mix of mountain, road, and touring designs, hybrid bikes combine several specific features to create do-it-all bikes with a wide range of uses. Selecting a hybrid bike comes down to how you expect to use it.
Hybrid bikes offer easy pedaling and comfort on 700c wheels. Whether the asphalt goes up, goes down, or stays level, hybrids offer an upright position, low gearing, and easy shifting to smooth out the ride. This type of bike is the answer for recreational riding on pavement. Bikes, like the FX series from Trek or the Allegro series from Jamis, offer a faster hybrid bike with lightweight wheels and no suspension — perfect for longer rides in an upright position.
As mentioned above, selecting the right hybrid bike is contingent on how you’ll use the bike … commuting in the city, riding paved paths and smooth streets for a workout, or cruising on a mix of gravel and pavement. Depending on your use, you can then decide what other features will be important to you with your hybrid bike. Those features include:
Wheel size: 700c is standard but some come with 26-inch wheels
Gears: select from one gear to 27 or more
Bike suspension: no suspension or front suspension
Brake type: hydraulic or mechanical
Frame materials: aluminum, steel or carbon fiber
Handlebar shape: drop bar, flat bar, riser bar, moustache bar
Hybrid bikes offer great versatility for almost any riding style. To see and ride one for yourself, visit our bike shop in Mount Kisco, NY.