Hybrids

A break with the bike Credit: Adrian Lewis

 

 

 

A break with the bike Credit: Adrian Lewis

Hybrids are designed with mixed riding in mind, suitable for urban and leisure cycling. They cover a wide range of styles – from road bike-style frames with gearing and braking systems of mountain bikes to urban mountain bike styles with thinner tyres. Hybrids will usually have flat handlebars and no suspension. Prices usually range from about £200 to £400. They can be very handy for commuting as the flat bars allow easy access to the brakes, the upright position is good for visibility in traffic, the smoother tyres allow for more speed on the road than a mountain bike, and the wheels are usually stronger than a road bike’s. They are also usually sold with braze-ons allowing you to attach urban essentials such as mudguards, rack or lock, which are not usually found on a racing bike.

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