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Old 10-15-11, 11:02 AM   #26
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Some of the negative comments about hybrids seem like unfounded bias rather than opinion based on experience.
I think you're misinterpreting the replies. Many, perhaps most, of the people on this forum ride hybrids. The question wasn't "are they any good?" it was "would a hybrid make much difference to me at the moment?".

I think the advice was sound. For an unfit rider on a short commute, a MTB with slick tyres and the suspension locked out will be fine. As he gets fitter and decides to commit to this on a regular basis, it may well make sense to change to a hybrid,CX or road bike and get the benefit of the lighter, more agile bike. But as things stand he'd be spending the money for not much increase in speed or comfort.

Incidentally, what does this mean?

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... the pannier touring guys can't lane split up to the lights with me.
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Old 10-15-11, 11:12 AM   #27
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Maybe I misunderstood. It seemed like some people were trying to say that the hybrid is basically pointless for any purpose.

My touring bike comment would be explained like this.... At one point this week when I approached tightly packed nyc rush hour traffic I noticed the guy riding a touring bike with panniers couldn't fit between the cars leading up to the traffic light and was held back from the intersection until the cars moved to make room.
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Old 10-15-11, 11:16 AM   #28
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Get a road bike. You'll be glad you did.
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Old 10-15-11, 11:24 AM   #29
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Maybe I misunderstood. It seemed like some people were trying to say that the hybrid is basically pointless for any purpose.

My touring bike comment would be explained like this.... At one point this week when I approached tightly packed nyc rush hour traffic I noticed the guy riding a touring bike with panniers couldn't fit between the cars leading up to the traffic light and was held back from the intersection until the cars moved to make room.
It's true that if one can afford several bikes, there's always something that will do a specific task better than a hybrid. That's what specialisation is for. But hybrids can be excellent, versatile machines.

As for the tourers, they must be pretty heavily loaded. Using panniers for commuting made my bike just barely wider than my feet on the pedals.
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@ caphits - I might consider a road bike when I drop another 35 lbs and have $1,000+ to burn.

Also, I like the more up right position for safety and comforts sake. There are to many deadly hazards on all parts of my journey I like being able to keep my "head on a swivle". I doubt I could even find much use for drops or clipless at all considering the amount of stop, go, and alternating terrain I encounter.

Another reason for me not to ride a road bike is attractiveness to thieves. I have to lock my bike to a public rack for nearly ten hours a day. A beaten 400$ bike that people can't even quantify is far less attractive than what is immediately recognized as a $1,000+ road bike.

@chasm - The panniers probably make that rider feel less confident when trying to slip between cars. This is one of the reasons I may never buy a pannier.

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@chasm - The panniers probably make that rider feel less confident when trying to slip between cars. This is one of the reasons I may never buy a pannier.
The problem, then, is the rider rather than the pannier. No reason to have one if you don't want one, but they're a far better solution than a backpack if you have to carry clothes, laptop etc. on your commute.
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I'll be the contrarian: I think you'll see a HUGE difference with a good hybrid or a road bike, and I think there's enough difference between hybrid and road that when I test-rode both, I knew within a couple of blocks that I wanted the road bike.

One of my local bike shops rents out their used inventory. If you can find a place like that, you can rent something you think you might like and take it out for the day. If I'd known about that place back when I bought my road bike, I might very well have bought from them instead.
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