DRF aka Thrifty Bill
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: The NC Mountains
Bikes: 86 Katakura Silk, 87 Prologue, 87 Cimarron, 14 frame school custom, 73 Paramount
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Well hybrids are compromises. They are not good off road and they are not good road bikes.
While I do own two Giant Cypresses (one for me, one for my wife), it is the last bike I choose to ride by myself. It does not have the performance on the road that my road bike has, and it doesn't have the performance off road that my mountain bike has. I think hybrids exist in no mans land, a compromise bike, not really good at anything.
I really like the brifters on my road bike, and I like the trigger shifters on my mountain bike. I do not like the twist grip shifters on the hybrid.
All of that said, ride whatever you have, get exercise, and enjoy. Whether it is a cruiser, hybrid, mountain bike, whatever, it really does not matter.
My wife finds the hybrid less threatening than a road bike with drop bars and brifters. So it fits her well.