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    In General, do people Dislike/Hate Hybrid/Fitness Bikes

    It seems like they get a lot of negative remarks.....

    Do the majority of the people here feel this way about hybrids/fitness bikes?

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    I figure they have their place ... I might consider a very plain, inexpensive one for commuting.

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    My wife loves hers. If you ride longer distances or want more performance, then they are probably not what you would be happy with, but if you want to tool around and run some errands, they are great for that.

    I generally don't worry about what other people think.

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    They get negative remarks around here because most people here are into some specific aspect or subcategory of cycling, so naturally anything "hybrid/fitness" is going to be a turn-off to the purist inclinations of say, a roadie, a mountain biker, etc. There seems to be more acceptance of hybrids amongst those who do a lot of commuting on bikes.


    My Trek FX has received compliments from strangers, mostly from people who aren't bike fanatics though. For instance I don't expect a roadie to think my bike is cool. To them, it probably looks like a mutant freak machine So anyway, its nice that some people I've met like my bike besides myself. Criticism is good when its for practical reasons, and not merely about "image". And ultimately it seems best to emulate the Joe Dog, and not worry much about what others think.
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    Personally, I don't like how they ride. I'd rather have a road bike or a mtn bike. On the other hand they suit your average recreational rider quite well.

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    Road bike riders hate em. I love em

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTBnOH
    It seems like they get a lot of negative remarks.....
    They do?

    Maybe you've been hanging out in the peacock forum too much.

    They are only looked down on by purist snobs who cling to the outdated view of "jack of all trades master of none." Yes, even today there are some that think there should only be pure MTB or pure Roadie. Go figure.

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    I ride a hybrid - Giant Suede - love it and ride at least 4 days out of 7 (2 months now). I'm usually riding 6-8 miles each outing. Riding for fun, exercise, relaxation (blood pressure keeps creeping up). My bike has a wide comfy seat, my pedals are slightly forward (like a Townie), my handlebars are very upright. No pain while riding and I look forward to getting out. What more could you ask for? Oh yeah, there are people pushing hard, training for an event, whatever. Good for them. Everyone has their own reason for riding. What's yours?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTBnOH
    It seems like they get a lot of negative remarks.....

    Do the majority of the people here feel this way about hybrids/fitness bikes?
    I think its like cars. When you are on a bike, its like you're a kid again. The old man who always wanted a Corvette and gets one at age 50 is somehow living as if he were 18. Just look at what marketing has done with cars and you can see that horsepower and styling plays a big part in decision making. Even these so call hybrid cars do not skimp on styling and speed. Was it Gore, Jr. who finally broke the speed myth?

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    I have a hybrid commuter, love it to death as it suits all my commuting/recreational needs. That doesn't stop me from admiring other people's road, mountain or even tandem bikes if I happen to see a cool one on the road. I wonder though, what's the history of hybrids? When did they come into vogue?

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    It's not that I hate hybrids, but all in all, since a hybrid is a basic mountain bike with 700c wheels instead of 26 inch wheels and less knobby tires as original equipment, I don't see any reason for their existence. People would be better off just buying a basic mountain bike and changing the tires. There's nothing magic about 700c wheels.

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    I have a raleigh hybrid that I used to ride for everything and now use for commuting and packed earth/light gravel trails. It has been a great bike for my rather short but terrible roads commute(10 miles round trip over potholes, glass, road garbage etc). My road bike is lighter and quicker and I use the two bikes for different rides. My hybrid has never had a flat tire and is not as "delicate" as the road bike. I am happy I have it.

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    In BF maybe but not in the real world. Look at the market.

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    will a 7.2fx be noticeable faster than my hardrock sport?

    or should i just stick w/ my hardrock sport for fast paced rides on bike paths for exercise?

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    I rode a hybrid for six years before getting back into road biking. As hybrids go, it was fairly high-end. I used it to supplement my running. Once I landed soundly in middle-age (which is really more like, two-thirds of the way statistically), I had trouble running as often and started relying more on the bike. At that point, it was time for another road bike.

    The hybrid did right by me. They do tend to be heavy and when riding into the wind you'll really work the pedals because you're so upright. Other than that, ain't nothing wrong with them in my experience. If you can buy in the $400+ range, the component groups are very reliable.

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    they're ******* bikes that do nothing well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTBnOH
    will a 7.2fx be noticeable faster than my hardrock sport?

    or should i just stick w/ my hardrock sport for fast paced rides on bike paths for exercise?
    Stick with the Hard Rock. Swap the tires for narrower slicks and you'll be good to go.

    If you really get hooked on distance and speed you can then look at a road bike since that's what you'll probably want anyway. If you've already got a decent bike in good repair, you probably don't need a hybrid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Longfemur
    It's not that I hate hybrids, but all in all, since a hybrid is a basic mountain bike with 700c wheels instead of 26 inch wheels and less knobby tires as original equipment, I don't see any reason for their existence. People would be better off just buying a basic mountain bike and changing the tires. There's nothing magic about 700c wheels.
    There's nothing magic about a basic mountain bike either. Many hybrids are really more like road bikes with flat bars any way.

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    so. it is kinda true. i would think a mountain bike could do the same job while still having some proper off road ability. or a touring bike. you can pick up groceries with it. a hybrid bike just has very little going for it... virtually nothing really.

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    Quote Originally Posted by halfspeed
    There's nothing magic about a basic mountain bike either. Many hybrids are really more like road bikes with flat bars any way.
    That's what mine is. Vintage road bike frame with flat bar and 26" slicks. It's a sweet ride.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Longfemur
    It's not that I hate hybrids, but all in all, since a hybrid is a basic mountain bike with 700c wheels instead of 26 inch wheels and less knobby tires as original equipment, I don't see any reason for their existence. People would be better off just buying a basic mountain bike and changing the tires. There's nothing magic about 700c wheels.
    True, but how many people would know to do that? Also, I bought my 7.3 FX specifically for commuting. I needed clearance and mounting points for a rack and fenders. I knew I wanted a rigid fork. I don't think you'll find very many basic mountain bikes, if any, that do not have a suspension fork any more. As for 700c wheels, I can go down to about a 28 I think. I have 32s on right now. A 26" wheel will never get that skinny. Also, if I ever have a problem with my tires, I can go into any bike shop and pick up new ones. Not everyone carries skinny 26" slicks
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    you can get skinny tires for mtb's. just look at the schwalbe kojak and others.

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    I recently bought a hybrid bike for my girlfriend, because it will be the perfect bike for her needs-- getting from her apartment to campus and downtown. It's got a 700c wheelset and flat bars-- perfect for her needs. I'm going to upgrade a few components, and make some modifications, all with the goal of building a sturdy, fast, reliable, easy to use, efficient town bike, which is exactly what she needs.

    What's not to like about that?

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