Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
Bikes: 2009 Cervélo S1, 2009 Felt F75, 2010 Cannondale Synapse Carbon 5, 2011 Cannondale CAADx, 2011 Specialized Transition Elite
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Originally Posted by slyjackson
If you want to just go to the store and ride around a Hybrid is perfect. But if you decide to ride long distances or with a club a hybrid is not the bike for you due to gearing and the up-right position that puts you into the wind like a "Big Sail" causing a waste of energy.
I have a Trek 7200 hybrid and it is a great bike. Hybrid bikes seem to be like a transition bike from a mountain bike. At least it was for me. When I got back into biking my first bike was a department store Schwinn Ranger mountain bike. For the money they are actually not bad at all, but was slow and heavy compared to a Trek 7200. Also the gearing of the 7200 allows for faster cruising with longer gears. The riding position does put you at a disadvantage (as well as tire width, weight etc.) compared to road bike riders. I was pacing a road bike rider on my weekend ride for 8 miles or so and I had to put my forearms on the handle bars and lean forward since we were going directly into the wind. Unfortunately my handle bars are not set up for riding in this position, so it was not comfortable and a big bump could have caused me to wipe out.
If you are looking into buying a hybrid with the intention of replacing a road bike and a mountain bike you will be disappointed. I am looking into getting a Trek 1.5 road bike for longer rides. I don't ride rough trails, so I do not need a mountain bike, but I do want the more efficient lighter road bike. I will of course keep my 7200 for shorter rides.