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Old 07-31-08, 07:34 AM   #51
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This is my "other" bike.



Highly recommeded over a hybrid.

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700c wheels + flat bars = hybrid
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Old 07-31-08, 08:34 AM   #52
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I agree. A mountain bike is great for commuting through winter weather, even in snow and ice, and a road bike will give you that extra speed for fair weather riding. The hybrid offers neither.

Don't know which Hybrid you were riding. but my '07 Specialized Sirrus 700c Hybrid has been working great on my 32 mile round trip commute across Houston. It's a lot faster than my hybridized Alpine Monitor Pass MTB, and unlike my '88 Sirrus road bike has the hard points for racks. Plus my '88 feels rather whippy and unstable. I would not use my road bike to commute for any reason unless that is all I had. The '88 Sirrus is great for road racing, charity rides, and for fitness riding, but a commuter it does not make. In fact it's my impression that the '07 Sirrus is a touring bike masquerading as a hybrid just based on it's fit. I get the impression that If I dropped drop bars on with the appropriate "V" brake compatible Brifters it would be indistinguishable from a touring bike. My only beef is that it's an aluminum frame and I wish they had kept the whole like steel.
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Old 07-31-08, 09:04 AM   #53
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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.
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Old 07-31-08, 09:16 AM   #54
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I love my hybrid; Trek 7100.

Up until my current bike, I always road a mountain bike and never went off road, so I guess to me a hybrid is quite an improvement for what I used it for.

I can cruise and sustain 23-26mph into a light wind (40+ with a tailwind) for many miles without getting tired. I have it loaded down, too. I have a trunk rack with two locks and other stuff all the time. I can ride just for fun or for utility. The only thing I don't have but would like are multiple hand position options.

My favorite thing to do is ride up along side a novice/not-too-serious road biker and see how fast I can push them. Already this season I have had 10+ plus impromptu races with want-to-be-serious road bikers and I can usually push them 'til they get tired or overtake them and they get quite upset. (Me on my hybrid with just a t shirt, shorts, and tennis shoes.) Of course I couldn't even catch up to a real road biker, let alone pass them, but if I wanted to do that I would get a road bike.

I call it my "sleeper bike." And I love it.
Sonata, you sound like the type of rider that I am. I also paced behind a road biker until he had to stop and rest. My wife has a Trek 7100 WSD and it's gearing is really short. You would be lucky to pedal 20+ mph in it's final gear on a completely flat indoor track. You would be pedalling awefully fast due to the gearing of those bikes. Have you modified your 7100? I am not a pro rider or anything, but cruising at 20mph on a 7200 is a feat. I think you would need hurricane force winds to be doing 40+...
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Old 07-31-08, 09:19 AM   #55
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How silly can you get? What makes you think that everyone out on a road bike is going flat out or racing all the time? Maybe they are just out enjoying a nice bike ride.
Easy...When they are constantly looking back to see if they are leaving you behind.
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