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    What is a Hybrid Bicycle?

    I'm having some work done on my shop website. With working out the details a question popped up. I have some ideas but I want to hear what everyone here has to say. So what is a hybrid bicycle to everyone in this forum?

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    Oh, that's simple.

    It's part real bicycle and part not so real bicycle.

    You know, hybrid.

    Cruiser mixed with track. Or touring mixed with recumbent. Tandem mixed with darned near anything.

    You got a problem with that?
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    The most straightforward answer is "a mountain bike with taller, skinnier tires"... but I'll take 'Spose's answers, too.

    I know a transgender person who tours on a hand-and-foot-powered recumbent. How many kinds of hybrid is that?
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    They're supposed to be something between a sporty bike and a comfort bike.

    Somewhat upright sitting posture with flat/riser bars, medium width tires, light/no suspension... etc.

    Hybrid Bicycles
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    I know that there is a thread up in the Hybrids forum that covers this topic.
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    I think most consider a hybrid any bike that combines two different styles of cycling. A cyclocross bike would have been considered a hybrid 10 years ago. A mountain bike frame with a straight fork and smooth tires could be considered a hybrid. I think it's a broad definition that is open to interpretation.
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    Hybrid is a concoction that initially spanned the gap between mountain (flat/riser bar) and road (drop bar) i.e. a mountain bike with skinny tires or a road bike with flat bars.

    Since then hybrid has been subdivided to death into such things as fitness, comfort etc...
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    what many consider a Commuting cross bike is sticking Drop bars back on what was a Hybrid last year .

    cyclocross racing bikes have gotten in the same multi K$ range of professional road bikes ..

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    It's the worst of both worlds.

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    or just the right blend for other people than rebel1916..

    like a lot of Europe ..

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    Murka!

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    A mix of 2 styles of bicycles.....That does neither job real well......
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    It's what happens if you let a road bike and a mountain bike stay in the same room.
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    First description of hybrids I heard in the mid-to-late 80's was 'skinny-tired mountain bike'.
    My main rides for ten plus years were a Cannondale H300 and then a Novara Big Buzz. Quite different bikes but not to be mistaken for anything but hybrids.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
    It's what happens if you let a road bike and a mountain bike stay in the same room.
    Ha!
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