So yesterday I went out "window shopping" for a new bike. The Diamondback Edgewood I've been riding, while being a nice bike, has always been too big for me so I've been wanting to get something more my size, so with my tax return arriving soon, I decided to start looking. Went to quite a few shops and stores yesterday just "to look." Had no intention of actually buying anything, but we all know how that works out, don't we? LOL.
So anyways, my last stop was Performance Bike. I have to admit, the sales guy was the friendliest and most knowledgeable of all the people I talked with. Told him what I was looking for (a comfort hybrid bike) and he showed me the selection they had. After seeing bike after bike after bike with front suspension (not only at PB but pretty much at every stop), which I really don't need/like, I asked if they had anything without a suspension fork. He said they did and showed me some different bikes over by the road bikes. I test rode three of them around the parking lot...a Fuji Absolute 1.4, another Absolute, but this time a 2.0 and also a GT Tachyon. Liked all three and even though I wasn't going to make a purchase, somehow that Absolute 1.4 found its way into my car and coming home with me. Performance Bike is a great place. They threw in a free water bottle and cage, and also an adjustable stem, for an even more upright position.
Well, after I got home I decided to go on their website to read reviews of the bike, but couldn't find it listed under the hybrid category. Doing a search for it, I found it under the "flat bar road bikes" category. So right then and there I'm thinking "what the heck?? I just bought a road bike??" I'm tellin' ya now, my fat, 240 pound @$$ is not going to look good on a road bike. LOL. However, reading here on the forums, I have seen it mentioned as a hybrid bicycle, due to the fact it has the flat handlebars along with more of a hybrid geometry.
So, I said all of that to ask this.....technically, is the Absolute 1.4 a true road bike or can it truly be thought of as a hybrid? Not that it matters either way, I suppose. I'm pretty sure I'm going to enjoy riding it no matter what category it falls under. It's just that my curious, meticulous mind needs clarification. LOL.
Anyway, thanks for letting me go "on and on." I'll post a pic of it set up in my trainer if anyone is interested.