This is not meant to offend anyone, Or directed towards any one person. After reading a lot of post on here, I think we tend to use the term mountain biking loosely on this Hybrid forum.
Just because you leave the pavement does not mean you are now a mountain biker, there are
a lot of nice hard packed bike trails, gravel roads, logging roads, dirt roads, and the list could
go on, that are fun to ride and do not require a specialized mountain bike for. Same goes for
the rural roads and street riding, just because you enjoy taking a 20 mile ride on
one, does not make you a Roadie. And there are people out there like me, who enjoy both, I
might start out on a road ride and end up riding down a long gravel road that I could have never done on a road bike. For example I was out riding met up with another rider, A ROADIE,
we both were going to take a 3 mile long gravel road thats a short cut to a state park. He had
already logged 52 miles so far and was about 20 miles from his house. But after about 1/4
mile down the gravel road he has to turn around, just couldn't make it. I easily kept on going. There is a vast difference between trail and off road riding, verses Mountain biking.
There are a lot of great photos of Hybrids in the picture section, some prefer narrow wheels,
I like a little wider 38c due to the time I spend off road. Hybrid bikes due have there place
in the biking community..