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    Is there something wrong with owning a Hybrid?

    I know a lot of people with road bikes and it seems like I'm the only one with a Hybrid. Is it looked down upon? The main reason I bought it was so I can ride in both on the road and trails. I'm a runner (training for my first marathon) and thought it would be nice to own a bike to change up my work outs. But for some reason I feel limited on my hybrid.

    Does anyone feel this way or maybe since I'm still a newbie on cycling. (<2months)

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    There is nothing wrong hybrid bikes, i enjoy them as well and they are very versatile and practical.
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    I own a really nice carbon fiber road bike. I love it.

    I also own a pretty cheesy, mediocre-at-best hybrid that just happens to currently be in a very good state of tune. The hybrid is unequivocally the more practical bike. It can go far more places the road bike can. For the surfaces shared by the road bike, it can travel them almost as fast. It is fun. It can go slow without having to apologize. It feels right at home in a caravan of family and friends. It can go on the grass, the dirt, the gravel and the pavement. Its great for going to the park. It can pull a kid trailer. It is comfortable. It holds a ton of cargo very well.

    I could go on but I think you get my point.

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    Well just have a look at the sales around the world and draw your conclusions. I see the hybrid as the bicycle version of the Motard.
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    Do you want positive or negative replies?

    Ask in this subforum and you'll get mostly positive. I the same question in the road subforum and you're going to get all negative - if not flamed.
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    People may post more in the road & C/V sections here but I actually think hybrids make the largest bike sector around of any type of bikes. Nothing is more versatile and practical in the real world and while many people are modifying there road or there MTB so it's easier to live with they have actually technically built them self's hybrid but afraid to call it a hybrid.
    As said above try asking this in the road forum and you'll get shot down by people who think there hotshot roadies while many have a hybrid in there fleet of bikes modded from a road or MTB.
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    I was wondering the same thing as the OP when I first went to my LBS. It was the first time I ever bought a bike shop bicycle so I told the salesman I was looking for a comfortable bike to ride long distance tours on, and immediately he took me over to the road bikes. I test rode a couple, but I wasn't comfortable in that riding position(drop bars), and assumed I would find biking too painful if I rode any distance on one. I have a fair understanding of the aerodynamics of road bikes, being faster and all that but I wasn't looking for speed just comfort for touring.

    In the future, I may upgrade to a road bike but for now the hybrid does the job.
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    I understand the feeling of bike envy if you do a lot of club rides, but there is nothing wrong with a hybrid. It is a perfectly reasonable choice for rides up to 40 or 50 miles at a stretch. That said, if your goal is to do fast club rides, a road bike is probably a better choice. If you want to do fast club rides and also ride well groomed dirt trails, perhaps a cyclocross bike is in your future.

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    The folks in the road forum can go on and on about nothing... like the colour of one's shoes and whether or not that matches the bike and kit.

    If it is a bike and you are riding with a smile on your face it is all good.

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    There is nothing wrong with hybrid bicycles, I've owned a couple of them. They are considerable more durable than your average road bike. And more useful too, I've had front and rear racks mounted on a hybrid before, not a lot of newer road bikes and take racks, I carried well over 40 pounds of stuff on those racks. That's a lot of weight to carry on a bike frame.

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    I have a hybrid - I equate it to a Swiss army knife. Want to ride on the street? Gravel? Hard-pack dirt? Wet trails? In the city? Tour? A hybrid can do all of those things pretty well, but maybe none of them excellently. Generally, a hybrid will be heavier than a roadie. Generally, it will be geared more like a mountain bike. I like mine - it's comfortable, durable, and affordable. That covers my bases.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver View Post
    The folks in the road forum can go on and on about nothing... like the colour of one's shoes and whether or not that matches the bike and kit.

    If it is a bike and you are riding with a smile on your face it is all good.
    I absolutely agree!
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    I think the line between hybrids and road bikes gets more blurred every day because the definition of hybrid keeps expanding. They can be anything from what is essentially a flat bar road bike to a full suspension/fenders/racks bike. My current bike is a true hybrid and my next one is a flat bar road bike but still considered a hybrid because it's not a drop bar bike that weighs less than 20lbs, is drilled and tapped for a rear rack (gasp!) and has pedals that weight more than 2.1 oz. each . I can't ride drop bar for a variety of medical reasons but still get told over and over by web guru's to consider a "true" road bike.

    However, my reception in person is entirely different - riders of all abilities and income levels have encouraged me, strongly, to get the bike I'm most comfortable with and to ride with them whenever I wish. They've been helpful about suggesting brands and features to look for, how to equip it for best utility while saving weight, etc.. Some of them ride $10,000+ full carbon bikes, some ride more affordable ones and some very experienced and competitive riders are on hybrids.
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    WOW thanks for the replies so far...

    That makes me feel a bit better now. When I went bike shopping I didn't have a clear view of what I wanted to do. I literally went to 5 bike shops on a Saturday trying to figure out which bike and brands felt good. As for the weight of the bike, I didn't really care, I'm using this for fitness and to complement other sports.

    I want speed but then I also didn't want to miss out on different terrain.

    However I want to do a century ride but it looks like I'd need a road bike.

    So far I love my bike and it does put a smile on my face...but I guess I can't have the "best" of everything in a bike that does a little bit of everything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hybridbike View Post
    However I want to do a century ride but it looks like I'd need a road bike.
    Why? There's no law saying that you need a road bike to do a century. If you're comfortable on the bike, and have the endurance, that's all that matters.

    Go over these old threads:
    http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...n-Century-Ride

    http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...ry-on-a-Hybrid

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    Quote Originally Posted by erg79 View Post
    Why? There's no law saying that you need a road bike to do a century. If you're comfortable on the bike, and have the endurance, that's all that matters.

    Go over these old threads:
    http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...n-Century-Ride

    http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...ry-on-a-Hybrid
    Interesting! Thanks for linking this!

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    i'm not looking down- i'm looking at the back of you pulling away!
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    Century on a hybrid is no problem. If the engine could do it on a pure road bike, it can do it on a hybrid.
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    Where is all of your insecurity about hybrids coming from? The best bike is the one you ride the most.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dunbar View Post
    Where is all of your insecurity about hybrids coming from? The best bike is the one you ride the most.
    I just keep seeing road bikes..that's all.

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    i converted to riding road bikes exclusively a while ago. And frankly, I miss flat-bar bikes, that's how I learned to ride. Hybrid IMO has a hop on and go wherever mentality. With roadies I often find myself trying to go fast and stuff. Just feels more intense.

    Maybe the problem is I cannot just stroll at whatever paces I want, unless I go to specific places like trails or MUPs.
    Last edited by CenturionIM; 05-30-13 at 04:29 PM.

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    Hybrids are wonderful bikes..... If you are looking for more hand positions, Niagara Bicycle has a pair of Origin 8 bolt on drops. I have them on mine, along with regular bar ends bolted on, and Ergon Grips.. I seldom use the drops, but a change of pace is nice too.......

    Don't let miles scare you - hybrids handle everything, and are much better for vision, when in traffic.

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    I've always maintainted that for the average person, a hybyrid is the best choice of bicycles and that road and mountain bikes are actually the fringe.

    I see far more people in regular clothes riding flat-bar or riser-bar bikes than I see spandex warriors on carbon fiber wonders. I'm not knocking road or mtb's and if I was young and athletic I might own one of each but I'm neither so I ride a hybrid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by giantcfr1 View Post
    Well just have a look at the sales around the world and draw your conclusions. I see the hybrid as the bicycle version of the Motard.
    not even close. It's the cycling version of a UJM maybe. Slow but it will get you to the store and back.

    Motard is some guy on a super-light hard tail mountain bike with slick tires.

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