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    Hybrid - Long Distance Road Rides

    Hi all,

    Just getting back into biking after a long hiatus. I'm just on the verge of purchasing a hybrid/dual sport (Marin San Rafael) beacuse I would like to be able to do a little bit of everything. I know if I am going to be doing any dedicated long distance stuff I should go with a strict road bike, but I'd like to keep my options open. Also, I'm 50+ so may not be as limber as I used to be...

    Do you use your hybrid for any kind of long(er) distance road rides? For me, I would consider this to be anything 40 km or longer (be kind). If so, do you prepare it in any particular way, longer stem, different handlebars, etc.

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by tripod View Post
    Hi all,

    Just getting back into biking after a long hiatus. I'm just on the verge of purchasing a hybrid/dual sport (Marin San Rafael) beacuse I would like to be able to do a little bit of everything. I know if I am going to be doing any dedicated long distance stuff I should go with a strict road bike, but I'd like to keep my options open. Also, I'm 50+ so may not be as limber as I used to be...

    Do you use your hybrid for any kind of long(er) distance road rides? For me, I would consider this to be anything 40 km or longer (be kind). If so, do you prepare it in any particular way, longer stem, different handlebars, etc.

    Thanks
    My wife and I are 48. We ride hybrids 30+ miles, 3 - 4 times per week. We ride them 50 - 60 miles when we feel like it. The right hybrid is very comfortable and capable. We added bar ends, fenders and racks for comfort, commuting and touring.

    Enjoy

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    Hi Tripod,
    Did you buy the bike yet? If you haven't I was going to say that at that price range the suspension forks are probably not that good. Anyway, for me, going about 15-20 miles and my hands get cramped, not numb so much as that stopped when I bought padded gloves, but my hands cramp up between the thumb and forefinger. So I bought a pair of Ergon GP5 grips, they should arrive today in the mail. It will let me have more hand placement.

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    My wife has bought hers but not me yet. She has the women's version (Marin San Anselmo). Yes, you are right, the suspension forks are not that great but they have a lockout if we want to stiffen up the front end. It will also allow us to do some light trail stuff and we can upgrade if the trail fun suits us.

    I'll be looking forward to hearing about your new grips.

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    I have a performancebike Transit Rock Creek hybrid which initially came with a Suntour suspension fork with a lockout. Its my all around bike. Generally by rides are around 40 miles and have done several 80s here and there. Its also going to be my ride for the Seattle to Portland classic next weekend. I have the same Ergon grips as listed above with without the horns. I didn't like the somewhat on end oval shape of the Ergon horns. I do have some add on long horns wrapped in bar tape. I found the ride of the locked out suspension fork to be quite harsh even with 38mm bontrager H2s so I swapped out the fork to a Surly Ogre and haven looked back. The ogre fork also works well on hark pack dirt trails and gravel.

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    Properly set up, a hybrid could take you as far as you want to go. The distance doesn't determine whether I ride my hybrid or my road bike, it's the weather and trail conditions. I run full fenders and 28c tires on my hybrid (Giant Rapid) and use it in all conditions (e.g. rain, snow, unpaved trails, etc.) over any distance that I feel like riding. My road bike comes out when I'm sticking to the road and there isn't any inclement weather.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TomCat_Ford View Post
    My road bike comes out when I'm sticking to the road and there isn't any inclement weather.
    Thanks. So, on those days when you use your road bike I'm guessing you choose it over the hyrid because it is more efficient on paved roads in good weather?

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    My hybrid (some accurately call it a flat bar road bike) is pretty efficient on-road as well, but that would be a fair statement. While my hybrid is fast, my road bike is faster (skinnier tires and much more aggressive rider positioning).

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    Hi Tripod,
    My wife and I have been riding Trek FX 7.6 bikes for the last year. We've been doing 60 mile organized rides, 80 mile rides on our own, and completed a century ride two weeks ago. Our bikes are basically set up as flat bar road bikes but we have mtb gears, 11-36 on the wifes and 11-34 on mine. Can you go long distance? Yes. Can you keep up with the fast road bikers? - No. We rode 102 miles and averaged 14.6 miles per hour. I didn't think that was too bad. THe things that affected us the most were the high temps and wind. We have a 20 mph wind on the way out and the same headwind on the way back in. It was rough but there were many road bikers getting sagged out due to heat exhaustion. We have bar ends on our Treks. I wear a camelback type hydration pack and my wife has two water bottles. I think one of the main things you should do is ride a lot to toughen up your sit bones. On the long organized rides there is a rest stop every 10-12 miles so that helps a lot. if you go on long rides alone, take breaks, stop for a real meal, and ride at your own pace.

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    I ride long rides on my Fuji Absolute 3.0.

    My average weekly long ride is up to about 30 miles, and I've successfully done a 50 mile and a 60 mile unsupported ride so far. I'm doing my first Metric Century ride for a charity event in 10 days.

    It sounds like my bike is set up similarly to jscat and/or TomCat_Ford - it is more of a flat bar road bike (also called a performance or fitness hybrid). It has 28-38-48 gearing up front and an 11-34 8 speed cassette in back (basically MTB gearing).

    The only thing I've done to change from stock is to add a pair of Ergon grips to allow me some position flexibility on long rides (I picked the GP-3 as I thought the bar ends were long enough).

    I went out for my longest ride yesterday and had a 4+ hour ride that was just shy of 60 miles and I had no trouble with the distance or average speed - it was just the 30 miles into a 14 mph headwind that took a lot out of my legs.

    So I'd agree with others that a hybrid CAN be the right bike for long road rides.

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    Longer rides on a Hybrid is definitely possible, and probably a lot more comfortable than a road bike if you don't care about speed. The longest ride I've rode so far is 35 miles, but I have a 50 mile ride planned out for this summer (maybe as early as a week from this Saturday).
    Want to ride fast? Just ride with a slower group.
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    Just time in the saddle turning the pedals.. the Ergon Grips do have advantages over round Grips.

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    Thanks for the info guys. It seems many of you take your hybrids out for good long rides. As you say, your not likely to win many races but at least you can get out there and grind the miles away.

    I'm looking forward to about a 50km ride on the weekend, long for me...

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    Quote Originally Posted by tripod View Post
    I'm looking forward to about a 50km ride on the weekend, long for me...
    Enjoy!

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