Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Ontario, Canada
Bikes: Me: Trek 7.2 FX Disc, Pinarello Rokh Her: Electra Townie 3i
Originally Posted by lopek77
That is true, but I can easily keep up with my riding buddies on road bikes on our rides. My hybrid is much heavier than their road bikes, I have around 4 lbs of additional gear on my bike, and I'm not a skinny ass like most of them. We ride for pleasure, so average speed is somewhere between 16 and 17 on unpaved and hilly terrain. I absolutely hate riding on a road bikes, and position is not comfortable at all. My hybrid is a hybrid between hybrid and a road bike, and I love it. It gives me an option for a fast riding when wanted, or to explore unpaved, overgrown trails when needed. I think road bikes are only for speed oriented riders, while hybrids are more for fun, touring and exploring.
I'm with you for the most part. Certainly road bikes aren't for everyone, despite the central premise of some regular posters on the hybrid forum who believe that everyone ultimately wants a road bike, with hybrid purchases relegated to "mistakes" made by newbies.
My hybrid is also more of a road-hybrid than a mountain bike-hybrid, and the change to narrower tires was a big plus in improving the road ride. Bike definitely feels quicker and more nimble.
That said, I'm probably going to add a road bike some time soon - yet I wouldn't necessarily consider myself primarily a speed-oriented rider. Sure, I'd like to carry more speed over distance, but going longer distances comfortably - with a greater ability to vary hand and riding position, as well as tuck down into a more aerodynamic position when riding into a headwind - are also goals.
I expect that I'll really enjoy having both. If I were forced to have just one bike, however, it would probably be a higher-end full carbon hybrid.