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Old 07-16-14, 07:42 PM   #26
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So, for me the hybrid was a good transitional bike and a good bike to develop my seat-comfort.
I really like the description of your hybrid a a "transitional bike". Maybe you'll never go back to it, but maybe you will.
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Old 07-16-14, 07:47 PM   #27
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ISo In my case I call it a choice but it turned out to be a compromise.
What a great response. Some don't think a hybrid is a compromise, but I really like how you identified where you want to go with you your cycling. I think the hybrid helped you figure that out.
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Old 07-16-14, 08:46 PM   #28
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I bought mine so I would have something to ride on the streets of NYC, but also a bike I could take on trails. I love the upright geometry, as it allows me to see over cars and other objects that might block my view.

This isn't mine but is the same model and color. Mine has a rack on the back.



I love my bike and have a blast whenever I ride it. Unlike a lot of people around here, I really have no desire for a road bike. I can go plenty fast on this baby. Especially compared to the mountain bikes I used to tool around on.

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Old 07-16-14, 09:12 PM   #29
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For me, I always had older bikes, with larger wheels, not a mountain bike, but close to a oversize BMX, single speed, I felt like I had more control and I would always go off road just because it was more fun for me. Mind you I grew up on a farm, no livestock, but we had about everything else that a farm needs to run. So you got what you got and made the best out of it, until you could not fix it anymore.

When I was old enough and had some money I purchased a 16 speed to go to work in and hated the ride in it, again it's a preference and a trade off. The 16 speed was nothing special, but it did work and I would take it on 40 mile treks on bikeathons, but was always behind, really not a nice bike. Fast forward, life changes and being way to busy to ride as much I was in college and again I still owned this really bad, now rusted, somewhat broke 16 speed that came from a place called Ames. Now closed and out of business.

Well as I was working at my part time job and going to college, I had a good friend that was crazy into bikes, changed them all the time, I mean like every few months it seemed. Long story I had a connection at the time with laptops and could get anything for super low costs, he asked if I would trade one of my laptops for his Cannondale Killer V 500 that he converted into a hybrid, before they had real hybrids of today, not really knowing anything about them, I said I had to think about it. But in the end, I did the deal and I think to be honest he just did that so I had a good bike to use to go on rides with him and get to work on time.



At the time I guess it was considered to be a super high end bike, being that they were handmade in the USA, well I still own this bike today and it's never been the right size for me, yet I still use it all the time. So for me I do not ever seeing myself going back to a road bike.

But again, I go out of my way to stay off the road and make my own path or rails to trails or minor mountain trails. It's now a we thing and we both like taking our bikes away from all the noise and exhaust if we can and if not, we do hit onto some country / city roads, sidewalks, bridges and such and so the hydrid makes the most sense in those cases as well.

They are best balance IMHO for a do just about anything bike, the trade off would probably be speed and control of hand positions and perhaps not a good bike to take on real trek across country, but then again I have done this already on my killer v 500 and never had an issue with it.

So again, it's all in how you plan to use it and what your needs are and what you like, if I could make a nice mountain bike into a 27 / 30 speed and use it for everything I would. And maybe I can, but then that would be just silly.

This is my new one I just ordered a Trek 8.6, hope it's as nice or better then my V


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Old 07-16-14, 09:28 PM   #30
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I got back into biking mainly for fitness and since I quit running to save my knees. When I decided to purchase my Kona Dr. Fine I was intrigued by the disc brakes, carbon fork and 8 speed IGH. I could care less about speed and enjoy the more upright riding position.

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Old 07-17-14, 03:39 AM   #31
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Enjoying the stories and the ride pics, gents.
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I bought my first "hybrid" coming from early 90s heavy hard to pedal on pavement rigid MTB. In 2010 I rode a Giant Cypress at the LBS and was impressed enough to pay the $450. Now 5 years and 7000km later, I still like the bike.
Since then I've purchased a new folder and a new road (touring) bike and restored many vintage road and townies. The Cypress still is the all-purpose, go to bike.
If you want to wear lycra and go fast, buy a purpose built road bike. If off road is your thing, buy a MTB. If you just want a "bike" pick your style of hybrid and have fun with it.
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A hybrid made the most sense for the type of riding I do. I like exploring on my bike and don't like the limitations of a road bike, but wanted something more road friendly than a mountain bike. I'll go from riding smooth pavement to dirt roads to moderate trails all in one ride. I have no regrets buying my Crosstrail.
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A hybrid made the most sense for the type of riding I do. I like exploring on my bike and don't like the limitations of a road bike, but wanted something more road friendly than a mountain bike. I'll go from riding smooth pavement to dirt roads to moderate trails all in one ride. I have no regrets buying my Crosstrail.
I like to do all that too, but I have also fallen in love with group road rides... its hard though to keep up with them sometimes since Im usually the only person not on a dedicated road bike. I think I will end up eventually going the two bike route so I can do both.
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I like to do all that too, but I have also fallen in love with group road rides... its hard though to keep up with them sometimes since Im usually the only person not on a dedicated road bike. I think I will end up eventually going the two bike route so I can do both.
I think I'd eventually like to get a dedicated road bike too. If not then a more road oriented hybrid. I think the Crosstrail is more on the mountain bike side of hybrids.
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I chose a hybrid because I prefer an all-rounder that isn't too compromised in any given area.

Any single-track or even gravel I might ride would require me to load my bike on the car, drive 10 minutes (gravel) to 50 minutes (single-track), unload the bike, ride and then reverse the process. It's just not something I'm willing to do more than a few times a year so an MTB is pointless for me.

The road bike situation is even worse. The city where I live is so bicycle unfriendly that I'm pretty limited to riding neighborhood and low-traffic streets and for those, a hybrid is actually a better choice as speed is impossible and there is still plenty of traffic to deal with so an upright position is advantageous.


I bought my first hybrid in 1995 and it was literally a mountain bike with 700c wheels and tires. I bought a second hybrid in 2007 and it was still basically a rigid MTB with 700c wheels and tires. I decided I wanted something a little more sporty so I decided to find a frameset and build it up into a hybrid. I did a lot of research and experimenting and decided on the Handsome Cycles Devil frameset. The Devil has the geometry of a road bike (seat/head angles, fork rake, BB drop) but with longer chainstays. I built it up with a Deore drivetrain and brakes and alternately run it with 40mm Schwalbe Duremes and 32mm Vittoria Hypers. It's a nice cushy ride with the Duremes and quite sporty with the Hypers. The only change I find myself wanting to make is to be able to mount even fatter tires. If the money becomes available, I'll probably buy a Velo-Orange Camargue frameset. It was designed as an expedition tourer but realistically, about the only difference between it and my current bike is that the Camargue will fit 60mm Big Apples, which is what I would put on it.
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Cuz that's what was at the garage sale.
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good answer!
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...and now that it's 20 years old, I guess it's also C&V fodder too.
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I didn't buy a hybrid. I converted one of my road bikes to one. I prefer flat bars, wider tires, and flat pedals on gravel.
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