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Old 07-21-11, 10:59 AM
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Upgrading Worth it?

So I got my new Sigma BC800 last night and set it up on my old Miyata 210. I've been commuting two days a week on a Raleigh C40 and I've long had this fantasy of putting that ( the c40) drivetrain, cassette and crankset on the Miyata ( Well, one exactly like it). I remember the Miyata seeming much faster than the Raleigh to me. But after riding it last night to check out the computer, I was amazed at how uncomfortable it seemed. And I don't think it was specifically the Miyata as much as it was road bikes in general. With the dropdowns it was impossible to find a comfortable position. I only rode it for about ten minutes, but when I got off I was a lot less enthusiastic about swapping out the rear hub to add the Shimano cassette cone.

So I thought I'd come here and ask what other peoples' experiences were. Anyone else been silently seduced by hybrids to the point that the expense and bother of a road bike doesn't seem worth it anymore?

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Old 07-21-11, 11:01 AM
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No. Hybrids are to bicycles as the 1970's are to decades.
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Old 07-21-11, 11:03 AM
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Hybrids: combine the worst of road bikes, and the worst of MTBs, and there you have it.

OK, I am probably too negative on them.

I would give your road bike more time, make sure the saddle is right, stem choice, etc.
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Originally Posted by robatsu View Post
No. Hybrids are to bicycles as the 1970's are to decades.
Huh?

In the world of bicycles, the 1970's were fantastic!
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Old 07-21-11, 12:00 PM
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Originally Posted by Mike Mills View Post
Huh?

In the world of bicycles, the 1970's were fantastic!
I agree!!

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Depends on how each bike fits and what type/model the hybrid is. I have seen and briefly owed a number of hybrids, some which were really nice (essentially flat bar road bikes that can handle wider tires) to really up-right things with suspension forks that really did not impress.
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Originally Posted by hazelrah View Post
So I got my new Sigma BC800 ...

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Anyone else been silently seduced by hybrids to the point that the expense and bother of a road bike doesn't seem worth it anymore?

I think I am moving over to the "hybrid" side. We'll have to be careful about defining what is meant by a "hybrid". I dislike bikes with suspension. They just seem whacky when used on a paved road. But surely, as I get older, I ride my race bike less and less and my commuter/mountain bike more and more.



I have no idea what a Sigma BC800 is. Please explain, as it seems to be a main focus of your post.
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