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Old 09-16-21, 02:28 PM
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"You can ride your bike wherever the hell you want"
"... but this is what we think this bike is best at."
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Originally Posted by badger1 View Post
Yep. Neither new bike (black) or its predecessor has ever held me back as far as rides of whatever distance/duration are concerned. Both are commonly referred to as 'hybrids'. Neither is a 'hybrid' of anything. They are just my bikes. If I called them anything, I'd call them 'flat-bar road bikes'. I've set them up to suit me and the cycling I do: city streets, MUP system, paved and smooth dirt roads; anything from 20 minutes to a long day out; anything from a few blocks to the shops, to a hundred miles* -- all solo.
Yes, exactly, it depends what they mean by "hybrid". I have a Sirrus as well, and they're more of what used to be called a flat bar road bike, set up for longer and faster rides. I regularly do up to 60 miles on mine. Although if I were to try the same thing with my wife's hybrid/city bike I'd definitely be a lot slower and therefore would keep it closer to home.
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Yes, exactly, it depends what they mean by "hybrid". I have a Sirrus as well, and they're more of what used to be called a flat bar road bike, set up for longer and faster rides. I regularly do up to 60 miles on mine. Although if I were to try the same thing with my wife's hybrid/city bike I'd definitely be a lot slower and therefore would keep it closer to home.
'Flat bar road bike' was a marketing term that came around in the mid-00s, and tried to cast off the geekier and slower, less performance-oriented, image of hybrids, which itself had been a marketing term to try to make regular non-specialized bikes (like road racing or mountain bikes) seem cool. Before the mid-late 80s, what we call a 'hybrid bike' was just called a 'bike'.

In reality, the only difference between a 'hybrid' and a 'flat bar road bike' was really mainly slightly narrower and lighter high pressure tires on the FBRB. Any hybrid can be adapted to faster tires, and maybe a small adjustment to rider position, to become a 'flat bar road bike'.

Also,
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Old 09-17-21, 07:43 AM
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Originally Posted by tclong03 View Post
I have seen it, heard it, and read about a hybrid bike is only good for 30 miles or less fitness ride. Anyone got any real answers or stories of doing a lot more then 30 miles? I just don't really get it. Their geometry is really not to different from gravel bikes. Just they have flat bars.
Please point out where you are seeing this nonsense. Never heard anything like it before.
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Old 09-17-21, 07:50 AM
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Originally Posted by ThermionicScott View Post
But fatbikes! How many of those did you see? Any stats on completion?
It's not PBP, but it's a DAMn long ride with a fatbike ... The DAMn - Day Across Minnesota

Long story short: a fatbike can ride long distances too
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Old 09-17-21, 07:58 AM
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Originally Posted by Hypno Toad View Post
It's not PBP, but it's a DAMn long ride with a fatbike ... The DAMn - Day Across Minnesota

Long story short: a fatbike can ride long distances too
Oh yeah, I've enjoyed your DAMn posts. Hey, now that your mid-Augusts are free, you should put some slicks on that thing and come along to France in a couple of years (fingers crossed that it happens)!
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Old 09-17-21, 10:48 AM
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Originally Posted by unterhausen View Post
I saw some hybrids on PBP in 2011. That's a 4 day 750 mile ride. OTOH, if I caught them, they were in trouble

I don't remember seeing any in 2019. But maybe they were just overshadowed by the guys riding fatbikes.
Fatbikes on PBP? That seems like totally next level crazy . . . hey! let's make a hard thing even harder!

In terms of 30 mile limit on flat bars, I dont think the issue is the bars per se. I think it's likely a wrist angle thing. I've got a couple Ti roadbikes that I spend a bit of time on; +/- 150 miles/week. I've also got an Ebike (Pedago) that I swapped the sweep bars for flat bars on. That was probably dumb. If I'm on the thing for more than 30 minutes or so, my hands/wrists start to hurt. Might be that I just hate the bike so I'm looking for things to not like.

I'm looking for a used hybrid as a kickaround/grocery getter. I'll likely put some variation of the Velo Orange sweep/rando bars on it.
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Old 10-05-21, 10:32 AM
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I can easily ride 30 miles on road with my mountain bike. 30 on a hybrid should be no sweat.
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Old 10-07-21, 07:21 PM
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I completed my first century (Bourbon Country Burn in Lexington Kentucky, Day 2) a few weeks ago on my Cannondale Quick 3, no problem at all. Did the Medio route (metric century) in the Maryland Gran Fondo a few weeks before that, finished in the top 40%, and so far as I could tell, was the only one there on a hybrid. I don't really understand why folks say hybrids not meant for long distance riding.
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Only two people come to mind when I hear 30 miles is the maximum for a ride on a hybrid. My mother in-law, and an over zealous shop owner trying to push a road bike on me.

If the bike properly fits the rider, is well maintained, and the rider has a specific destination of interest in mind, then nothing should stop the rider at 30, 40, or whatever mileage. I routinely do 20 and 30 mile rides and get in one or two 40 or 50 mile rides in each week except in the winter--when my mother in-law heads to Arizona.
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Old 10-23-21, 08:35 PM
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I did 105 miles on this bike.... aka, my commuter

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Old 10-26-21, 01:24 PM
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Its all about proper bike fit and fitness level... a drop bar style bike has certain advantages, but a flat can do the distance as well. Especially if you add ergonomic grips and/or bar ends to allow multiple hand positions.
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Old 10-26-21, 02:34 PM
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I've done 75 miles on my hybrid commuter, on a recreational ride. All the hype is simply about the lack of hand positions of a hybrid flat bar (assuming horns/bar-ends were not added). That and the fact that your hybrid wheels will fall off at 30.1 miles .

But if you feel no pains and/or numbness in the hands at 30 miles, then go ahead and ride that hybrid UNTIL your hands or the wheels DO fall off.
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Old 10-26-21, 07:48 PM
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Yup, ride your bike as far as you want. There's a group of folks who ride their balloon-tired, coaster brake bikes on a local double century. Admittedly it's pretty flat, only about 4200' of gain, but still. When I was like 10-14, I used to ride my flat bar 3-speed 50 miles, no problem. It was a good gravel bike too, for what it was. In jeans, of course.
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Old 10-26-21, 10:16 PM
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Although I've never heard anyone here actually espouse a real rule, 30 miles is a reasonable limit depending on the bike. If you're talking about the lower end versions with the cheap suspension forks and the 26" wide tires, while it can be done, to me it wouldn't be enjoyable to go further. They're just to slow and stodgy for my liking. If you're talking about something like the old trek FX7.7 which had road wheels, a slightly compact road triple, carbon fork and weighted 20lbs, I'd happily ride that the length of the Erie canal and think nothing of it. Higher end performance and fitness hybrids can be very similar, excepting the bars, to an adventure or gravel bike (more goofy terms) and a pleasure to ride long distances. The cheaper the parts, the wider the tires and the heavier it gets the less I'd prefer to do so, but that does for any kind of bike.
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I see why they say 30 miles limit.. my ass starts to hurt after 30 miles point.. i wanted to cycle longer distance but cant. Ordered another saddle, the Giant Approach saddle. Hopefully this can prevent the ass pain... Will report back.
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I see why they say 30 miles limit.. my ass starts to hurt after 30 miles point.. i wanted to cycle longer distance but cant. Ordered another saddle, the Giant Approach saddle. Hopefully this can prevent the ass pain... Will report back.
I feel your pain! I took this resort bike out for short ride (up a Cat 3 climb) 6 miles and 30 minutes and my ass was hating this saddle. For refence, I've completed The DAMn 3 times (240+ miles in one day, taking 17 to 18 hours on the saddle) with less pain than the saddle on the 'comfort' bike. I repeat, the bike in this picture is not a good set up for 30+ mile rides, it could be modified/updated to do longer rides, but this is the kinda 'hybrid' bike I would advise against for rides over 30 miles.

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I feel your pain! I took this resort bike out for short ride (up a Cat 3 climb) 6 miles and 30 minutes and my ass was hating this saddle. For refence, I've completed The DAMn 3 times (240+ miles in one day, taking 17 to 18 hours on the saddle) with less pain than the saddle on the 'comfort' bike. I repeat, the bike in this picture is not a good set up for 30+ mile rides, it could be modified/updated to do longer rides, but this is the kinda 'hybrid' bike I would advise against for rides over 30 miles.

Did you happen to note the model? That seat doesn't look to be stock.
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Did you happen to note the model? That seat doesn't look to be stock.
I didn't get too attached too this resort bike, but I think they have Trek Shift 2 ... and they seem to come with a tractor seat saddle.

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Originally Posted by tclong03 View Post
I have seen it, heard it, and read about a hybrid bike is only good for 30 miles or less fitness ride. Anyone got any real answers or stories of doing a lot more then 30 miles? I just don't really get it. Their geometry is really not to different from gravel bikes. Just they have flat bars.
Hybrid is a wide category. I'm sure you can find some models that are a pain after ten miles and others that are fine for as long as you wish to go.

I'd say anyone telling you such a categorical is trying to sell you something other than a hybrid.

Me? I've done multiple over-30-mile rides on my hybrid and was just fine. Only limiting factor was time. Trek 8.6 DS
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I didn't get to attached to this resort bike, but I think they have Trek Shift 2 ... and they seem to come with a tractor seat saddle.
Thanks - that explains why I couldn't find anything with a similar looking frame & headset. Doesn't seem to be a current model.

The beach cruiser styled Townies do seem to have similar saddles but those are a different animal.

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Following the thread and looking at a few of the definitions one can find, I would say the term is a lot of "gobbledegook" to sell the gullible yet one more bike.
I really don't give a hoot what they call it, getting me where i want to go and being comfortable enough to go whatever distance I decide on going is what counts.

BTW my "e-MTB" from RBSM has almost the same geometry as my "Stellar Sport" from DeVinci. I can also push hard enough on the e-bike to come up with the same intensity minutes as the m-bike.


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I cycled 50 miles, with lunch break, 3 times with hard aluminium hybrids without suspension or special pants. A good saddle and, some times, without hands... I can make much more, if i need.
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AND... hybrids with MTB transmition and without suspension are perfect to cycle tourism. beyond 1000 miles.

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Damn I guess I shod stop doing centuries (metric) on mine then
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