Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Hybrid Bicycles
Reload this Page >

Help Me Choose a Hybrid

Notices
Hybrid Bicycles Where else would you go to discuss these fun, versatile bikes?

Help Me Choose a Hybrid

Old 03-12-22, 02:00 PM
  #1  
smokeycanuck
Member
Thread Starter
 
smokeycanuck's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Location: Burlington, ON.
Posts: 25

Bikes: Surly Long Haul Trucker, Kona Dew Plus

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 12 Post(s)
Liked 4 Times in 3 Posts
Help Me Choose a Hybrid

So I have a LHT that I love and use for longer rides/tours but want something cheaper and lighter to bomb around town with e.g. grocery runs, pub-hopping, etc. Really want to live a more car-free (or at least car lite) life. My job gives me a company car so I don't need this as a commuter FYI.


I'm 52 and ride these days for the fitness, scenery and fun of cycling - speed and going aero ain't my bag but comfort is and the ability to carry some panniers or perhaps even a small trailer eventually. The majority of my riding will be asphalt roads/MUPs with some gravel paths here and there e.g. rail trails.


I've decided to make this purchase via a LBS as they've had a hell of a tough time over the last few years. I've narrowed my search down to 3, all of which are currently in stock at LBSs in my size but I want to jump on one soon before they get scooped with Spring approaching fast.


I've narrowed it down to 3 bikes. The Kona Dew Plus (or basic Dew), Norco Indie 2, Trek Verve 3. I basically need a city bomber with the ability for rear rack and fenders (which they all have the mounts for). I want to be upright and comfortable which is a priority over speed for me. The Verve seems the most upright and relaxed geometry (I see a Verve thread in this forum which I will look at next). The Norco seems to lean towards a MTB geometry and comes with a nice bar with 30 degrees of sweep - also like the Schwalbe Big Bens. The weather hasn't been good for test rides recently but I did take the Kona for a spin and really liked the upright ride and simplicity of the 1x drive train.


Any thoughts, experience, opinions are welcome.

Last edited by smokeycanuck; 03-13-22 at 06:34 AM.
smokeycanuck is offline  
Old 03-15-22, 07:16 AM
  #2  
Nate8727
Member
 
Nate8727's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2021
Posts: 42

Bikes: 2021 Trek Verve 1 Disc

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 11 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 23 Times in 9 Posts
The best advice is to try all three places and bikes to see which you like best. You just know when you find the right one.
Nate8727 is offline  
Likes For Nate8727:
Old 03-15-22, 08:32 AM
  #3  
rumrunn6
Senior Member
 
rumrunn6's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: 25 miles northwest of Boston
Posts: 27,320

Bikes: Bottecchia Sprint, GT Timberline 29r, Trek FX Alpha 7.0

Mentioned: 107 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4536 Post(s)
Liked 2,169 Times in 1,481 Posts
fwiw - big fat slicks can be really fun to ride
rumrunn6 is offline  
Old 03-23-22, 01:44 PM
  #4  
boozergut
Senior Member
 
boozergut's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 330

Bikes: Kona Dew, Gary Fisher Paragon, Salsa Campeon

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 69 Post(s)
Liked 45 Times in 25 Posts
Ive had my Kona Dew about ten years now. I love it and Ive stopped riding my other bikes. Id like to get a new one with disc instead of rim brakes when I retire.
boozergut is offline  
Likes For boozergut:
Old 03-23-22, 05:43 PM
  #5  
Sempervee
Senior Member
 
Sempervee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2020
Location: Olympia WA
Posts: 97

Bikes: Cannondale Quick Disk 5 & Rad Power Mini

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 30 Post(s)
Liked 26 Times in 23 Posts
Before I got my ebike I had a great time doing what you want to with my Cannondale Quick 5 disk brake model.
Sempervee is offline  
Old 03-28-22, 07:34 AM
  #6  
smokeycanuck
Member
Thread Starter
 
smokeycanuck's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Location: Burlington, ON.
Posts: 25

Bikes: Surly Long Haul Trucker, Kona Dew Plus

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 12 Post(s)
Liked 4 Times in 3 Posts
Just an update, I went with the Kona Dew Plus and it's been great so far. Thanks to all.

smokeycanuck is offline  
Likes For smokeycanuck:
Old 04-01-22, 02:54 AM
  #7  
Chrisyang
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2022
Posts: 45
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7 Post(s)
Liked 9 Times in 5 Posts
Originally Posted by smokeycanuck View Post
Just an update, I went with the Kona Dew Plus and it's been great so far. Thanks to all.

That helps a lot.
Chrisyang is offline  
Old 04-01-22, 07:42 PM
  #8  
SkinGriz
Live not by lies.
 
Join Date: Nov 2020
Posts: 780

Bikes: BigBox bikes.

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 436 Post(s)
Liked 363 Times in 281 Posts
Originally Posted by smokeycanuck View Post
Just an update, I went with the Kona Dew Plus and it's been great so far. Thanks to all.

Congrats!
Thatís a nice bike.
SkinGriz is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright © 2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.