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Old 10-14-10, 09:34 PM
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We need a sticky ! ( Hybrid Definition )..

Most forums define there subject matter, we need a definition of a Hybrid ! Maybe we could have like a month long posting of it, and then vote on the best one.. Then our
post could reflect information pertaining to helping other Hybrid riders with questions, and so forth..Instead of constant debate on the the term it's self.....And I would except what ever
the majority decided... There are a lot of nice people on this forum, but we could
probably keep more new posters with a ( READ THIS FIRST ) Sticky.. as to what a Hybrid is..
Just an idea ! I will not enter one, as there are much more experienced riders, and
good posters. ( But I would vote for sure ), and then maybe we can stop this kinda
posting...Just a thought, Richard
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Old 10-15-10, 03:19 AM
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No the definition of a hybrid is not definable and falls into personal opinion. There are hybrids that are marketed as hybrids & hybrids that are homegrown modifications. The topic of what is a hybrid is not a subject that need to be stuck to the top of the forum. The hybrid forum forum is a fringe group with no real definable description and forever changing. I also love the fact that this is a forum that is not loaded with stickies at the top you have to scroll through to get to active topics.
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I agree with Timber_8. The definition is by nature subjective. For me, it's a bike that serves multiple purposes and isn't easy to categorize.
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Originally Posted by Timber_8 View Post
No the definition of a hybrid is not definable and falls into personal opinion. There are hybrids that are marketed as hybrids & hybrids that are homegrown modifications. The topic of what is a hybrid is not a subject that need to be stuck to the top of the forum. The hybrid forum forum is a fringe group with no real definable description and forever changing. I also love the fact that this is a forum that is not loaded with stickies at the top you have to scroll through to get to active topics.
Although I do not completely agree with your total reply, the part about not sticked to death is true ! Richard
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Originally Posted by USAF1C1X1 View Post
I agree with Timber_8. The definition is by nature subjective. For me, it's a bike that serves multiple purposes and isn't easy to categorize.
I did not say the definition of one would be an easy job, but I,m sure with all the people on here,
we could come up with something. Know matter how vague, that would be acceptable..My
definition would defiantly be to limiting, thats why I said that I would not even try....but seems it
has become so loose that if you put 32c wheels on beach cruiser, you have now made a Hybrid..
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This is an example, and not meant to ( offend ) anyone ! Take a nice light weight fast bike with 700 x 28c
tires, add fenders, lights, rack, and panniers..And spend most of your time commuting to work on it..
Would not that Say fall into a commuter bike category, rather than one with 38c tires that you could take to your local
bike park and ride some of the trails, or even make a 10 or 15 mile trip there on the road..Without
pedaling your MTB there on with full suspension, 2" plus wide low pressure tires, etc...be considered
a Hybrid, ( Being able to do both )...but not the best at either. Same for the term Fitness Hybrid,
light weight fast, maybe 25c tires doing almost all road riding and logging lots of miles come closer to
say an more up right comfort Road bike, than a versatile bike that can do some off roding and trail
riding..and do some exercise rides on the road also...The original term has become so lost after 20
years, seems a Hybrid is anything that you want it to be now..? When you said you rode a Hybrid
before, you new right away they were referring to a bike they took off road, ( and rode around town ),
Thats what makes them such a great commuter bike or light touring one, but now it is so loose, if you say you
ride a Hybrid, could mean anything ? Seems I'm just beating a dead horse here, as times have changed..
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This was 1 of the 1st topics that was discussed in great depth at the conception of the hybrid forum. The topic has also come up several times since and has never ended with a definitive description be cause the very term Hybrid is always not this or that but something in between. It always ends with we all agree to disagree what a hybrid is. Regardless of weather you disagree or not does not change the fact that the very term hybrid is not definable.
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Originally Posted by Timber_8 View Post
No the definition of a hybrid is not definable and falls into personal opinion. There are hybrids that are marketed as hybrids & hybrids that are homegrown modifications. The topic of what is a hybrid is not a subject that need to be stuck to the top of the forum. The hybrid forum forum is a fringe group with no real definable description and forever changing. I also love the fact that this is a forum that is not loaded with stickies at the top you have to scroll through to get to active topics.
IMO, Timber_8 has pretty well defined a hybrid.
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As a very new member of BF, the reason that I asked my first questions on this forum was an easy one. After I trolled around BF and read a bunch of posts, I realized that the people on the hybrid forum were the easiest ones to get answers from. Much like the bikes they ride, they don't fall into any specific category i.e. roadie, mountain biker, so on and so forth. The people on this forum ride their bikes for the love of their bikes and that carries over into their replies. Why should we try to define the undefinable. Crap the bike companies can't even define what a hybrid is.
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Originally Posted by newokie03 View Post
As a very new member of BF, the reason that I asked my first questions on this forum was an easy one. After I trolled around BF and read a bunch of posts, I realized that the people on the hybrid forum were the easiest ones to get answers from. Much like the bikes they ride, they don't fall into any specific category i.e. roadie, mountain biker, so on and so forth. The people on this forum ride their bikes for the love of their bikes and that carries over into their replies. Why should we try to define the undefinable. Crap the bike companies can't even define what a hybrid is.
Nice reply, Richard
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Thanks Richard, just my 2 cents worth.
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Originally Posted by newokie03 View Post
Thanks Richard, just my 2 cents worth.
I'm new here to, and Timber probably has seen threads of this type over and over...Richard
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Anymore... hybrid is a marketing term. Hybrids encompass a whole wide range of bikes. Just about the only thing in common they have is two wheels and two pedals.
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Originally Posted by Timber_8 View Post
This was 1 of the 1st topics that was discussed in great depth at the conception of the hybrid forum. The topic has also come up several times since and has never ended with a definitive description be cause the very term Hybrid is always not this or that but something in between. It always ends with we all agree to disagree what a hybrid is. Regardless of weather you disagree or not does not change the fact that the very term hybrid is not definable.
I do enjoy your post, and respect your opinion's, you did hurt my feeling some what about big box store bikes
not being excepted on any forum..and that is all I own..
And I made one in response to your comment..
But it is all good, as I do not think you meant any harm..And I guess we all have our
own opinion on what a Hybrid is....Richard
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Originally Posted by mikeshoup View Post
Anymore... hybrid is a marketing term. Hybrids encompass a whole wide range of bikes. Just about the only thing in common they have is two wheels and two pedals.
Nice, and you are probably right ..Richard
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Originally Posted by Timber_8 View Post
No the definition of a hybrid is not definable and falls into personal opinion. There are hybrids that are marketed as hybrids & hybrids that are homegrown modifications. The topic of what is a hybrid is not a subject that need to be stuck to the top of the forum. The hybrid forum forum is a fringe group with no real definable description and forever changing. I also love the fact that this is a forum that is not loaded with stickies at the top you have to scroll through to get to active topics.
Indeed. There are just too many variables to nitpick when it comes to what makes a hybrid a hybrid.
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A bicycle that has two or more different types of components essentially performing a variety of functions attributable to different types of bikes.
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The best thread so far on the subject! I especially like Timber's and newokie's posts.

My Marin 'performance hybrid' is not an upright comfort road bike. The handlebars are 3 inches below the saddle. That's not upright or particularly comfortable. (A little rant I hadn't gotten around to making in the censored thread. Just thought I'd make it here so this thread doesn't become too much of a group hug. Haha.)
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The best thread so far on the subject! I especially like Timber's and newokie's posts.

My Marin 'performance hybrid' is not an upright comfort road bike. The handlebars are 3 inches below the saddle. That's not upright or particularly comfortable. (A little rant I hadn't gotten around to making in the censored thread. Just thought I'd make it here so this thread doesn't become too much of a group hug. Haha.)
No group hug here ! Where can I post about my bikes since they are not even real bikes ?
Go Figure ! Richard
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ToyBikeForums.com? Haha, I can't help myself.

I only knew one messenger who rode department store bikes, and he was one of the best workers on the fleet. I trained him to deliver packages, but within two years he was vice president of the company, and I was still just a delivery boy. So, from my limited experience, department store bike riders are pretty smart people.
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ToyBikeForums.com? Haha, I can't help myself.

I only knew one messenger who rode department store bikes, and he was one of the best workers on the fleet. I trained him to deliver packages, but within two years he was vice president of the company, and I was still just a delivery boy. So, from my limited experience, department store bike riders are pretty smart people.
Flattery will not get your group hug privilege back. ( Laugh )...only gloves off for you now! Richard : )
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