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Old 08-04-14, 11:34 AM
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Reasons why you completely gave up on your road bike for a hybrid

My road bike sits in my garage gathering dust - I just don't see any use for it. I bike almost daily and everything my road bike does my hybrid does the same if not better with a higher degree of comfort. I've done a few centuries on my chromoly hybrid (Jamis Coda Sport) without too much of an extra effort compared to my road bike. The only modification I've made is an addition of a good suspension seat-post for extra comfort.

The hybrid especially shines on mixed terrain - It performs flawlessly on road, dirt, grass, slush, mud and even light snow.

What are your reasons to give up on road bikes.

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Old 08-04-14, 12:30 PM
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My road bike is also sitting in the garage for the same reasons. My Trek 8.4 DS is currently equipped with 700 X 38 semi-slick tires for the paved roads and trails but I have a spare set of wheels with 29 X 1.9 tires for dirt trails. The only reason I would use my road bike is if I were doing very long distances. My hybrid has become my multi-purpose bike.
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Old 08-04-14, 12:37 PM
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I sold my road bike, when I realized it hasn't been ridden in over a year......
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Old 08-04-14, 12:58 PM
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Originally Posted by sfrank View Post
The only reason I would use my road bike is if I were doing very long distances. My hybrid has become my multi-purpose bike.
Doing a century ride on a hybrid compared to a road bike has always been far more comfortable for me personally. But if comfort is not a factor, then yes road bikes are a better option being faster and for tackling steep climbs.

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Old 08-04-14, 03:37 PM
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@sfrank for interest what semi slicks you running?
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Old 08-04-14, 04:42 PM
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After looking at my tires again, I was mistaken about them being semi-slick. I must of been thinking about another tire. They have a center ridge (for lack of a better word) which is approx. 1/2 inch wide and then side sipes to move the water away. They are made by Kenda and I bought them at my local bike shop. I run them at 70 psi although the maximum is 80 psi.
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Old 08-04-14, 07:16 PM
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I didn't "give up on road bikes"; my main bicycle is a road bike. It simply happens to have flat bars w/bar ends as opposed to drop bars.

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Old 08-04-14, 07:44 PM
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I soldmy road bike because it was not comfortable and I experienced handand shoulder pain riding it. I put urban tires on my MTB and enjoy riding it!
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Old 08-04-14, 07:44 PM
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I didn't give up road bikes either but just switched to a flat bar road bike. My reason for switching is that the flat bar riding position suits my use of the bike better than a drop bar bike does. I daily commute and do long fitness rides with the occasional group ride and I almost never got low on the drops on my old Specialized Roubaix so for my 60th birthday I took the plunge for a 2014 Sirrus Comp Carbon and couldn't be happier with it. Except for the handlebars it's everything my old bike was and more.
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Old 08-04-14, 09:59 PM
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Funny. I have about 200 miles on my Trek FX 7.5 and it sits in my garage unused. I'm need to sell it and put funds with my bonus toward a Ti road bike :-)
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Old 08-04-14, 10:01 PM
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My 29er is fast.... I think of it as a fat tire cafe cruiser. Do I miss buying a road bike when I have a speedy urban pothole crashing rig?

I really feel my bike is sufficiently fast and does everything a road bike can do... and it can go places a road bike can't.

I have no real regrets and I'm happy with it.
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Old 08-04-14, 11:18 PM
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As a road biker during most if my life, I finally had to switch to a flat handlebar bike to relieve the discomfort in back and neck.

At first I went to a mountain bike and now a performance hybrid. I can honestly say that I am more comfortable on my hybrid at 71 years old than I ever was on my road bikes. I wish I could have had a performance hybrid back in the day. I don't feel I am compromising by owning a hybrid.
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Old 08-05-14, 01:56 AM
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I have a Specialized Sirrus Comp and a Giant Defy 2 and I like my Sirrus 10 times more then the Defy. Give me a flat bar road bike over a drop bar any day.
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Old 08-05-14, 03:48 AM
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My hybrid definitely does not do everything as well as my road bike. I'm glad I have both and don't see myself getting sick of either one anytime soon. I suppose I might be equally sick of "hybrids are the mistake purchase you make before getting a real (road) bike" threads as I am of "road bikes are pointless, hybrids rule!" threads. But then I guess I don't have the need to validate my choice by denigrating the different choices made by others.

I get that drop bars aren't for everyone, but the more endurance-oriented road bikes are a pretty easy transition from a flat bar hybrid. I certainly tried some more aggressive race-type setups that were definitely NOT for me. If that were the only type of fit available in a road bike, I would not own one.
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Old 08-05-14, 11:12 AM
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Good point......there are road bikes and then there are road bikes. The road bikes I owned all sought to mimic a race bike. Some of these newer bikes like the Salsa Vaya, Salsa Casseroll, Giant Anyroad , and other light touring bikes and relaxed geometry bikes have degrees of comfort the old dropped bar bikes could never approach.

Having been on some of these "comfy" road bikes, I still find hybrids like the Trek FX and the Giant Escape more to my liking but that is just me. A lot of folks bad mouth hybrids on the grounds of the hybrid's limited hand positions. In my own case, I don't find this is true. With bar ends and no clutter on the middle section if my bars, I have multiple hand positions. Even with regular flat bars, I had at least 4 different positions I would use. Granted, if you are riding into a tough head wind nothing can compare to getting down in the drops, but stretching out on my bar ends is an improvement over standard flat bars.

QUOTE=Jaeger99;17007353]My hybrid definitely does not do everything as well as my road bike. I'm glad I have both and don't see myself getting sick of either one anytime soon. I suppose I might be equally sick of "hybrids are the mistake purchase you make before getting a real (road) bike" threads as I am of "road bikes are pointless, hybrids rule!" threads. But then I guess I don't have the need to validate my choice by denigrating the different choices made by others.

I get that drop bars aren't for everyone, but the more endurance-oriented road bikes are a pretty easy transition from a flat bar hybrid. I certainly tried some more aggressive race-type setups that were definitely NOT for me. If that were the only type of fit available in a road bike, I would not own one.[/QUOTE]
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Old 08-05-14, 11:43 AM
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I just moved from a Trek 750 Hybrid that I have been riding for years to a new carbon fiber Trek 7.7. Essentially the 7.7 is a road bike with straight bars. I absolutely love that thing!
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Old 08-05-14, 11:55 AM
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I just moved from a Trek 750 Hybrid that I have been riding for years to a new carbon fiber Trek 7.7. Essentially the 7.7 is a road bike with straight bars. I absolutely love that thing!
The 7.7 is all kinds of awesome.
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Old 08-05-14, 12:12 PM
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I was actually looking at getting a road bike last fall. I was looking at the 2014 Giant Defy until the LBS salesman said he had a Giant Escape RX carbon unstairs still in the box. I did some research on this bike and decided to go for it as it was a carbon bike at a reasonable price. Im glad I stayed in the hybrid market. Not sure if I would ever go to a road bike as long as they keep making hybrids like the RX.
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Old 08-05-14, 02:45 PM
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I had a road bike and then bought a bike at a yard sale for $20 that was a touring bike with a flatbar and grip shifters. I instantly loved it and never went back to drop bars. I now ride a Giant Escape 1.
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Old 08-05-14, 05:08 PM
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I went the other direction after a year on the 2013 Jamis Allegro Elite performance hybrid that got me back into cycling after a long absence, I just bought a 2014 Jamis Icon Pro road bike with a racing geometry. Now I'm wondering when I'm going to ride the hybrid again! I'm sure I will, though. I spent the last year gradually modifying the setup on the Allegro Elite to make it more aggressive, flipping the stem and adding long bar ends out front so I could stretch out and be more aero, which made the transition easier. Nice to have the option to ask yourself "Which bike shall I ride today?"
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Old 08-05-14, 05:12 PM
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Mine is sitting unused as well. I didn't think it could hold my weight. I know that is not true but but now worry about the glass I see on the side of the rode. I avoid as much as I can but worry the thinner tires will not be able to handle it.
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Old 08-07-14, 12:35 AM
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The Fuji Absolute2 that I ride is a road-bike with a flat bar. I love it. Still, I have my eyes on a Gran Fondo.
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Old 08-11-14, 10:49 AM
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The Fuji Absolute2 that I ride is a road-bike with a flat bar. I love it. Still, I have my eyes on a Gran Fondo.
My Jamis Coda Sport is sort of similar - road bike like geometry with a flat handle bar. I prefer these kind of performance hybrids over more upright comfort hybrids.
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Old 08-11-14, 01:27 PM
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Getting a 700x38c hybrid bike with a suspension fork has mostly to do with my purpose, dropped bars or not. I have some very rough pavement, many construction areas, curbs, and dirt roads to ride on. There are also some areas I have to get to that would qualify as single-track for MTB's. The bike will be for work, not recreation. When I have the funds, I will opt for a road bike for pleasure; when conditions are optimal and pleasant, with plenty of smooth riding surfaces.
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Old 08-11-14, 02:33 PM
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Funny, I did just the opposite. After riding a hybrid for a while on roads, I decided I really wanted a road bike. Better position for climbing hills and much much faster.
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