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Old 08-13-14, 03:16 PM
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Hybrid bicycles, some questions about them.

So I want a new bike, I've been using a cheap mountain bike I've had for years and it's heavy, the gears are terrible, it has knobbly tires, all resulting in it being slow on the road, I've lost interest in using it because of this.

Recently I have developed an interest in cycling, I need to get out of the house more, I want to get healthier, and I want to save a few quid by commuting by bike... Not to mention that I'm tired of public transport that doesn't show up... So why not make the effort myself? I have been looking at hybrid bikes and road bikes, with a budget of around 400-600, my employer operates a scheme with Halfords meaning this may be an ideal place for me to get a bike, I have been told the Boardman series bikes are good. (I have however heard Halfords customer service is terrible)

I would go straight for a road bike, but my only concern is that I may be mounting pavements a lot and possibly cycling on some pavement on dangerous stretches of road while commuting, with this in mind, I'm not sure whether I should get a hybrid?

I would also like to cover long distances on occasion, and I'm interested in taking cycling further, with this in mind, how good are hybrid bikes for going out for an entire day and covering larger distances?
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Old 08-13-14, 04:02 PM
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I rode a 7 day 450 trek with my hybrid. I wasn't fast but it was what I had.
I have a hybrid and a road bike. When I got back into biking, I chose the road bike to get ready first knowing it would do all I need for now.
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Old 08-13-14, 04:26 PM
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If it's more commuting at first the potential for varying road surfaces is greater I'd say get the hybrid. It will double as a fitness/recreation bike very well.
If you get serious you could always go back for a more dedicated road bike. If the hybrid is cheap enough you can keep both.
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What are long distances for you? Commuting as a priority tends to favor the hybrid. Able to handle a wider variety of road surfaces, and the comparatively upright seating position gives you a better view of surrounding traffic. Your budget will also get you a better hybrid than it will a road bike. And that hybrid will feel like a rocketship compared to the knobby-tyred tank of a mountain bike you are struggling with at present.
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What are long distances for you? Commuting as a priority tends to favor the hybrid. Able to handle a wider variety of road surfaces, and the comparatively upright seating position gives you a better view of surrounding traffic. Your budget will also get you a better hybrid than it will a road bike. And that hybrid will feel like a rocketship compared to the knobby-tyred tank of a mountain bike you are struggling with at present.
When I get back on a bike and get comfortable with my new bike, I want to be riding 40+ miles on road/cycle path/tow path probably once or twice a week.

I think a hybrid may be the best option considering how I'll be using it, but I'm going to get one that is as much like a road bike as possible; rigid frame, light (one I am looking at weighs 11KG, a whole lot lighter than my current), so that I can cover larger distances easier than using something with front suspension weighing 14KG.
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Do you have a good lbs? What brands do they have? Today's hybrids are great and light. You won't be disappointed after a test ride.
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When I get back on a bike and get comfortable with my new bike, I want to be riding 40+ miles on road/cycle path/tow path probably once or twice a week.

I think a hybrid may be the best option considering how I'll be using it, but I'm going to get one that is as much like a road bike as possible; rigid frame, light (one I am looking at weighs 11KG, a whole lot lighter than my current), so that I can cover larger distances easier than using something with front suspension weighing 14KG.
Makes good sense to me.
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Old 08-13-14, 05:50 PM
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Hoping to pick up one of these tomorrow.
Halfords | Boardman Hybrid Comp Bike 2014
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That looks like a pretty good choice for bike. A hybrid will have mounting holes for fenders and racks; road bikes generally do not. The bike has 28c tires which is more road bikeish. You may find that 32 offers a more comfortable ride if the pavement is terrible. I like the white with blue and grey accents.
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I would also like to cover long distances on occasion, and I'm interested in taking cycling further, with this in mind, how good are hybrid bikes for going out for an entire day and covering larger distances?
all bikes are not made the same...

I found that my hybrid topped out (comfort wise) at about 60 miles in one day. I probably could get better mileage on a different (less stiff) frame. The fact that my particular hybrid wasn't comfortable beyond 60 miles has nothing to do with the fact that it's a hybrid, but the specifics of the frame itself. I have several friends who have toured with a hybrid; two weeks of riding and no complaints from any of them.

It's all about preference, I prefer drop bars.
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Hybrid all the way!

I ride in an environment of both busy metro streets and rural roads or paved trials. I just purchased a new Trek 7.7, which is really a road bike with a straight bar. The narrow tires on 7.7 take some getting used to if you are accustomed to a traditional hybrid with wider tires - which I am. Plus with 110 lbs of air in those narrow tires, you feel every bump in the road. They did not have a 7.7 at my LBS, so I test road a 7.4. Really nice bike for the money.

Happy hunting!
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Old 08-14-14, 07:23 AM
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I ride a performance hybrid that is really a flatbar road bike (Giant Escape 1) I have taken it on 40-plus mile rides and it was fine. I have a hybrid because I prefer the flatbar over the drop bar. I go 15-17 mph on flats but am slower on hills. I blame most of that on the engine. I run 28mm tires and feel confident on dirt roads when I have to go on them. I looked at the link for the bike you're thinking of and I'd say go for it.
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Old 08-14-14, 10:51 AM
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Went to the store today to get the bicycle but they were having problems with their payment system so I'm returning on Sunday, when they will fit the bike and set everything up.

Looking forward to getting my bike, already scoping out some nice stretches of road I can head out to. Also considering upgrading the tyres at some point.

Hybrid it is, anyway, but designed to be mostly like a road bike. The guy in the shop who enjoys road biking told me it is a good choice.
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