Bike Styles: Hybrid Bikes

Sometimes it’s nice to have a bike that can do a little bit of everything and that is exactly what a hybrid bike was made for.

In order to get a better understanding of the multifunctionality of the hybrid bike, let’s take a look at some of the bike specs you will find in this category.

What is a Hybrid Bike:

A hybrid bike offers the best of both the mountain and road bike worlds. Like a road bike the hybrid is lightweight and has thinner 700c tires. And, like a mountain bike, the seat style and handlebar position keep you riding in an upright position. With components from each category the hybrid bike emerged for riders who wanted comfort and speed options.

Handlebars


Handlebars on a hybrid are typically flat like the ones seen on a mountain bike. With a wider grip, these handlebars help hybrid riders feel like they have greater control of their bike.

Additionally the handlebar positioning can aid in the overall riding position of a hybrid bike which tends to be more upright. This allows for better visibility of the road and a posture that can reduce strain on the riders neck and back associated with the more aggressive riding position of a, person on a road bike.

Wheels

The wheels of a hybrid bike are one of the most recognizable ways in which the hybrid bike combines mountain and road bike components.

The tires of a hybrid are wide like a mountain bike’s tires; this provides stability, grip, and durability. However, unlike the mountain bike the hybrid most often uses 700c rims which are more akin to the road bike. This allows for greater tire pressure, greater roll resistance and an overall faster ride.

Suspension

Some hybrid bikes include a suspension fork similar to what is found on hardtail mountain bikes. These shocks help smooth out the ride by absorbing impacts from bumps, ruts, and other possible hazards, while also adding to the riders’ ability to control the bike while riding on rougher terrain.

Brakes

Hybrids most often use rim brakes, but you may also see some sportier models with disc brakes. Disc brakes offer certain stopping power and tend to perform better in muddy or wet conditions which can make them beneficial for riders who plan on commuting or doing more trail riding on their hybrid bike. Rim brakes do a great job at providing sure stopping as well. So choose the brake that feels right for you and your riding.

A Note on Comfort

It is important to remember when you are out looking for any kind of bike that your bicycle will be most comfortable if you get a properly fitted bike with a frame that is the right size for you. Your local bike dealer will be able to fit you to the bike that is best suited to you and your body, making your biking experience much more comfortable and fun. Find a local dealer in your area or try our bike finder.

Hybrid bikes really are a great option for those who want a bike they can ride on a wide variety of terrains. Hybrid bikes easily transition from paved to gravel trails and increase your ability to ride wherever and whenever you want; helping you stay active and increase your physical exercise.

Stay tuned to learn more about all the varieties of bicycles Schwinn has to offer!

Let’s Ride!

Samantha