It can be difficult to choose the perfect bike model, especially if you will be doing different types of riding. While some people have both a road bike for city riding and a mountain bike for off-road riding, there is another class of bicycles, hybrids, that mix and match features to offer the best of both worlds.
Tires are one of the most notably different components on road and mountain bikes. A hybrid bike will usually have tires similar to those found on road bikes, although they may be slightly wider. These 700c tires allow for a high inflation rate, which means higher speeds, increased efficiency, and longer distances.
The frame of a hybrid bicycle is a mash up of features found on other styles of bikes and often looks similar to a beach cruiser which offers upright seating for rider comfort. The frame can be constructed of strong and sturdy steel for rugged riding, or lighter materials to promote quicker commutes over long distances.
The seat, or saddle, of a bicycle always needs to fit the rider to offer the most comfort. A hybrid bike is usually equipped with an ergonomically-shaped, gender-specific saddle designed for long-distance comfort. Seat choice is a personal matter, and swapping the seat may make the bicycle feel like a whole new ride.
Whether you need a bike for a daily commute, long pleasure rides, or for casual fun riding in the city, a hybrid can offer a little of everything you need. The unique combination of features allows these bicycles to appeal to a wide range of riders.