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Buyer’s guide to hybrid bikes

Buyer’s guide to hybrid bikes

If you’re mainly using your bike for commuting to and from work , maybe with the odd bit of recreational riding at the weekend, then a hybrid bike might be the bike for you. Intended as an affordable option for riders just getting in to cycling, this sort of bike will be good enough to cope with all sorts of terrain without fuss, hopefully helping you to enjoy your cycling and get more involved in this great sport. What is a hybrid bike?

The clue’s in the name really. A hybrid bike is a hybrid of a standard road bike and a mountain bike, taking the best bits of both types of bike to create a machine that is comfortable over all terrains and surfaces.

The frame of a hybrid bike will generally have a fairly relaxed geometry. This means a short top tube and tall head tube to give a relaxed and upright riding position that should be nice and comfortable, not placing any strain on your neck and shoulders . Many hybrid bikes also feature a top tube that is sloped downwards from the front of the bike towards the back, which should make it a little bit […]

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