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Getting a bike that’s well-suited for riding to work, taking a weekend cruise, and tearing down a light dirt trail isn’t easy. Most bicycles are specialised, with lots of engineering and target a specific use- mountain bikes, cargo bikes, road bikes, etc. That’s why hybrid bikes are becoming more and more popular; they can do just about anything you need them to. BikeExchange is the best place to learn about hybrid bikes and buy your next bicycle, cycling accessories, and more!

What is a hybrid bike?

Typically, bike manufacturers will design a bike with a specific purpose in mind. For instance, making a mountain bike requires a strong frame, knobby tyres, and suspension that will help riders tackle the mountain trails. That means mountain bikes are woefully ill-suited for different uses, like commuting or road racing. Similarly, if you take a road bike onto a mountain trail, you’re going to have a bad time (and potentially a totalled bike)!

Hybrid bikes are engineered to be passable for nearly any cycling adventure you can think of. While they’re most directly linked to mountain bikes and road bikes, hybrid bikes are now a category of their own. They aren’t as tough or rugged as mountain bikes, but they aren’t nearly as light, narrow, or fast as road bikes, either. Hybrid bikes consist of a good mix of toughness, comfort, and speed.

The downside of hybrid bikes is that they can’t outperform specialised bikes. While you can ride on very light trails, don’t think that your hybrid bike is a suitable replacement for a true hardtail mountain bike. These bikes are equally unable to match up with road bikes for serious, long-distance road biking. If you get a hybrid bike, you can take it on the trails or do some road biking, but it’s best to use it casually in those situations.

Are hybrid bikes worth it?

Many people value hybrid bikes for their versatility and affordability. Because they aren’t built to conquer mountains or win road races, hybrid bikes are some of the least expensive bicycles on the market. If you’re not shopping for a bike to use in these highly specialised ways, you should heavily consider getting a hybrid bike.

Hybrid bikes are also the perfect starter bike. If you’re getting your first bike and aren’t sure which type of cycling you like the best, you don’t want to get in over your head with a specialised bike you won’t use. Get a hybrid bike instead, and enjoy casually learning more about cycling!

Commuting

One of the most popular ways to use a hybrid bike is as a commuter bike. If you live in a large city, you know the struggle and frustration of driving a car or using public transportation. Sitting in traffic, paying for petrol, and trying to park your car on tight city streets often feels like more trouble than it’s worth.

In the same way, though environmentally friendly and more convenient than cars, public transportation is a headache, too. Dealing with schedules and routes forces you to fit your schedule to the times that the trains and buses are running, which many people aren't excited to do.

Hybrid bikes are ideal for commuting. They’re comfortable and capable of meeting the demands of riding in an urban area. When you need to pedal fast to keep up with traffic, a hybrid bike is fast enough to do the job. If you need to stop on a dime? Hybrid bikes have the light-grip brakes you need in those moments. For riding back and forth to work or school, look no further than a comfortable, versatile hybrid bike!

Leisure/Exercise Riding

Getting a hybrid bike for exercise or pure fun is a great idea, too. If you want to work out using a bicycle but don’t want an aggressive, expensive road bike, a hybrid bike is what you need. They’re lightweight and fast enough that anyone can get a great workout no matter their fitness level. You can get the exercise you’re looking for without having to become a world-class road cyclist.

Taking a leisurely ride on the weekend is another great use for a hybrid bike. Because they’re simple and affordable, they’re better suited to simple riding than much more expensive and technical bikes. Hybrid bikes also make great family bikes for this reason!

Where can I buy hybrid bikes?

Here at BikeExchange, you have access to hybrid bikes and bike accessories from over 1,500 of the world’s top brands. BikeExchange is your one-stop-shop for all your cycling needs, whether you want to buy a kid’s bike, kid’s scooter, cycling shoes, e-bike, or learn more about cycling, BikeExchange is the place to be!