Another significant feature of a hybrid bike are the gears. You’d want to pay more attention to these if you have the need for speed.
Are you a cruiser? A hybrid bike is suitable on flat terrain and has a range of gear tackles for rugged or hilly terrain.
If you are an everyday commuter or an urban fitness cyclist the best hybrid bike would be one with more gears and shifts smoothly. Hybrids vary in their gear system with some boasting of up to 21 to 24 gears that can maneuver whichever terrain you ride on.
If you ride on wet trail, it would be a good idea to fit your hybrid bike with lower gears so as to ride a bit slower. This is also great if your bike is built of a steel frameset and rides slower especially in winter or on wet trail.
Depending on the primary function for which you need the bike, you should choose a suitable braking system. Do you need the bike for winter? Do you often ride on wet trail? Or are you simply looking for an all-purpose hybrid bike?
Hybrid bikes are usually comes with rim brakes (direct pull brakes) or disc brakes. The rim brakets are good for all purposes but some bikers prefer disc brakets especially for wet trail and/or snow trail.
For wet trail you may look for a bike that will help you make confident stops on mud. The best brakes popular for the wet weather are disc brakes. They don’t get clogged with mud. However, they come with more expensive models.
The rim brakes use two pads to grip the rim of the wheel, while disc brakes grip a rotor attached to the hub of the wheel. Both have their advantages and disadvantages. It’s good to choose depending on what you want from a hybrid bike. Consider all the pros and cons of each before making up your mind.
To ensure you are comfortable and relaxed during your sport cycling or commuting, the seat I should be snugly fit. The saddle should provide extreme comfort and your feet should comfortably reach the pedals while seated.
You can opt for ergonomic saddles with an alloy quick release seat clamp to boost your comfort if you are an aggressive rider.
Some models come with a female specific saddle. If you plan to ride more than couples of miles small saddles would be more comfortable than the padded saddles.
Remember, thick, padded saddle may initially seem comfortable but on longer rides they will compress down under your sit bones and push up in the middle, creating pressure spots in other areas.
Choose a hybrid bike whose handlebars are long, straight and flat to ensure you are at a non-strenuous position when riding. It is even better if the handle bars feel comfortable to your touch as it offers a good grip.
Get Ready to Ride!
There is no limit to the hybrid bike features to consider as you shop for a bike. Each day more and more bicycle brands are developing hybrid bikes that have unlimited features. There’s always something better than your last purchase so the secret is in finding what you want and running with it. Make your cycling experience better every day!