Hybrid Bikes Buyers Guide
WHAT IS A HYBRID BIKE?
Hybrid bikes are designed to combine the best features of road bikes and mountain bikes to create an all-round cycle for everyday use. They can offer you the speed of a road bike alongside the toughness of a mountain bike, so are particularly good for commuting and recreation.
You should consider a hybrid bike for riding on different terrains - for instance if you cycle to work in the week, but like to ride in the park or on country trails at the weekend. They're also good for new cyclists who are yet to make up their mind on what type of cycling they prefer.
FEATURES OF A HYBRID BIKE
Because of their versatility, hybrid bikes come in a range of designs and specifications to cater for many tastes. Generally, they feature:
- Flat handlebars and upright seating position for comfort
- Tough frames made out of steel or aluminium to cope with all terrains and weather
- Either multi-purpose tyres for speed and grip, or smooth tyres that are better for road cycling
Hybrids frames allow you to easily fit additional accessories like bike pannier racks for carrying bags, mudguards and chainguards to protect your clothes from spray, and comfy saddles for everyday riding - all of which make them ideal for commuters.
WHAT TO CONSIDER WHEN CHOOSING A HYBRID BIKE
If you'll be using your hybrid bike regularly then it's worth considering a quality brand like Carrera or Boardman, as you'll be getting the best components that are built to last.
However if you'll only be using it occasionally for leisure, one of the value brands will be more than adequate.
Hybrid bikes can be great commuter bikes - however if you're going to be taking it on the train or bus, or don't have much storage space, a folding bike may be more appropriate.
Similarly if you're going to be riding off-road, a mountain bike will be better as the suspension will make the ride more comfortable than a hybrid can offer.
GET YOUR HYBRID BIKE BUILT AT HALFORDS
Our hybrid bikes can be built in-store for free (excluding Trax bikes*). Opt to reserve and collect, and we'll also fit any bike accessories if you buy them at the same time. What's more, one of our technicians will provide a free 6 week service so you can ride away with your bike in top condition.
*Trax bike build prices - £9.99 for 12"-16" wheel bikes and £19.99 for 18" wheel plus bikes. 6 week first service included.