Hybrid bikes combine elements from different types of specialised bikes to make a bicycle suitable for a wide range of riding conditions, which can include road riding, commuting, or leisure riding on tracks and rougher surfaces. They usually provide a semi-upright comfortable riding position, and ...

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Are slick tires worth it for commuting?

I commute to work on a Marin San Rafael on roads over a mix of flat to steep roads. My bike came with "700 x 35c with Puncture Protection" semi-slick tires: In the bike shed at work I noticed ...
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How to climb a hill as a beginner

I'm a complete beginner cycling and I've recently started 3 times a week commuting on a hybrid 8 miles to work and 8 miles back. On the way there is a 5% gradient hill about half a mile long which is ...
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'safety dot' on rims

My Araya GP-710 rims have a sticker that says 'safety dot' with arrows that point to little dimples in the rim -what are they for ? Dimple not visible in pic, but are on the rim
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Why Do I Need a Better/Lighter Road Bicycle to Train For 'Fitness'?

I'm about to purchase a bicycle in the very near future and have been shopping around at different bike shops to see what I like and what they offer. My primary goal here is to commute to work. It's ...
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How do I maximize my upper body workout from riding?

I often hear people say “your bike is a whole-body gym”. I know my upper body workout will never be close to the workout my legs get, but so long as I’m a bike commuter, I figure I ought to get as ...
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Why are single-speed bikes with disc brakes hard to find?

I've been looking around for bikes (decent frame & components), and find that hybrids do have disc brakes (hydraulic), but are never single-speed. While single-speed bikes typically have linear-...
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How can I increase my speed on my hybrid bike?

I have a Specialized hybrid bike, and when I'm out biking with friends who are on road bikes, I'm always lagging behind. Besides just plain getting better at biking, which of the following would make ...
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What accessories do I have to add to my bike so that I may commute during rainy weather?

I have a hybrid (Schwinn Sporterra) which I use for commuting except when it rains. The main problem of riding it during the rains is the dirt that gets spewn all over, esp over the drive-train. ...
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Are road tyres suitable for any off-road riding at all?

I'm looking to buy a bike for my commute - 6 miles a day. The commute itself is all on roads, so naturally I'm looking at road bikes. My main worry is that if I invest in such a bike I won't be able ...
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Heavy Rider (300lb+) - Please recommend a 26" tyre to avoid tyre pinch

I ride a hybrid on 26" rims currently fitted with hybrid tires. As I am 300lbs+ the rear tire runs permanently deformed/flat and the rims ride over the rubber causing tire pinch. Can anyone ...
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How to improve my performance on a commute?

I commute to work on a Trek 7100e hybrid bike. It's about 15 miles (24km) each way, along flattish suburban roads and a (fairly smooth) canal towpath. It takes me about an hour. Due to the distance (...
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Higher cadence or lower cadence for long distance cycling

I am going to ride long distance like 200 km on my hybrid. I am not sure if I should pedal in a higher cadence (a lower gear, pedaling more frequently) or a lower cadence (a higher gear, pedaling less ...
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Hybrid or Road Bike?

I was given a Raleigh Venture comfort bike as a gift a few months ago, and took to riding very well. I am overweight, but dropping quickly. I started at 275 and sit around 250 now after two months of ...
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Day-trip bike for hefty 40-year-old woman?

I have an Electra Townie 7d, and I'm quite fond of her (sorry, I do anthropomorphize my bike) as a commuter and farmer's-market hauler, but I'd like a more efficient bike for afternoon-trips (say, 50 ...
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converting from MTB to hybrid, what should I consider

I regularly ride MTB off road and used to use the bike for commuting too. I recently bought a hybrid for my commuting in addition to my MTB. What should I consider in terms of maintenance and riding ...
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Buying cheap now or saving for later?

I have been thinking of getting back into cycling after a long hiatus and need to buy a bike. Is it better to get a cheap bike now and build up strength + get a feel for what I want in the future OR ...
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Hybrid electric bikes, how do they work?

I'm about to move further away from work, so my 5.5 mile commute is going up to 12 miles (24 there and back). I'm not interested in using an elecrtic bike because I can't be bothered to pedal.. I ...
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What type of shoes should a commuter/road biker use?

I have a hybrid bike that I use for commuting (8k round trip to work). Currently, I wear low-backed converse shoes when biking. I've been biking for about 5 months. After the first 2 months, I ...
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Hybrid, touring, or road bike for new commuter?

I live in Los Angeles and have a 2hr commute to UC Irvine by train with bus connections on either side. After doing this for a year, I am looking to start bike commuting to and from the train stations ...
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Transition between hybrid bike and endurance road bike

What are the different skills I need to develop when transitioning between a hybrid bike and an endurance road bike?
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I have a hybrid bike which the frame is too big, is there any modifications I can make to make it more comfortable?

I bought a hybrid bike from halfords around 6 months ago, however i have only recently had chance to ride it. I have found that the frame is too big, they wont exchange or give me a refund. I was ...
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Can I convert flat bar to drop bars on a hybrid bike

I'm fairly certain that the bars should change out quite easily; I'm more concerned about the shifters and brakes. Currently I have a hybrid 18 speed with cable disc brakes and Shimano Deore XT ...
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Will carbon fork make a huge difference when commuting?

I am considering a hybrid commuter bike, in particular I like Specialized Sirrus Elite Disc. This model however does not sport a carbon fiber fork. Only the more expensive model does, which I do not ...
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Road bike or hybrid bike?

I am buying my first bike as an adult person and I am torn between getting a road bike or a hybrid bike. I will be using the bike primarily for transportation (I am a college student living in a city) ...
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What electric bikes are for sale in the US, and how good are they?

I am interested in purchasing an electric bike but am puzzled as to what brand is best. It seems as though most companies are importing their products from China, which is great because they are low ...
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Is there a All-In-One Bike that I can use for several types of riding?

Is there a bike, which can be used for several types of riding? By this, I am referring to commutes, tours, cross country, off-road mountain biking, trailing especially. The bike should contain the ...
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Lycra and hybrid bicycle

I just went for a 50 mile ride on my hybrid (1/3 on an unpaved trail, 2/3 on a paved trail), and I am curious regarding the outfit I'm wearing. Is it frowned upon to wear a skin tight (road bike ...
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List of tools to take apart a bike to minimise space for storage

I have a bike that I would like to take apart to store for the winter. I live in a college dorm and don't have much space. What are the basic tools that I would need to take it apart? I think taking ...
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Buying first hybrid bike; better to put $ into components or disc brakes?

I'm looking to replace my 2008 comfort cruiser with a fitness style hybrid. My budget allows for maxing out at $500 (on the new fitness hybrid bike itself). I ride rails-to-trails with the kids, ...
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Experiences of the Cannondale Headshok system?

Does anyone have any experience of the Cannondale Headshok suspension system, where the shock is in the head tube / above the fork? Are they reliable? I'm looking at a Cannondale Bad Boy 2 (2013) and ...
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Biking in the winter more difficult?

I have two kids (about 70lbs/30kgs combined) whom I during the summer frequently took biking in a trailer (once I got them used to it, say a dozen trips this summer or slightly more). I biked 5+ ...
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Picking the appropriate hybrid bike frame size

I am a 5'8" tall female. Which hybrid or fitness style frame size would most likely fit me better, 17" or 19?"
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Changing 700x35C tires with 25mm?

I'm riding on a hybrid bike with 700x35mm tires which is ideal in the city. Every now and then I could go on a ride outside of the city, covering distances in the vicinity of 80km and doing some ...
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Bike position - Town bike

I have found a lot of documentation on the internet on how to chose the correct riding position for a mountain bike or a road bike. The thing is that my bike doesn't fit in those classes. My bike is ...
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What criteria should I be looking for in selecting a new hybrid bike model?

As a result of asking this question - Fracture in folding frame - safe to ride? - I've decided to look into getting a new bike. As stated in my previous question I cycle quite a lot, but I know next ...
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Speed improvement from hybrid bike to road bike over 9km at 30 kmph?

What sort of speed improvement can I expect going from a $1000 hybrid bike (Merida Crossway Striker) to a $2000 road bike (Cannondale CAAD 10 - 105), all other things being equal? Presently I can ...
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Does a hybrid truely have a wider tire or does a mountain have a wider tire?

I'm looking around my local bike shop and saw that the hybrids have a slim tire while a mountain has a more fatter tire. And when i researched it says the opposite. Please help me.
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Aerobars on a hybrid

I got a set of aerobars for free and decided to install them on my hybrid. 1) I just tried them and feel a bit unstable. After checking it out online, I see this is normal, but I wonder if there is ...
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Disadvantage of Hybrid Bikes on Mountains

Everybody know that Hybrid bike can be used for mountain cycling. But I want to know what are the disadvantages if we do so? And what are disadvantages of using mountain bikes in cities.
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Measuring stem clamp / handlebar diameter

I have a new-ish Bianchi Cortina hybrid that I'm trying to find suitable drop bars for, but I can't figure out the proper size to get. It seems like the bars mostly come in 25.4mm, 26mm and 31.8mm. ...
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What are the differences between road rims/wheels and hybrid?

I recently purchased a carbon fiber wheel for my bike. It turns out the wheel isn't right for my hybrid bike for a number of reasons: brake availability, hub diameter, rim width, etc. So now I'm on ...
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I want to remove my front derailleur?

I'm new to biking only doing it since the past 3 months. I don't use my front gears much since i'm pretty tall and lower gears means going at a very high cadence for little output. so wondering if i ...
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What is the difference between a TREK 7.2 FX and a TREK 7.3 FX?

I don't understand the numbering system on TREK bikes. Is it the lower the number the better, or the higher? What is exactly is the difference?
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Hybrid bike stolen, trying to weigh factors for how to replace

I had my 2006 Trek 3700 stolen from my apartment today. I reported it to the police and should be getting at least a small amount of money from renter's insurance. It was locked with a Kryptonite ...
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Required 26.8mm diameter Seat Post

I have a Schwinn Searcher Sport 2011 Hybrid Bike, with a damaged seat post. Thus, I require a 26.8mm seat post with suspension. In India, I have searched, but I am not able to find a suitable seat ...
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Will speed/cadence sensor work with 650c bicycle

I plan to use speed/cadence sensor, however my bicycle wheel size is 650c. I guess, there are no problem about cadence. But for speed (wheel speed sensor), will it work correctly?
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What bicycle to buy for commuting to work and for leisure (Aberdeen)

I'm new to this forum and I hope someone can help me out. I have recently moved to the UK and I like to cycle. I'm looking for a bicycle with a small budget. I would mainly use the bike for ...
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Advice on buying a SCOTT SUB Sport 10 2014 [closed]

I have been looking at the Scott SUB 2014 as a potential candidate for my cycle to Paris (approx 90 miles) and a cycle across the South Downs this summer. Having such different terrains, I was ...
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Bike fitting in the UK

As an keen but casual touring cyclist I'm interested in getting a little more competitive and also keeping myself comfortable over longer distances. So I'm considering getting professionally fitted, ...
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Damaged (scraped) tire - what to do?

First of all, I am either inexperienced or very lucky because I have never had a flat bike tire in my life. Now comes the question. I have a basic "Specialized Sirrus 2013" hybrid bike which has run ...