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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 come fitted with slick or semi-slick tyres. Accessories such as mudguards and luggage are often fitted as standard.

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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 another ...
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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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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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'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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I have a 2nd broken spoke after 300km on a new bike, is it the wheel or me?

I am new to riding. I rode as a kid but stopped for many years. My Physio recommended riding after a leg injury while running, so I went down to the local bike shop and brought a new bike. I am now ...
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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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What type of bike I should buy if I need to ride with a toddler

Which Bike (Mountain, Hyibrid, Cruiser or Road bike) I should buy if I want to carry my 3 year old daughter on a Child Carrier (fits in rear). Here is one image of child Carrier I have. It attaches ...
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Can I ride on the beach with 32c tires?

I have a hybrid bike (Merida Speeder 200) with 700x32c tires. I've been using it on the road with great pleasure, but given the corona situation it's becoming quite crowded on the (nice) roads. ...
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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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Why aren't 16" wheel city bikes more common?

I love the Brompton with its obvious folding capabilities. However the best part of the bike for me is not the folding but the fact that it's small with its 16" wheels and light/compact frame. I ...
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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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Are air forks suitable for everyday use?

I am looking to buy a hybrid bike for all-around use and several of the models I am looking at come with the Rockshox Paragon air fork. I would appreciate the comfort of well-functioning suspension as ...
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Should I avoid hard-packed crusher dust trails with my hybrid?

I ride a Trek FX 7.2, with 35mm Bontrager hard-case lite hybrid tires. I'm still fairly new and inexperienced with cycling, and I've driven exclusively on roads so far. I'm looking to start ...
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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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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 and want to ride again

I bought a street hybrid 2010 Giant Seek 0 a decade ago. It has maybe 30 miles on it. The bike has a 700c 25mm tires and solid Aluxx frame. I want to ride again but I'm 300 lbs. (136 kg) I'm ...
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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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Fairings for an Upright Hybrid Bicycle?

Do front fairings have an advantage for upright bicycles? There are fairings for recumbent bicycles such as this Zipper one: I wanted to know if anybody has experienced increase in speed/reduction ...
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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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Can’t seem to put the wheels back on the frame

I’ve removed both wheels to do some deep cleaning. And even though, I’ve removed the wheels before I would immediately pop them back on without a problem. This time I left them out for a few weeks, ...
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When to shift gears on a hybrid bike?

I know what gears do what (what makes pedaling easier or harder), but my sister and I are having a debate on when exactly to shift. I think I read somewhere that it is better to shift when coasting or ...
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My front brakes contact the rim at different times instead of simultaneously. Is that normal or are they misaligned?

here's the video for reference When I lightly apply the brakes only one part makes contact with the wheel which makes a squeaking noise. How can I change this? I'm ...
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I am putting drop bars on one of my MTB Shimano 10 speed 1x Deore. I am looking for a road hydro shift lever

I will be putting road drop bars on one of my mtb's for this coming winter as a project that has Shimano 10 speed 1x Deore. My goal is to "simply"🙈😆 have road shift levers and hydraulic ...
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Front derailleur not having enough travel

I've got a bike running 9 gears in the back 3 in the front. This is the first bike I've been working on so it has some history. Also, I made plenty of mistakes while learning how to take care of a ...
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Pros and cons of mixed hydraulic/mechanical brakes vs pure hydraulics

Title of question is self-explanatory. Recently, it was added to the market brakes that are an hybrid mix between the mechanical Bowden steel cable and hydraulic system, which their oil tank is near ...
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What's the proper way to fit a hybrid/commuter bike?

What's the proper way to fit a hybrid/commuter bike? Most detailed bike fit articles seem to apply to road bikes but not so much for hybrid/commuter bikes which cycle commuters, recreational cyclists,...
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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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26 inch or 29 inch wheel for hybrid road bike

I'm 5 foot 1, and I'm stuck between a two bikes one 29 inch wheel and the other 26 inch hybrid bikes (more towards road bike style) for errands around a metropolitan city. Both bikes have a small ...
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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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Bike for many short city commute AND long distance travels (partially dirt road)

Disclaimer: I am a bike amateur, so my knowledge is very limited. I currently have an old model of the Pegasus Piazza, which I've been using for 4 years (I only replaced the saddle and the lights of ...
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What pressure should a tire have?

I am a new bike rider. Over three months, my wheels are a little bit flat. However I am not too sure as to what pressure I should pump them back up to. Currently they show 25 PSI (172 kPa). It is a ...
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Identify missing screw from derailleur mount?

I've just noticed this screw is missing from the derailleur mount on my bicycle. I don't know how long it has been gone, or how it fell out, as I only noticed it when I had remove the rear wheel. It ...
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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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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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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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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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Can I do brevets (long distance rides) on my hybrid bike? If yes, how to start?

I have a hybrid bike with 27" large frame, 700c wheels and 35mm tires. Can I do brevets (long distance ride) on this bike? If yes, what are the points I should start working on to achieve this? ...
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Slick Hybrid Bike Tires on Steep Gravel Descent?

I'm trying to take my hybrid bike with slick hybrid tires down a short (maybe 200 foot) steep gravel descent with a gradient of around -25 percent (according to Strava). How should I ride this to ...
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Hybrid vs Touring weight carrying capacity

I am wondering why would someone choose a touring bike which is twice as much as a hybrid bike, after evaluating this. An aluminum frame hybrid bike is capable of carrying more weight than a steel ...
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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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Do I need a Road Bike to go fast?

Do I need a road bike to go fast, my average mph is normally around 11 - 12mph according to strava & fitbit The thing is I normally overtake most people, and some cars when I'm going downhill, ...
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How to make a derailleur work in opposite directions?

I am making a bike for a school project that can switch between upright and pseudo-prone position. It has two sets of crank assembly; one on one side of the rear gear set and one on the other; the ...
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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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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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Road bike control

After riding a hybrid bike for the last few years, I just got a used Cannondale SuperX road bike (CX to be accurate). I expected the change in geometry to be uncomfortable for a while, but what I didn’...
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I put a 700 x 35c inner tube in my 700 x 38c tyre. Is my tyre in risk for a flat?

Even though i pumped in air , there is noticable noise and sponginess when the tyre rolls. Since its my daily commuter, i cant risk facing frequent flats too.
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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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New chain -no grinding , new cassette and chain -grinding

I've got a second hand bike. Doubt it ever had a chain replaced. Before I replaced the chain, it had an awful grinding sound. On replacement the machine worked perfectly and smoothly. (It's a Shimano ...
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