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Hybrid bikes are designed as a compromise between road and mountain bikes for the average cyclist.Typically, a hybrid bike would be designed with comfort in mind. Generally, this would mean a high-rise handlebar position and plush saddle, often with further comfort features such as a suspension seat-post and suspension fork.

Sometimes the bike could be designed around the city commuter. This would mean a slightly more aerodynamic seating position and less comfort features  to keep the weight of the bike down. This enables the bike to accelerate quicker and manoeuvre more accurately between traffic. The tyres on a bike like this are generally narrower too, making the ride harsher, but so much faster.

Hybird bikes can often be used for light duty off road riding  such as gravel tracks and bridle paths. On the down side they fall out of their depth when the going gets particularly bumpy or muddy. These types of bikes will usually have 700c (road bike diameter) wheels, but are often found with 26" (mountain bike diameter) wheels. 26" wheels generally do not move as swiftly as 700c wheels, but are stronger and accelerate quicker.

Hybrid Bikes - Finding the Right Size
Your Height Your Inseam Length Bike Frame Size
4'11" - 5'3" 25” - 27” 13 - 15 inches
5'3" - 5'7" 27" - 29" 15 to 17 inches
5'7" - 5'11" 29" - 31" 17 to 19 inches
5'11" - 6'2" 31" - 33" 19 to 21 inches
6'2" - 6'4" 33" - 35" 21 to 23 inches
6'4" and up 35" and up 23 inches and up

Learn more about the different types of hybrid bike available: