At Bike Shop LA, our customers buy hybrid bikes more than they do any other style. For most people, the choice of a hybrid bike is a no-brainer because of the versatility they provide. But maybe the decision to go with a hybrid bike over another style isn't as easy for you. So let's talk about it.
The Best of Both Worlds
Hybrid bikes are basically a Venn diagram of bicycles: they're a cross section of some of the best attributes of mountain bikes (rugged and durable) and road bikes (light and fast).
Hybrid bikes can (and do) endure a wide range of riding conditions and uses. They're stable, the're comfortable, and they're easy to use.
People that gravitate towards hybrid bikes include casual riders, novice cyclists, children, and commuters. At Bike Shop LA, we're seeing more and more people in LA ditching their cars in favor of hybrid bikes!
Hybrid bikes often feature the flat, straight handlebars and upright seating posture usually reserved for a mountain bike. From the road bike side, you get thinner wheels which allow for faster speed with less exertion when riding on the pavement. Hybrid bikes also often have places to mount racks and bags for transporting belongings, much like a touring bike.
An especially great aspect of riding a hybrid bike for awhile is that it can serve as an entry into the other forms of riding. If you're really enjoying the speed and long paved rides, you're a future road bike warrior that's ready to race. But, if you enjoy tearing it on the dirt and hitting all the bumps, you are a future mountain bike hero.
City riding, especially in LA with our sometimes inconsistent paving, really lends itself to riding on a hybrid bike. But the best way to decide if a hybrid bike is really for you is to check out the hybrid bikes we carry online, and come to Bike Shop LA to take one for a test ride!