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PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2012 4:20 pm    Post subject: Hybrid/Urban bikes vs road bikes  Reply with quote

I recently bought a Hybrid/Urban bike (Trek 750) with medium thick tires because I plan to ride it mostly in a city on pavement but the roads here can be quite bumpy. My thinking was a road bike wouldn't be as good for city use when you have to traverse bumps and jump the occasional curb.  

I imagine most here are ardent proponents of road bikes, but I'd like to know the pros and cons of having a road bike or  a hybrid/urban bike.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2012 7:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In my experience, hybrids are more manouvreable at low speeds and put you in a better position for seeing what's going on round you and reacting quickly. They usually have scope for bigger tyres, giving more comfort and damage resistance. Thus, better than a road bike round town.

On the downside, they are much less comfortable on long rides and don't give an option for getting into a good aero position into the wind.

They are surprisingly similar in speed to a road bike of similar weight and frame quality when you add skinny slicks, until the lack of comfort kicks in and you can't pedal efficiently.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2012 7:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the input!

Since my only high speed riding is descending, I guess I made the right call. The roads are too unpredictable here to get up to top speed and feel safe about it.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2012 8:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A few years ago I would have thought a hybrid more suitable but a cross bike with the stem in positive and bar brakes is just about perfect for me.  I have a MTB/Hybrid thing that sits in the garage and waits for snow cos it's the only time it gets an outing.

The road/cross bike will give you more riding options and a bit more shelter and speed in bad conditions
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2012 8:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SlowRower wrote:
In my experience, hybrids are more manouvreable at low speeds and put you in a better position for seeing what's going on round you and reacting quickly. They usually have scope for bigger tyres, giving more comfort and damage resistance. Thus, better than a road bike round town.

On the downside, they are much less comfortable on long rides and don't give an option for getting into a good aero position into the wind.

They are surprisingly similar in speed to a road bike of similar weight and frame quality when you add skinny slicks, until the lack of comfort kicks in and you can't pedal efficiently.


SR is right. I had a crappy road bike to ride round town but stood by it for years as I was in the right sitting position to see traffic and the bigger tyres on it gave me a less bumpy ride. I also had panniers on mine (can't really have those on a road bike...) so as to carry stuff. Road bikes are kept just for training and racing in.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2012 9:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Last year's Cannondale CAADX 105 got good reviews as a good commuter bike even though it's a cyclocross.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2013 12:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can anyone recommend a decent hybrid or possibly cyclocross bike?  I am going to get one for commuting to work.  The old road bike I had for this is 10 years old and done in, basically.

I still want something speedy and was looking at a Specialized Sirrus Elite and a Giant Rapid 1.  I also loved the look of the Bianchi Zurigo but know nothing about it.

Any help/advice greatly appreciated!
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2013 3:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

UF I would strongly recommend you look at the Specialized Tricross.  I got one a few years ago and it is bomb-proof.  I've seen plenty of them at 'cross races, and a few as tourers.  It has all the bosses for guards and racks and it is nippy enough on long spins, but great for shopping and Maffy style beer runs  Wink

The basic version is cheap as chips (around £700 I think)








I have heard nothing but good reports about the Planet X Uncle John also...




Decent kit for a tad under a grand

http://www.planet-x-bikes.co.uk/i...OR/planet_x_uncle_john_sram_force
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2013 8:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's one I made earlier...





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PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2013 9:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

nice rack.

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