We often have people asking what type of bike they should purchase. When riders are planning to ride both on the road and off-road, including trails, what type of bike is best suited for them? The two contenders for these types of riders are the hybrid bike and the mountain bike. Here are a few things you should know about each bike before making your decision.
A combination of road bike and mountain bike, a hybrid bike is a popular choice for commuters and recreational riders. The frame of a hybrid bike features raised handlebars on a relaxed frame geometry, resulting in a straight, more comfortable seated position; mountain bikes characteristically force their riders to lean forward. The seat is typically larger and more comfortable than that of a mountain bike. They can be ridden on both road and light trails, such as gravel and dirt. They are easier to shift and pedal due to their high gear ration. The frame of a hybrid bike is lighter than that of a mountain bike, making it a great choice for commuters.
Made for rugged trails and rough terrain, the mountain bike is sturdier and heavier than a hybrid. The frame of a mountain bike is designed for the rider to lean forward, so he or she can aggressively pedal and climb. Additional features include larger, knobbed tires, hydraulic brakes, suspension shocks, and lower gear ratios, all of which help the rider maneuver uneven riding conditions.
When choosing between a hybrid bike and a mountain bike, it really depends on how you plan to use your bike. If you’re still having trouble making a decision, come into The Bike Shop in Nacogdoches (East Texas) and let us help you. Our team can help you determine what kind of bike would be perfect for you. We’ll even let you test-drive a few! Hope to see you soon!