Let’s start with the basics – hybrid bicycles are a blend of mountain, road, and comfort bicycles. Hybrids take features from all three of these types to make one “perfect” model. Because of the mix, these bicycles can handle a wide range of riding conditions. Single-purpose bicycles are great (in their element), but they are restricted to one specific use; hybrid bicycles, on the other hand, can be comfortably ridden to serve any purpose. If its versatility has not convinced you yet, let me further explain why (I believe) hybrids are the best.
Versatility. As I just mentioned, hybrid bicycles can be used for any purpose. The tires are a bit larger than tires on a road bicycle, but they are smaller than ones used on a mountain bicycle. This makes it suitable for a variety of terrains, such as dirt trails, rocky areas, paved roads, and even wetlands. Hybrids have an extreme advantage over single-purpose bicycles in this way.
Comfort. Most of the hybrid bicycles have padded, suspension seats and suspension forks on the front wheels. I ride the Schwinn Siro, and I can honestly say that the suspension system is a lifesaver! My rides consist of many bumpy roads and sidewalks – instead of bouncing up off of my seat when I go over a bump, my seat contracts to absorb it. Also, hybrid bicycles have seats and handlebars in a position that enables an upright riding position, keeping the rider comfortable during the entire ride.
Affordability. With the incredible features of hybrid bicycles, it must cost a lot, right? Wrong. Hybrid bicycles are actually one of the most affordable models. Schwinn even has amazing hybrid models for both men and women that are sold at Target, Walmart, and Amazon – check them out!
Hybrids are becoming extremely popular, as people are beginning to become more aware of this multi-purpose bicycle. If you are still debating which type of bicycle is the best for you, take the quiz http://www.schwinnbikes.com/usa/bikes/bike-finder – but I am sure that you will not be disappointed with a hybrid!
Kerri is a returning Schwinn Ambassador from Indiana. Her small town is also home to Ivanhoe’s – a family owned restaurant that offers one hundred different ice-cream sundaes and shakes – and Taylor University. There she was introduced to her better half, Caleb. He recently popped the question on the beautiful Santorini island in Greece; Kerri is thrilled to have a lifelong biking partner who doubles as her husband! Together, Caleb and Kerri are excited to share with other couples how biking has positively impacted their relationship and health and hope to inspire others to create their own Schwinn adventures!