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Austin Cycling Meetup Message Board › Advice on hybrid bikes

Advice on hybrid bikes

user 14154973
Austin, TX
Post #: 3
Can someone share some sage advice on what kind of hybrid bike to get if you want to do mostly road riding, but a little off roading in the same outing?

Thanks! Cheryl
Austin, TX
Post #: 5
Cheryl, when you say off-roading...does that mean something like Town Lake Trail or more mountain bike trail?

Town Lake Trail = Trek FX series (just using trek for demonstration purposes)

It is a hybrid with no front shock.

MTB Trail = Trek Neko series

This one has the front shock to help with rougher terrain. This one is much closer to a true mountain bike.

Your best bet really is to go visit a shop...Southwest Cycle Sport is a friend of this meetup group and LTCC. Peter or Todd could really help you out. You could also try Bicycle Sport Shop, Mellow Johnnys, etc. Each store usually sells a few different brands.
A former member
Post #: 4
Ditto to Tim's reply. A primary decision with a hybrid is whether you want a front shock or rigid fork. A front shock will reduce the efficiency of your pedaling on the road, so a rigid front fork would be better for road riding, but will still allow you to hop a curb and take a spin through the park or ride on a hike and bike trail. Walnut Creek is pretty ridable with a rigid front, but thats probably the outside limit for most folks on rigid forks (some mtb'ers ride rigid forks on technical trails, but thats a pretty hardcore group).

All the main bike makers make both rigid fork and shock forks hybrids. Test ride them on the street - you will feel a difference in your pedaling efficiency. If you think you will be doing many trails, I would rent one you like and give it a try.
user 14154973
Austin, TX
Post #: 4
Fantastic advice. Thank you all!
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