- Least owned bike on here – hybrid?
CaptainFlashheart – Member
I’d wager there are more hybrids used by STWers than you might think. Commuter bikes, etc.
I’d say recumbents are the rarest! Are there any STWers with a ‘bent?
I think we’d need to define “mainstream” – easy to think of odd bikes like ‘bents, trials, etc that are tooPosted 4 years ago
I’ve had a hybrid (Marin Point Reyes) for the last 12 years possibly? Used it for commuting (when I had a work to go to) and touring about (including Bealach na Ba challenge). Latterly used it for shopping, deliveries, and with a bob-a-like was excellent for fetching firewood / recycling.
Now passed on to my lad, who’s used it for general jaunts, doing cycling as part of Duke of Edinburgh, he loves it as a flat barred road-ready bike..Posted 4 years agomolgripsSubscriber
My commuter is not a poverty-cool speed machine thrown together from old parts. It’s an entry level off-the-peg hybrid (ok so it’s been upgraded for speed!).
It’s fast and very effective in the city though 🙂 Better than a road bike because the brakes are way better, it can cope with off-road, potholes, kerbs and rough roads much more easily on 38c tyres, and it has full rack bosses so it can carry loads of stuff.Posted 4 years ago
No, they are not
I think they are. I see them (fake-hybrids) as pandering to MTB sensibilities, bikes for those who would be better off with a hybrid as road and cross angles are too steep, brakes ineffective and tyres just too skinny but don’t want to be seen buying a hybrid.Posted 4 years ago
What better to choose than a rigid slack angled hard tail with disk brakes with handlebars nice and high? If it comes from a MTB manufacturer they trust even better. 🙄Rusty SpannerSubscriber
cynic-al – Member
Bar odd/specific stuff like track bikes, tandems, what is the least likely to be owned by an stwer?
Seems to me to be a hybrid – the bike for the non cyclist.
‘I am a cyclist, whilst you merely ride a bike’.
You sir are to cycling what DezB is to music. 🙂Posted 4 years agolondonerinozMember
To my mind what defines a bike as a hybrid is the sit up and beg geometry on a bike designed for comfortable urban riding. They’re often cheap and heavy with components a cycling enthusiast wouldn’t choose due to weight, servicing, or performance reasons.
Therefore I wouldn’t class your flatbar racers, sportives, tourers, or commuter built variants such as cross bikes or parts bin bikes as hybrids because they all seek to avoid the worst characteristics of a hybrid, especially the geometry.Posted 4 years agolondonerinozMember
Molgrips, it’s a flatbar racer with some 105, which is a commuter option for people who don’t want a hybrid. My post already explained why I don’t personally consider that a hybrid.
Stick a threaded stem extender on there with a massive rise, a crappy suspension fork and seat post, massive saddle, a bottom level mtb/tourer chainset, mega range cassette, etc, and that’s the kind of BSO I’d consider a hybrid.Posted 4 years ago
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