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Top 10 Hybrid Bikes
- Performance Hybrid road bike with Shimano components and 700c wheels
- Hydroformed Alloy Performance Hybrid Frame and Fork
- Comfort/hybrid bike with aluminum frame. Cushy grips with dual density construction and built in rack.
- Schwinn suspension fork. Schwinn alloy crank. City rise adjustable stem with back sweep handlebar. All the...
- Versatile women's hybrid cruiser bicycle with 17.5-inch swooping step-through aluminum frame; perfect for...
- Upright riding style keeps your back and shoulders comfortable; foot-forward design helps maintain proper leg...
- Limited lifetime warranty for as long as you own the bike
- 7-speed shifters and Schwinn rear derailleur
- Schwinn aluminum dual sport frame with Schwinn suspension fork for durable, versatile riding
- Shimano 21-speed trigger shifters with a Shimano rear derailleur ensure quick, crisp gear changes
- Matte black aluminum frame, plus with mechanical DISC-brake design.It's easy to accessorize with racks, a...
- Road bike speed and hybrid bike versatility,SHIMANO 24 speeds change system provide a stable speed change...
- 🚲 Suspension design-21 speed Derailleur for easy and precise shifting, together with Murtisol...
- 🚲 Light weight&durable-Designed light alloy aluminum frame which is superior in quality and every...
- Aluminum frame and fork for lightweight efficiency and a comfortable, upright position
- Aluminum riser bar, Raleigh comfort grips, and women's bike seat
- 26 inch 36 Spoke Alloy Rims with Custom-Design Cruiser Tires
- Aluminum Frame , Will fit riders from 5.3 feet to 6 feet
- 700c Wheels
- Aluminum Frame and Steel Fork
Getting In The Right Gear
The bikes we’ve tested have cost from about $300 to nearly $2,000. We found that more money buys a lightweight frame made of carbon fiber, aluminum (or a combination of both materials), or high-strength steel and other high-quality components. But you can still buy a good bike for just a few hundred dollars.
Decide What Kind of Riding You’ll Do
That will narrow your choice to one of the four basic types. If you’re an avid cyclist, you may prefer a conventional road bike. Looking for a leisurely ride on flat, paved roads? A comfort bike may be more your speed. If rugged trails are in your sights than a mountain bike might be best.
Find a Good Bike Shop
You’ll pay more, but we think you’re more likely to be satisfied. Bikes from big-box stores might not be properly assembled or well matched to your body. If you don’t like the pedals or seat on a particular model, some bike shops will swap components at little or no cost.
Take a Test Ride
Before you buy any bike, ride it far enough to make sure that the brakes and shifters are easy to use, the fit is comfortable, the gears can go low enough for climbing hills, and the frame and suspension adequately smooth the bumps.
Avoid Cheap Bikes, Except for Very Casual Use
Inexpensive bikes—those selling for less than about $200, often in big-box stores—may seem like good deals, but we advise spending $300 or more if your budget allows. Why? Because you’ll get a lot more bike for your buck.
Mass-market bikes have cheaper construction than higher-priced bikes and can weigh seven or eight pounds more. They come in only one size, so you’re not likely to get a great fit. And mass merchants can’t match bike shops for quality of assembly, expert advice, and service.
Adults should consider inexpensive bikes from a department store only for the most casual use, and stick with a front-suspension model, which is likely to be better than an inexpensive full-suspension bike. You might want a mass-market bike for kids who will outgrow a bike quickly or handle it roughly.
Consider These Extras
A good bike helmet is essential. Special cycling shoes and cleats can ease your pedaling. Gloves will absorb vibrations and help to protect your hands in a spill. Polycarbonate glasses can shield your eyes from bugs and errant pebbles. A water bottle is handy to have on long, hot-weather rides.
You usually have some choice in choosing bike features. A bike shop may swap certain components at little or no cost.
Some bikes are available with more than one type of brakes. V-brakes or linear-pull brakes, caliper brakes, and cantilever brakes are fine for most biking. For generally high performance, go with disc brakes, which can be either mechanical or hydraulic.
Disc brakes will spare your wheel rims from the abrasion of muddy braking. A shop may be willing to retrofit some bikes that have caliper mounts with discs for about $100 extra.
High-rise handlebars let you sit fairly upright. The drop bars on conventional road bikes allow an aerodynamic, fully bent position. Handlebars and stems can be swapped to improve riding position. Different riders have different preferences. If you can’t get comfortable, consider replacing the handlebars or stem with a different type.
Some are narrow and firm, others, wide and soft. Some have a suspension seat post, others are mounted rigidly. If you don’t like a seat, get one with a different shape, more or less padding, or channels or cutouts to ease the pressure.
The front derailleur moves the chain between the rings on the crankset, while the rear derailleur moves between the sprockets on the rear cassette. Each derailleur is controlled by a shifter, one for each derailleur. Twist shifters are collars on the handlebars that you twist to change gears.
A helmet can provide lifesaving head protection in an accident. Cycling shoes with cleats can increase your efficiency while pedaling, but you might need to change pedals to accommodate them. Gloves will absorb vibration and help to protect your hands in a spill. Glasses can shield your eyes from bugs and errant pebbles.