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Hybrid Bikes

Hybrid bikes borrow elements from road, mountain and touring bikes to create a bicycle with a wide range of uses. They are popular choices for commuting, city riding and general recreation.

Considerations for Buying a Hybrid Bike

The right hybrid bike for you will depend on how you plan to use it and what features are important to you.

  • Gearing: Hybrid bikes can come with anywhere from 1 to 30 gears. If you mostly ride on flat ground, you probably don't need as many lower gears, which keeps your bike lighter. If you live somewhere hilly, you might want a wider set of gears to help you power up hills.
  • Suspension: Hybrid bikes often feature no suspension at all, but if you're riding urban streets with cracks and potholes, a bike with a front suspension fork will make your ride more comfortable.
  • Brakes: Disc brakes have become a popular choice for hybrid bikes because they offer more stopping power, especially in wet conditions. You can choose between mechanical and hydraulic disc brakes. You can also look for traditional rim brakes that are cheaper and easier to maintain or replace.
  • Handlebars: If speed and efficiency are your priority, look for drop bars. If you'd prefer a more upright position for comfort and visibility, look for flat or riser bars.

Other features to look out for are pre-installed cargo racks and fenders, especially useful for commuting and wet weather.

Once you've chosen your new ride, think about what accessories and clothes you'll need to make your ride as enjoyable as possible. Bike lights, helmets, and bags are all important choices, especially for commuting.

Why Shop at REI

REI carries top bike brands like Cannondale and our own Co-op Cycles. We'll help you pick your new bike and find everything else you need to ride.