Battle lines are being drawn in the cycling community these days. Some people like road bikes, others like fixed-wheel bikes, and still others prefer mountain bikes. And it seems like everyone’s taking a side. Except for those that want the best of all worlds. Like those of us who ride hybrid bikes.
Hybrids are bikes that were designed for utility, versatility, and cycling on a variety of different surfaces for different purposes. Hybrids are somewhat sporty, infinitely capable, and useful for both paved and unpaved roads. Hybrids are often lumped in with cruiser bikes and city bikes.
There are different types of hybrid bikes and cruiser bikes to choose from. The kind of bike you choose depends on the kind of cycling you’ll be doing and what environment you’ll be doing it in. If you’ll be doing a lot of leisurely riding over flat surfaces, you might be better off with a cruiser. However, if you’ll be commuting or going off-road from time to time, you may want to look into a hybrid bike. Here are a few examples of good hybrid, city, and cruiser bikes.
The Wildwood Sport is a comfortable hybrid with a seat post and suspension forks designed to minimize the bumps on rough roads and terrain. The Wildwood Sport has seven speeds, double tunnel alloy rims, and is great for city streets, trails, and bike paths everywhere.
The Electra Townie Original 7D is an ergonomically designed women’s cruiser with distinct styling. It has seven speeds, rear linear pull brakes, and Electra’s Flat Foot Technology®. It’s a great, uncomplicated bike for riding around the neighborhood or cruising down the beachfront or the bike trails.
The Electra Cruiser 1 is an awesome looking men’s bike with a cool retro style. Combining classic cruiser design with the latest in modern cycling engineering, the Cruiser 1 is a great bike for boardwalks and beachfronts. It has knobby tires, coaster brakes, alloy rims, and a single gear. If you want to enjoy the ride and look good, then the Cruiser 1 could be the bike for you.
The Women’s Crosstown by Fuji makes a great bike for commuter riding. Its narrow 700c wheels eat up the road or the trail by rolling at greater speeds when traveling for distance. It has an 8-speed cassette, an alloy frame, and Shimano EZ Fire Integrated shifters.