Build Your Own Hybrid Bike- Introduction
Are you a mountain bike rider, or do you prefer road cycling? As simple as it may seem, this question is not that easy to answer for everyone. Many people frequently alternate between road and mountain cycling and can’t account for one as their primary cycling type. And this is entirely normal!
Cycling is a matter of taste; sometimes, we like more than one thing. So, if you are a mountain bike rider, you do not necessarily have to resign to road cycling or vice versa. However, using one type of ride for the opposite terrain may be uncomfortable or harmful. But worry not! Because there is a solution. If you’re looking for a way to combine your favorite riding types, this article may be just for you. Its name: Hybrid bikes.
What Is A Hybrid Bike?
What do we mean when we use the term “hybrid bike”? As we mentioned, these bikes offer characteristics that adjust to both types of cycling, mountain and road. However, hybrid bikes are not as simple as getting parts from two rides and combining them in one. You must get the best out of both to make them safe and efficient.
When looking into the different types of hybrid bikes, we can find classic and sports ones. The former category aims at commuting as a primary activity. They are more comfortable while less efficient. Sports hybrid bikes may be more expensive, as they offer efficient riding on and off the road.
Pros and Cons of Having A Hybrid Bike
Hybrid bikes provide safety, comfort, and efficiency for more than one type of riding. This feature is an excellent advantage for people who usually ride on different surfaces. This way, riders can change their terrain without needing two rides and still have an appropriate bike for each.
However, hybrid bikes may not be as good as mountain or road bikes. As they take parts from both, some may not be as good as with a ride built entirely for the mountain or the road. Besides, creating a hybrid bike may require a higher budget. This aspect, of course, depends on what perks you want from each.
How To Build Your Own Hybrid Bike
Nowadays, there are many guides and videos on how to build your hybrid bike. However, most of them miss an aspect many riders face- budget. While looking for different set-ups, consider how much you are willing to spend for the entire ride. That way, you will get just what you need for the expected price.
Now that you know how much you are willing to spend, here are the essential bike parts to consider when creating your hybrid bike. Here’s a video on building a hybrid ride that may also come in handy (credits to Jeno Cuenco):
One of the most important things to consider is the frame. Mainly because many of the other parts need to adjust to it, and you want it to be light yet robust. Components, handlebars, saddles, bottom brackets, and derailleurs are also important.
It is crucial to acquire the correct parts to create the perfect hybrid bike for your riding style. If you happen to ignore whether some of the components are compatible, you should always ask your local bike shop before purchasing. Thus, you will get comfort, safety, and efficiency without dismissing your available budget.
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