Hybrid bikes are quickly becoming popular in the UK due to the benefits they offer to the rider. Hybrid bikes, as the name suggests combine the best features of Road bikes and Mountain bikes, resulting in a bike that is efficient to pedal, lightweight yet still capable of managing light trails, un-paved pathways and tow-paths. Hybrid bikes traditionally use a larger wheel than mountain bikes, referred to as 700C.
As with most bike types, Hybrid bikes are available in a range of materials. The most common materials for Hybrid Bike frames are steel, which provides a strong frame and reliable performance or Aluminium Alloy, which is considerably lighter than steel making for a lighter and easier ride. Most Hybrid bikes will come with slick, smooth-rolling tyres as standard, as these provide low resistance when riding on paved surface, whether during a commute to work or a leisurely trip to the shops.
There are many different types of Hybrid bike with a wide range of differing functionality such as Front suspension models and those fitted with mudguards and luggage racks, so be sure to consider what you require from your new bike when deciding.