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Hybrid v. Road(6 posts)

Hybrid v. Roadwink
May 24, 2001 3:10 PM
Sorry if this repeats for anyone I meant to post this here
My training rides are 35 miles at 17.3 average MPH. on a Giant Cypress Hybrid. I do this ride about 3 or 4 per week. I am not a serious cyclist but I am serious about fitness and safety. The other day I was comfortably keeping pace with a guy on a fancy Cannodale Road bike. We were going about 25 MPH for about 3 miles or so and this guy told me that I needed a road bike. I asked him why? He said "it would be easier to keep up with him" Well that statement brought out the competitor in me and I drop it down and got on it and pulled away from this guy quite easily. Can anyone out there tell me why I should consider road bike? I have to say I savored the moment when I realized that I was leaving this guy and his fancy bike behind.
About the same feeling I get ...Humma Hah
May 24, 2001 3:27 PM
... when I finish a century on the cruiser and hang around at the finish counting how many bikes with Spinergy wheels, etc, finish behind me. I've dropped the hammer on a few roadbikes myself, and it does feel gratifying.

I ignore the fact that 80% of the roadbikes finished ahead of me, some by about 3 hours.

I tend to agree with you, or I wouldn't ride what I ride. For my kind of riding, for personal fitness, the only thing that matters is that I LIKE what I ride. Speed is not normally an issue. However, WHERE I ride, ruggedness DEFINITELY is an issue.

In SoCal, a roadbike was an excellent choice. Here in Northern Virginia, I'm rediscovering why I stuck with the cruiser 3 decades ago instead of buying a roadbike. I was out today on a 28-mile exploration, trying to pick out a nice training route. Most of the 2-lane country roads have no paved shoulder, maybe a little gravel (one of them features fist-sized ballast rock), sometimes you drop straight into a ditch from the pavement. This is OK if the traffic is light, but the area is densely populated, with much construction. On several roads I had large dump trucks going both ways, and there ain't room for 2-way traffic AND a bike. I tend to dive for the shoulder. Mountainbikes, cruisers, and hybrids can get away with this, but roadbikes can't.

Roadbikes, all other things being equal, are definitely considerably faster than anything else. I'd put the margin at about 2 mph at rec rider power outputs, and 3 mph at roadracer power outputs. But for pure choice of places to ride, and escape options when riding, a MTB with street slicks, a hybrid, or an old cruiser are great choices.
re: Hybrid v. RoadMel Erickson
May 24, 2001 10:33 PM
Ride what you want. It sounds like your Giant suits you just fine. You sound like you're in great shape and that's what you're after. The bike doesn't define you, you define it. If you get more competetive than just dusting an occasional roadie (racing for instance), or, if you get into fast club rides, etc. you might consider a road bike, but for now, enjoy yourself!
Test ride a road bikemike mcmahon
May 24, 2001 10:49 PM
Find a shop that will let you take an extended test-ride on a nice road bike. You might feel like you want to make the switch to a road bike immediately, with that feeling that you've been "missing out" on something. On the other hand, it might make you realize that you're perfectly happy sticking with the hybrid. It can't hurt to test ride a skinny-tired flyer. Good luck whichever way you go.
re: Hybrid v. RoadStewK
May 25, 2001 9:51 AM
I have a Cypress as well and have been very happy with it overall. However, this Spring I bought a roadbike and am even happier. I have no desire anymore to ride my Cypress when I have a road bike. Here are my reasons.

1. I can go faster on the road bike. For me, it's not about being faster than other riders, it's just that I like to travel fast, it's fun.

2. I actually find the road bike more comfortable to ride. I prefer the more aerodynamic profile and like the variety of hand positions available.

3. I feel more efficient. I don't have the lightest road bike in the world, but it's a whole lot lighter than my Cypress. I'm not riding any easier than I used, but I believe my form is getting better and more efficient. I think that reduces my likelihood of injury.

In the end, I agree with the other posters who say you should ride what you like. As far as workout, I don't think I'm getting any better or worse a workout on the roadbike, but it is a lot more fun for me.
re: Hybrid v. RoadHMS
May 25, 2001 1:34 PM
I was riding a hybrid and then bought a road bike last October. I really like the road bike a lot better, but I do ride the hybrid when I know that I am going to encounter bad roads, rough shoulders and/or unpaved areas. Assuming that you are riding on roads, I think that the relevant consideration is not speed (it sounds like you are doing OK with your hybrid), but your position on the bike. When I ride the hybrid for a long time (i.e., 40-50 miles), I develop arm and shoulder pain becasue of the limited hand position on the bike. When I ride the road bike, I do not have any arm and shoulder pain because I am able to shift the positioning of my hands. I did have some neck pain when I began riding my road bike because of the different body position. However, after a few weeks, the neck pain went away. My LBS was very accommodating in letting me test a used road bike for several days before I decided to buy a new road bike that was similar. The bottom line: both types of bikes have their pros and cons -- the only way you really can find out what is best for you is to spend some time riding a road bike. Good luck.