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Hybrid v. Road(6 posts)

Hybrid v. Roadwink
May 23, 2001 10:47 AM
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.
why? your call.climbo
May 23, 2001 12:00 PM
if you're that good on your hybrid and you don't race, you don't need a road bike. Maybe you would enjoy it? Test ride a few and see how you like it. Sounds like you're happy enough to me.
First hand knowledge...RickyRacer
May 24, 2001 9:57 AM
I know exactly where you are coming from. Last year I was riding with a road group with my mountain bike. I would put slicks on the thing and take off. I've accumulated several stories similar to yours and I had my doubts about why I needed a road bike. I was constantly told that if I had a road bike then I would be a terror and that I could not only keep pace but rather create the pace. Well, I rode my slicked-out (changing the tires every day or so...pain in the arss) mountain bike for about a year and my wife (bless her heart...the best girl I've ever known) bought me a road bike for our anniversary. I'm always looking for reasons to tell that story....

Yes getting a road bike has made a huge improvement in my riding and a road bike cannot be substituted by anything else.

I'm throwing my vote in to say, "get a fancy new road bike". Atleast you'll look as fast as you really are.
re: Hybrid v. RoadJimbojam
Jun 5, 2001 1:16 PM
I say throw them all off and get a cyclocross bike. You can still do the hike and bike trails/ commute, and put some slicks on it for the road. You will get the same comments but will be able to bust a move on them easier and it makes for a great conversational piece on group rides. A cyclocross bike is just a little more than a hybrid with drop bars anyway (excluding the geometry factor).
my thoughts exactly! (nm)niklas
Jun 7, 2001 5:21 AM
re: Hybrid v. RoadScy
Jun 6, 2001 10:44 PM
On pavement, a road bike will be faster, quicker in the turns, more aero, and offer more hand positions for comfort. If you don't plan to race and don't care how fast you go, then the only reason to get it were if it were more fun or comfortable. I've found that coming down sharply winding roads or taking right turns at 20 mph to be great fun; I also think that drop bars are more comfortable for the longer rides.

But, get a road bike only if you like it. If you can, borrow one from a friend and try it out. Maybe you'll like it maybe not.