I might be too late to chime in, but once again, I agree with Chi. I got a cross as my first bike, and it has been very accommodating to different styles of riding. My road bike was second. And now that I have a very nice road bike, my cross has becoe a jack-of-all-trades. I take it to the beach, use it on rough urban roads, it can handle trails, an dI am in the process of adding a few things to become more commuter friendly.
Someone once told me that a hybrid was essentailly everything you didn't want in a road bike, and everything you didn't want in a mountain bike.
Let us know how your shopping goes on Saturday! Whatever you choose, you'll love being on 2 wheels (or 3, if you find a trike, LOL!)
My first buy was a Fisher Utopia Hybrid ... it worked well for what I initially used it for ... well-manicured trails, asphalt MUPs, and some road. But when I started doing more road riding (and wanted to go faster and farther), I bought my Trek Pilot.
I still use the Utopia for winter riding on bad roads and our club does off-season night trail rides. The Pilot gets all of my good weather road miles.
Cross bikes are essentially road frames that can accomodate wider tires. Hybrids are essentially MTB frames that can accomodate narrower tires. With the front suspension, etc typically found on hybrids, they usually weigh much more than a cross bike, which is designed to be light so you can carry it (I'm still trying to understand that sport; like auto racing where you stop to get out and push the car).
If I had known then what I know now, I'd have bought a Cross bike initially. Lighter and more versatile than the hybrid.
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I gotta say, I think hybrids SUCK. I test rode one last year and hated it.
If you want a go anywhere, do anything bike, get a cross bike, and learn how to change tires. The learning how to change tires is a must anyway, so all you really have to do is get a cross bike.
I absolutely LOVE mine. I put smooth tires on it and I've got a great entry-level racing bike, I put knobby tires on it and I've got a great entry-level cross bike and a pretty decent bike to take up into the trails when I want to. Oh, and I stuck fenders on it and it became a great commuter too.
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A few years ago I had this discussion with some friends, and I thought they should get hybrids. The local bike shop recommended a CROSS BIKE. They are thrilled with them. It is lighter, has wider tires and gets them up their long gravel driveway and handles roads well. The knobs on the tires go in rather than out, which doesn't cause as much road resistance as more traditional mtn/hybrid tires. You should figure out what percentage of time you really plan to do what kind of riding, then your bike shop can help you select the bike type that will meet your overall needs best.
Happy riding and let us know what you decided to do.... Sandy
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I think you do want a hybrid. I have a hybrid for commuting around town and a road bike as well. The road bike is much lighter and is much faster with less effort, however it is also more delicate and requires me to wear my cycling shoes. For a vacation, you could always rent a mountain bike.
Yes, there are hybrids that in between road & mountain bikes. Hybrids are tough enough for occasional dirt trail rides.
My current bike is a mountain bike and my new one will be, too. Although I may equip the new one with tires that are less knobby and keep the old bike for the few times I want to get really down & rough.
If you want to get into learning how to change tires, you could buy both knobbies and slicker tires. Put the slicks on for mostly pavement riding and the knobbies for the dirt trails.
And bike shop personnel are a wonderful resource (I assume you have been talking to at least one bike shop?)
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Talk to the people at your local bike shop. They're the experts and will tell you what kind of bike is best suited to you. It sounds as though a hybrid is what will serve you best for right now. My bike (first I've owned in 20+ years) is a hybrid and kind of allows me to do it all. I am already planning on getting another bike already, this time a lighter road bike. My hybrid is heavy. Not a problem, but the more I ride the more I want a lighter bike.
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This is sort of a silly question but I am buying a bike saturday and not sure if I should get a road bike or a Mountain Bike. I want to take the bike on trails but the majority of the time will be local trails/sidewalks that are paved. I am leaning towards a Mountain Bike just to give me that luxury of taking it up to New Hampshire when we go to the Mountains. But I guess the majority of my riding would be more appropriate with a road bike. Is there like a hybrid type bike that does both? I literally know nothing about bikes.
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