How to choose your hybrid bike
The hybrid bike, a versatile bike first and foremost
Designed for asphalt and dirt roads alike, hybrid bikes are hybrids between a road bike and a mountain bike. They allow for good adhesion on wide forest roads and other country roads while maintaining excellent traction and mobility when travelling in the city. The hybrid bike is an unprecedented joker for every casual sportsman who wants a means of ecological, practical and pleasant locomotion.
Therefore, if you want to have only one bike that is as comfortable on the streets of a big city as on country roads on vacation, you will definitely need a hybrid bike (VTC).
On the other hand, since the VTC is designed to be versatile for two practices, we advise you to turn to a mountain bike (MTB) if you only want to use your bike for sport on rough roads. Conversely, a city bike can very well satisfy your needs if you exclusively practice in an urban environment, for example city commutes.
The classic hybrid bike
The VTC has an aluminum frame and is easily identifiable. It generally profits from the similar geometry of a recreational road bike with a straight and very comfortable position. In addition, it's equipped with components that are usually found on MTBs: flat hangers, transmission, suspension forks and even disc brakes for certain models. It's a proper bike that adapts to your lifestyle and can face all weather conditions.
The electric hybrid bike
The electric VTC retains the strengths of a classic VTC, namely, a comfortable position and equipment capable of facing wide paths but it also takes advantage of an electric motor.
As a result, the price of an electric hybrid bikes is higher and represents an investment. With its Urban and Cross range, Haibike proposes Bosch or Yamaha electric motorized VTCs so that you can enjoy Sunday outings with your family or ride all the way to your workplace for example.
Equipping yourself for adventure
First of all, don't forget that the practice of VTC, such as mountain biking, road cycling and other cycles, all need proper equipment. Wearing a helmet is paramount and can save your life in the event of a fall. We also strongly recommend wearing gloves, glasses and technical clothing in order to be comfortable on the go. You can add other accessories and equipment to your hybrid bike such as a luggage rack, a basket or a baby seat so that your bike use is ergonomic and familiar.
Before each trip and for the practice of this sport to happen in the best conditions, a few small security checks are necessary:
- The pressure of your hybrid bike tyres
- The operation of your brakes
- The saddle height
- No jerking in the bearing