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The right hybrid bike will give you a great riding experience and hopefully encourage you to hit the road as often as possible.
 

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Find the right hybrid bike for you

 

Cycling is a great way to get outside, but finding the right bike for your needs can be overwhelming. Most cyclists will be best served with a hybrid bike, which is a multi-functional design that balances the efficiency of a road bike with more comfort built in. However, there are different segments within this category, so determining the right hybrid bike for you will depend on how you plan to use it. 

If you view your bike as a casual extra mode of transportation for quick errands or a leisurely weekend ride, look for models that are outfitted with useful designs like rear racks. These features make it simple to integrate a bike into your daily routine.

 

If your bike is how you exercise each day, doing the majority of your riding on a road, then you’ll want to look for a hybrid bike with flat handlebars. This more efficient riding position makes longer distances more comfortable, without the lower riding position of standard drop-bar road bikes. These bikes have narrow, large circumference wheels for maximum riding efficiency with low rolling resistance.

 

If you plan on using your bike frequently for things like heading to and from work or to get around on the weekends with the kids, then look for a hybrid bike that lets you sit back comfortably, in a relaxed position. You’ll want a model with fenders to protect you — and your clothes — from any road debris, as well as the ability to add storage solutions like saddlebags, a basket or a rear rack. 

 

If you think you might want to take your bike off the road and on to hard packed trails, look for hybrid bikes with front suspension to give you a smooth, comfortable ride. Models with wider tires and a bigger tread with a semi-slick surface, which is smooth in the middle and knobby on the sides, will give you extra grip when you’re making turns on uneven or loose surfaces. 

 

The right hybrid bike will give you a great riding experience and hopefully encourage you to hit the road as often as possible.

 

Find a great selection of hybrid bikes at Canadian Tire.


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