Different Riding Positions: | Hybrid Versus Comfort Bikes

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December 30, 2016
Different Riding Positions: Hybrid Versus Comfort Bikes
Different Riding Positions: | Hybrid Versus Comfort Bikes

As you consider finding the right bike for you, always remember that every design is intended for a particular use or set of uses, all of which will affect your riding position. There are similarities between hybrid city bikes and comfort bikes — certainly neither will have you hunched over in Tour de France racing posture, spinning your razor-thin tires on the way to the park. Nonetheless, there are important distinctions, and they will most notably affect your riding position, so it is worth getting to know the designs of each.

Comfort Bikes

How are you most going to use your bike? Do you want to take long, leisurely bike rides during your downtime, primarily on flat sidewalks, bike paths and dedicated bike lanes? Then a comfort cruiser bicycle is perfect for you. It will have you sitting upright in maximum comfort on a thick, cushioned seat and buoyed by a durable suspension system that will leave you barely aware of bumps on the road. In addition, the handlebars will be raised enough and close enough to your body so that you will hardly have to stretch a muscle to reach them, again providing maximum comfort while you ride. Finally, comfort bikes are typically outfitted with the same type of wide, 26-inch tires that you will see on mountain bikes, ensuring maximum shock absorption that will also keep your body upright and relaxed. See sixthreezero’s collection of comfort cruiser bicycles.

Hybrid City Bikes

If, on the other hand, you want to use it your two-wheeler for both leisure and more aggressive exercise or city biking on busy urban streets, as well as an occasionally foray off-road, think seriously about this style. Hybrids are lighter, with less suspension, slightly lower handlebars, and a less opulent seat, all of which will have you leaning forward and down slightly to allow your body to ready itself to absorb shocks you encounter on the street and off-road terrain. Check out sixthreezero’s hybrid selections.

There is no sense buying a bike that you think looks cool but is woefully uncomfortable for you to ride. Similarly, it doesn’t make sense to purchase one that is super-comfortable but makes your bike trips torturous because its design doesn’t match its use. In the end, remember that your riding position comfort is key.

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