By combining the features of a mountain bike and road bike, the hybrid bike is able to utilize the gear system of a mountain bike on urban landscape. The bike's frame is modeled after racing bikes or bikes made for competitions and tours, and its tires are more resilient than a typical bike, in order to accommodate rough urban terrain.
Though hybrid bicycles try to provide all of the amenities of mountain bikes on a road bicycle, designers have also made the bike more comfortable, which encourages more people to ride them, and for longer periods of time. Unlike a traditional mountain or racing bike, the frame of the hybrid bike sits more upright, allowing the rider to ride in a more natural position than a mountain biker would, as mountain bikers are typically hunched over the handlebars of their bike. A hybrid bike also has lighter rims and spokes, which allow a rider to go faster, and wider wheels, which allow them to maintain traction.
The idea of the hybrid bicycle is to take an efficient bike model, such as the mountain bike, and make it efficient for paved streets and roads. Thus, designers focused on efficiency and comfort, taking the best features of both mountain and road bikes to create the hybrid bike. This bike is ideal for urban dwellers who consider their bikes to be their primary transportation option. The hybrid bike will allow residents to navigate the various street scapes with more ease, thereby making the bike an attractive alternative to cars.
Like a mountain bike, the hybrid bike has many gears. However, it does not have extremely low gears, as the bike is designed for urban streets and bike paths, not for steep moutains or hills. The brakes are also similar to mountain bikes, as they can be very sensitive to touch, causing the rider to stop suddenly.
A hybrid bike works just like any other bicycle - be it mountain or road. Unlike many hybrid cars, the hybrid bike does not require any electricity. It also does not require much knowledge or training prior to use. You would get on and ride a hybrid bike just as you would your typical bicycle. The features of the hybrid bike simply make it ideal for riding on urban terrain, which will allow commuters to navigate around town much more easily and efficiently.
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