Looking for a fun, comfortable way to get a workout outdoors? Need a quick, stress-free way to escape gridlock for errands? How about a great way to get fit with family or friends at the same time? The right bicycle offers all these benefits.
At City Bikes, we are experts in helping you find that perfect bike just for you, whatever it takes. We explain the choices you will need to consider and offer advice on everything from the best style for your goals, to what you will need for a fun, safe and secure experience. All this knowledge is good to have, but there is nothing like a test ride to bring it all home.
Start By Answering These Questions
Most importantly, what type of riding do you plan to do? If you envision leisurely Sunday rides, family outings in search of the perfect picnic spot and having fun while you exercise, a Comfort bike is a great choice.
Perhaps you’re looking for a quick, street-worthy alternative to driving? And a fun, knee-friendly way to get into shape? You want comfort, yet also pedaling efficiency for quick commutes or even the occasional half-century. Here, a Hybrid bike, a nimble jack-of-all-trades, is ideal.
|Hybrid Vs. Comfort Bike|
So what sets these regal rides apart? The easiest way to tell the two apart is wheel and tire size, as follows:
Comfort bikes use the 26-inch tire standard commonly found on mountain bikes. These wide tires provide a comfortable cushion of air that floats over bumps and rough terrain. Plus, it's possible to install knobby tires should you live on a dirt road.
Hybrid bikes usually (but not always) use the road bike's 700c standard. These tires roll easily on pavement for quick acceleration and easy climbing. This size accepts tires from 23- to 42-millimeters wide for riding on difference surfaces.
Now that you understand the typical wheel differences, here's a chart that outlines the other features setting these bicycle types apart:
You may not be able to tell by looking, yet one of the components most improved on Comfort and Hybrid bicycles is the saddle. Engineers and designers have pulled out all the stops to provide ergonomics and comfort features to make these seats so comfy you're likely to remain seated at stops while your ride partners are resting on the grass.
You'll find anatomical shapes, cutouts to eliminate pressure on soft tissue (which prevents numbness and pain), flexible frames, gel padding and cushioning springs. Sometimes, all of these things in the same seat, even.
Still, the most important thing is making sure that the seat on the bike is the right one for you. Everyone's different so you should sit on the seats and try them out to make sure that they're right for you.
We’ll Make It Fit Like A Glove
We recommend planning on spending a portion of your cycling budget on some important cycling accessories to go with that new bike.