Hybrid bikes combine aspects from road, touring, and mountain bikes. This makes a hybrid more of a multi-purpose bike that can be used in a wider range of riding conditions. While the design of hybrid bikes can vary, hybrids are usually built with comfort, and stability in mind. As a result they are easy to use, which makes them popular with beginners, commuters, and more casual riders.
While being designed for a broader use, hybrids still lean towards a specific style of riding. The wide range of styles ensures you own a bike more suited to your own needs.
Hybrids typically borrow the flat, straight handlebars and upright seating posture of a mountain bike, which many people new to cycling find comfortable and intuitive. Hybrids also employ the lighter weight, thinner wheels and smooth tires of road bikes, allowing for greater speed and less exertion when riding on the road. Hybrid bikes often have fittings to mount racks and bags for transporting belongings, much like a touring bike.
Hybrid bikes have spawned numerous sub-categories satisfying diverse ridership. They are classified by their design priorities, such as those optimised for comfort or fitness and those offered as city, cross or commuter bikes.