Hybrids - Comfort

 

Great for leisurely town and country riding

Hybrids - Comfort Oriented

Town and Country Bikes

The term 'hybrid' is a really lazy term that everyone in the bike world uses, but one that has lost all specificity.  Unfortunately, it seems to have stuck. It was first coined to describe a cross between a tradtional utility type road bike and the newer mountain style bike. But such has been the proliferation of bike styles in recent years that the term now serves little purpose - 'hybrid' of what?  you may well ask. These days, you can buy a cross between all manner of types, with all manner of gears, wheel and tyre sizes. If it means anything, it means versatile - these bikes can do a number of things well. Here, we have settled on a simple distinction between 'Comfort' and 'Sporty.'  Set out  below, are the more upright types that we offer.

Hybrid Types: Comfort / Trekking

Comfort hybrids are basically a cross between traditional short distance and upright town bikes and touring bikes designed for long distances.  Some designs share a similar geometry to the classic touring bike, but all of them have a much more upright riding position than a traditional touring bike, whether they come with swept back comfort bars (most Gazelles), or simple 'riser' bars (Ridgeback Meteor). Most of the models that we sell feature fully adjustable handlebar stems - both for reach and for height - which makes it much easier to achieve the perfect fit.

Although some are unequipped, most have the equipment that you would require of a day to day town bike, such as mudguards, racks, and often a lot more, but with the crucial difference of derailleur gears. Derailleur gears make these bikes lighter than city bikes and effectively extend their range, making them better able to cope with the more varied gradients and terrain which you are likely to encounter on longer day rides. 

Comfort hybrids are basically road bikes, so although they can be ridden gently off-road, on smoother bridleways and cyclepaths, they are not as agile off-road as some  sports hybrids.  If you want a bike for transport, but also want to go on leisurely excursions into the country or for longer trips, then a comfort hybrid is ideal.  Note that some brands use the term 'trekking' for this type, no doubt to make them sound more sexy, but we're not bothered about that - they are what they are - comfy and versatile.

 
Key Features

Generally upright riding position.
Equipped - with at least rack and mudguards, often a lot more.
Derailleur gears.
Large 700c wheels.
Wider tyres 32-40mm.
Good for leisurely day to day and recreational riding - short or long distance.

Brands to consider
Gazelle and Ridgeback

Alternatives

If you fancy something lighter and more versatile - Hybrids: Sporty
If you fancy something more practical - Town Bikes
If you need something easier to ride - Ebikes

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2017 Ridgeback Meteor men's
Ridgeback
Hybrids - Comfort
£429.99 Now only £329.99

From Ridgeback's popular Metro range comes the Meteor - a comfort hybrid ready for whatever your town riding wants to throw at you! It has 24 gears for a great range of riding and is equipped with...

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2017 Ridgeback Meteor Women's
Ridgeback
Hybrids - Comfort
£429.99 Now only £329.99

From Ridgeback's popular Metro range comes the Meteor - a comfort hybrid ready for whatever your town riding wants to throw at you! It has 24 gears for a great range of riding and is equipped with...

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2017 Ridgeback Speed men's
Ridgeback
Hybrids - Comfort
£379.99

A great comfort hybrid from Ridgeback's Metro range. The speed has a lightweight frame with 21 gears and fitted mudguards & rack for anything the town might throw at you!...

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2017 Ridgeback Speed Women's
Ridgeback
Hybrids - Comfort
£379.99

A great comfort hybrid from Ridgeback's Metro range. The speed has a lightweight frame with 21 gears and fitted mudguards & rack for anything the town might throw at you!...

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2017 Ridgeback Tensor
Ridgeback
Hybrids - Comfort
£749.99

New to the range for 2017 is the addition of the Tensor. Designed around the standard Metro frame platform, Tensor is the bells and whistles version. Specified with a sleek new rack and mudguards,...

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2017 Ridgeback Tensor Women's
Ridgeback
Hybrids - Comfort
£749.99

New to the range for 2017 is the addition of the Tensor. Designed around the standard Metro frame platform, Tensor is the bells and whistles version. Specified with a sleek new rack and mudguards,...

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Gazelle Chamonix S27 Men's
Gazelle
Hybrids - Comfort
£999.99

The Chamonix S27 is the lightest bike in the Gazelle range of everyday bikes, tipping the scales at a sprightly 14.4kg - not bad for a bike comfortably under £1000 and fully equipped with...

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Gazelle Chamonix S27 Women's
Gazelle
Hybrids - Comfort
£999.99

The Chamonix S27 is the lightest bike in the Gazelle range of everyday bikes, tipping the scales at a sprightly 14.4kg - not bad for a bike comfortably under £1000 and fully equipped with...

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Gazelle Ultimate C11 Men's
Gazelle
Hybrids - Comfort
£1,499.99

The Gazelle Ultimate C11 is probably the ultimate city bike for comfort, riding pleasure and light weight... Shimano Alfine 11 speed hub gears give a wider range of gears than the rest of the Gazelle...

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Gazelle Ultimate C11 Women's
Gazelle
Hybrids - Comfort
£1,499.99

The Gazelle Ultimate C11 is probably the ultimate city bike for comfort, riding pleasure and light weight... Shimano Alfine 11 speed hub gears give a wider range of gears than the rest of the Gazelle...

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Gazelle Ultimate C8 men's
Gazelle
Hybrids - Comfort
£1,199.99

The Gazelle Ultimate C8, probably just pipped as the ultimate city bike by elder sister, the Ultimate C11, owing to fewer gears, but no less a bike. Shimano Nexus 8 speed Premium hub gears give a...

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Gazelle Ultimate C8 Women's
Gazelle
Hybrids - Comfort
£1,199.99

The Gazelle Ultimate C8, probably just pipped as the ultimate city bike by elder sister, the Ultimate C11, owing to fewer gears, but no less a bike. Shimano Nexus 8 speed Premium hub gears give a...

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Gazelle Vento T24 men's
Gazelle
Hybrids - Comfort
£549.99

The Vento T24 is a sporty trekking bike at a remarkable price. It allows you to tackle day treks, light tours or daily commutes. The Vento T24 is perfect for you if you occasionally ride over...

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Gazelle Vento T24 women's
Gazelle
Hybrids - Comfort
£549.99

The Vento T24 is a sporty trekking bike at a remarkable price. It allows you to tackle day treks, light tours or daily commutes. The Vento T24 is perfect for you if you occasionally ride over...

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