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    Reasons for getting an hybrid bike over a mountain bike?

    Hi
    This afternoon i took my sons to local bike store and they both prefer the look of the hybrid bikes to the mountain bikes. I was quite surprised and so was the man in the shop as he said most boys go for the moutain bikes and he doesnt sell many hybrids to kids.
    The one we are thinking of is the claud butler urban range..
    bikes2udirect.com/B32…tml
    Are we right in thinking the hybrid bikes should be suitable. The boys are usually on the road or on tow path, footpaths etc, Typical example would be going round rutland water for the day. we think this would be a bit quicker than a mountain bike. Also probably lighter for our price range.
    The man in the shop said it would be ok except if you were in too uneven ground particularly when it was wet. To be honest we rarely use the bikes in winter unless we go to center parcs. Would this bike be a good choice.
    The link is to bikes2udirect but i know my local shop have it but I would have to haggle them down on price to get it nearer the internet price. Thanks

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    Yes hybrids are great for the purpose you want. As the man in the shop said when it wet (wet grass is not fun) it might not be the best if it's running slick'ish tyres. But if you were to want to use it in winter you could just swap the tyres for more suitable ones like Michelin Transworld Sprint (£[email protected]). Don't let anybody tell you you need suspension because for 99% of people it's not needed. I did an off road biking holiday in the pyrenees on rigid project 2's (I was the only one) and fairer much better than people on £2k full suspension bikes.

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    GAVINLEWISHUKD;8663973

    Yes hybrids are great for the purpose you want. As the man in the shop … Yes hybrids are great for the purpose you want. As the man in the shop said when it wet (wet grass is not fun) it might not be the best if it's running slick'ish tyres. But if you were to want to use it in winter you could just swap the tyres for more suitable ones like Michelin Transworld Sprint (£[email protected]). Don't let anybody tell you you need suspension because for 99% of people it's not needed. I did an off road biking holiday in the pyrenees on rigid project 2's (I was the only one) and fairer much better than people on £2k full suspension bikes.



    Thanks you have just confirmed what i thought and hopefully it will be lighter than the mountain bike type as well. The hybrids actually remind me of the sort of bikes i had as a teenager years ago and i managed to go most places. We live in Lincs and there arent even any hills. I think most kids would be better with this sort of bike.
    Appreciate you giving me such a thorough answer, It would never have dawned to change the tyres if needed. I suspect the suspension particularly on the cheaper end mountain bike is more likely to be a problem than any use. thanks again. have a great weekend.
    Given you some rep.:thumbsup:

    Do you live near Rutland Water? we go there often!!

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    Do you live near Rutland Water? we go there often!!



    Yes more over Stamford Way. We used to just cycle round home and went to Peterboroughs Ferry Meadows when the kids were younger but went to Rutland last week and loved it. Hope to go again as soon as they have their new bikes in the school holidays. I think its about 26 miles all the way around. Help! dont think i have ever cycled that far before.

    Only about 17 if you miss out the peninsular (sp)
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