HYBRID / FLAT- BAR BIKES
The only major drawback with a flat-bar bike is that you’re not as aerodynamic as you are on a road bike
Hybrid bikes combine the speed of narrower 700C wheels with the upright riding position of a mountain bike. The details vary a lot. You’ll find road bike-style caliper brakes and mountain bike-style disc brakes in this category, plus bikes dressed with racks and guards, and stripped-down machines that are essentially racers but for the bar. If you’re looking to ride fast on good roads but prefer a more upright position or just don’t get on with drop handlebars, this could be the best option. The only major drawback with a flat-bar bike is that you’re not as aerodynamic as you are on a road bike or fixie equipped with drop handlebars and, therefore, not as quick. But is that really a concern when your end point is the office!? Bikes derived from ‘29er’ mountain bikes have recently entered the flat-bar fray. With fat 700C tyres they’ll roll over most obstacles and provide decent grip on river paths and well-surfaced trails. Fit mudguards if you plan to ride year round. If you’re lucky you might find one with a belt drive fitted: these last absolutely ages – a Gates version is good for 15,000km or more – and are entirely maintenance and muck free. They’re more expensive than a standard chaindriven system but very reliable.
For Fairly quick Versatile Against Can be almost as fragile as road bikes