Looking to buy a new hybrid bicycle online? Want to restart cycling after a long time?
Confused over what different technical number means, and which specifications are more important and which ones can be overlooked if you are out in the market to purchase the best hybrid bicycle for men online in India.
First of all, hybrid bicycles are a great way to restart bicycling after a long time. Their geometry finds a good balance between comfort and speed. A comfortable riding posture means your back in not under strain, and thin profile tires means that the bicycle is light, speedy & efficient.
In India, a lot of people are restarting riding bicycles in their 20s, 30s and 40s these days. Their primary requirement is a healthy lifestyle, with 3-4 rides per week (including long rides on weekends/holidays). So if this kind of requirement rings a bell with you, geared/non geared hybrid bicycles , depending on your need, are great for city rides, weekend long rides & for mild/simple trails.
A big advantage of hybrid bicycle is that since it is comfortable to ride & light weight, it is one of the best bicycle for women & even senior members of family can ride it with ease & have fun.
Now, coming on to main part - choosing the best hybrid bike online for you in India.
A good bicycle is that fits you well. It is important to check what wheel size are you opting for. For most people in the height range 5'6" - 6'2", 700c wheels would be a good fit (700c wheels is a nomenclature that roughly translates to 28-29" wheels. this means these wheels have large diameters, have high rolling momentum, and offer good amount of pedaling ease.)
An added advantage would be to have height adjustable seat & handle. This makes sure every rider can fine tune the riding position as per their liking to millimetres, and a single bike can be used by multiple family members with ease.
All OMO Bikes have height adjustable seats & handle (with quick release lever in seat) for quick adjustments on the go.
Quick Tip: If you are looking for hybrid bicycle for height under 5'6", there are not many options available in the market. However, OMO Model 1.0 has been designer specifically as a hybrid bicycle for people in height range 5'0" - 5'6" with 26" thin profile tires.
Gears & Speeds of a Hybrid Cycle
Whether you should go for a single speed bicycle or a multi speed bicycle is a matter of requirement more than matter of choice. If you are restarting bicycling after a long time, and aim to ride 5-20 km every day, our recommendation would be to keep things simple and go for a single speed bicycle.
Single speed hybrid bicycles (non geared) offer less weight, less moving parts (means less maintenance / servicing required). They are cheaper, and have much easier learning curve as compared to geared bicycles.
On the other hand, if you planning to buy bicycle online for 25+ km every day, and have some familiarity with gears, then we would suggest to go for geared bicycles. Hybrid bicycles with gears (multi speed) offer much greater performance, pleasure & efficiency over single speed bicycles. If there are inclines / hills / flyovers in your route, then geared bicycles offer a great deal of convenience too.
To make a good purchase, it is important to have a budget in mind. However, people who are new to this field, do not know what to expect in what price range. Hybrid bicycles start from 8000 and go upto 1,20,000.
So where should your expectations be?
To make things easier, we can tell you this - in today's scenario, you can buy a good hybrid bicycle online with Shimano gears for less than 15,000. This will check all the right boxes (good components used in wheels, drive train, saddle & handle bar), will have a strong steel frame and weigh under 15kg.
As you keep developing your habit of riding, you can upgrade the bicycle component by component.
OMO Bikes run a special Rider Rewards Club on Strava Club where members can earn cash points for every single kilometer they ride on their bikes. Plus they get to ride & share with a strong & passionate community of cyclists.
To summarize, if you are looking to buy a good hybrid bicycle in India, you need to
- Find the correct size of cycle (with height adjustable seat & handle).
- Set a goal of how much do you want to ride on daily / weekly / monthly basis (and go for single speed / multi speed bike accordingly)
- Have a budget of around ₹15,000 to ensure you get a good bicycle to develop a good bicycling habit.