Hybrid bicycles are the affordable option for casual riders looking for an entry level bike suitable for road riding and some off road surfaces such as gravel and maintained cycle paths. Hybrids come in a range of styles from the sporty style fitted with slightly knobbly tyres and small front suspension forks for those wishing to do more off road to the about town Dutch style bikes with high bars and a dropped top tube for ladies riding in skirts. If you’re lucky it may even have a basket on the front. Hybrid bikes don’t offer the performance level of specialized bikes which is reflected in the price difference, they are aiming firmly at the leisure market. What they do well is offer anybody the chance to experience the freedom and fun of riding a bike.