Hybrid bike guide

Whether in everyday life or in your free time, you can't imagine life without exercising in the fresh air? Immerse yourself in the world of hybrid bikes and find out which bike suits you best, which equipment is right for you and what you should consider when buying. 

What makes a hybrid bike special?

Hybrid bikes are true all-rounders. Whether you commute to work or go on longer tours outside the city – the bikes will always get you to your destination reliably and comfortably.

An important feature of these bikes are suitable tyres. The tyres on hybrid bikes are slimmer than those on off-road bikes. This allows you to cycle on both paved and unpaved paths and still cope well with everyday use and road traffic. To get you to your destination not only quickly but also safely and at any time of day, the bikes are equipped with appropriate lighting, a bell and mudguards in compliance with the German Road Traffic Regulations StVZO. Hybrid bikes also have reinforced frames, making them particularly resilient and offering you the option of transporting luggage in addition to riding on rougher terrain. A ROSE hybrid bike is therefore always equipped with robust luggage racks and further attachment points for additional loads. This makes the hybrid bike your reliable companion for everyday life and leisure and lets you master your shopping or the next weekend trip effortlessly.

Who is a hybrid bike suitable for?

Hybrid bikes are suitable for all those who like to go on longer trips into nature, but also want to be mobile and flexible in the city.

Comfortable or rather sporty?

You should ask yourself this question before buying your next hybrid bike, as not every model is the same.

On a bike with higher stem and shorter top tube length, the saddle is far below the handlebar so you sit relatively straight. This upright riding position not only offers you more comfort, but also a better view of the road. However, it results in higher air resistance and therefore lower speeds.

If you are looking for speed rather than comfort on your next tour, you should therefore opt for a bike with a sporty geometry. Thanks to the longer top tube and to the fact that the saddle is roughly at the same height as the handlebars, the upper body is tilted significantly forwards, allowing you to move faster and with less effort.

What is the best way to transport my luggage?

Whether on the way to work, after a shopping spree in the city or before the next weekend trip, the question quickly arises: How do I transport my things? The simplest solution: A bike bag. Yet, the choice is huge. Whether a saddle bag, handlebar bag or a pannier is the right choice for you depends primarily on how much you want to transport and where the attachment is most comfortable for you.

In our bikepacking guide you’ll find a variety of different models so that you don’t have to limit yourself on your next ride.

Tips for the next tour

Choosing the right route

How many kilometres you can cover in a given time is influenced by many factors. In addition to your general fitness level and the equipment of your bike, the condition of the route and its geographical features play a major role. Do you ride on asphalt roads or do your routes sometimes take you along more challenging gravel paths? Do you tend to cycle on flat terrain or do you cover a lot of metres in altitude on your tour?

Don't overestimate yourself and plan a few kilometres less to start with. If you realise during the ride that you are covering more distance per day than planned, you can adjust the length of the stages accordingly.

Must-haves for every tour

The panniers are on the bike and the route is set, but what do I actually take with me on my trip? No matter how long the tour is, it is an absolute must for every cyclist to have enough water with them. Being sufficiently hydrated is not only important for muscle contraction, but also for concentration. In order to have enough energy for the last few kilometres, the right food is also important. Carbohydrates in the form of oat bars or bananas are your best friend on the ride. To ensure that your tour does not come to an early end due to a breakdown, you should always be equipped with basic tools so that you can carry out small repairs yourself. Must-haves are gadgets such as a pump, a tube or tubeless patches and a multitool.

The right accessories

The selection of electronic equipment for cyclists is huge. From smartphone holders and simple bike computers to fully equipped training partners, there is a suitable gadget for every biker.  

If you use your bike to commute to work or only ride the occasional tour without competitive intentions, a simple bike computer that shows you key facts such as speed and kilometres ridden is probably enough for you. But are you more of an absolute outdoor freak and also want to track your performance? Then it's probably worth investing in a high-end bike computer. 

In our guide to suitable cycling electronics you can find even more information about the training aids and find out which product suits you best.

Get out of your comfort zone and pedal your hybrid bike. With the right bags, suitable accessories and compatible electronics you'll be equipped for everyday life and upcoming adventures.