Hybrid bikes are a great solution for many commuters and leisure cyclists who prefer a flat handlebar to the nose down position of a road bike.
A hybrid is often the most practical and versatile choice for commuters and recreational riders who travel over mixed terrain. If you want your ride to take in a mixture of roads, cycle paths, tracks and trails, a hybrid could be the bike for you.
The riding position of a hybrid is more upright than a road bike, with an emphasis on comfort over outright performance. Hybrids usually arrive with the correct fittings and mounts to fit mudguards and racks for further practicality.
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Cheap hybrid bikes, top budget choices
- Boardman MTX 8.6
- Decathlon Riverside 100
- Creme Caferacer Man Uno Urban Bike
- Challenge 20-inch urban bike
- Carrera Subway 1
Boardman MTX 8.6
- Buy now from Halfords (£500)
The Boardman MTX 8.6 is based around an alloy frameset, which features smoothed welds for a clean look.
The 27-speed Shimano Altus transmission has plenty of range and the Tektro hydraulic disc brakes are great to see at this price.
The MTX also has a suspension fork to keep you comfortable on rougher surfaces. The puncture-resistant Schwalbe Tyrago tyres are also a great choice.
- Buy now from Decathlon (£149)
The Riverside 100 from Decathlon is incredibly cheap thanks to the simple design of the steel frame and its affordable components.
Six gears should be enough to make a difference on hills and the lack of a front derailleur will make changing gear easier for beginner riders. Even the v-brakes are an upgrade from the cantilever designs you might expect to see at this price.
Creme Caferacer Man Uno Urban Bike
- Buy now from Wiggle (£699.99)
If you’re after a seriously stylish bike to cruise around town on between sipping cappuccinos, the Creme Caferacer could be just for you.
Replete with urban-friendly accessories, including a porteur-style rack and a chain guard, this bike will be ready for all conditions straight out of the box.
Challenge Urban 20-inch bike
- Buy now from Argos (£199.99)
If you’re looking for a practical and oh-so-cute bike for shooting around town that won’t take up much space at home, this diminutive darling from Argos’s house brand, Challenge, could be just the ticket.
With a simple 1×6 drivetrain and folding handlebars, we reckon this little cutie will find a place in your heart.
Carrera Subway 1
- Buy now from Halfords (£300)
The Carrera Subway is one of BikeRadar’s all-time favourite hybrid bikes. It’s a simple no-frills machine that offers an enjoyable ride thanks to smart component choices.
The wide range 2×8 drivetrain is complemented by mechanical Tektro disc brakes.