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Women Hybrid Bikes You Will Love Plus Tips on Choosing

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If you’re a woman looking for a bike to keep fit, run errands, commute, or for leisure, a hybrid bike would be ideal for you. There are numerous hybrid bikes available, and knowing how to choose one can be challenging.

Here are 8 tips for choosing a hybrid bike for women:

  1. Choose the material for your frame.
  2. Find a saddle that’s wide, breathable, and well-padded.
  3. Make sure your handlebar is flat.
  4. Pick wider tires. 
  5. Choose between flat or hybrid pedals. 
  6. Go for disc or rim brakes.
  7. Pick your gears.
  8. Get the right weight.

In this article, I’ll define what a hybrid bike is briefly, before going into further detail on the tips I mentioned above. Let’s get started!

What Is a Hybrid Bike?

A hybrid bike is a versatile, comfortable, stable, general-purpose bike. As its name implies, it combines the features of a mountain bike and a road bike. It does well under different terrain, weather conditions, and riding conditions. 

There are various hybrid bikes — namely, unisex hybrid bikes, hybrid bikes for men, and hybrid bikes for women.

How To Choose a Hybrid Bike

1. Choose the Material for Your Frame

When choosing a hybrid bike, you should check the frame because it’s an integral part of the bike. The frame holds the bike together and carries your weight, and it should therefore be strong and comfortable. So, look for a hybrid bike of good quality and durable materials. 

Some of the best materials for frames are:

Titanium: Many manufacturers use titanium to make hybrid bikes. It’s a light yet strong material that can endure impact without damaging the bike’s tubes. A bike with a titanium frame can be a bit pricey, but the increased durability makes up for it in my opinion.

Butted Aluminum: Many frames of hybrid bikes are butted aluminum. Aluminum is a robust, stiff, and lightweight material and is therefore great for a hybrid bike. The strength-to-weight ratio is excellent when a frame is butted aluminum, making the bike comfortable and durable.

Carbon Fiber: A hybrid bike made from carbon fiber is excellent, as the material balances comfort, stiffness, and performance. A carbon fiber frame could make the bicycle a bit more costly, but it is light, durable, and highly adaptable. 

Two women riding hybrid bikes in park

2. Find a Saddle That’s Wide, Breathable, and Well-Padded

A hybrid bike with the right saddle will give you a comfortable and enjoyable riding experience. When choosing the saddle for your bike, think about your weight, riding style, and the types of rides you’ll take. 

Also, here are some characteristics of a good saddle for a hybrid bike:

  • Wide: Because the geometry of hybrid bikes put the rider in more of an upright position, a wide saddle will be more comfortable for leisurely rides. A broad saddle will protect your lower back from strain, especially during long rides.
  • Breathable: The saddle should be made from breathable material to allow air to pass through it. The breathable fabric on the harness doesn’t become too warm or uncomfortable as you ride. Some of the breathable materials you can choose are leather and silicone gel.
  • Well-padded: A well-padded saddle helps to absorb shock as you ride. It keeps you comfortable and is also suitable for your lower back.

3. Make Sure Your Handlebar Is Flat

A handlebar helps you to steer and control your hybrid bike. Choosing a strong and lightweight one is good because it makes your rides comfortable. One of the best handlebars for a hybrid bike is the flat handlebar due to the following reasons:

Woman riding a hybrid bike with flat handlebars
Hybrid bike with flat handlebars
  • You have a steady grip on the handlebar and thus better control of the bike, giving you more confidence. 
  • The flat handlebar puts you at ease when taking an upright riding position.
  • You don’t hurt your back as you ride.

4. Pick Wider Tires

When choosing a hybrid bike, consider the tires as well because this bike handles different terrain. For that reason, the tires of hybrid bikes should be broader than those of other bikes. In addition, you should go for wider tires because:

  • Broader tires give you a smoother ride and absorbs shock better than narrow tires making your ride more comfortable and enjoyable.
  • With wider tires, you will be able to ride your bike over various types of terrain.
  • Wide tires also give you a feeling of stability and safety.

5. Choose Between Flat or Hybrid Pedals

Some hybrid bikes come with a pair of pedals. When riding a hybrid bike, it’s essential to have the right pedals for practicality, comfort, and power. There are different pedals when choosing a hybrid bike, but the ones below are among the best. 

Flat Pedals

Flat pedals are the most common on hybrid bikes. All you have to do is rest your feet on the pedals and ride. Flat pedals are great for hybrid bikes for women due to the following reasons: 

  • They give you a large surface area, making the ride easy. 
  • Most flat pedals have studs that grip your shoes, and you can therefore wear any shoes, like rubber ones. 
  • Flat pedals help you control your bike when riding on tricky terrain or off-road.
  • They give you more safety and versatility while riding because you aren’t attached to the pedal.

Hybrid Pedals

Hybrid bike pedals are dual-sided, meaning they combine a flat and clipless design. With hybrid pedals, you decide whether to use the flat or clipless part of the pedal depending on how you ride. For example, during a leisure ride, you can use the flat feature, and when on long touring rides, you can use the clipless part of the pedal.

Jennifer riding a Marin Kentfield 2 ST hybrid bicycle in park
Marin Kentfield 2 ST

6. Go for Disc or Rim Brakes

It’s essential to consider the brakes when choosing a hybrid bike, as they provide the stopping power to keep you safe. 

Below are the some of the best brakes for a hybrid bike:

Disc Brakes

Disc brakes are slightly more costly than other brakes, but they’re great on a hybrid bike for women. Below are some reasons disc brakes are great:

  • They have more stopping power than rim brakes, allowing you to stop quickly.
  • Disc brakes are great for riding through dirt, sand, or mud as they don’t clog up. 
  • They’re also suitable for riding on wet roads as the pads grab almost as they do when the road is dry. 

Rim Brakes

Most hybrid bikes have rim brakes, which come in different sizes and shapes and are cheaper than disc brakes. You can choose rim brakes if:

  • Your hybrid bike has a light frame (like aluminum, for example); or
  • You usually ride in areas without extreme weather conditions, such as the city.

7. Pick Your Gears

The range of gears in hybrid bikes varies from one model to another, ranging from one to 27 or more. 

Here’s how to select the gears on a hybrid bike:

  • Choose a hybrid bike with more gears if you’ll be riding on hills and find climbing a bit challenging.
  • If you’ll be riding a lot of flat terrains or are a strong cyclist, go for a hybrid bike with fewer gears.

8. Get the Right Weight

If your bike is light, your rides will be easier, faster, and more enjoyable than when your bike is heavy. For instance, if the bike is more than 25 pounds (11.34 kilograms), it will feel heavy when climbing slopes and slow you down when riding on ordinary terrain.

The best thing is to strike a balance of value, strength, and lightness.

Top Picks for Hybrid Bikes for Women

*All prices are as of June 8, 2022

Brand/ModelWomen SpecificFrame MaterialTire SizeNumber of GearsShocksPrice
Trek FX 1 Disc StaggerDoes no specify, but saddle is the Bontrager Sport Women’sAluminum700-35c16No$679.99
Specialized Crossroads 2.0 Step ThroughUnisexAluminum700-45c14No$775
Liv Alight DD Disc 2YesAluminum700-38c16No$780
Co-op Cycles CTY 1.1UnisexAluminum700-40c24No$649
Cannondale Quick 5 RemixteYesAluminum700-35c14No$735
Marin Kentfield 2 ST 700cUnisexAluminum700-40c10No$769
Fuji Traverse 1.5 STYesAluminum700-40c16Yes, Fork$769.99
Cannondale Quick CX 4YesAluminum700-40c21Yes, Fork$735
Canyon Pathlite 6 Women’sYesAluminumXXS-small 650b, 12Yes, Fork$1199
Diamondback Division 2UnisexAluminum650-47c9No$925
Comparison Table

Trek FX 1 Disc Stagger

Trek FX 1 Disc Stagger
Trek FX 1 Disc Stagger

Features

  • Frame: Aluminum
  • Fork: Steel
  • Drivetrain: 11-32, 8-speed
  • Chainring: 46/30
  • Women’s Specific: 
  • Tires/Size: 700-35c
  • Colors: One color – Metallic Gunmetal
  • Brakes: Mechanical Disc
  • Size Range: Small, Medium and Large
  • Rack and fender mounts
  • Weight: 27.74 lbs for size medium
  • Price: $679.99

Specialized Crossroads 2.0 Step Through

Specialized Crossroads 2.0 Step Through
Specialized Crossroads 2.0 Step Through

Features

  • Frame: Aluminum
  • Fork: Aluminum
  • Drivetrain: Altus, Tourney 11-34t 7-speed
  • Chainring: 46/30
  • Women’s Specific: No
  • Tires/Size: 700-45mm
  • Colors:  2 colors – Satin Redwood with Chrome and Satin Marine Blue with Chrome
  • Brakes: Mechanical Disc
  • Size Range: Small, Medium and Large
  • Rack and fender mounts.
  • Price: $775

Liv Alight DD Disc 2

Liv Alight DD Disc 2
Liv Alight DD Disc 2

Features

  • Frame: Aluminum
  • Fork:  Aluminum
  • Drivetrain: Shimano Altus 11-34 2×8
  • Chainring: 30/46
  • Women’s Specific: Yes
  • Tires/Size: 700-38c
  • Colors: 2 colors – Purple Ash, Eucalyptus
  • Brakes: Hydraulic Disc
  • Size Range: X-Small, Small, Medium and Large
  • Women’s-specific bike
  • Rack and fender mounts
  • Price: $780

Co-op Cycles CTY 1.1

Co-op Cycles CTY 1.1

Features

  • Frame: Aluminum
  • Fork: Aluminum
  • Drivetrain: 11-32 8-speed
  • Chainring: 48/38/28
  • Women’s Specific: 
  • Tires/Size: 700c-40
  • Colors: 2 Colors – Midnight Purple and Spa Blue
  • Brakes: Mechanical Disc
  • Size Range: X-Small, Small and Medium
  • Weight: 26.8
  • Rack and fender mounts
  • Price:  $649

Cannondale Quick 5 Remixte Women’s

Cannondale Quick 5 Remixte
Cannondale Quick 5 Remixte

Features

  • Frame: Aluminum
  • Fork: Chromoly
  • Drivetrain: Shimano Tourney 12-32 7-speed
  • Chainring: 46/30
  • Women’s Specific: Yes
  • Tires/Size: 700-35c
  • Colors: 2 colors – Highlighter and Sage Gray
  • Brakes: Mechanical Disc
  • Size Range: X-Small, Small, Medium and Large
  • Weight: 26.2
  • Women’s Specific Bike
  • Rack and fender mounts
  • Price: $735

Marin Kentfield 2 ST

Marin Kentfield 2 ST
Marin Kentfield 2 ST

Features

  • Frame: Aluminum
  • Fork: Steel
  • Drivetrain: 11-51t 10-speed
  • Chainring: 38T 
  • Women’s Specific: No
  • Tires/Size: 700c-40mm
  • Colors: 2 colors – Green and Chome
  • Brakes: Mechanical Disc
  • Size Ranges: Small, Medium and Large
  • Rack and fender mounts
  • Price: $769

Fuji Traverse 1.5 ST

Fuji Traverse 1.5 ST
Fuji Traverse 1.5 ST

Features

  • Frame: Aluminum
  • Fork: Suspension,
  • Drivetrain: Shimano Altus, 11-34t
  • Chainring: 46/30T
  • Women’s Specific: Yes
  • Tires/Size: 700-40c
  • Colors: One color – Denim Blue
  • Brakes: Mechanical Disc
  • Size Range: Small, Medium, Large, X-Large and XX-Large
  • Price: $769.99

Cannondale Quick CX 4 Women’s

Canyon Quick CX 4 Women's
Cannondale Quick CX 4 Women’s

Features

  • Frame: Aluminum
  • Fork: Suspension
  • Drivetrain: Shimano Tourney 14-34t 7-speed
  • Chainring: 48/38/28
  • Women’s Specific: Yes
  • Tires/Size: 700c-40mm
  • Colors: 2 colors – Alpine and Salmon
  • Brakes: Mechanical Disc
  • Weight: 31 lbs. 3.2 oz. for Medium size
  • Rack and fender mounts
  • Price: $735

Canyon Pathlite 6 WMN

Canyon Pathlite 6 WMN
Canyon Pathlite 6 WMN

Features

  • Frame: Aluminum
  • Fork: Suntour NRX-D Suspension
  • Drivetrain: Shimano Deore XT M8100, 10-51, 12-speed
  • Chainring: 36t
  • Women’s Specific: Yes
  • Tires/Size: XX-Small and Small Tire Size is 650b (27.5″). 28″ for Medium Size
  • Colors: 1 color – Light Grey
  • Brakes: Hydraulic Disc
  • Size Range: XX-Small, X-Small, Small and Medium
  • Weight: 28 lbs
  • Women’s Specific Bike
  • Price: $1199

Diamondback Division 2

Diamondback Division 2
Diamondback Division 2

Features

  • Frame: Aluminum
  • Fork: Aluminum
  • Drivetrain: 11-24t, 9-speed
  • Chainring: 40T
  • Women’s Specific: 
  • Tires/Size: 650-47c
  • Colors: 1 color – Saffron Yellow Matte
  • Brakes: Hydraulic Disc
  • Size Range: Small, Medium, Large and X-Large
  • Price: $925

Conclusion

When choosing a hybrid bike, check the frame, saddle, handlebar, tires, pedals, brakes, gears, and weight. The more suitable these features are for you, the more likely you’ll have a safe and comfortable ride.

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