I had a minute to dig through some old photos from the last three years and I found a couple of them that show my radical transformation since I started cycling last year… Now keep in mind, I started riding in June of 2011 and back then I was only 16 pounds heavier than I am now – and this is after I’d dropped 24 pounds by running:
Notice the lack of face fat? That’s what I’m talkin’ about baby…
So, let’s answer this one quickly… Can a hybrid beat a road bike?
Of course not! But a road bike can’t beat a hybrid either – they both pretty much sit there until a person gets on one and pushes the pedals around in a circle.
Phew, glad I could clear that up.
As far as what the question intended, which would be can a rider be faster on a hybrid than a road bike, don’t be silly. I, on a decent road bike, would absolutely smear me on a decent hybrid. It’s not even close.
The reason for this is simple – aerodynamics. On a hybrid you’re sitting upright, your body acts like a human sized sail that catches the air/wind as you move forward. On a road bike, especially in the drops on a road bike, your body is more parallel to the ground, therefore you cut into the air/wind better.
Now, if you only ever ride with the wind, now you might have something, because on a hybrid the wind will help push you, but let’s face reality… If you go out, generally speaking you have to come back. Hybrids have their place, there’s no doubt, but there’s a reason the pros ride road bikes rather than hybrids… Road bikes are faster.
I’d argue that the road bike is more comfortable too, but that’s opening up a can of worms right there.
My favorite memory from when my oldest daughter was still a baby, just a little more than a couple of handfuls, happened about two weeks after we brought her home. She had been hooked up to a “Biliblanket” when we first brought her home to deal with her being jaundiced for some reason that nobody could figure out. After a couple of weeks of nail-biting she’d finally progressed enough to where we could take it back… Shortly thereafter I was laying on the bed with her sleeping on my chest. I was just about ready to fall asleep as well so I set her on her side next to and facing me, head resting on my outstretched arm… and her tiny little breaths hitting me on the nose… That was the first time it really set in that my wife and I had made her. It was, without a doubt, the coolest “new dad” moment I ever had and I made sure to do the exact same thing when our second came along.
That was nine years ago and I can still remember that feeling like it was yesterday – it still makes my heart skip a beat thinking back on it…
So, new dads, after things have calmed down around the house, take a minute to let your new baby breathe on your face – to let it sink in that you just made a new life, you won’t regret it…
Of course, lest we not anger the baby docs in the house – taking a nap with a newborn is frowned upon because of the possibility of rolling over on and smothering the newborn while you’re asleep, or at least that’s what we were told… Please be careful, and if you’re a restless sleeper, no naps with the baby.