Hybrid or Cross Bikes - Hybrid Bicycles
In the late 1980s manufacturers realized that bicycles combining the features of both mountain bikes (notably cantilever brakes and frame geometry) and touring bikes (notably medium-width, medium-pressure tires and provision for racks) were enormously popular among recreational, commuting, and touring cyclists.
Typically, such a hybrid, or cross, bike has either drop or flat handlebars and triple chain ring gearing. Many cyclists find the hybrid bike an ideal all-purpose bicycle for either road or light off-road riding, as it has both the sure handling of the mountain bike on dirt and gravel and the lighter weight and lower rolling resistance of a road bike on pavement. Sometimes hybrid bicycles are sold as commuter or city bicycles.