This article originally appeared in Shape.
Shopping for a bike can be overwhelming — especially if you're new to cycling — with so many options out there. What's more, if you're not sure what your main use for the bike will be (maybe you're interested in cruising the neighborhood with your family, but also want something that can handle more aggressive terrain), a hybrid bike is the answer.
Hybrid bikes are a cross between a road bike and a mountain bike, combining elements of both — including lightweight frames, larger tires, and multiple speeds — for a super versatile pick that can take you just about anywhere. Whether you're a commuter or fitness rider, hybrid bikes are comfortable, durable, and have quality parts that will perform on longer rides. (Related: The Best Folding Bikes That Won’t Take Up Your Whole Living Room)