A flat bar road bicycle, also known as a recumbent bike, is usually a cardio machine optimized for flat use or an indoor road bike with either a drop seat or a flat bar in place of a traditional drop bar. Flat bar weights can be used with indoor bikes, even those equipped with recumbent seating. There are several different flat bar weights available in the market for sale.
Urban bikes are lightweight and usually come with front suspension. The majority of urban bikes built today are also hybrid bikes with some variations. Some of these hybrid bikes have recumbent seating but some have not. Urban hybrid bikes that do not have front suspension have been growing in popularity in recent years.
The main difference between a Recumbent bike and a flat bar machine is the shape of the saddle and the kind of seat tube angle. In a recumbent bike the saddle has a flat back, curved seatstays and a low headtube angle. The head tube angle is typically lower than a normal mountain bike because the saddle offers a lot of support to the rider. A speeder bike has a flat bar and the seats offer much more bend to them. The head tube angle is also much higher than the saddle on a speeder.
Each of these four sides has a different purpose. The flat bar or saddle on a Recumbent bike offers a lower back support. This is good when you need to keep your weight over your chest and not take all the pressure off of the lower back. The head tube angle on a speeder is very low for maximum efficient transfer of energy. You can take all your weight on the front fork.
For many years there was a stigma attached to speeders and Indie types. This is because they tended to be more robust and sportsier looking. That stigma has been largely phased out with the advent of urban bikes. Most modern day indie bike frames are very sleek and modern looking. Even some of the high end urban bikes have clean flat bar road bikes which eliminate the stigma attached to the speedier styles.
There are now hybrid bikes available as well. Many hybrid bikes have a frame design that looks a lot like a regular road bike frame design but it features dropouts instead of the traditional top tube dropout design on a flat bar bike. The frame then rides along on a suspension system similar to that found in many high end touring bikes. Some hybrid bikes have just a straight dropout from the top tube, which allows them to be much lighter than their traditional road bicycle cousins. This makes them perfect for urban riding where lightness is an issue.
There is also a new breed of hybrid bikes that are actually electric. These are much lighter than normal road bikes, due to their weightlessness. They still feature a conventional seat design, but they have clever electronics that allow them to run on battery power and thus not use gas. While this technology is not quite as advanced as electric powered flat bar road bikes, it does allow these bikes to make longer trips and give you more touring options in terms of settings. Many people choose to buy them because they are easier on the back and make longer climbs.
Hybrid bikes are very popular with the younger generation who often consider themselves to be “post-modern” and prefer to feel like they are doing something unique. This is why flat bar hybrid bikes have been particularly popular among the indie crowd. You can find these at most bike stores, but it is best to try them out at a bike shop or some sort of bike shop retail store. It is also possible to buy one online. If you are buying online, you will want to be sure to try it out before purchase so you can be sure you are getting a good deal.