5 Good Hybrid Bikes for Women

Updated on May 27, 2016

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If you're a woman who loves to ride a bicycle, you probably know bike selection is limited, and there are definitely more male cycles than female out there. If you like riding in all terrains and conditions, whether commuting to work or riding trails in your spare time, you're probably interested in the best hybrid bikes for women.

A hybrid bicycle is a good compromise between a mountain bike and a road bike. In many cases, they possess the best of both worlds, with features that let you ride just about anywhere. They have limitations too, but if you plan to ride on pavement as well as off-road or on trails, then finding a good women's hybrid bike should be a priority for you.

This lens will offer hybrid bike reviews for women, showcasing a few great examples of comfortable bicycles for city and trail riding. We'll talk about the features of each model and weigh the pros and cons. I'll also let you know what style of riding I think each bike is most suitable for, so you can pick the right one.

Let's get started and look at what's out there for you!

Hybrid Bicycles For Women: A Definition

So what exactly is a hybrid bike, and what makes a model specifically for women? Well hybrids are combinations of two popular bike styles: mountain and road bikes. It's not a perfect combination, and they do not have all the advantages of both brands. Let me go into a bit more detail here.

Hybrid bikes for women and men usually have a relaxed riding position, perfect for comfort and an upright cycling experience. They have riser bars and a comfy seat, and they usually have good clearance (meaning no low hanging bits that can scrape on the ground). Most hybrid bikes have moderately wide tires with grooves. They are meant to be ridden on the road, so the tires are smooth. However, they are also wide for extra stability on rough trails, gravel and grass. They also usually have generous gearing, typically between 21 and 24 speeds to choose from.

The best women's hybrid bikes will include all these features, but they are also a bit smaller in size, and they'll be much easier to swing your legs over, usually coming with a low slung frame. The seats are built to be specifically comfortable for a female anatomy. Also the riding characteristics will be a bit less aggressive, since men usually have longer arms.

The differences in a good women's hybrid bicycle are intended to make the ride more comfortable and less taxing on the body.

Critical Cycles Dutch Style Step-Thru 7-Speed Shimano Hybrid Urban Commuter Road Bicycle, Cream, Large/44cm
Critical Cycles Dutch Style Step-Thru 7-Speed Shimano Hybrid Urban Commuter Road Bicycle, Cream, Large/44cm

Comfortable riding position, loop frame, good quality components, great inexpensive price.


Critical Cycles: A beautiful dutch style hybrid bicycle for women

A Good Hybrid Bike for Female Riders, Great Price Tag

Critical Cycles is a newer player, but they produce a great quality product. Normally Dutch style bicycles can cost quite a bit, but this one is very cute, comfortable and fully functional as a hybrid bike. It features a comfy, loop style step through frame, and it comes in black, cream and forest green.

The components aren't too shabby either, with a sealed bearing headset, Shimano shifter, Kenda Kwest tires and alloy cranks. The riding style is upright and comfortable, and the 7 speeds are perfect for commuting. It even has a vintage style bullet headlamp built in. This is definitely a great women's hybrid bicycle and work checking in to.

Schwinn Discover Women's Hybrid Bike (700C Wheels),White,28"
Schwinn Discover Women's Hybrid Bike (700C Wheels),White,28"

Comfortable riding position, 21 speeds, aluminum frame, rear luggage rack built in.


Schwinn Discover: One of the best 700c hybrid bicycles for ladies

An inexpensive and fun women's hybrid bicycle

What a nice little bike! Here's another example of a fine bicycle by Schwinn. The price is unbelievable when you look at the list of features you get. Go to any bike shop to compare if you don't believe me! With a Suntour front fork for a more comfortable ride on all terrain, 21 speeds to choose from and SRAM grip shifters, and a rear luggage rack ready for a basket or saddlebags, it's just loaded up with great stuff.

The frame is lightweight aluminum, and this is a bike that's perfect for an urban environment or city, and it's comfy to ride with it's upright stance and wide handlebars. If you're someone who feels a little bit uneasy on a bike, it's perfect: low to the ground and very easy to control. The occasional trail ride is no problem either.

Retrospec Bicycles Step-Thru Sid-7 Dutch Style Hybrid Urban Commuter Road Bicycle
Retrospec Bicycles Step-Thru Sid-7 Dutch Style Hybrid Urban Commuter Road Bicycle

This is a beautiful hybrid bike for road riding or city commuting. Check it out.


Retrospec: A fantastic Dutch hybrid bike for women

Affordable, Elegant, Classic, This One's a Winner

Retrospec has always been one of the top bike manufacturers in my mind. Their products, while inexpensive, are always great to ride and gorgeous to look at. Here, they've produced one of the best ladie's hybrid bicycles around.

Their take on the Dutch style is very modestly priced and comes with some great accessories, including wide and smooth rolling 700c wheels, an integrated headlamp, a rear luggage rack, an alloy crankset and a strong and light frame. It's definitely intended for a comfortable riding position, and it's ideal if you don't want to be leaning forward over your handlebars the whole ride.

It has 7 speeds in total, a simple and versatile gearing range similar to other dutch style hybrids in this price category.

You're sure to get some looks riding it around. It's a well-built, good quality women's hybrid bicycle for summer cruising around town or your favourite bike path.

Diamondback Bicycles 2014 Clarity 2 Women's Performance Hybrid Bike (700cm Wheels), 18-Inch, Blue
Diamondback Bicycles 2014 Clarity 2 Women's Performance Hybrid Bike (700cm Wheels), 18-Inch, Blue

Strong aluminum frame, great components, double wall rims for added strength. This bike is strong and fast.


Diamondback Clarity: A fast, fun ladie's commuter bike

A high quality hybrid bike for women

I'm a big fan of Diamondback bikes, they just seem to be indestructible. I have many friends who have had them for years without any issues. The Clarity 2 is a great ladies hybrid bicycle that has nice features. A butted aluminum high performance frame and Shimano shift components (including an Acera rear derailleur) make this ride strong, light and fast.

The attractive aerodynamic frame looks even better in person. The brakes are linear pull style, and they actually stop the bike really well. The wheels are Equation brand and they're double walled, aluminum alloy and they spin very nicely. This is definitely one of my favorite ladies hybrid bicycles available today.

Sonoma Women's Chainless Drive Evolution Urban Commuter Bicycle
Sonoma Women's Chainless Drive Evolution Urban Commuter Bicycle

No chain to catch your clothes or splatter grease, how great is that?


Sonoma Evolution: A great hybrid bicycle for females, chain-free!

This Sonoma Evolution is a chainless bicycle. That means that while most bikes are usually driven by a chain, this one is driven by a driveshaft that spins. That means less maintenance, no chain grease to splatter your clothing, and less noise.

On top of that, the Evolution is great with an aluminum frame and a front fork suspension. The components and the ride quality speak for themselves: this is a fantastic hybrid bicycle for women that will last you a long time.

Things To Watch For:

Buying a women's hybrid bike? Watch out for these things:

There are a couple of things to watch out for when reading women's hybrid bicycle reviews or shopping online. I wouldn't exactly call them scams, but there is misleading information out there.

  1. A lot of companies will label their women's bikes as hybrid bicycles. This isn't always accurate. Oftentimes the term 'hybrid' will get lumped in with comfort, urban or cruiser bikes. A true hybrid is a not a cruiser bike with gears, but a bicycle with a wide range of riding capabilities. Make sure you're looking at the real deal.
  2. Looking for the best women's hybrid bicycles? You may want to check out the men's section. It's true that some models are specifically aimed at men, but a lot of selection out there is basically unisex. It never hurts to give a bike a try. Make sure that when you ride it, you feel comfortable and in control.
  3. Watch out for too much cushioning. Many manufacturers think women are all about comfort, and they'll add extra seat padding and shocks to a women's hybrid bike. That's fine, but if there is too much, it can diminish the quality of your riding experience. Believe it or not, too much padding will make for an uncomfortable ride. It's true!

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      Camellia Sinensis 3 months ago

      Thanks for the informative article. I am wondering whatever became of the Giant Suede Coasting DX with automatic gear shift that came out several years ago. Seems to have been made from 2007-2009. Are they really as good as they say? Thanks!

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      Connie 9 months ago

      I'm just looking for a nice riding bike on pavement, sidewalks, trails. Sometimes I take my dogs. Should I get a hybrid?

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      par 13 months ago

      Hi am thinking of buying a cannondale quick for for commuting to work. round trip would be 6 miles with some hills. i would like to know what you think of this bike, and if dimondback is better?

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      Graeme 2 years ago

      Hi Kate, the Manitoba looks pretty good. I haven't seen it up close so I can't comment with total authority, but the frame is aluminum, the shifters are Shimano Acera (basic, but not bad) and the wheel rims are double walled Weinmanns, which I like. It seems to compare well to the Diamondback in this review. I hope that helps!

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      Kate 2 years ago

      What do you think about the Nishiki Manitoba sold by Dick's? It's on sale so I like the price but I'm not sure about the quality...

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      idealifestyle 4 years ago

      I'm just writing a post on hybrid bike for women.. and I was searching on google for interesting reviews about them.. and I founf you! really nice lens! thanks a lot!

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      Graeme 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I disagree about the average quality part. The Diamondback Clarity for example, it's a phenomenal bike that would be several hundred more in a shop. Price and quality are not always correlated, and many people buy a way fancier bike than they need. What kind of riding are you hoping to do? Maybe I can make a few suggestions.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      what about higher quality hybrid bikes? It appears to me that those featured are all inexpensive/average quality.

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      SteveKaye 4 years ago

      These look like a great idea. Thank you for publishing this lens. I'm sure many will find this useful.

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      sojourner-1 4 years ago

      I really enjoy biking. Thanks for all the info...

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      Angela F 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Thanks for all the info - it makes choosing a bike a lot easier!