mine came about through necessity- neck injuries that put more strain on a head bent back when using drop or flat bars. i had bought a bianchi lynx mtb and gritted my teeth in extreme pain for 2 summers and was set to give up when i got sage advice and made the gender change.
upright bars, different stem, stem extensions (zoom brand with a lot of spacers), switched off road tires to kinda sorta commuter, rack and saddlebags, and different seat.
by grepthar's hammer, what a difference. (apologies to film galaxy quest)
judy continues, after 6 years, to be a joy to ride.
as for commercial hybrids, they look great!