Hello all, I'm new here but have been reading threads before posting. I'm a big dude-6'5" and three-fiddy. During college (10 years ago) I was a very committed bike commuter/mountain biker. About three years ago I wanted to start riding again with my wife. She bought a Specialized Sirrus and I bought a Specialized Sequoia. I visualized doing long rides and centuries. I have found that the drop bars bother me. I bought the bike based on my experience when I was younger/lighter/fitter/daily rider. Since then, we had a baby and I almost exclusively ride the bike with 40+lbs of bike trailer behind me, around the neighborhood. I cannot remember the last time I even used the big chainring or the lower part of the bars. I hold onto the tops of the bars exclusively, which are narrow and wobbly, while the hoods are too low/far away to use for more than a minute or two. This is even with an adjustable stem. Even if I was in shape, the kiddo won't stay in the trailer more than 30 minutes, so that is the longest I go between breaks. I've also had durability problems with the skinny tires and the brakes are pretty weak to stop the over 400 pounds of weight.
I'm thinking of trading the Sequoia in for a hybrid. It seems that most riders here deride (pun intended) them, and 10 years ago I would have to. I've test ridden the Kona Dew Plus (cable disc brakes), Giant FCR, Specialized Sirrus, and I'll try a Trek 7.2 FX later today.
What say ye? Am I trying to fix a software problem with hardware? Opinions on those hybrids?
Current bike (pic makes bar look more even with seat than reality):