I got back into cycling three weeks ago and bought a used Schwinn MTB for a good price, but now that I'm getting into it, I'm realizing that having the heavy mountain bike probably isn't good for the rides I'm taking.
I'm leaning towards buying a lighter hybrid bike just because I've never liked the idea of drops and I'm not looking to race or do anything like that, but I'd like something that lends itself to nice road rides but that isn't going to feel like I have an anchor strapped to my waist on a 2% grade. Now, I understand that my engine needs upgrading (3 weeks ago "out of shape" would've been doing me some justice), but should I look at something like a hybrid or a road bike (giving the drops a chance)?
One of my primary concerns with getting a pure road bike is that where I live there are a lot of sketchy roads and some gravel, and I don't want to deal with a lot of flats. Any advice?