Originally Posted by BigJeff
bike that is more focused on where/how you ride... if you are going for fitness... get a road bike...I'd only stay with a hybrid if your body can not physically lean forward to one of the more "relaxed" road bike/handlebar seat positions.
I started with a Trek 7.3FX. After a couple of months, hand/arm.neck and back moved me to a road bike. If you are on pavement, go for a road bike. More hand positions, better geometry, etc.
I rode 300 miles in the last three weeks, pain free on the road bike. With the hybrid, when I got up to 20 miles each trip, I started having problems with hands/arms, etc.
I'm mid sixties, might not be the same for you.
I am not a clyde, just happened to see the post. I dunno, but I think road bike would be even better for larger person, more weight.
Road bike works so much better for me, every way.