Is there a time to go from Hybrid to Road Bike?
So I've been riding a little under three months now. I had no idea when I bought my first bike how into it I was going to be. I started off around 375lbs and now I'm down around 325lbs and steadily dropping. (Diet changes more than biking)
At this point, I'm riding 18-20 miles every morning on a multi use path. The path is straight in some parts, but there are other parts that it is extremely curvy and if you go over 15 MPH, you end up going off the path in a tight curve and ending up in the grass/rough.
On the weekends, I like to make trips to Dallas to ride their bike trails. They are typically much longer and much more straight paths and have tons of road bikers on them going fast. When I go up there, I try to do 20-40 mile runs and go fast, trying to keep up with the road bikes. Most of them I can,'t but some of them I can. (I relish the moments when I pass a skinny guy on a road bike btw :D) This puts me at doing 100-125 miles a week right now.
That said, I've had problems with broken spokes on the stock rear wheels of my Hybrids. To the point I'm looking at new, beefier rear wheels. Right now I don't have a lot of interest in actually riding on the roads. I enjoy not having to worry about cars or dogs on the bike paths, but I do enjoy tracking my rides and going further and faster each time. I know I haven't maxed out my current hybrid, but I have to wonder as I'm getting passed on the fast trails, would a road bike make more sense here. Especially since I am starting to do 30+ mile rides more frequently.
The flipside is I love my Hybrid. The ergonomics feel just right to me. Granted my hands go numb and my wrists hurt after a long right, but I would be surprised if that didn't happen on every bike.
So the questions that pop up:
Is there a time to make the switch from hybrid to road bike?
Have I reached that time?
Is it possibly to continue to rack up long mile rides on a hybrid?
Is there a road bike that can handle my weight/power?
How much do I have to spend to get into a road bike that works for me?
Would some of my problems be solved with a road bike?
Would it just create new ones?