I just found this forum today and I have a few questions... I think that I want a road bike but as of now I am looking at hybrids and this is why... I am about 300#s, 5'9" 28 inseam I have a long torso and short legs and bad shoulders and knees. I started looking at mountain bikes believing that they would be the only choice for a rider as heavy as myself... I hated them too sloped over the bars and the front forks were ... squishy. I visited a couple of local shops and one suggested either a Trek Fx 3 or 4 or a Specialized Sirrus elite. I tried the specialized today and really liked it and I am trying a Trek Fx tomorrow. I wanted to see if those bikes really could support me and that search led me to this forum. I spent the afternoon trying to read as much as I could but really came away with more questions and doubts about the hybrids as a good choice. I liked the upright or less aggressive riding position as it put less stress on my shoulders but I can see where different hand positions might be good as I build to longer distances. I also like the upright position when riding with my 4 year old at low speeds. Is there a good road bike for me that has a similar riding position to the hybrids that I mentioned that is close to $1000 or less? I read about needing 32 -40 spokes, so a min of 32 with the idea that I would change them out only if it was an issue.