Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: St. Paul, MN
Bikes: Cannondale CAAD9, Ritchey Breakaway Cross, Nashbar X-frame bike.
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Ditto JeffS's sidenote.
Have you tried a bike with drop-bars. I bought a flat-bar roadbike (is that really a hybrid?) a while back. It was great for a short while. No small amount of time and money later, and I now have the perfect commuter with drop bars.
Drops don't mean racing bike. If the geometry is good for commuting and the handlebars level with the saddle, drops can be "casual", with the added comfort of multiple hand positions, and an ergonomic refuge from the wind.
Just something to complicate your decision.
Good night...and good luck