I currently drive my Trek 7000 hybrid 13-14 miles each way across roads in fairly decent condition over hilly terrain. I'll possibly be riding over downtown streets at night to work.
Quick question, I'm thinking of changing my bike for my commute. It's a little under 14 miles each way and has some pretty hilly terrain and I carry about 30lbs on my rack. Roads are so-so. Some are worse than others. Should I go ahead and upgrade to a touring bike? But those are pricey. My LBS has Trek 1.1s for around $600, do road bikes work? Or should I just stay with my trusty hybrid? I definitely can't afford to buy new racks, lights, etc for a new bike so all my accessories are carrying over to a faster bike if I get one. I'm trying to see if upgrading a bike will cut my time commuting as so far it takes me about 1hr10min to get from home to school and vice versa.
And yes, it's a night commute home, sometimes through rain. When I start working again (job starts in a few weeks) I'll upgrade to a proper 600 lumen bike light.