my 30 year old Fuji 12 is showing it's age ........ and mine too.
I've rented a Trek and Bianchi (don't know the models, but as rentals in NYC I can't imagine they are tops or the most current). They were both flat top hybrids. Even though the B was undersized for me at 16 (id' guess I need 18 or 20) it was more fun and a better ride then my 35 pound Fuji. But NYC is alot flatter then where I live.
Last year I test road bikes of all flavors at the local. Trek, Specialized, custom Surley, carbon, alum, steel. They were all infinitely better then my old pal. But prolly almost anything modern would impress.
I'd like to put in 10-20 mile rides, 3-5 times a week. The roads I ride stink and the drivers are inconsiderate.
I'd like to keep it under $1000, preferable $800. Im looking at 20 lb or so, comfy saddle & smooth gears first. Steel or alum, carbon is just overkill at his point. I'd like to have disc brakes for rain, but not at the top of the list. I use toe clips, not cages or bike shoes.
I was thinking road, but now I'm shifting a bit more to hybrid for shock absorption.
Any input, thoughts, whatever are welcome.