Two years ago, my wife bought me a steel frame comfort bike from a bike shop in our area. It was a Giant Sedona ST which was great for riding around the neighborhood and some of the parks with short tracks. I heard about this bike club that rides on Saturday mornings and rode with them a few times. Most of the riders there are over 50 and some over 60, as am I, and most were on hybrids and road bikes and I was having a hard time keeping up. So, after 10 months of the steel bike, I bought a hybrid (the Cypress).
I also started getting more addicted to this thing called bicycling and was riding 15 to 20 miles a day. Then I decided, maybe it would be nice to do one of those charity rides that I keep seeing on the flyers at the park. I started riding more miles on the hybrid but there just wasn't any way that I was doing 50 to 100 miles on this thing. It's a great bike, I still ride it a lot but it's too heavy, the position isn't right for climbing some of the hills where these rides take place and I was always sore after long rides. So, back to the bike shop and I bring home the road bike.
At first, I found myself riding the hybrid more than the road bike and was only riding the road bike when training for these distance rides. Now I find myself doing the opposite. After having a professional fit on my road bike, I ride it more than the hybrid and only use the hybrid when riding with friends that don't have road bikes or when I decide, "boy, I haven't ridden that bike in a while." Getting on a road bike one time and not really giving it a good ride isn't the best way to determine that you don't want one. I was happy with the steel bike until the bug bit me. If you as much as think that you are going to get bit by the bug, seriously consider a road bike because if you start doing some serious riding, you are going to eventually get one.
Just my experience .... gotta' go and get ready for my Saturday ride. Taking the Defy.