Join Date: Sep 2005
Bikes: Cannondale T2000, Gary Fisher Sugar2, Trek Madone 5.2SL
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Essentially, you're looking for a bike to slow you down so you can ride with friends? Don't take this wrong, but that's seems to me to be an absurd reason to buy a bike. It would be cheaper to buy extra brake pads and drag a brake or buy a kid's trailer and throw in a cinder block or find the fattest, biggest tread tires for your wheels. I imagine someday your friends will want to go faster, then they'll want road bikes too.
A hybrid (generally speaking) will have lower gearing than your road bike, be more upright, come with wider tires and likely weigh more.
I'd make your friends keep up with you. If that's truly not an option, I'd see how long they intend to commit to biking on-road. If this is something they're not going to stick with, then buying a hybrid is probably a really bad idea. If they're wanting to really do this regularly, you have to wonder how long until they get road bikes, and the sooner that happens, the worse that hybrid purchase is going to look. If you really want to slow yourself down, and don't like my other ideas (how about a parachute?), then like the above guy, I'd find a decent used mountain bike so at least you can use it for mtn biking should you try off-roading with them.
My 2 cents.