Don't know which Hybrid you were riding. but my '07 Specialized Sirrus 700c Hybrid has been working great on my 32 mile round trip commute across Houston. It's a lot faster than my hybridized Alpine Monitor Pass MTB, and unlike my '88 Sirrus road bike has the hard points for racks. Plus my '88 feels rather whippy and unstable. I would not use my road bike to commute for any reason unless that is all I had. The '88 Sirrus is great for road racing, charity rides, and for fitness riding, but a commuter it does not make. In fact it's my impression that the '07 Sirrus is a touring bike masquerading as a hybrid just based on it's fit. I get the impression that If I dropped drop bars on with the appropriate "V" brake compatible Brifters it would be indistinguishable from a touring bike. My only beef is that it's an aluminum frame and I wish they had kept the whole like steel.
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1988 Specialized Sirrus, 1989 Alpine Monitor Pass MTB, 2007 Specialized Sirrus 700C hybrid, 2007 Schwinn Town & Country trike, 1970 "Resto-Improved" Raleigh 20, 1970 "WIP" Raleigh 20, and 1980 "WIP" Schwinn Town & Country trike
I have a Trek 7200 hybrid and it is a great bike. Hybrid bikes seem to be like a transition bike from a mountain bike. At least it was for me. When I got back into biking my first bike was a department store Schwinn Ranger mountain bike. For the money they are actually not bad at all, but was slow and heavy compared to a Trek 7200. Also the gearing of the 7200 allows for faster cruising with longer gears. The riding position does put you at a disadvantage (as well as tire width, weight etc.) compared to road bike riders. I was pacing a road bike rider on my weekend ride for 8 miles or so and I had to put my forearms on the handle bars and lean forward since we were going directly into the wind. Unfortunately my handle bars are not set up for riding in this position, so it was not comfortable and a big bump could have caused me to wipe out.
If you are looking into buying a hybrid with the intention of replacing a road bike and a mountain bike you will be disappointed. I am looking into getting a Trek 1.5 road bike for longer rides. I don't ride rough trails, so I do not need a mountain bike, but I do want the more efficient lighter road bike. I will of course keep my 7200 for shorter rides.