I currently own a '08 Trek 7100 (my first bike). I wasn't sure I would use it but I didn't want a walmart bike so I got a cheap one. Needless to say I've made good use of it. Last Saturday I rode about 25 miles. I'm expecting to start riding more 20 something mile rides. I'm planning on doing 36 in the ridewell tour in a few weeks. (a fundraiser)
Seeing as how I'm rarely on anything besides pavement I figured I should look into getting a more performance oriented hybrid. I like the 7.3fx. I rode one last week but the seat seemed really hard to me.
Several of my friends have suggested getting a road bike. Honestly I'm still interested in some measure of comfort. It's very possible that I'll want something else in another year. I'm just not ready yet. When I ride with my friends we ride at a leisurely pace side by side (not drafting).
Any alternatives I should consider to the 7.3fx? Is it worth it for the extra money for the 7.5? Thanks!