I'm about 20 hours away from going to the bike shop and getting a pair of bikes for me and my wife. After about 3 weeks of internet research I've settled on a good quality hybrid ~$1,200 range.
We chose hybrid because:
1. We won't go off road
2. We want to ride relaxed (not too fast but not too slow)
3. We have never used drop bars and feel intimidated by it.
4. Chose higher quality components because a few friends have road bikes and we'd like to be able to go with them on 20-30 mile trips. Also, I dont like to buy bottom end of the range stuff (maybe psychological issue).
5. I'd like to be able to walk my dog using this attachment: http://www.thedogoutdoors.com/walkyd...ike-leash.html
My only concern is that I've read so much on the forums that most people who start with flat bars soon feel the need to get drop bar road bike. Is the flat bar road bike the right one for us? Should we save money and get a cheaper one in case we later want road bikes? Comfort is a big deal for us (reason why we want carbon components and a little higher end stuff)