I have a good mountain bike, but I'm looking at getting a second bike and am trying to choose between some form of road bike or a hybrid (i.e. road-ish-bike with flat bars). Here's what I want it for:
- Commuting: I have around a 30 minute commute. I would not bike everyday, but I would like to bike at least a few times a week. I'd also like to use it to bike around town, etc.
- Recreational riding: There are awesome bike paths in my city. While I can certainly ride my MTB on them, I think it would be more enjoyable with a more sleek bike with smaller, slicker tires. I'd like to spend at least a few hours each weekend biking for both fitness and fun.
Originally I thought I'd get a hybrid, but some of my roadie friends think it will be more versatile to get a road bike. Does anyone have thoughts on this? I like the idea of being able to go faster on a real road bike (fast = fun!) but I've never had a road bike before, so I think I'd be more comfortable on a flat-barred bike.