Originally Posted by eflan
At first I thought a hybrid bike would be perfect, but I've also seen a lot of
negative opinions on them. For my usage, what would suit me the best?
Hybrids are hybrids and than can vary from a mountain bike with road / mild
off road tyres to a a touring bike with road / mild off road tyres so general
opinions of them are pretty worthless.
A good hybrid is a practical all round bike with mudguards, racks, lights etc
flat bars, (you can fit bar ends or combine ergo grips / ends), and is suitable
for road and city riding, mild off road and touring. Selection of tyres can affect
this, e.g. for a lot of touring you really want road only good rolling tyres.
Cyclocross bikes are the do it all version of a road bike. Both have drop bars
and are built to go fast. Neither are great round the city or very practical
as a day to day bike, they are for when you want to go out and ride.
Generally no fenders, racks or lights, not comfortable.
Neither suit your description of what you want.
You do want a hybrid, one that suits you. Your size comes into it as
to whether its based on 622mm rim road wheels or 559mm offroad
wheels. Fat tyres and a nice saddle, good bike fit and good grips
(+bar ends) will make for a very comfortable bike.
An MTB based hybrid suits city / mild off road better, a touring
based hybrid suits the open road and touring better, your call.
The former smaller than average, the latter taller than average.
If your mechanically savvy there are some good value bikes online.