Although I love the speed of my road bike and the ability to climb hills, I have had it for three years and always get neck and shoulder pain. I'm 50. I also like the ability to see better and that is why I'm thinking of getting a hybrid. I don't want to modify my road bike just in case I ever do a long distance ride.
On the beach bike paths, I see alot of flat bar road bikes, that go as fast as my road bike. I don't know what kind they are. I once had a Trek 7200 FX, model year 2001 but it was super slow.
I'm looking for a fast flat bar road bike that can handle Los Angeles' potholes and climb hills. I have tested riden around one block the Jamis Coda and Kona Dew. Any other suggestions? Am I asking for too much?