Here's the background story. I apologize for the long post in advance. I've become something of a poet as of late.
I have always owned mountain bikes. Although I do take them on trails many times a year, I find my real calling in riding them on the road. I have found myself time after time taking my mountain bike on long (and painful) treks on nothing but road. I like riding on the road but I hate doing it with the mountain bike. So let's try a road bike you say.
I bought a cheap and used road bike just to see how I like it, and I hated it. I don't like the position you have to sit in, where the gears were located, etc. I just didn't feel comfortable on it. Another thing that worried me is that I'm heavier than the average road biker at 225 lbs. Next, I looked into hybrid bikes.
I looked at one at the LBS and it felt pretty good; a lot quicker than my mountain bike that's for sure. It's a Specialized Crosstrail Sport Disc. Not too much, not too little in terms of price. Well, I'm about to go back tomorrow to finally buy it, but I ask you this,
Do I need a hybrid?
My main use will be riding on the road as I have a mountain bike for off-road. The question is, should I go for a similarly priced road bike (with flat bars)? Will it be okay in terms of tires? Will it be okay in terms of shock versus no shock? My weight concerns me as I don't want to buy a bike and have it ruined when I hit a bump or something. Please help clear my mind on this; there's just too many damn options.