This is my first post, I'm very exciting to be joining the cycling community. Here's a little on why I'm asking this question. I busted my ankle some years back and I cannot run, but want to stay fit. I've found out biking is something I can handle and go for a while. I've done a few mountain bike rides between 10-15 miles and it's rough. So after some research I realized the different bikes aren't just for racing and what not. (I was very ignorant) Anyway, I hope to be able to ride distances and someday put at least 100 miles in one continuous trip. Most people say that road bike is what I'm looking for and even if I get a hybrid, I'll be buying a road bike not long after. I also think joining one of the cycling clubs around could be a blast, but does anyone take the hybrids out on those? Being completely honest, money is the issue, but I really feel more comfortable going through a bike shop for my first go-round. I sell guitars and I can't tell you how many unhappy people I get because they bought a guitar on their own. So I see THAT and fear it'll be me with my bike. Plus, I want to ride it like mad and don't want to injure myself due to an improper fit.
So the question is in the title, how far and how long at a time do you enjoy riding your hybrid?
Also, should I be looking at a road bike for what I want?
Thanks in advance