I'm with you for the most part. Certainly road bikes aren't for everyone, despite the central premise of some regular posters on the hybrid forum who believe that everyone ultimately wants a road bike, with hybrid purchases relegated to "mistakes" made by newbies.
Originally Posted by lopek77
My hybrid is also more of a road-hybrid than a mountain bike-hybrid, and the change to narrower tires was a big plus in improving the road ride. Bike definitely feels quicker and more nimble.
That said, I'm probably going to add a road bike some time soon - yet I wouldn't necessarily consider myself primarily a speed-oriented rider. Sure, I'd like to carry more speed over distance, but going longer distances comfortably - with a greater ability to vary hand and riding position, as well as tuck down into a more aerodynamic position when riding into a headwind - are also goals.
I expect that I'll really enjoy having both. If I were forced to have just one bike, however, it would probably be a higher-end full carbon hybrid.
Not every one can tolerate a drop bar road bike. You can buy a mid to high end performance hybrid bike which is basically a road bike frame with flat bars. And that will make 90% of pootlers happy - they're not looking to go racing, they just want to ride fast on the road.
What model road bike are you looking at? So many choices out there its worse than shopping for a car.
Originally Posted by Jaeger99
For most people, an endurance road bike is what they're after. If they want to race, a traditional road bike is available.
I can see getting something like a 7.7Fx next. New ones are basically a Domane 4 series frame with a flat bar. Comes with 25c tires.