Here is my dilemma. My wife and I have been getting into longer rides and just completed a 32 mile ride on the 4th. It was great and we both really enjoyed it. We have been contemplating working up to a double century next year (TOSRV in Ohio). We currently have Trek 7.2 FXs with Trekking bars. They are good bikes and relatively comfortable, but it is hard to get into an "aero" position in headwinds. I also wonder about how well the lower end components would hold up with higher miles being put on them.
I have been thinking about trying out several of the bikes by Surly (Pacer, Cross Check and LHT). The primary use for these bikes would be the occasional century, recreational 30-50 mile rides and light touring (at some point we want to do the Ohio Erie Trail).
What do you all think? I know that centuries can be done and are often done on hybrids, but we both really enjoy biking and would like to get into it more. Two of the aforementioned Surlys would be pricey, but I can sort of see the need at this point. Also, which would you recommend for our intended uses?