I'm still looking for a good all-around bike that is very comfortable for me to ride. I have a prosthesis in my left wrist and problems in my neck, and both of these issues require a more upright riding position than road bikes and hybrids offer.
I've ridden some comfort bikes and loved how they felt during the 2-3 laps around the parking lot.
However, I've read many times about comfort bikes NOT being comfortable for long trips with most of the weight being in the saddle. My husband and I see ourselves participating in long rides (not racing) and want to be comfortable for many miles (20+). It seems that the answer is a hybrid, but with comfort bars and a softer seat.
Yesterday I rode a Trek 7100 in my size (I am looking for a Trek 7500, but this is all they had in my size). Even after raising the stock stem and bars, I felt a little discomfort in my wrist after a few trips around the lot. This tells me that I will feel a LOT of discomfort after a longer ride. One shop said they could fit a Kona Dew Deluxe with a riser and comfort bars, and I liked that bike very much too.
I feel like giving up... I do want to go on long rides, and I do NOT want a recumbant type bike or any bike that will put pressure on my wrist. I don't want to be limited by a comfort bike that can't go far without a lot of pain in the seat. But I also need to be realistic. I don't want to be sold a bill of goods at a LBS that promises me a comfortable ride with a higher stem and comfort bars, and then I discover later that I can't stay in the seat for more than an hour.
Is it easy and inexpensive to fit a hybrid with a stem and bars to enable me to ride it comfortably? Do a lot of riders do this? Am I aiming too high, giving my physical limitations (which never bothered me until I started shopping for a bike to go out and have some fun... )?