Long story short, my old cannondale road bike severly messes up my back to where I wake unable to look to the left or right. Stayed that way for about 5 days.
I have an old schwinn mountain bike and not once has my back been hurt by riding that bike.
I really don't want to spend a lot of money trying to mod the cannondale so that it is more upright, only to have the problem happen again.
So that got me thinking that I need to get a hybrid for my road biking. Will I be happy road biking with a hybrid? My rides can be as long as 20 miles. Eventually I want to move up to longer rides like 40 miles. I'm not concerned with speed and keeping up with other road bikers. I just want the same "efficiency" as I get with the cannondale, if that makes sense. What I mean is the efficiency of being able to ride a long distance using the same amount of energy.
Or should I consider a road bike that has the rider sitting more straight up? I've heard of a specialized road bike that allows this. My concern is I spend a lot on another road bike, only to wake up with a very messed up back again. I'm 95% sure this would not happen with a hybrid where I'm sitting upright like on my mountain bike. Thank you.