I have gone from a drop bar bike to a hybrid, to an MTB, back to a hybrid and back to a drop bar road bike. Many years ago (1985), I bought a Raleigh 10 speed drop bar bike for commuting, which I used for 11 years until I gave it to a mate and made the mistake of buying a cheap hybrid purporting to be an MTB. A couple of years later I threw that away and bought a Specialized Rockhopper which I used off road and for commuting, but 4 years ago, I decided to go for something more suited to road use and bought a Specialized Sirrus Pro - I still have the Rockhopper and use it occasionally on a local off road trail. I love my Sirrus, and have been out on it about 3 or 4 times a week on average since buying it. But, I started fancying a drop bar bike a while ago and last month bought a Giant Defy, which is fantastic to ride. There is some talk on this thread talk of a less comfortable riding position on a road bike, but the Defy is designed to give a more relaxed position than other road bikes, and whilst it is somewhat faster than the Sirrus, I can still enjoy a relaxing countryside ride. I have had little trouble adjusting to dropped bars and braking from the hoods soon became quite natural to me; my next adjustment will be to get clipless pedals for the road bike, but not for the other 2. I think each bike has its own place, and pros and cons. I will ride each for different reasons and in different places, depending on how the mood takes me. Whilst owning my 3 bikes, I wouldn't go for one over the others all the time, but mostly I will cycle on the road so it will usually be between the hybrid and road bike. I can be a bit more adventurous on the hybrid and use the canal towpath or the occasional gravel track as well as the road, and the fact that it has a rack and large saddle bag / panniers makes it better if I want to stop for a bit of shopping or call in for a pint somewhere, but the road bike is lighter and faster so I can cover greater distances and enjoy a zippier ride when I feel like it. I just love getting out on a bike and variety is the spice of life.