In February 2013, I made a note that the hybrid's bottom bracket had worn out (after less than 9 months!), and I wondered how fast I'd be able to wear out a road bike. Less than a week earlier, I had made notes about checking out some road bikes at a couple of local shops.
At the time being on a road bike made me feel too stretched out, but the shop personnel said my reach was just about right. Trying to ride a road bike was scary, too, because I felt out of control. Road bikes are much lighter than hybrids, and as a newbie I found that they felt very twitchy.
Preparation for that year's Tour de Cure was in progress, and after trying out some road bikes I decided to wait to buy one until after Tour de Cure was over. Something told me that I wouldn't have time to properly adjust to a road bike before the big day. It had taken months to develop confidence on the hybrid.
As to wearing out the road bike, the guys at the bike shop have already told me that I might want to start thinking about a new road bike. The one I have now has over 13,000 miles on it, in less than four years. The frame is still sound, though, and as long as it is, I can postpone the new bike. In fact, I hope that my road bike and I can make many more memories together.