I shan't brag about how I implemented it breaking my foot halfway through a ski week, oh no
Back to the OP - do you have space for two bikes? My hybrid copes well with local commuting, my road bike for training and my mtb for mud and fun at the weekends. Can you not buy a bike which has the function your current one doesn't have and keep this one for either commute or weekend fun.
It is an undisputed fact that the number of bikes a person needs in n+1, when n is the number of bikes currently owned
I love my bike - bought it about a month ago. 'Etienne' £200 in Halfords. I really wanted a step-through design so I can ride it in a skirt and not have to change into sports gear to use it. Also has mudguards and chain guard. Eighteen gears. Hybrid bike. It is perfect!
Whatever you buy can i recommend you register it with Bike Register - it means you have the frame number registered to you should some little toerag relieve you of it. It's free and it's helping me get my bike back!
I bought this saracen as my commute bike. It's my first hybrid - I was commuting on a road bike before I fell off - and I love the stability and comfort I get from it.
I bought a Falcon Storm last year when I couldn't drive. Chose it was it was only £150 and I didn't know whether I would cycle lots, so it didn't matter. Fast forward a year on and I cycle into work and back every day and for fun on the weekends and I love it, but I want to upgrade my chunky heavy bike for something a bit lighter.
Only restriction is that I want something I can fit a child seat onto the back of so I can take my DD out with me. I've been thinking of a Claude Butler hybrid as they are lighter weight and not too pricey.