AshleyClements wrote:Ok this sounds like a good bit of advice to me, it seems that a road bike offers everything that a hybrid does apart from the brakes but if thousands of other people get on we'll without disk brakes then I'm sure I will.
Luckily I'm pretty good at adapting to a new thing and fairly sporty regardless of my weight lol
The gearing is different. The hybrid has lower gears, so will be easier to get up hills.
I would say that each has it's advantages. But it may depend largely on what else you want to do with the bike, rather than your commute. If you think you make take some longer leisure rides, maybe the road bike is a better choice. If, on the other hand, you might like to run some errands or do some shopping by bike, the hybrid with a rear rack is a better choice. The same is true if you might like to try some light touring or cycle camping.
Ride them. Ride some other bikes, too.
AshleyClements wrote:Can you get mudguards for full road bikes?
Sort of. There are some strap on sorts. They're often referred to as 'race blades' but that might be a specific brand. That's what I've got on my road bike. They aren't quite as effective as proper mudguards, but they are much, much better than none.