I do prefer the upright! I have a trek road bike that I use for sprint triathlons which I'm not crazy about but it gets the job done for those 12-15 mile bike rides. A couple of the sprints around here even have a category for hybrids so I conceivably compete on the hybrid too.
Do you prefer the upright position? They both look like nice rides, the Alyssa has the same sized tires I have on my cyclocross rig, I'd feel comfortable riding those on the surfaces you describe including the dirt logging roads. What's a dual sport bicycle? That term is new to me. Is that just a more aggressive hybrid with suspension?
Looking at Trek's website, it seems they're marketing it like a midway point between a hardtail mountain bike and a rigid hybrid city bike.
If the majority of your ride will be on decent pavement (i.e. neighborhood streets and bike paths) if it were me, I'd probably go with the Alyssa w/o the suspension. Unless your roads are way hairy, suspension just seems heavy and unnecessary. I'll ride my rigid fork utility/city hybrid (basically a rigid fork hardtail mountain bike) on crushed limestone and railroad ballast. It's fine.
Did you get to test ride any?
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I live in north Louisiana where the paved roads are somewhat rough. I will primarily ride in my neighborhood for exercise, local bike paths and country and logging (dirt) roads. Ultimately I would like to ride up to 25 miles on the new bicycle. 98% of the time I will be riding on pavement but would like the option of riding on a dirt road or dirt path occasionally. Two bicyclesI am considering is the Raleigh Alyssa or the Trek f/x. Our LBS has very limited selection. I think they also carry Fuji but they didn't have any hybrids in stock for me to test ride. They also don't have the Trek hybrid in stock but I was able to ride one while I was visiting another city 2 hours away at another bike shop. There is a pool shop here in town that carries Cannondale but they're not a bike shop. They are a pool supply store.
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