Best Type of Bike for a Long Distance?

Hi- I finished by first really long ride this month on a cheap (less than $300.00) hybrid (I did the AIDS RIde from San Francisco to Los Angeles). Not only was the bike a bit heavy in training and on the ride, it had a tendency to break spokes- I kept having to change out the back wheel. I'm looking to buy a... show more Hi- I finished by first really long ride this month on a cheap (less than $300.00) hybrid (I did the AIDS RIde from San Francisco to Los Angeles). Not only was the bike a bit heavy in training and on the ride, it had a tendency to break spokes- I kept having to change out the back wheel. I'm looking to buy a new bike, obviously, in the $700-$800 range as I am now a HUGE fan of long distance bike rides. Can anyone tell me:

1. Whether I should stick with a hybrid for distance and
2. Recommend a good bike in that price range.

Thanks!

Tommy
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