Ok, so the obvious answer to the post would be , yes. As mentioned on the riv website, their bikes are designed around fat tires, relaxed geometry, load carrying, all that stuff.
But before I'll be spending over two grand on a Hillborne, I wanted to get insight on those who do commutes on their Rivendell bikes, how do they feel about locking them up outside. Is this a bike that's too nice to be riding hard in all weathers, leaving it outside at the mercy of potential thieves. Would it be better to go for a lower cost bike?