This is a bike question. <3 would like me to buy a bike. I know, it's an awful situation. Here's the problem, though. It's gotta do everything.
It needs to be my commuter in good and bad weather. I carry a backpack so racks aren't necessary but disc brakes are. The ability for knobbies is important as well and the wider the tire, the better.
It probably shouldn't be a mountain bike. <3 and I do long road rides and so road geometry is important.
While we did recently come into some money, it's not enough to be careless with so the cost is important.
Basically, I'm thinking along the lines of monster cross. The Vassago Fisticuff seems to fit the bill but it looks like they've halted production indefinitely.