When I became a father the pressure to have a sturdy all purpose bike reached the realm of necessity. I wanted to trailer the kid when the wife and I took weekend rides.
I also wanted a bike to ride to beer store, grocery store or lunch place. A bike to carry photo stuff on dirt trails.
This is what I ended up with:
The bike was stolen the other day so now I need to replace it.
I ride two other bikes, both road bikes - a really nice geared CF frame - and a sweet Single Speed AL frame. I also have a folder but that's a convenience bike.
So I went to all of my LBSs but nothing they had really met my criteria but I did get a sense of replacement cost.
Realizing my All Rounder was in essence a really plush commuter I posted in the Commuter forum asking for input and really got some great ideas. I think it was member megalowmatt that pointed me in my current direction. Building a new All Rounder on a Nashbar AL Touring frame.
So, I've ordered a frame and fork from Nashbar.
Everything else I think I'll need I'm buying from several different sources.