I have one bike that has to do it all. It's a Hardrock as if you couldn't have guessed that. Mostly I ride it on pavement- roads and bike paths- a lot, then some gravel- rail trails and once in a while some dirt but never in mud. I've been rolling in Specialized Hemisphere Armadilos and they've done a fair job of it. But now the rear is severely weather checking and cracking after only 6 months. I'm a bit of a Clyde at 260#. This could be a contributing factor as the front seems fine. The tires need to be 26"x 1.5" or better due to rim width.
So here's my dilemma. My fitness is improving and I think a proper road tire would encourage me by giving me a higher top speed and ability to use the 100 gear inches that I rarely get to use now. Something like a Kojak or Pannaracer or even that uber tire from Compass, although I'd feel like such a poseur with the tan sidewalls although I'm sure it's a fine tire.
However, the kid in me that never had a BMX or MTB when he was a kid wants- needs- the fattest Big Apples that will fit. 2.35". Or maybe some Holy Rollers. They look so awesome and like so much fun. I rode a Surly ECR with 3" tubeless tires and could not believe how "light" they felt. But it was a short ride and I'm not planing on going tubeless. I usually ride 10-25 miles at a minimum and would like to work towards 100 miles in a day. Just because it's a huge goal from where I'm at now. Two sets of tires is possible but impractical.
So what do I do?