I'm an old poop that still rides. (I just ride like an old poop.)
I've long since given up on light, stiff road bikes with tight gearing.
My commuter/utility bike is a Marin Muirwoods. I also have a Bianchi Eros that I put Specialite Alize chainrings on to suit my gearing preferences. I think my next bike will be a "bullet proof" touring bike.