I have various bikes in my stable. A fixed gear, a 650b tourer/pseudo-rando bike, a soon to be completed 1957 Malvern Star 3-speed and lastly a Surly 1x1.
The Surly has alternated between rigid singlespeed mtb (current set-up) and child-mover (topeak rack and seat, with slick tyres). As much as I love riding at the local trail i get the time to do it about twice per year. Subsequently, the Surly is much admired, but rarely utilised. As my family grows it's usefulness as a kid mover wanes. I'm planning to get a trailer, so think gears are in order.
So, here's my question. What I'd like is a bike that fits various functions, primarily child/grocery mover and occassional overnight camper, but that I could put on the dirt too without too much altering between functions.
My initial feeling is that a Surly Cross-check might fit the bill, but then also the Long Haul Trucker? How does the LHT handle on dirt? I want a non-mtb type bike.
Any other suggestions?
I'll post this in Utility section too.