I ride a road bike almost every day. Lately I've been spending weekends in an area with alot of dirt roads and some mtb/atv trails. I'd like to ride even when I'm there to keep the fitness up. I don't want to ride on boulders and rocks since I have a bad back. I also want to do a little commuting once it cools down here so a rack would be nice.
So I'm thinking a cyclocross bike would be a good ride on the dirt roads and highways and maybe some of the smoother trails.
The Tricross seems nice. Another LBS told me to consider a touring bike also for this type of riding. I haven't seen a cyclocross bike in stock at any LBS so I'd be ordering one. My expectation is to basically ride the bike like a road bike on dirt and commute in the winter. If it's not a cyclocross bike I guess it would be a moutain bike or some hybrid. However the road riding position works well for my back. I think leaning forward is working out great.
Thanks for any input