Heard it before right? Well, what if one wants just one bike to go on road, off road, around town and make the occasional long distance trip with reasonable efficiency in all areas?
My dual-suspension Specialized FSR is a great rig in the rough stuff, but once you take it on road, well, you get the picture. My Cannondale road bike was great but rode harshly and the toe overlap plus lack of ability on even mild trails convinced me to sell it.
I am not going to race on or off road and I am not going to need 5 inches of travel either, so a cross bike sounds good, but so does a lighter touring bike. I've decided to go with just one rig that I could "transform" with a change of tires.
What does your experience tell you about such things?