I currently own a Montague Paratrooper (no modifications to the kit) and am trying to decide whether to keep and upgrade the bike or "upgrade" to a Surly Ogre or Troll (or other bike), mainly for commuting and touring purposes (it would be nice to retain MTB capacity, too). I would really appreciate any help or guidance with this problem. It is a significant investment for me and I would like to do it right the first time.
I picked up the Montague bike in 2008. I wanted a bike I could use on campus and local trails, for fitness and just recreationally. I had a small and old car then (don't have one at all now) and folded the bike pretty often-- I never do now. Since 2009 I have been in New York City. For a while the bike did not see much use, then in the last six months or so I started putting some heavier mileage on it. It's starting to look pretty beat up.
I am in pretty good shape (run, swim, bike, crossfit, hike the outdoors) and ride pretty hard, but I'm sure that by the better standards of this forum I am still a beginner. I know little about maintenance and the bike shows it. I've picked up a few books and am considering some workshops and would very much like to pick up the know-how going forward.
I'm going to start using the bike to get to school, about a 20 mile round trip 3-4 times a week. I would also like to start touring, locally and abroad. My loadout would be a solo setup, low on comforts but definitely geared towards off-road pursuits (definitely including bag+bivy/tent routes).
I know very little about bikes, so I'm wondering what I should consider going forward. I am also wondering whether the folding capacity of the Montague remains a strength, or if for my purposes another bike would be more flexible. I try to keep what I own to a minimum, so I have no interest in owning more than one bike.
Again, any help is much appreciated.