Just thought I would get some input. I am a roadie. I primarily ride my road bike and I mean like 90 percent of the time. I wanted a bike to commute to work and then maybe do a lunch ride, so I bought a 'cross bike and put a rear rack on it. I also ride the 'cross bike on the road when my road bike is down. Recently, my daughter learned to ride and we bought her a fairly nice XS hardtail. The 'cross bike takes a few commutes to work but is mostly idle. I have tried a couple 'cross races, but jumping the barriers and back onto that seat.... well........ We go to the bike path and she wants to hit the single track a bit. That is a bit sketchy on the 'cross bike. While at the trail, my wife pulls the youngest on a trailer cycle. So I want a more upright bike where I can ride really slow and visit a lot. I am thinking of getting a hardtail 29'er like the Specialized Carve. It has rack mounts so I could use the rack, and the fork has lockout for road riding. Trying to decide if I would be happy on the 29'er with smaller roadish MTB tires. Of course I would like to own 3 bikes but $$$ and time to ride 3 bikes are the issues. I'd also like to do some longer dirt road rides with friends that I think the 29'er would be fine for. Of course I'd love a Moots Moto-X with the YBB, but that aint happenin'. Any thoughts?