My commute is now about 20 miles and its not really feasible to do all of it off road, both time-wise and connecting all the off-road bits. I'd like to ride some of it off-road though (forest tracks). I'm thinking a cross bike might be my answer to combine on- and off-road.
Cycle to work is coming around again for me, so it must be under £1,000. Gears are a must as I'm not ready to singlespeed. Disc brakes would be nice, although I appreciate this is not really the done thing on a cross bike.
Am I imagining some kind of monster, or is there anything out there for me?