It's that wonderful time when you come to realise it is new bike time and it is time to plunder the Oracle that is STW for advice.
What I want is a bike that I can use as a winter road bike and also do some touring on. Ideally it would also be able to handle some very light off road use (Sustrans type routes, that kind of thing). In my mind this means the requirements are:
700c wheels and drop bars
Rack and guard bosses
Reasonable mud clearance for bigger tyres
A not overly aggressive position.
I also like the idea of a steel frame and disk brakes but am happy to ignore these things for a better bike. First glance suggested a Genesis CdF would fit the bill but has anyone got any other ideas?