If I had my way, most cyclists would ride a Surly Long Haul Trucker. They aren't for everybody, of course, just most people, and by my crude mental computations, we've sold more LHTs than any other model of any other brand. The one-bike-for-every-ride - commuting, fast road riding, trails, touring, pavement, gravel, etc - is sort of a mythical beast, but the LHT (appropriately equipped) is probably as much of an "all-rounder" for those widely varied uses as any bike on the market. Its hallmarks are stability and sturdiness, which most new LHT riders notice on the first test ride around the block. And for $1095, with really nice stock parts, it is a better value than just about any even remotely similar bikes that come to mind.
"Truckaccino" LHT Commuter, with Tubus Logo rack, Cascadia fenders, Brooks B17 Imperial saddle, and Pletscher 2-leg kickstand.
Here's a fully kitted LHT tourer (Surly racks, Arkel panniers) we set up awhile back.
(sorry for the atrocious lighting)
One of the staff's Truckers on tour in Oregon.
Regrettably, I have not taken photos of every LHT we've sold. Some were really fancy, bejeweled in names like Chris King, Phil Wood, and Schmidt hubs. Others were more like city bikes with swept-back, upright handlebars, simplified drivetrains (1x8 or 9) and wide saddles (e.g. Brooks B67), and others were budget-minded with a mish-mash of whatever decent parts we had cheap and used parts from the customer's private collection. In just about every instance that I can remember, the result was a happy customer and a bike that got/gets ridden a bunch. Two-thirds to three-quarters of HC staff ride LHTs regularly. I'm getting at least one in 42 cm for my kids when they get a little older.