I desperately need new tires. I do recreation/sport touring type of rides. I ride on some really rough roads. I want a tough tire and I don't care how fast/slow it is. I'm using 700x25 right now and would like to keep that size since I want a cushier ride and weigh 218 lbs. (someone told me I should stick with the fatter tires until I get below 200 lbs. - he didn't explain why).
So the real question is if there's anything wrong with inexpensive tires. I know NOTHING about tires. I saw some on the Performance site for $12.95 a piece. Wire bead and kevlar belted. That's the type I have now and they held up well with very few flats over a lot of miles. However, they are now cracked and bulging in spots.
Is max psi indication of anything? My old tires have a 115 max psi rating while these tires I'm considering have 105 max psi. And if I do get these 105 psi tires, what would be the optimum pressure for inflation?
What determines how much you want to spend?
What determines how many miles you get out of a tire?
Any advice and/or info greatly appreciated. I need to order something this weekend. I had no idea how bad these tires were until I took a good look today on my afternoon ride. I've only been riding about three weeks after a long absence.