I have been doing homework on tires for about a week now and I am suffering from information overload.
I am rebuilding an early 80's steel frame and converting from 27" wheels to 700c. I found some sweet wheels on e-Bay, high profile Araya rims with Campy Record hubs, which came with some throwaway tires -- 700c x 25. First off, I am admittedly freaked out by the skinny tires. I'd been running 1.25" rubber on the 27's and the 25's look puny by comparison, but I am getting over that.
A few facts:
The rims measure 21mm outside width, 14 on the inside.
I'm a big guy, 6'1" and 240 pounds.
I ride just under 100 miles a week (on this bike), mostly in 35 - 50 mile chunks. I don't race (see height and weight above *g*) but will do one or two centuries and a couple of group rides a season. My main concerns are puncture-resistance and durability.
I'm inclined to avoid racing tires, anything with "lite" in the name and Continental products, which, as I learned on roadbikereview.com, apparently run under spec for width. Can anybody suggest a suitable tire for me? Oh, and I should I stick with 25's or go up to 28's? Thanks.