My second bike purchase is a Centurion Pro Tour 15. This bike, in contrast to the schwinn circuit in my other post, is actually in great shape. I am not sure of the year on this one.
When I went to look at this bike my intention was replace the scwhinn circuit. This bike is the right size for me after all. But after realizing it was a touring bike with cantilever brakes, and after the seller agreed to sell it for cheap, I changed my mind. I now think I want to keep both. I think I want to put some "bigger" tires that will allow me to ride some of the rougher canal banks around here. I live in Mesa, Arizona, and it seems like some of the better places to ride are canal banks. Some are paved, but most are gravel. And some can be even rocky. One that I have not ridden-- to the granite reef diversion dam-- is supposed to be one of the rougher ones.
The trick is that this bike has 27x1 1/4 wheels. So my tire choices are limited.
I did some searching and found three good choices:
Michellin World Tour in 27x1 1/4
Kenda Krosscyclo in 27x1 3/8
Club Roost Terra in 27x1 3/8
The michellin is a touring tire, the club roost is a cyclecross, and the kenda is somewhere between. I am not sure which to choose. I guess I am not sure how much "lugs" I need just to ride touring bike down a a canal bank. Do I need a full on cyclecross tire like the club roost? I sort of doubt it. But I also doubt that the world tour would be enough-- it is really just a touring tire. So I am inclined to go with the middle road Kenda
So this is a long post-- as I am really looking to for some advice as to how much tire you really need to go down a canal bank. But I guess I will also show off my new centurion