I had a blow out on my panasonic caused by a fool who pulled out into the middle of the sidewalk and i tried to swerve but hit the curb. I don't ride in the street along this stretch of road. too many dumb college kids in a high traffic area -> sidewalk for me.
anyway, this upset me since the tires I had were the original panaracer skin walls. the back tire was still good so I kept that one on but had the front replaced with a black walled continental.
now, i know they're two different brands and it could just be an optical illusion caused by the black wall tires but the new one seems bigger. they're both marked as 23c but the rear one is ~20 years old. have tires gotten fatter?