Hey guys...I'm getting my commuter back out of the dust bin, and am going with a complete overhaul, including V brakes and Tektro V-brake levers. Right now, I'm rolling on 700X38 Kendas, that are dog slow. I mean, compared to the 700X32's that I sometimes run on it, I increase my 30 mile time by 10 minutes simply by switching tires. I'd like to leave the fatties on it, because I like using this bike on dirt and gravel paths, and for winter riding, but I just can't STAND these tires.
I'm thinking that a large part of it has to do with the weight. Rolling resistance is fairly negligible, as I'm running them at the maximum - 80 psi. Further, they don't have any knobbies, so I know it's not the tread that's doing it...
Being that this is a "modern" bike (pearl colored with blue UNIVEGA on the down tube), I'd like to stick with blackwalls, as gums would be kinda odd, so the Panaracer Paselas are out, though they'd be my first choice.
So, does anyone have any suggestions for good rolling tires that are $30 each or less?
Right now, I've been looking at the Continental City Ride and the Schwalbe Marathon (a bit out of my price range, but eh...) as the top choices...any others?