I have a steel framed road bike with Alex DA22 rims. My stock tires which have been great for circuits in Prospect Park in bike shorts (700c x 23mm) are fragile and harsh but very fast. For more utilitarian use, I want fatter tires and to ride in blue jeans!
What is the fattest, mushiest, puncture resistent tire I can fit on this bike? Bike has a carbon road fork. Not much room in it. I may want to go cro-mo on the fork for front bag/rack braz-ons at some point.
The LBS says 28mm Specialized Armadillo's would be the obvious choice. I don't count grams so weight is a non-issue. Can I fit a fatter or softer tire on a pure road bike? It has a 3 ring front crank and 105 rear derailierre.
Thanks for any input. See you on the Brooklyn Bridge!