To all, first of all, my sincerest apologies. I feel guilty in asking this straight out because, well, I don't want to seem leechy. However, I have done a decent amount of research both here and elsewhere, and short of calling my LBS (I'm almost embarrassed to go in there now after last week's "problem" with my chain that took me two weeks, both of which I spent with grease under my fingernails (couldn't get it out for the life of me) to attempt to fix and took the bike mechanic 30 secs--literally!--to aaaeeehhhmmm..."solve").
If you've read this far. Thanks. Obviously, I am new. Not so new to riding, but new to riding right, that is, with actual knowledge of what the heck I am riding and why it does what it does. In short, I want to learn and eventually, I plan on sticking around, become a true enthusiast. Like most here.
Here it is: I have a Marin Point Reyes Hybrid/City bike. MTB'like frame Road'like speed and tires. I love it because it is a pricey ride that I really couldn't afford now during my college-student years--but I did tons of research and got lucky on a great deal, otherwise I would be riding something from Wal-Mart . It has 700x28c (28 622) that desperately need replacing. Problem is I don't know what to look for in terms of sizing. I mean I know I should get tires for a 700 size rim, but the rest is all foreign to me now. Can I get a 700 x 35c Tire for my bike and have it fit? Also, can I get the aggressive tread pattern like a cyclocross tire. Will this help me grip the road more in this semi-snowy Northeast winter. How much speed will I lose? The current slicks are pretty fast, which is great, but only in the summer.
In advance much thanks to any and all of your responses. Cheers!