I'm so excited. The new, wider tires for the Friday arrived today all ready for our September excursion on crushed limestone on the Katy Trail. I went for the slicks, because all the reading I did said the sharp limestone shards get themselves caught in treads, if you have treads, and it seemed sensible to avoid that possibility. And I bought fenders for the spouse, in the hope that if we both have fenders it won't rain.
And best news of all, they count as bicycle parts, so they didn't charge duty.
The spouse, who likes to do things differently, has gone for something called Intense Hustler, so I admit I'm very curious which one works better on the trail. He also bought tire liners and a large number of spare tubes.
Our plan is to try the bikes out on a rail trail somewhere around here before taking them out to Missouri, so we can get used to things before we start riding. Maybe we should even take panniers and turn it into a weekend.
(The reading also said Katy Trail is good for any type of bike, so I hope we'll be ok on roadbike Pocket Rockets. We're going with two friends, who plan to tootle along on rented mountain/hybrid types.)