FWIW, I would use the narrowest tires you feel comfortable with, and have fenders.
Originally Posted by daihard
I find 35mm (Schwalbe Marathon Supreme HS 382) to be terrific on a touring bike I have, but I have 25mm tires (no fenders) on a bike that I ride when the weather is nice. I like them both for what I use them for.
I have an old mountain bike that I'm replacing some knobbies with 1.5" Serfas Drifters for the winter for city street riding. I am also adding fenders.
Our roads are awful. When I switched to 1 and an 1/8th (x 26") high pressure tires I found it to be almost brutal at times. Going to 1.5" tires, even at 90 PSI for the rear and 75 PSI for the front is a lot less painful.
Originally Posted by AAZ
I've been riding quite a bit since I started this thread, and yes, I find a lot of the roads here to be awful - including bike lanes. The worst is Meridian Ave. North between Northgate Way and N. 92nd. It's an endless series of cracks, tree roots and potholes. That said, I ride with 700c x 28 tyres (at 90/100 psi) and I'm mostly comfortable, except for that section of the road.
Originally Posted by Medic Zero