The Bikes I am riding are an SE Lager and a 30# Schwinn
I know there is no perfect tire.
My only experience is with super cheap 700x23 and with ThickSlick Sport 700x28.
Went for a longer/harder ride with the Schwinn/700x23 and it was a drag.
Going 25mph+ and hitting a rough patch of pavement was no fun.
I had a nice stretch or rough pavement next to the river that was all bumpy....not very relaxing
And this might just be my lack of experience, but the skinny tires were a little scary on the rough roads.
Then a couple days ago I just put the SE wheels/ThickSlicks on the Schwinn.
Immediately noticed the weight difference (though the SE Wheels might be heavier too)
They felt kind of 'sticky' when starting from a dead stop.
But of course WAY smoother and I didn't have that uneasy feeling that I was going to blow a tire.
Was able to really dig in. Fun.
Accidentally banged a curb and didn't wreck. Would have messed up my wheels if I had the 23's.
My LOCAL LBS suggested Serfas Seca which I have read not-so-good things about. But their price there is $38.
My slightly less LBS has GatorSkins which I know are highly regarded. Their price there is $55 (yikes).
I don't know if I like my local stores enough to pay $15-$20 extra per tire....we'll see.
I had pretty much narrowed down my choices to TourGuard, ThickSlick Urban Elite and Gatorskins.
I probably can't go WRONG with any of those can I?
Will I just find out what I like as I go?