I'm shopping around for tires and Fenders right now. I know what kind of of tires I want but am unsure of the exact size. I was thinking the Schwalbe Marathon Plus tire in 700c x 38mm. I know these actually come a 2 mm wider/taller than the posted size, so getting the 38mm would mean it's actually 40mm wide. Would this be a good size to tour in? I will be mainly on roads, but would like the extra width just in case I need to go off-road.
My fork dropout like the Surly LHT is 45mm wide. Would I be safe with these size tires or should I step it down to 35mm. Also, I do not like that these tires come with a wire bead. Anyone recommend tires that don't have this or just better tires overall?
Any fender recommendations?