I recently went through the process of selecting replacements for the two tires on my touring bike. Because I had few months to consider the different options, I spent a lot of time looking at the various makes and models. My touring bike frame will easily fit tires up to 38-622 and was previously fitted with 35-622 Avocet Cross tires. Money was not a big factor, but like most people, I don’t like to spend a lot of money just to be spending. Perhaps it’s because I’m going through a ratcheting down process in my overall spending as I get closer to retirement, but after initially narrowing my selection down to a pair of Schwalbe Marathon Plus tires, I pulled back and completely changed directions. I went over to tirerack.com, looked up the price of a Kumho’s 732 Touring Plus radial tire for a Toyota Camry, and found they were quoting these tires for $41 bucks. It just struck me that when all is said and done, bike tires should cost less than car tires. So, then and there, I resolved to find the middle ground in selecting my next bike tires and learn to be happy with what I can get at that price point.
What did I end up getting? I ended up selecting a pair of Panaracer Pasela Tour Guard 35-622 tires for $19 bucks at wallbike.com. I installed then a week ago and used them on an Easter century. They are JUST FINE.