I am planning a week on the Katy Trail, one end to the other, during the first week of July. It will be credit card type camping, with my wife going along to hunt for antiques and a wine shop.
Should I use my touring bike, currently with 700x32 tires, and just change the tires to 37 or 42's or maybe even 45's? My touring bike is set up for ultimate comfort, I ride 100 miles a week or more on it now on blacktop, and it is my favorite.
Or, would I be better off to take my hardtail mountain bike, currently with 26x1.95" road tires, and maybe change those to a 1.4 or 1.5" tire? I don't ride it as much, but do ride 20 to 30 miles once in while on packed gravel.
Both bikes can accomodate a set of panniers for a long day trip so the ability to carry what I need is not an issue.
Any thoughts on tires and bike to use?