I'm just building up a cyclo/touring bike, with 26" rim. For touring use, I'm not sure what tire widths and treads would be suitable. Most of the terrain I will encounter will be asphalt, with the occational dirt road or road shoulder. Any suggestions would be great... specific tire model references would be okay too.
Agreed on the Conti's not lasting very long. I spent a good deal of time on the shoulders throught Northern Ontario though, probably didn't help. I was worried about my bald tires being too thin when I was on a rail-to -trail in Newfoundland.