I have what might be a silly question -- I had automatically assumed that my good-quality city tires would be just fine for touring on as well. I've had the Continental City Ride 700c x32 tires for about 4 months and probably 1,000 miles now and they are just great. Not a single puncture and I ride every day for work on city streets and did a century on them as well which included ~40 miles on the gravelly C&O canal towpath. Once as I was truing the wheel on a stand I found a piece of glass embedded in the tread that had not punctured the tube (have no idea how long it had been there).
There are many other expenses related to gearing up for touring, so am hoping not to replace these -- this might just be a case of me thinking I need some more "stuff" instead of just getting out there and riding. In any case, I am about 230lbs and plan to carry possibly 25-30lbs of gear on a tour?
Are true touring tires going to give any benefit in terms of strength while carrying a load? Or should I just hold on to my $$ and go with what I have -- these perfectly good tires?
Thanks for any information.