Kenda Small Block 8’s have proven themselves to be as good as any, and better than most, for winter commuting (although stud-less). As a bonus, I feel I can cut through parks, go over gravel and even a wee bit off road using them. They are 700×35 and can take some variety of terrain.
I have used them for the Paris to Ancaster and I will now be using them in the Hilly Billy Roubaix.
Wish I could squeek out something a bit wider.
My friend gave me a set of Maxxis Cross Mark tires.
Alas, too wide.
The difference is pretty obvious.
I’ve read about other riders who use the Kenda’s so I think I’m in good company. Otherwise, my physical fitness is ok, not great, but ok. I should be able to pull off 70+ miles. The weather once looked a threat but now seems to be clearing nicely. Should be a good day for 8 hours in the saddle!
The thing about lazy Sunday afternoon cycling is the serendipity. I ran into three students slacklining when I cut through the campus at McMaster University today. I asked if I could watch and they quite nicely invited me to try.
With a little help, it was pretty fun. I’ll be buying one of these. And I think it will really help my back as a core kind-of exercise.