Tires. Oh man, I'm about to open a can of worms. You know what? No. We've tested, used, and worn out a lot of tires over the years and the Panaracer Pasela is the best balance of comfort, smoothness, weight, handling, durability, affordability, and aesthetics for on-road and light offroad touring. At the end of the day, it's not the tires that make a bike or rider, it's the motor that's turning the pedals.
Maybe it's just Clint and me, but a variation on the old black and tan is in order. We've been eyeing these Fairweather tires from our Japan dealer BlueLug for a while. They're made in collaboration with Fairweather's styling specs and Panaracer's manufacteuring. Are they a bit on the bold side? Yes, but BlueLug does a lot of bold custom paintjobs on their imported frames. Check out their Flickr: https://secure.flickr.com/photos/bluelug/
We've imported 2 colors in the 700x28 size: Rust and Algae. 243g each and feature a light herringbone style tread.
And 2 colors in the 700x38 size: Cream and Brown. 369g each and feature the classic Pasela style tread pattern.