When I left work, the sun was shining, the roads were warm and the air was fresh. Perfect for a ride. The $30 Raleigh was a smooth runner and the knobby tires hummed as I sped home through the sultry heat. Tomorrow we only have a slight chance of thunderstorms, so I am looking forward to riding again. OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
When I got home, my Specialized Nimbus Armadillo tires had arrived. I'll be mounting them later this evening. It looks as though the more narrow flat resistant tires will allow me to mount the fenders I really wanted. The commuter bike will just get uglier.
After I ride on the kevlar reinforced "armadillo" rubber for a few days, I will write a short review in case anyone is interested in investing in the same tire. For me, they are cheap security that I will get to work on time.
FWIW, I measured my commute today. 11.8 miles, one way.