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I was just commenting on canalligators comment vs yours dkoloko - probably didn't come out right.
Anyway, I think I agree with you both. I'm not going to rotate the tires, planning on replacing them. And yes, if I was going to rotate to extend their miles I think it makes much more sense if I would have done it along the way. I have been known (by my wife) to wait to long to rotate my car tires
BTW: thanks all for the help in the original question about figuring out tire size options - much appreciated. I'll probably not try all the sizes to see how big I could get - although that makes sense if I had to know. Perhaps a practical solution would be to just move up to the next size 35mm for my next set and use them for the next year.
I'm guessing that my experiences similar to most others. On my road bike and my hybrid my tires have always worn fairly close to evenly. On my touring bike riding with loaded panniers I found my rear wheel is much more worn.
Sorry my math is not that good I'm not sure how to convert 3X and 50% to each other. :-)
My Vitorria Randonneur touring tires have 3000miles on them now. I think I would like to start my summer trip with new tires even though I'm sure I could do a rotation and get more out of the ones on thernow.
When I went from a new Fuji touring bike to a Trek 520, my local bike shop, who did not sell me either, said the 520 was better "in every way". Why I would not go that far, I would say, based on my experience, spend the few extra hundred dollars, buy the Trek.
I've wrenched on my share of bikes over the years and I've examined both bikes pretty closely both online and in person.
Don't get me wrong. I understand why you or the OP might prefer the Trek; it's a famous touring bike. I'm just saying that the Fuji is very comparably spec'd (other than primarily the disc brakes) and costs $600 less.
Thanks for the replies. What do you think about this: https://www.rei.com/product/892482/cannondale-synapse-alloy-5-105-disc-bike-2017 Weight and price are perfect, but I'm not knowledgeable enough on components to know if it is suitable for touring. Thanks.