I bought a new hybrid bike in 2011, a Trek 7.2FX, which gave me mostly what I was looking for: A more comfortable, upright riding position, stability on country roads traveling over drain grids, potholes, cracks and gravel, etc. While the tires that came stock on the bike are great for that, and even moderate trail riding (700 x 35c), I missed the speed of my old racing-touring bike.
What to do that would give me a noticeable speed boost without breaking the bank? What about different tires?
These tires are 7mm thinner than what I have, are a lighter weight, with a slicker tread, and are higher pressure rated (125-130 psi versus 60-80 psi, max). Three layers under the rubber for extra puncture resistance. I'm looking to ride faster, not stop and repair flats!
That's my plan of action. I'll let you know if I'm living in the fast lane later on this spring!