Success with Tourance
I enjoyed riding with you to Haugen's, and I hope we can do it again. My tour of duty in the GTA is extended to September 21, but right now I am in St. John's Newfoundland, a very fine place to spend Canada Day.
I have a set of Metzler (or do I mean Metzeler?) Tourance tires, that I purchased online. I chose these tires because of good reports on this site. I add my praise. Yesterday I put 560 kilometers on my tires here in Newfoundland. The roads in Newfoundland are not very good; in fact, I learned the pot-hole dodge and the crater-hop during the ride. The crater-hop was a poor choice by a rider who failed to dodge. His tire lost most of its air, and his rim is now bent. I confidently swerved around potholes, and successfully rode 33 kilometers of gravel road with no problems, save a tad of nervousness on my part.
My Tourance tires are excellent. You challenge tires more than I do, but not a lot. I believe tires like mine would suit your style of riding. They probably will not last a lot longer than the original Trailwings.
I had my tires installed at Cyclewerx, 1660 Bloor Street West, while I waited. I did them one at a time, bringing in the rear wheel only on one day, and riding there another day and removing the front wheel myself. You may need, as I did, to borrow a 12 mm hex key to remove the front axle. Mr. Suzuki did not give us that tool, and I believe he should have. I recommend you bring a twenty-dollar bill per wheel, plus a few heavy coins to serve as a tip ... but nobody in Ottawa or at Queen's Park heard me say this.
I repeat, Cyclewerx did excellent work.