My beloved touring bike used to have 700x40c wheels. These and the pretty decent wheels coped with lugging camping equipment across bumpy bridleways very well. Recently, for road use only, I swapped the tyres for 700x32c, which are much nicer and more "efficient" when riding unladen. Do you reckon they would also be suitable for a road based camping tour? I am sure that the combination of load and tyre width is irrelevant when thinking of strength (I guess the quality of the wheels are more of a factor). What i am wondering is from a comfort/hitting potholes point of view? Will narrower tyres transfer shock more easily to my fragile nuts and bolts (both bodily and bikily ones)? Should I remount my 40c wheels? Love and ponderings from Rich -- Doctor Doctor I've got a strawberry stuck up my bum. Well here is some cream to put on it. To reply change the obvious bit to "richard"