Long road trip and tires
This year, I am planning a road trip from Toronto to Vancouver in July. I have been reading a lot about what I need to know when doing long road trips. I have a few questions I am hoping I can get answers from the fine people on this forum:
1. My rear tire has cracks on the side walls. Before I go on this road trip, I need to replace the tire. Which tire would you recommend (brand, model, size, etc) for a long ride? Safety is # 1 and I want to be able to handle all types of weather considering I will be going through mountains, and rain.
I have spoked wheels. Not sure if that makes a difference.
2. For the rear tire, what is the maximum size I can install on my 2005 Vulcan 1500? stock size is 150.
3. I was reading that I should have a heated vest when riding through cold regions. Which one is a good one (brand and cost)? Would you recommend heated grips for the bike or heated gloves?
4. If anyone is looking to do this trip, let me know. Maybe we can join up.
Any advice on the road trip, will also be appreciated. Places to stay along the way, interesting places to see, etc. I will be stopping in Calgary for a day or two then go to Vancouver.
Thanks in advance for all your help and advice.