I think the Next Big Thing® will be reverse selfies: not pix of ourselves, but pix of where we are going. GoPro will shrink down their helmet cams into the new NoseCam™, which mounts into a BreathRight strip, which will create first-person shooter-style perspectives.
After another cup of coffee, I think the line you appear to be taking is best. Still find the view of drop bars and knobbies strange. If I ever rode that trail with you, I will be on the Niner mountain bike.
I gave away my 700-43’s for the LaCruz because I never used them. I do have an old set of 26-2.1 Richey folding cross tires for the Long Haul Trucker, which I have occasionally done overland work with. It has drop bars and nice, low range gears courtesy of a 48-36-24 triple crank and 11-34 on the back.Sports an older set of 9 speed Dura-Ace bar-ends. Pic here. http://labikes.blogspot.com/2013/12/col-du-coffee-run.html
Meanwhile, it seemed a whole lot of folks got their chamois-in-a-bunch over MUD at Paris-Roubaix. I’m wondering if the “extreme weather protocol” has pushed CYA to a new high? Luckily it seems some smart folks just hosed off the pave so we’re all good.