Back from another Cheshire outing and as usual Polly performed faultlessly over the 440 mile return trip.
And as usual, took my M-way avoidance route. Brough, Kirby Stephen, Sedburgh, Kirby Lonsdale, Slaidburn, Clitheroe, A59 then regretfully the M6 through Manchester. The route involves passing over the high moors of the Forest of Bowland, known I think as the Lythe Fells road. Narrow roads, high passes, panoramic views. More cyclists than cars, more sheep than cyclists come to that. If you're on two wheels and not in a hurry to get someplace, it's much better than the M6, IMHO.
Attempted to follow the same route in reverse and this time managed to get lost but hey, it's an adventure right?
However, that rear Kenda tyre, which I have never been too sure about, is getting well worn and was giving me not-a-lot of confidence which is a shame as some of the roads we ended up riding while lost before reaching Gisburn were so twisty. It starts to be hard work on narrow, unknown roads with endless bends, dodgy surfaces and a question in your mind as to whether that rear is going to let go if you ask just a little bit too much.
So replacement tyre or tyres is now at the top of the agenda. Would it be stoopid to replace the rear Kenda - a blocky tyre - with a Roadrider while leaving the front Kenda, also blocky, on the front? It might even be illegal to run that combination, so maybe I need to replace both tyres. Avon Roadriders which I've used for most of the bike's life? Or something different again? Recommendations welcomed!
Another factor, I've heard that Avon is going to stop manufacturing bike tyres later this year, which is a Big Shame.