We’re often asked about the Skylark Sportive roads and what tyres to use. Well, based on our own experience, the main issues are concussion bursts – i.e. flat tyres as a result of hitting either a pot-hole, the edge of a drainage channel or a stone in the road.
You can combat this in several ways – firstly by looking where you are going and avoiding the obstacle/learning to bunny-hop; secondly by keeping you tyres well inflated; thirdly by using a slightly fatter tyre (a 25mm rather than 23mm, for example).
You should also carry a couple of spare tubes and the means to inflate them. Tape or a tyre patch gives you even more security. And remember to practice changing a tube if you haven’t done it for a few months!
What you probably don’t need to worry about are thorns, as there are relatively few hedges; glass as the route passes through few urban areas; and moss and slime as most of the rad surfaces are, at least, pretty clean and grippy. Do make sure your brake pads have plenty of wear left in them, too!