I have noticed during my rides the last month or so that I have been sliding in the turns and haven't been able to hold a line as easily. Its been getting worse so finally I overcame my lazy tendencies and took a look at the front tire. Yep. I need a new front tire. The side knobs are not exactly worn down but the knob itself is partially torn off from the tire. If I move the side knobs they are like 1/4 cut off, leaving them wobbly when you touch them. This can't be too good for handling. At first glance the tire looks in good shape but upon a closer, less lazy inspection I have found the problem. I think I will try a Kozmik Lite 2 up front. I'm pretty happy with it in the rear. My old front tire was a Hutchinson Python and I was very happy with that and I don't blame the tire even now for failing, I'm sure any tire would fail under the extreme stress I put on them, the way I 'rail' the corners!
If the Kozmik Lite 2 is not as good I will go back to the Python because that has been a great performer. Now that I think about, I have so much confidence when the Python is new, maybe I should stick with it. Decisions decisions decisions. The Pythons are probably cheaper so that might be the determining factor. I don't think there is much difference with weight, so why risk a new tire? I was surprised to find the tire in that condition though. I think it happened riding Reddick with some of the hard pack up there. That tire was around a year old. I think it was the conditions and not the actual mileage on the tire that made it wear out. Moral of the story is don't be lazy and take your bike for granted, it needs to be inspected for loose bolts, chain stretch, lube, tires, cogs wearing out, cracks in the frame, air in the tires,front fork, rear shock. I need a support team! No. I need a bike stand. Bingo, I nailed it, I need a frickin bike stand so I can easily work on the bike.