Our local country lanes are pretty rough/bumpy/potholed, and feel a bit battered after a ride. Also, I find my bike (an old Airborne) quite skittish (my inability as much as the bikes fault!) esp on wet rides. Would changing the skinny tyres to some fatter ones help … and any recos of what to look at as I'm road ignorant!
Alternatively, riding a CX on country lanes (relaxed road rides rather than racing) - are they hard work Vs a road bike?