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Old 06-10-09, 11:28 AM   #1
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White Tires: Good Or Bad idea?

Is it worth is to buy white tires or do they dirty too quickly? I think they look sick but I'm not sure if they are a good idea. Are white wall tires a better choice?
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Old 06-10-09, 11:29 AM   #2
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They get dirty but it's not terrible. I mean, if you are okay with them being not pristine then I am sure you will be happy with them.
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Old 06-10-09, 11:37 AM   #3
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ha. what's with that picture?
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Old 06-10-09, 11:40 AM   #4
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lol just some bike with white tires I found. Im building a bike similar but flat black instead of chrome...
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Old 06-10-09, 11:43 AM   #5
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white tires are cheesy. instead, get white wall tires. they're classy.
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Old 06-10-09, 11:46 AM   #6
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what's a good white wall tire?
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Old 06-10-09, 11:54 AM   #7
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I dunno'. I don't ride SS or fixed.

Michelin prorace3's are nice not what you're looking for, though.
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they don't get super dirty, depending on what surface you're riding on

here's mine...i'd say white tires look great depending on rim color
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Old 06-10-09, 12:02 PM   #9
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sick bike synapsemusic what kind of tires are those?
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Old 06-10-09, 12:07 PM   #10
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thanks man!

They are CST super HP's, $40 for a
pair. They get pretty bad reviews but I don't skid very much and they hold up just fine.

http://tr.im/o3M1
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Old 06-10-09, 12:22 PM   #11
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white vittoria randonneurs are nice
i had white vittoria zaffiros last summer...they don't get too dirty
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In 6 months white tires you will be embarrassed to be seen riding white tires. They're last years trend and it's over.
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White tires are a good idea as long as you stay on dry pavement.
If you ride wet unpaved paths, then white tires are a bad idea.
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In 6 months white tires you will be embarrassed to be seen riding white tires. They're last years trend and it's over.
And yes, of course, white tires are a bad idea if you use your bike as a fashion accessory rather than a vehicle for transport.
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Old 06-10-09, 12:32 PM   #15
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I'd go with ride quality over aesthetics.

Michelin Krylion carbons for everyday/training tires. If they made white one's i'd consider it since I have a white frame.
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He wasn't really asking about performance though, just about the dirt factor.
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white randos suit my needs perfectly, i can ride trails and road and the white stays fairly white and they look classy against the maroon steamer frame...maybe someone should make a cream color tire...hmmm
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In 6 months white tires you will be embarrassed to be seen riding white tires. They're last years trend and it's over.
What happens if you just like them...regardless of silly trends?
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white tires=a good idea!
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if you are a hipster: get white tires
if you are not a hipster: get black tires
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if you ARRRRE a hipster: get black tires WITH black rims.

simple as that.


and if you dont touch water or dirt, you cant tell the dirtiness if you take a side shot.
(grey is the most dirty they'd get if you dont touch water)


see the grey?

compare with:

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can't people just decide for themselves if something is a good idea or not?
what do you think is going to happen to a white tire if you ride on it?
oops, i forgot to think for myself!
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they look sick even with apparent dirtiness. just do it. but please do it correctly =/
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they look sick even with apparent dirtiness. just do it. but please do it correctly =/
how do you do it "correctly"? By having them match your chain, grips, spoke cards, saddle, and stem? By having a brake lever on your top tube which leads to a caliper on a rear wheel that can easily be stopped w/ your legs? Is that correct?

Recently I was thinking about getting some tires that have a blue stripe, but have decided against it. Basically, for me, I was going to be paying more for a lesser tire just to get blue. I could have gatorskin for $25 or a Michelin Lithion w/ blue stripe for $28. Didn't make sense to me. Randos are a good tire, though, that comes in white so maybe it's different w/ that specific color.

P.S.--having colored tires doesn't make you a hipster. I see tons of hardcore roadies w/ colored tires.

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the greying of the white tires also vary. for example for me~ when i go from home to school: i first go thru a neighborhood with trees, so my tires get darker grey. then when i hit campus~ its all paved bike paths, less dirt on the road, my tires become a lighter shade of grey~ its cool watching the color change.
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