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Are colored tires really necessary?

Old 06-18-11, 06:00 PM
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I love the color tires. Makes me seen. and by seen means I hope I don't get hit.
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Old 06-18-11, 06:25 PM
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How many out there match their tires to their bike? It makes you go faster you know.

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Old 06-18-11, 07:18 PM
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This is almost as awesome as that thread where the guy was offended that another cyclist switched gears as he passed him. He felt that the cyclist switched gears "at" him
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Old 06-18-11, 07:47 PM
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Originally Posted by kenji666 View Post
I just think that the color choices of just about every accessory on the bike are unlimited, so why tires? Car enthusiasts don't get color coordinated tires, even though they can afford them.
BFG Scorcher didn't sell very well.
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Old 06-18-11, 07:56 PM
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Originally Posted by AdelaaR View Post
Apparently rigorous scientific testing in wind tunnels and with powermeters and in labs has showed up that orange tires are always just a bit faster than all other colors.
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Old 06-18-11, 07:57 PM
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truth is, black tires last longer.
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Old 06-18-11, 08:02 PM
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I got a brand new set of GP4000's for 15$ from my buddy, I could care less what color they are, but the black are supposed to be better because of the black chili compound which the colored versions lack



also the bottle cages are temporary too, my old ones broke and these were 5$ for the pair
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Old 06-18-11, 08:08 PM
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Originally Posted by zitter View Post
I got a brand new set of GP4000's for 15$ from my buddy, I could care less what color they are, but the black are supposed to be better because of the black chili compound which the colored versions lack



also the bottle cages are temporary too, my old ones broke and these were 5$ for the pair
If you had black tires, they wouldn't clash with your red bottle cages. Black goes with everything!
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Old 06-18-11, 08:18 PM
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Originally Posted by kenji666 View Post
If you had black tires, they wouldn't clash with your red bottle cages. Black goes with everything!
And it's so slimming. It will make your 23mm tires look like 20mm tires making you the envy of all your friends.
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Old 06-18-11, 08:21 PM
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My black tires definitely make my butt look smaller.
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Old 06-18-11, 08:22 PM
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Not intending to ***** out my own bike, but...

One of these is a frame I test rode, the other is the frame I bought. Mine's the all black one, but I actually love the white accents on this one...






I think the white tires add a lot.
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Old 06-18-11, 08:27 PM
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Black tyres heat up more in the sun so you will have a harsher ride as the pressure increases.

Black tyres run cooler at night so you run a higher risk of pinch flats as the pressure drops.

All bad really.

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Old 06-18-11, 08:39 PM
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You should never, and I mean never, ride a bike without color coordinated tires. Just isn't done.
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Old 06-18-11, 08:54 PM
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I don't care about colored tires, or even matching tires much. However, If it doesn't take away from the quality, and it really adds something aesthetically, I like them. The best example I've seen of this was a Colnago Extreme Power in nude carbon with Lightweight tubulars and green Corsa Evo tubulars. That bike was damn hot, and since it was such a money bike (easily $16k as equipped), the green accents (I believe there were some on the frame, too) were appropriate. Also, my Fuji actually looks better with black and gray two-tone tires than black.
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Old 06-18-11, 11:10 PM
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Originally Posted by Shimagnolo View Post
I didn't even know celeste tires were available.
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Old 06-18-11, 11:21 PM
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Originally Posted by Inertianinja View Post
This is almost as awesome as that thread where the guy was offended that another cyclist switched gears as he passed him. He felt that the cyclist switched gears "at" him
i cant believe i missed that one!!
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Old 06-18-11, 11:39 PM
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I had blue tires on my Trek for a while and recently took them off. I like it better without.





But I do like the red tires on the specialized.

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Old 06-19-11, 01:06 AM
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Originally Posted by znomit View Post
Black tyres heat up more in the sun so you will have a harsher ride as the pressure increases.

Black tyres run cooler at night so you run a higher risk of pinch flats as the pressure drops.

All bad really.

the question is: will the increased pressure roll fast enough too make up for the increased amount of friction caused by the extra heat created by the black tyre.
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Old 06-19-11, 02:56 AM
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Originally Posted by oban_kobi View Post
Are you certain? I thought red was generally faster.
A popular misconception.
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Old 06-19-11, 02:59 AM
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Originally Posted by Shimagnolo View Post
I didn't even know celeste tires were available.
I didn't even know "celeste" was a color.
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Old 06-19-11, 03:14 AM
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Originally Posted by Adrianinkc View Post
I had blue tires on my Trek for a while and recently took them off. I like it better without.
Same here. With all that blue it looked fookin ugly to me and then on the second pic with the black and blue accents I thought: "wow nice bike"
Personal taste ... all my bikes ever were always black with accents.
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Old 06-19-11, 03:53 AM
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Originally Posted by AdelaaR View Post
I didn't even know "celeste" was a color.
It isnt. Celese is (was) a porn star.

Rule: If it isnt in the rainbow, it doesnt exist (brown and pink are given exemptions from this rule, and that's about it)

And Zitter - my Ridley is complaining about the abuse you are doling out to yours with those fugly tires. Get red or black tires, man. Dont do that to your bike!
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Old 06-19-11, 04:24 AM
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Does anybody make plaid tires?

What about camo?

Might as well start looking at themed paint jobs if I'm going to keep fixing up junk bikes.
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Old 06-19-11, 04:37 AM
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Originally Posted by Shimagnolo View Post
I recently met a guy on a Bianchi with:
- Celeste frame
- Celeste bar tape
- Celeste saddle
- Celeste tires
I normally would go for black tires, but if I had a Bianchi, the Celeste theme would be appropriate. IIRC, I believe it was named after the company president's daughter, and it originated when the company bought a lot of military surplus paint and mixed it together. Can somebody fact check this?

My tires will be color coordinated on my new bike - a black Look 585 Optimum.
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Originally Posted by revchuck View Post
I normally would go for black tires, but if I had a Bianchi, the Celeste theme would be appropriate. IIRC, I believe it was named after the company president's daughter, and it originated when the company bought a lot of military surplus paint and mixed it together. Can somebody fact check this?

My tires will be color coordinated on my new bike - a black Look 585 Optimum.
Rumored to be the eye color of Queen Celeste of Italy.

I kind of like Celeste tires.

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