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Are colored tires really necessary?

Old 06-18-11, 03:07 PM
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Are colored tires really necessary?

What are your thoughts? I just like plain black tires. Is there any benefit to blue, red, green, or yellow tires (solid or striped)? Like, do they have tread wear indicators? They are probably more expensive, but I really haven't priced them out.
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Old 06-18-11, 03:10 PM
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I think you wanted the SS/FG forum.
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Seriously?

They're the same price. There's an absolute ton of black tires, and the choices other people make have zero effect on you, so what's the problem again?
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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, 03:15 PM
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they are just for looks. they have no other benefit and cost the same as the same model black tire.
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Old 06-18-11, 03:19 PM
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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.
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Originally Posted by kenji666 View Post
What are your thoughts? I just like plain black tires. Is there any benefit to blue, red, green, or yellow tires (solid or striped)? Like, do they have tread wear indicators? They are probably more expensive, but I really haven't priced them out.
The colors nobody wants, like orange, are cheaper. That's the main benefit of colored tires.
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I believe that is covered by Rule 8.
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Originally Posted by wens View Post
The colors nobody wants, like orange, are cheaper. That's the main benefit of colored tires.
+1

Like Michelin P3R; I would get the neon green version if it is cheaper than the black version.

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Old 06-18-11, 03:28 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.
Are you certain? I thought red was generally faster.
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Old 06-18-11, 03:31 PM
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My current bike, which I bought used from ebay, came with Hutchinson Fusion 3 tires with blue stripes on the tread. It says it is Road Tubeless on the sidewall, which I don't understand, since it had a tube in it. The rear tire recently had a bulge on the sidewall, so I replaced it with a Conti GP4000, which I've read good things about on the BF. Of course, I got plain black, so now they don't match.
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Old 06-18-11, 03:34 PM
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Originally Posted by oban_kobi View Post
Are you certain? I thought red was generally faster.
Except for the Conti GP4000...the red don't have the black chili compound, only the blacks do. And I prefer my tires spicy.
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Originally Posted by gregf83 View Post
I believe that is covered by Rule 8.
AHAHAHAH I just posted that in a different thread!
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Originally Posted by oban_kobi View Post
Are you certain? I thought red was generally faster.
Red just "looks" faster. Orange light has a shorter wavelength, but they all travel at the same speed.
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Old 06-18-11, 03:55 PM
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Originally Posted by gregf83 View Post
I believe that is covered by Rule 8.
love that!

especially rule 10
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Yes, tire colors are important. If them damn hipsters can gentrify their fixies, then I can do so too on my road .

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.
I think my next bike is definitely going to be orange with orange tire .
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Old 06-18-11, 04:36 PM
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I recently met a guy on a Bianchi with:
- Celeste frame
- Celeste bar tape
- Celeste saddle
- Celeste tires

I didn't even know celeste tires were available.
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Old 06-18-11, 04:58 PM
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I got the Red stripe ones they make me feel like I am faster! Besides it matches my black and red frame and looks way cooler! My wife saw my red ones and she wanted a pair of white ones! Now I just to put those one!
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i find that the compound in red tires have a slightly lower rolling resistance...

but the warranty on my Cervelo is actually voided unless i use tires that match the color scheme (white stripe)
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are colored shirts really necessary?

but seriously...anything red will make you faster.
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what next? colored bar tape?
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Originally Posted by Nachoman View Post
what next? colored bar tape?
dear god, there will be anarchy if that happens! stop the madness.
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I despise the colored bar tape, colored tires, and all that stuff. Simple and elegant is the way to go. One (maybe two) loud accents are okay with me, but people always want to over color or over match everything to the point that it looks like a child's toy.
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Originally Posted by cyclezen View Post
love that!

especially rule 10
Rules 70 + 5 FTW
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Old 06-18-11, 05:34 PM
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I just got a 4000s for $30.00 because it was gold. I don't care what color tires I ride.
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