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Fashion Statement?(35 posts)

Fashion Statement?Lou M
Jun 11, 2001 11:26 AM
I had a flat over the weekend that resulted in having to replace the rear tire. I use orange Conti GP 3000's. Made it down to the LBS and they only had the same tire in yellow. I now have an orange front and yellow rear tire. The bikes colors are blue and orange with orange handlebar tape. Any opinions? I haven't seen any bikes with different color tires. My main concern was to get back on the road tomorrow morning, at the same time I need to treat the bike right!!!
Well, at least the cars will see you!PaulCL
Jun 11, 2001 12:07 PM
Personally, I would buy another yellow and go all yellow. Or buy a couple of cheap black tires for spares, and order the orange online.

Orange, yellow, blue....whoa! Hard on the eyes. But I understand the need to ride tomorrow. Go for it.
more like a lack of oneknowitall
Jun 11, 2001 1:11 PM
trash the colored tires and get black ones... but then again, a blue and orange bike may already be beyond hope
more like a lack of oneLou M
Jun 11, 2001 5:16 PM
it is faily apparent that you don't "knowitall" after all, this bike is a piece of art. nothing like the attention to detail on a colnago frame, the paint is immaculate. Everything matches perfectly (except for my yellow tire!!) Let me guess, you probably have an all black bike, that's what I would call dull. Bikes are supposed to be full of life. It seems that the trend in 2001 is black, black Campy componenents, black wheels, black bikes, I am all blacked out.
Colnagos aren't all that...Ernesto
Jun 11, 2001 7:01 PM
in fact, I think the paint jobs are absolutely hideous. Speaking of paint, has yours chipped yet? Can't wait for those crying posts. BTW, if you can afford a Colnago, you can certainly afford to buy 2 matching tires, no???
Colnagos aren't all that...Lou M
Jun 12, 2001 8:05 AM
you either didn't read the post or didn't score well in the reading comprehension part of the SAT. it wasn't that I couldn't afford it, actually this doesn't warrant a detailed explanation, go back and read the post.

by the way, people who feel the same way as you about Colnagos probably just aren't able to afford them, sounds like sour grapes to me.
Jun 12, 2001 8:33 AM
sorry bud, but I've got an old SLX Ciocc/Chorus, a custom Legend ti/Record, Trek Fuel 98, and a beater cyclo-cross bike/Campy mix... costs ain't an issue here. some people just prefer understated to gaudy paintjobs. don't be a jackass and generalize about people
I bet you ride your bike without a saddle.Lou M
Jun 12, 2001 9:30 AM
that's funny!!!Ernesto
Jun 12, 2001 9:52 AM
ha ha haa... I'm telling your mommy.

BTW, when your bartape wears out and you can't decide what color to get, be sure to post here.
envy kills, Ernesto....Lou M
Jun 12, 2001 10:07 AM
first, if you don't like colnagos, that's fine, keep it to yourself, no one cares about your preferences. By the way, not impressed with your bike selection.

second, if you don't care for my post, don't reply, you are wasting my time, noone wants to hear you cry and criticize.

third, you are just an idiot... anybody reading this with a drop of common sense has already figure that out...
take a hard look in the mirrorErnesto
Jun 12, 2001 10:32 AM
First it's a general forum... if you don't like MY posts, don't read them. Don't reply (YOU are wasting YOUR OWN time). Also, I don't care if you're not impressed about my bike selection. That's fine, keep it to yourself, no one cares about your preferences (sound familiar?). It is YOU who are crying with all your replies.

But again you respond with an insult, which if you bothered to read the thread it was YOU that started... I only posted about the bike, and you got all defensive, and started slinging the insults: reading comprehension, ability to afford a bike, sour grapes, riding without a saddle, you are an idiot, can't relate, etc. I warned you not to be a jackass- looks like I was too late. But again, you try to speak for others: no on cares, noone wants to hear, anyone reading this has figured out... maybe not, but don't claim to know what others think.

BTW, if your reading comprehension is so great, how come you haven't figured out that most of the other posts are mocking you as well???
take a hard look in the mirrorLou M
Jun 12, 2001 11:44 AM
blah, blah, blah, I hear something but can't quite make it out what it is...
do me favor...Lou M
Jun 12, 2001 11:48 AM
go dig a hole and put your head in it, of course you'll have to get out of your ass first.
dont be a jackass yourselfColnagoFE
Jun 12, 2001 9:40 AM
there are all kinds of colnagos out there. so you don't like the what. many people do. and many think that colnagos are the best riding bikes they have owned. shuddupaboutit and ride. there are even older classic colnagos with single color paintjobs!
oh, the implications....rollo tommassi
Jun 11, 2001 2:36 PM
more importantly, do colored tires roll faster in one direction, or the other? Is yellow faster in the front, or rear?

you should definitely stop riding and magic-marker both tires black to even everything out.

that should only take you a couple of hours.

Black Magic MarkerDave Hickey
Jun 11, 2001 6:00 PM
I just bought a pair of GP3000's on closeout for $16.00/ea. The color was that rust/orange sidewalls with grey thread. I couldn't stand the color,expecially on a red and black bike, so I got out a Sharpie black magic marker. I tried it on a small section of the sidewall and it covered completely. Off to Walgreens to buy two large markers and for $3.77 and 30 minutes of work, I have black GP3000's. If you try it make sure it's a permanent marker.
Black Magic MarkerSLM
Jun 12, 2001 6:32 AM
I have done the same! Changed sidewall to black with a permanent markerabout a year ago. It has worked out great. You may need to touch-up some scuff marks ever now and then.
spray paint?freespirit
Jun 12, 2001 2:22 PM
Just put the bike in a stand, spin the wheel, and spray away. While you're at it, may as well save some bucks and use duct tape on the handlebars, a Zip Lock for a saddlebag, and tape on a flashlight for a headlight. kewl.
Black Magic MarkerLou M
Jun 12, 2001 8:07 AM
that sounds like risky tip... I actually put on the wheel (with the yellow tire)and it doesn't look bad. By the way, where did you get such a good deal on the GP 3000's??
Local sporting goods storeDave Hickey
Jun 12, 2001 9:30 AM
Local chain in Texas called Sun and Sea Sports. They were cleaning out last years inventory and had all GP3000's for $16.00
Local sporting goods storeLou M
Jun 12, 2001 9:35 AM
heck of a deal...
Too much time on your hands?mr_spin
Jun 12, 2001 10:37 AM
Hey, I like my bike to look nice too, but I'm not going to hand color my tires! Stop inhaling marker fumes and ride!
Let's compare mileage(nm)Dave Hickey
Jun 13, 2001 2:15 PM
re: Fashion Statement?VaMootsman
Jun 11, 2001 6:09 PM
Lou, tires are a disposable item. Buy another yellow one and viola', your all color coordinated.

Cripe, ride your bike and spare us..........
re: Fashion Statement?xyz
Jun 12, 2001 8:11 AM
My god - what a dilema. How on Earth did you sleep last night??
I hear you....DINOSAUR
Jun 12, 2001 10:05 AM
That is the problem with colored tires. I rode with the yellow Conti GP3000's, my LBS always carried them in stock. I became tired of looking at the grungy yellow tire thread and I changed to lavender sidewall (or pink?) Conti's. My rear tire will need to be replaced soon, I ordered two all black tires, and I think I will stick to black in the future in order to avoid this. Everthing on my Klein is color coordinated, I think this is something that goes with maintaining a well tuned efficient machine. It's not really a fashion statement, it's more less an obsession with trying to keep your bike as perfect as possible, something all roadies can identify with. There must be something behind this, as I noticed that the Conti GP 3000 is only offered in one color in the new catalogs.
Look at it this way, (and I am not mocking you), if all we have to worry about is the colors of our tires, we are pretty darn lucky, don't you think?
finally, someone with common sense...Lou M
Jun 12, 2001 10:10 AM
thanks for your reply, I knew I wasn't alone in this, too bad idiots (not to mention any names, Ernesto) can't relate or understand.

BTW, you are right, we are lucky. Keep hammerin' those pedals.
Jun 12, 2001 3:43 PM
As luck would have it, when I got back from my ride this morning I noticed a big slash in my rear tire casing. I just ordered two new tires from Performance, now I'm stuck with using a used Conti yellow tire and ride with two colored different tires, or slap on both the used yellow Conti's. The voice inside me says screw the mix in colors and slap on the used yellow Conti and just ride for a week or so with different colored tires until my shipment arrives. Another problem with mail order. Hmmm, maybe I'll start ordering tires three at a time. Like I said before, I should be lucky to worry about stuff like this.
God Bless
Deja VuLou M
Jun 13, 2001 8:02 AM

That's what I am doing from now on, I am ordering tires three at a time. For the time being slap on the "whatever" color tire and ride on. BTW, the yellow and orange combo isn't that bad.
Jun 13, 2001 12:37 PM
I was having a conversation with my wife last night and I mentioned the same thing, as far as ordering tires three at a time. For what it's worth, I slapped on both the used yellow Conti's rather than ride with tires of different colors. The new Conti's with the Silca compound wear like iron. I just went through an old Conti in 500 miles. I'm trying the Performance Forte Pro Kevlars next and see how the hold up
Ride safe
Deja VuLou M
Jun 13, 2001 2:16 PM
let me know how the performance tires work out.
Jun 13, 2001 8:05 PM
For what it's worth, when I swapped back to the used Conti's with the "Silca" rubber compound, the difference in the ride quality was unbelievable. The Performance Forte Pro Kevlars are supposed to have the Silca compound also. I'll let you know how they work out, they should arrive by the middle of next week.
Ride Safe
Performance tires on a Colnago???WOW
Jun 13, 2001 10:18 PM
re: two tones of tires?Turtleherder
Jun 12, 2001 10:30 AM
You ask a simple question about whether anyone would care if you had two different color tires on your bike and all you receive is the same stuff that is thrown at you when standing outside the monkey cage at the zoo. Every question doesn't have to be an earth shaker does it? To answer the quesation: you will not look like a dork to the experienced rider, he knows what got you into that predicament. As for the rest of the general public, do you think they care about the color of the tires after they have sized up the bright colored frame, jersey and those funny looking tight pants? If it really bothers you, buy another yellow tire and use the old orange front tire for your trainer.
re: two tones of tires?Lou M
Jun 12, 2001 11:45 AM
thanks for the meaningful input...