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Siena bar tape and tires - what color?(16 posts)

Siena bar tape and tires - what color?katie1
Dec 20, 2002 4:13 AM
See: http://www.litespeed.com/english/bikes/siena.html

What color would you do bar tape and tires?
black & black...C-40
Dec 20, 2002 4:59 AM
Tried yellow tires,tape and saddle to go with the yellow decals that litespeed used on my Ultimate, and orange on my Rabobank C-40. Too much trouble to keep clean.

Using all black tape, saddle and tires now. Not as colorful, but a lot better looking after a few hundred miles of use.
Good point!katie1
Dec 20, 2002 6:16 AM
I have stayed w/ black on other bikes just for the reason you mentioned.
black & black...WrigleyRoadie
Dec 20, 2002 7:26 AM
Red tape, black tires with red sidewall.
re: Siena bar tape and tires - what color?Uprwstsdr
Dec 20, 2002 7:25 AM
I was going to suggest black tires and red tape to match the logo on the tt and add a splash of color. However after looking at the bike again, I think all black would probably look best. Of course this coming from a New Yorker, black is our official color.
..and a black silk mini-dress from Helmut Lang to match!nmSpunout
Dec 20, 2002 8:09 AM
I have one, but....katie1
Dec 20, 2002 9:26 AM
my biker's tan shows so I don't wear it anymore.
you could wear it, like the cyclist's secret handshake..Spunout
Dec 20, 2002 10:56 AM
and we'll be able to pick you out in that trendy SoHo cocktail party as one of our own! Much better company than an MBA investment banker.

JHMO ;-)
Yes, cycling is a secret lifekatie1
Dec 20, 2002 4:11 PM
My co-workers think I am nuts that I ride more in a month than they drive in their cars. Oh well. BTW, the LBD (little black dress) looks better with black hose so it covers up the tan lines.
RedSteveS
Dec 20, 2002 8:22 AM
I have red handlebar tape on my all chrome Austro Daimler and it looks quite good. Haven't really seen any red tires that know me out, but really haven't been looking. Otherwise, would probably go for plain jane black or blue. The latter look quite good on titanium bikes. Good luck.
Next question...bottle cages?katie1
Dec 20, 2002 9:21 AM
Although a weight weanie, I am not sure I can justify spending $40-45 for either ti bottle cages or Zipp carbons. Any experience with Tacx Tao's? They are 39g (heavier than the other too) but $13!
Next question...bottle cages?Fez
Dec 20, 2002 9:39 AM
For titanium frames, I like the stainless Performance Strada/Terra Lite cages. They are a perfect match for bare Ti frames. I think they are $20 for a pair. One is road version, other is mtn version; difference between them is thickness.

Even if you choose the heavier mtn version, thats $20 for 100 grams for 2 cages. Compare that to $90 for 50 grams for 2 titanium cages. Its your money, but your clothes might hold over 50 grams of perspiration on an average ride.
King SSStarliner
Dec 20, 2002 9:57 AM
Colorado cyclist has both TacxTao and King stainless steel Scages for $14.99. I've got Kings on my ti bike and they look good and work fine. I know nothing about the TT's but avoid them if they are alloy. I'm not wild about their design; bottle cages to me are best in a light, minimalist design so as not to be distracting to the eye.

Tire color - match the rim color if possible; go black if silver rims. Black is always a safe, conservative choice, if that's your bent. Regarding dirt, however, even black rubber shows dirt after a few miles on the road.

Bartape - black or grey/blue which I have now on my ti bike just to try something different. It looks good IMO, as does black, with both not showing effects of sweat and dirt. I'd recommend Deda bar tape.
9g and 4g carbon bottle holders from Germany....Bruno S
Dec 20, 2002 10:13 AM
my LBS sells carbon bottle holders made of two strips of cabon or carbon/nylamid. They only hold European style water bottles that are tappered. They are flimsy and cost about $30 but are the ultimate for the weight weanie.

I probably will get standard steel water cages.
Next question...bottle cages?WrigleyRoadie
Dec 20, 2002 12:07 PM
I have the Tayos... They look sweet, and would look great on a Ti frame (see pics of Lotto and McEwen's bikes). If you go with color for tape and wheels, get the silver Tayo to match the frame. If you go black, that the black cages might look cool.

One thing - the tayos are actually kind of fragile. Yes, the cage itself is aluminum, but the contact point where the bolt is threaded is plastic. I broke a cage by shock alone - no impact. I fell on my side with a full bottle. The force snapped the cage, even though the only part of the bike to impact was shift lever (sigh).
Next question...bottle cages?WrigleyRoadie
Dec 20, 2002 12:15 PM