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Yellow Tires....should I?(20 posts)

Yellow Tires....should I?kendoo
Apr 2, 2003 6:16 AM
I've never run anything but black tires but am considering a pair of yellow conti GP3000's as my next tire. I've never really paid much attention to others that had yellow tires to see what they look like after some miles. My frame has some yellow in it so I thought they'd look pretty cool.
Color depends on brand...timfire
Apr 2, 2003 6:26 AM
Though all tires will get a tad dingy over time, some keep their brightness better than others. I had some performance tires that pretty much turned tan, but the yellow on my Axial Carbons is staying near the color they were when I bought them.

BTW, are you simply considering tires with yellow stripes, or do you mean ALL yellow? Yellow stripes aren't much of a big deal, but I've seen a few cats riding all yellow tires, and I must admit they are quite eye-catching.

--TK
they'll probably look crappy in a week nmDougSloan
Apr 2, 2003 6:48 AM
or not...filtersweep
Apr 2, 2003 8:03 AM
I have Michelins with yellow walls and they clean up very nicely with 409... look good as new with 4000 miles on them.
"YMMV"? nmDougSloan
Apr 2, 2003 8:10 AM
no pun, of course- nmfiltersweep
Apr 2, 2003 1:24 PM
I had some of the yellow Conti GP3000's...DINOSAUR
Apr 2, 2003 7:03 AM
They got grungy and dirty looking within about 200 miles, and nothing I tried removed the grunge.

However for some reason these were one of the best wearing tires I have ever used, don't ask me how the color would make a difference. Maybe it was because I spent so much time cleaning them (?).

I woulnd't consider them unless they were on sale at a killer price. I stick with all black tires if I can...
orange hand cleaner or citrus degreaser nmJS Haiku Shop
Apr 2, 2003 9:49 AM
I used full strength Simple Green....DINOSAUR
Apr 2, 2003 11:07 AM
It gets down into the pores of the rubber and nothing will get it out. I'm a Johhny Cash man, all in black........
haven't tried SG yetJS Haiku Shop
Apr 2, 2003 11:13 AM
but did have some vittorias with white (yikes!) sidewalls that were soiled if i even considered a 15-mile ride. took lava hand gel to 'em and they cleaned up nicely.

however, i'm with you--black sidewalls if possible. i'd rather be doing someting else with time i'd spend cleaning sidewalls.
Somethings were meant to be blackDINOSAUR
Apr 2, 2003 11:25 AM
As in all black bar tape, black saddles, black shorts, black tires.....my black and blue ass (can I say that?)
with the new board moderation, you have to say "booty". nmJS Haiku Shop
Apr 2, 2003 11:29 AM
TRY THE OPPOSITE - Permanent Black MarkerFez
Apr 2, 2003 7:41 PM
If you have some ugly brown or beige or white sidewalls, take a black permanent marker and color the sidewalls black.

I've done it before and it works well. I just got sick of cleaning the sidewalls of my tires. Just make sure its a permanent marker, otherwise you will end up with the same old beige sidewalls after a few wet rides.

If you don't have a steady hand and accidently get some marker on the edge of the rims, use nail polish remover to clean up.
Won't work on the yellow Conti's...DINOSAUR
Apr 2, 2003 8:54 PM
It not the sidewalls that are yellow, its the tire tread itself.
re: Yellow Tires....should I?pa rider
Apr 2, 2003 7:33 AM
don't worry about the tire tread. They'll turn a black color and look dirty, but the sidewalls will look cool.

I had a pair of red continentials last year that wore real fast. I got 1300 miles out of the one tire, because I cleaned them. I threw the tire out once it got to looking like bubble gum and squared. I think it may have lasted longer if I didn't clean the bottom of tire.

I used pedro's degreaser to clean most of the gunk off. I'm sticking to black tires now, so that they don't wear to fast. I guess the red color gives the best grip but wear too fast.

I had yellow brake pads once on my mtb, which where for muddy conitions. That's probably why the yellow tires don't wear as fast as the red ones. Yellow is a harder compound then red.

Emory
they soil quickly..C-40
Apr 2, 2003 9:27 AM
I used yellow tires on a Litespeed and orange on my Rabobank C-40, but both get dirty quickly.

I now use only black. Conti GP3000 tires in all black are a great choice. Euro sources have them for a lot less (around $25).
re: Yellow Tires....YesTrekFurthur
Apr 2, 2003 11:40 AM
I once had yellow Conti's . . . the color weathered the roads pretty well, I think. However, make sure you aren't getting Conti-yellow, which is German for "orange", apparently.
difference after 2 weeks...morency
Apr 2, 2003 10:19 PM
front tire with 500 Miles
rear tire new
Michelin pro race
beautiful..(nm)teamsloppy
Apr 2, 2003 10:47 PM
Oh, man!! Turn the brightness down!!! (nm)Alexx
Apr 3, 2003 8:06 AM