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Celeste rubber ... ?Steve Young
Aug 15, 2003 10:11 AM
O.K. so this is a twist on the what tyre question with some bike vanity thrown in....

I'm starting to think about replacing the rear tyre on my Bianchi. The current (OEM) tyres are Vittoria Action HSD 700x23C with a Celeste stripe in the sidewall that nicely complements the paintjob on the frame.

What are the options/recommendations for similarly colour-coordinated replacements? I's be interested if you think that going for a matching stripe restricts the choice to suboptimal tyres too.

The current tyres have been O.K. although I have nothing to compare them with as this is the first set of road tyres I have ridden in the last decade plus. (The feedback in the reviews section on these tyres wasn't great though)

Current usage: I cover ca. 120+/-40 miles a week. All recreational - no commuting. I live in the SF bay area where it is predominantly dry although there can be some damp (mist related) patches on the roads in the mountains early in the morning. Most of my rides are 1-2 hours long and involve hills (I like hills:) and on weekends I generally get out for a longer ride of between 60-120 miles (actually 120 was exceptional so 60-80 is more like it.) My shorter weekday rides tend to be either faster ca. 20mph average on the flat or very hilly and cover between 20-35 miles in 1-2 hours either alone or with a training partner.

Cost is not a major factor - (I'm assuming you can't get into triple figures for a tyre anyway). Durability is not too much of an issue either - I'd be O.K. with replacing after 2000 miles although I'd prefer to avoid tyres which increase my risk of flatting :).

Finally, the thing that is holding my biking back at the moment is a fear of crashing on mountainous descents. I start to get concerned going round corners downhill at anything above about 30mph. I get a bit tense and then start to either brake (before the corners !) or actually stiffen up and lose my line in the corner. The basic concern is that the wheels breaking free on a fast descent so some way of increasing my confidence in the grip levels of the tyres would be an important aspect of the choice.

It's weird and a bit frustrating as I'm O.K. with crashing my mountain bike, even at speed - (happens fairly frequently) but coming off on the road scares the **** out of me so it's probably a head thing rather than a tyre thing per se.

TIA,

Steve
re: Celeste rubber ... ?Alpedhuez55
Aug 15, 2003 10:37 AM
Here are sone Michelins that would be a good match. I have not riddent this model, the pro race. But I have been happy with other of their models.
re: Celeste rubber ... ?tarwheel
Aug 15, 2003 11:22 AM
You can buy tires with celeste sidewalls from www.bianchiusa.com

Personally I prefer black tires. That way, you never have to worry about matching when you need to replace one. However, I often end up buying tires with colored sidewalls because they are more often on sale. I usually get "tired" of the colors after a while though.

If you're worried about the performance of tires, get some quality racing brands like Michelin Pro Race or Continental 3000s. You should be able to get 1500-2000 miles out of those tires in the rear, at least that's what I get. Michelin Axial Carbons will have nearly the same performance as the Pro Race but are supposed to last longer.
re: Celeste rubber ... ?kendoo
Aug 15, 2003 11:32 AM
I bought some conti 3000's last year with celeste side walls and gray center. They look good on my Bianchi. I bought them off ebay, so I couldn't tell you where to buy them just that they do exist.
I have some Conti 3000's in Celeste if you're interested in buyimaurizio
Aug 15, 2003 1:17 PM
I too have the Conti 3000's with the Celeste sidewall and grey centers. I had them on a Bianchi - which I sold.
I have the tires sitting in my garage now. If you're really wanting a pair, I'll sell them to ya.
l_r_gonzalez@yahoo.com
re: Celeste rubber ... ?Tris
Aug 17, 2003 3:34 PM
Michelin Axel pro (green), may wear soon but look great!