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PostPosted: Mon May 04, 2009 12:11 pm 
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I'm after some reasonable quality amber wall tyres for my 80s Bianchi - does anyone have any suggestions about what is available? Thanks.


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PostPosted: Mon May 04, 2009 12:41 pm 
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Panaracer Pasela !

Where looking for the same too a while ago

Unfortunately Bontrager discontinued their cheap skinwall Select K's :roll:


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PostPosted: Mon May 04, 2009 1:40 pm 
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I think this is one of the, if not the, biggest problems of running an old bike in the proper style. Other consumable parts like brake blocks, chains are easy to replace, or they don't degrade e.g. chainrings, so you can stock up on them or just use old stuff.

Yes, the Pasela is one of the very few black/amber tyres currently available, fine if you're looking for a wider and heavier tyre. I've got a pair of Michelin Axial Sports in black/amber on a bike, but I don't think they're made anymore. Also there was the wider Michelin World Tour, it was really cheap but gave a bad ride,. edit: just found SJS Cycles has them for 7GBP but P&P is 5GBP for 2 tyres, they're marked as 700x32 but they're actually more like 28mm. They've got deep zigzag grooves in the tread, and bits of glass, stones and other road muck gets stuck in them.

For narrow lightweight tyres, there was the Vitorria Open Corsa but that's been replaced by the Evo blackwall version a few years ago. A similar tyre is the Veloflex Pave, but I'm not sure if it's still available in black/amber.

Then there is the "Grand Blois" brand of tyres but they're very expensive, starting from 55USD+postage. I suppose the website/magazine (who sells these tyres) gets the tyres made for them by a tyre manufacturer.

Of course, tyre manufacturers can make tyres in any colours they choose, but for whatever reason, there seems to be endless combinations of colours except for black tread/amber sidewall. There was a discussion on another forum with someone who works for Michelin, apparently Michelin used a Paris fashion market research company and found out that people didn't like black/amber tyres!


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PostPosted: Mon May 04, 2009 2:33 pm 
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I think Schwalbe might still make something suitable. I've got one in my shed that I bought within the last year.


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PostPosted: Mon May 04, 2009 3:16 pm 
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Veloflex certainly still do amber wall tyres. I've just ordered some :)

http://www.probikekit.com/display.php?c ... ex%20Tyres


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PostPosted: Mon May 04, 2009 4:10 pm 
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richardf wrote:
Veloflex certainly still do amber wall tyres. I've just ordered some :)

http://www.probikekit.com/display.php?c ... ex%20Tyres


That's great! An excellent price too, I've seen a lot higher.


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PostPosted: Mon May 04, 2009 9:09 pm 
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This is some nice info, I guess we are all struggling with this some time. The Veloflex seem really nice too. Fiks, you said the Michelin World Tour give a bad ride? Can you please expand on this, as I am on the verge of ordering them. Not for the price though, but my Viscount needs 27x1 1/4" and I saw these on another example and they look fantastic. But if the ride is so much compromised, I may have to reconsider...


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PostPosted: Tue May 05, 2009 9:30 am 
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By "bad ride" I was really comparing them to a lightweight tubular with a latex tube or a "open tubular" eg Vittoria Open Corsa. I suppose the World Tour is not going be any worse than any touring tyre, especially the "puncture resistant" tyres.

The main thing I didn't like about them were the deep slots in the tread. But they're really cheap, you could buy 3 or 4 of them for the price of one of the more expensive touring tyres, plus look better than any blackwall tyre.


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PostPosted: Tue May 05, 2009 5:15 pm 
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PM sent. I have some IRC Paperlight 20c folders for sale.


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PostPosted: Tue May 05, 2009 7:15 pm 
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