Non-marking tires vs. white tires

Non-marking tires vs. white tires

Post by yooper » Thu, 11 Apr 2002 12:57:53


Question for you tire experts...Is any ol' white tire a non-marking
tire?  We installed a new Sportcourt plastic tile floor in our new
church gymnasium and the first time someone dragged a white soled tennis
shoe shoe across the floor, it left a mark (removed easily of course).
There are always white tires available at just about any store with a
sporting good dept. but what makes a tire non-marking?  

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Bruce

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Non-marking tires vs. white tires

Post by John Fos » Fri, 12 Apr 2002 02:05:16

Quote:
> Question for you tire experts...Is any ol' white tire a non-marking
> tire?  We installed a new Sportcourt plastic tile floor in our new
> church gymnasium and the first time someone dragged a white
> soled tennis
> shoe shoe across the floor, it left a mark (removed easily of
> course).
> There are always white tires available at just about any store with a
> sporting good dept. but what makes a tire non-marking?  

I have only seen marks made on floor by white tires when the rider was
trying really hard to do so. Such as spinning the wheel as fast as possible,
then slamming it onto the floor. Since most tires are not made with floors
in mind, there is no labeling about their marking qualities. The "workable"
definition of non-marking would have to be that it doesn't make marks, under
expected use, on the floor in question. In other words, your new tile floor
may be more susceptible to marks than a beat up old wood floor.

I have just gained access to a nice gym with a linoleum tile floor. These
types of floor seem to show tire marks most easily. We'll have to watch
it...

The black tires that come with Miyata unicycles are non-marking. Again, you
can make a mark if you work at it, but it shouldn't do anything under normal
use.

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