It's true, man.
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: North Texas
Bikes: Cannondale T1000, Inbred SS 29er, Supercaliber 29er, Crescent Mark XX, Burley Rumba Tandem
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The above is true, but I wouldn't want to count on the availability of exactly what I wanted. It's possibly you might find a 700c tire, for example, but then discover that it's actually too narrow fit safely on a wider 29er rim.
For this reason I've considered pre-wrapping and staging groups of parts to be expressed to me by someone back home in the event of a failure. For a 700c wheel, such a package might include: a backup tire, several spokes, in the various lengths needed, e.g. rear right-side, rear left-side, front wheel, etc. It also could include rimstrips, replacement loose or cartridge style bearings. Having such a box ready to go, with an address label that your supporter could fill in and drop off to you, could take a lot of stress and expense out of trying to work out a replacement, that could well turn out to be less than optimum for your needs.