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Wheel size in Sub-Saharan Africa

Old 10-30-13, 10:43 PM
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Wheel size in Sub-Saharan Africa

Does anyone have any actual decent first or second hand information about wheel and tyre size in Africa? I know cycling is a very popular way of getting around, and I know 26" is a common size around the world, but a lot of the bicycles I see snatches of in documentaries and videos seem to be old school 28". it's hard to tell.
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Can you set up Mail Drops for spares, to be sent from Home?

cellphones and the www, really speed that up.
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I did TDA this year, here is what I recall related to this topic:
- In Windhoek Namibia and South Africa we had bike shops similar to what I've seen in US/Canada/Europe/Australia/NZ with similar mix of 700c and 26"
- While we didn't go past then, was under impression in Nairobi could also find upscale shops with similar inventory
- One speed bikes that made a lot of racket were more often 28"
- Available in larger cities were Chinese built multi-geared and mountain bikes that had more 26"
- Shipping things (or mail drops) was either very expensive (think DHL or FedEx with courier services designed around documents combined with customs duties on top) or not reliable at least on short timing

Based on what I saw, here is what I would do if was doing my own self trip:
1. Count primarily on bringing my own spares of enough tires and tubes since outside SA tough to easily get similar quality (particularly since my experience with Schwalbe and similar tires has been very durable)
2. If really got into bad situation (e.g. busted rim), plan on traveling to larger urban center where I would look for replacement either with Chinese MTB or best 28
3. As last resort consider either getting something via courier (e.g. friend who happened to be traveling or worst case travel myself) over shipping/mail drop.
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Thanks for the info. Seems like 26" is the best way to go, but not to rely on finding spares regardless.
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