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Is it ok to travel w/ 700 tires in South America?
« on: June 25, 2010, 10:18:28 PM »
How risky is it to travel with 700 tires in South America? I know it is not really recommended in Asia, but what about south America (Chile, Bolivia, Argentine). Is it possible to find tubes, tires, rims just in case...

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Re: Is it ok to travel w/ 700 tires in South America?
« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2010, 10:14:15 PM »
Not a definitive answer as much as a data point, I was just biking around Ecuador for a few weeks and I'd say about 90% of the bikes I saw are 26" mountain bikes.  But I did see one or two road bikes that appeared to be 700s.  In Quito there are full-service bike shops with higher end road bikes.  In small towns, there are shops that seemed to be MTB parts only.

So I'd say not ideal if you were choosing a bike from the ground up.  But if you already have a tour bike that suits you with 700s, bring three or four extra spokes that match your wheel if you snap a spoke.  If you really wreck a 700c wheel and need a new rim, my hunch is you're probably putting your bike on a bus to head for the nearest metropolis.  With 26's you'd be putting your bike on the bus for the nearest medium-sized town where the bike shop would be able to hook you up.

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Re: Is it ok to travel w/ 700 tires in South America?
« Reply #2 on: July 12, 2010, 02:27:42 AM »
  We've only ever used 700 rims, and no problem. I think they may be a bit faster. Before the last tour I replaced the rear spokes to triple butted Swiss DT's.   I broke a few before, but that was carrying most on the rear over some bad roads. Never broke a front yet.
I'm about 190cmX85kg on a 66cm frame bike.  My wife never had a broken spoke yet as she is a lot easier on the gear and carries less gear. It's only fair.
 I've seen the smaller wheels break spokes. Best to be able to fix your gear enroute. Stuff breaks along the way you can only dream of. Be prepared.
And do take spare spokes along. A good place is to stuff em down the seat stem with the cable ties, gods gift to cyclists.

The trips over the years were all on 700's
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The Chile, Peru, and the salar de uyuni in Bolivia,
India (2 times)
Next year the silk road.

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Re: Is it ok to travel w/ 700 tires in South America?
« Reply #3 on: July 17, 2010, 06:17:56 AM »
It is very hard to find 700c rims, tires or tubes in chile, argentina and bolivia. Except for road bikes.
I spend 2.5 years cycling around those countries and only rarely saw one.
But if you don't brake anything, you won't need a spare.
And you can always have stuff send to you, especially Chile has a good postal service.
if you are buying a new bike anyway, I definitely recommend 26 inch
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Re: Is it ok to travel w/ 700 tires in South America?
« Reply #4 on: July 14, 2011, 01:13:42 AM »
I had moved from 26 to 28. And happy so far. After 3 years on the road with 28 and almost 60000 kms.
Rohloff was also a great change.
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Re: Is it ok to travel w/ 700 tires in South America?
« Reply #5 on: May 23, 2018, 12:50:34 AM »
I had moved from 26 to 28. And happy so far. After 3 years on the road with 28 and almost 60000 kms
Rohloff was also a great change.

28 never let me down.
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