Update on tyres in Nairobi: The Indian Tyre Man in Downtown who Chris was referring to, The Cycle Importers, is in Monrovia St. We were there in March 2004 and we could see he had at least 5,000 Vee Rubber tyres in stock! There was 4 x 21” front options (3,000KSH ea), 2 x 17” rear options (6,000KSH ea ) thought he says he sometimes has 3 types in stock, and I think he even had a 19”front road/trail.
The stash of tyres kept by the security guards at Upper Hill Campsite that Jeffrey Condon referred to are tyres that other travellers have left behind after they changed a tyre there, so could try your luck with them first.
Ian Duncan was asking around 12,000KSH for a front and 14-15,000KSH for a rear in Pirelli. Sorry I didn’t write the address down, the Toyota dealer on the corner of Miotoni and Ngong roads rang his shop (891242) for us and so we just followed directions to a few kms north of there. He initially rang the Ric’s Boys number for us after we couldn’t find a shop on Miotoni road, but the phone answerer said they did not have tyres?!
I didn’t fit the front knobby until Khartoum, but got 8,600km to Bulgaria so that was mainly tar roads. My girlfriend shipped her bike out of Addis Abeba so I have no distance info for the rear, but I’m sure a Vee Rubber tyre will make it to Turkey or South Africa.