Tough to find bikes
I too am certainly no expert but for what it's worth:
Last year I landed in Mozambique with the intention of buying a bike to ride north. I struggled to find a bike so decided to travel up into Malawi and try my luck there. Unfortunately I had no joy. I was really surprised at just how few bikes were on sale. The bikes I did see where tiny little Chinese bikes that did not seem too appropriate to travel up through Africa on.
I then decided to continue on my original route with the hope that I may at some point get lucky and stumble across a bike but all the way up through Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda I didn't really see anything suitable. (although I must admit after the fail in Malawi and Tanzania I didn't put as much effort in whilst in the other countries).
If you are still keen on getting hold of a bike, if at all possible, I would highly recommend heading down to South Africa and buying down there. Not doing this was easily my biggest regret of the trip. I should have done it as soon as I realized I couldn't buy in Mozambique.
Plus- Once the novelty of a local bus trip runs out, those 12 hour jobbies are not really a barrel of laughs. Stick with the bike option if you can.
Good luck. Enjoy it out there.
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