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Shipping tyres upfront

Hi,

My bike is shipped end of the week from Belgium to Santiago de Chili for a 7 week tour in South America. I have a spare set of tyres in the crate which I want to ship to La Paz, since that is about right in the middle of my trip and just at the moment I could use some fresh rubber.

I am planning to ship them by courier service. The only problem is that I don't have a fixed address to ship them to and that I will only be able to pick them up after 3 weeks.

Could that cause problems? Any suggestions/experiences?

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Dude

Having just waited over 2 weeks for tyres to arrive from the US to Ecuador, it´s a good idea to ship them up front (although for 7 weeks I wonder whether it is worth fitting them up front ? are your old tyres that rough or wont last 7 weeks ? so why not save the hassle & fit them now & save shipping


Anyway, Ecuador postal services for receipt are very slow & it´s murdurous to get info as to progess. I would expect the rest of S.A. to be similar.

I would contact the local communities for where you expect to need to change the tyres & see if someone will let you send the tyres to them, and then send via courier. (that´s what I will do in future)

Note that there´s an interesting thread re a well known courier on this forum, from someone who swears by them ... but not in a good way >

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I'm not trying to be a smart ass, but when I was in South America and needed tires, I just went to a motorcycle shop and bought them. Japanese Bridgestones and Brazilian Pirellis are all over the place. Unless you have some bizarre tire size, just look around and buy locally.
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or just carry them for 7 weeks.
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Buy them here

As AndyT says, buy Pirellis, I live in Peru and they can be found at reasonable prices, I got my Pirelli Scorpion rear 18'' $60 USD and front 21" $32 USD, I don't think is worth to ship yours.
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are your old tyres that rough or wont last 7 weeks ?

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They wont last 7 weeks. 3 weeks Morocco and the Tyres were just about enough to make it back home. I like a bit of playing in the dirt :-)
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Unless you have some bizarre tire size, just look around and buy locally.
Well a 150/70 rear dual purpose (more off road oriented) tyre is not the most common size you might find... Sometimes it is already a pain here in Belgium where most of the time these are not in stock which means waiting...
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