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On 8/9/2021 at 8:03 PM, Jaco Greeff said:

Hi There. I see all your weight is on the back.

Does it work nice for you ?

top pic was the setup in '04 i put together. traditional bike touring and what was available at the time. it's back heavy loaded. bike can do an easy wheelie uphill, affects steering for sure, but manegeable on district roads. i had a kickstand - need to find level ground for this to work., very important also to put na elastic on your handlebar to use as a handbrake.

bottom pic i also had a backpack.

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Does anyone know what the import duty is on things like pannier bags and racks?

Are they considered "bike components" and have 0% duty, or is there some other exorbitant import duty?

 

 

 

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Unsure about BICYCLE panniers; I import MOTORCYCLE panniers for a living; 25% duty from EU, 30% duty from USA, we do not import soft luggage from China, presently.

 

cheers

Chris

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1 hour ago, Zebra said:

Unsure about BICYCLE panniers; I import MOTORCYCLE panniers for a living; 25% duty from EU, 30% duty from USA, we do not import soft luggage from China, presently.

 

cheers

Chris

What does the ones you want to import look like ?

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13 minutes ago, Jaco Greeff said:

What does the ones you want to import look like ?

Probably Thule or Ortlieb ones. They're significantly cheaper overseas, but if you add 25% import duty on them, I'm not sure it's still work the effort (or still cheaper). 

For example, these are R2900 at Thule here, But around R1600 without tax and duties from European online shops (https://www.bikeinn.com/bike/thule-shield-25l-pair-saddlebags/137441780/p , https://www.bike-discount.de/en/buy/thule-shield-pannier-25l-bike-bags-953568?currency=1&delivery_country=161

But if you take the BikeInn price of R1600, add 25% import duties (R400), and then 16% VAT (R320), you're at R2320 without shipping (which they quote at R1270), but with Global Shopper would be like R300, but will mean paying double VAT, so the price will be R1800 + R450 duties + R360 VAT, +R300 shipping, so R2900 all together. 
thule-shield-pannier-25l-pair-group-3204-d88.jpg

But if the import duties were 0%, and spreading the shipping across multiple items if you buy a few things, it would be much cheaper than buying locally though. (R1600 +16% VAT would be R1850ish)

 

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Hi , My tyres are less than 1bar , pretty soft .( 4'8 inch tyres )  It gives for a very comfy ride and thus don't need suspension . As for rolling resistance I can get speeds of 20-25 km/h on flat fairly descent gravel roads . My bike weighs in at about 23 kg as you see it , kit + bike that is .  

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On 8/1/2021 at 2:34 PM, Mountain Bru said:

You appear to have over inflated your tyres... Always stick to the max pressure rating specified by the manufacturer.....

Having never ridden a fat bike though, how much suspension do you get out of those tyres? You're obviously paying a big penalty in terms of rolling resistance, but do you at least get some decent squisshyness on the bumpy stuff (considering that you've gone full rigid)?

I admire your eyesight that you can tell tyres are overinflated just by looking at a photo!

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