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Blockley Tyres

Post by GrandpaFord » Fri Sep 18, 2020 8:13 am

Does anyone know anything about Blockley Tyres? They are advertised as a superior tire and it appears not made in Vietnam. The company says that they last longer and perform better. Apparently available in 30 x 3.5 and 30 x 3 clincher type, called a beaded edge in England.

See https://www.blockleytyre.com/product/30x3-5


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Post by Allan » Fri Sep 18, 2020 9:16 am

The Blockley website says almost all. In other correspondence, they revealed that their clincher tyres are also made in Viet Nam, as they could find no other manufacturer anywhere willing to make them. The difference is in having their own moulds, their own specifications and quality standards, and the determination to produce a much better quality offering.

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Post by Rich Bingham » Fri Sep 18, 2020 9:29 am

Neil, their website shows only 30x3-1/2" tires far as i can see. I believe we were still waiting for 30x3" tires at last report, as well as firms to distribute them in the US.

Allan, do you have distributers in Oz now ? Have you heard any more about 30x3" tires ?
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Post by Steve Jelf » Fri Sep 18, 2020 10:35 am

I expect I will try Blockleys when I have to replace my Riversides. My tires still have plenty of tread, so by the time I need new tyres Blockley should have the 30 x 3 size available. Seamus drives hundreds of miles most months and is currently running Blockleys on his 1914, so I expect he will have a report on them before my current tires have to be replaced. Being outside the UK and the EU we do not pay the VAT, so the price for us is £149. There is no USA distributor, so the tyres are shipped directly from Britain. Awhile back I did some figuring and came to the conclusion that Blockleys will cost me 19% more than Riversides, so if they last 20% or more longer I'll be money ahead. The Wards tires are the lowest priced clinchers sold here, so Bockleys actually cost less than many of the other clinchers.
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Post by Mark Gregush » Fri Sep 18, 2020 12:33 pm

I know the voices aren't real but damn they have some good ideas! :shock:

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Post by Steve Jelf » Fri Sep 18, 2020 1:09 pm

I couldn't figure out how to use Stuckey's search feature.
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Post by DHort » Fri Sep 18, 2020 1:33 pm

I went all over their website. Even for vintage tires they want width, style, etc. Obviously the only way is by phone. Then it would probably be shopped by boat since air cargo is $$$

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Post by Steve Jelf » Fri Sep 18, 2020 1:46 pm

I'm pretty sure shipping to the USA from Britain costs much less than from OZ.
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Post by Rich Bingham » Fri Sep 18, 2020 2:16 pm

Aye, there's the rub. Currently 149 Pounds Sterling = $193.04 US. I wonder how much freight will run to get a set across the pond and then two to three thousand miles over the plains ??

Unless Blockley can ship a container full of tires to a US distributer, I fear shipping will price them out of reach. Things to ponder while my Universal T-drivers wear ever thinner, and I wait for Blockley to make 30x3" tires.
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Post by Steve Jelf » Fri Sep 18, 2020 2:36 pm

I wonder how much freight will run to get a set across the pond and then two to three thousand miles over the plains ??

I don't remember the numbers from when I looked into this a few months ago, but I don't think it was enough more than domestic shipping to be a deal breaker. The extra cost to avoid would be the import duties which kick in above a certain value. Because of that I would buy two or three tires at a time to avoid the duty that would apply to a full set.
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Post by GrandpaFord » Fri Sep 18, 2020 2:45 pm

The link in my initial post will get you to the 30 x 3.5 tires. In the text on that page it says that the 30 x 3 tires are "also well advanced." Not sure what that means.


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Post by Rich Bingham » Fri Sep 18, 2020 2:47 pm

Thanks Steve ! Obviously, we're going to need good information and a lot of tact to make purchases of Blockley tires stateside. I hope things work out. I really like the look of their tires.

:lol: ". . . also well advanced. . ." I'd guess that means don't give up on 'em yet !
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Post by Mark Gregush » Fri Sep 18, 2020 3:06 pm

Steve Jelf wrote:
Fri Sep 18, 2020 1:46 pm
I'm pretty sure shipping to the USA from Britain costs much less than from OZ.
i was replying to Rich's question about OZ.
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Post by Allan » Fri Sep 18, 2020 8:28 pm

Stuckey tyres have a big range of performance/racing tyres, including Blockleys in a range of sizes and applications. They have 30 x 3.5s in stock at the moment, but all have a name against them pending payment.. In correspondence with them, I was told stocks come to Australia from England. It would make good sense if the market develops enough to sustain a larger shipment, to have them shipped directly from Viet Nam to Australia.
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Post by TRDxB2 » Fri Sep 18, 2020 10:03 pm

Mark Gregush wrote:
Fri Sep 18, 2020 3:06 pm
Steve Jelf wrote:
Fri Sep 18, 2020 1:46 pm
I'm pretty sure shipping to the USA from Britain costs much less than from OZ.
i was replying to Rich's question about OZ.
Even though these tires/tyers would be purchased and shipped from the UK, the country of origin (predominant manufacturing value) is Vietnam.
"The United States imposes tariffs (customs duties) on imports of goods. The duty is levied at the time of import and is paid by the importer of record. Customs duties vary by country of origin and product. Goods from many countries are exempt from duty under various trade agreements."
The amount that the duty would be charged against the following (product value + shipping cost + insurance). I have found that calculating Import fees is best left to the Wizard of OZ. My guess on tires into the US from the UK made in Vietnam is at least 10% of the (product value + shipping cost + insurance)


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Post by DHort » Fri Sep 18, 2020 10:35 pm

You can sign in and request a quote for cost to ship tires to USA. You then have the option to accept or reject quote. I do not need tires at this time, so I will let someone else do this.

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Post by Steve Jelf » Fri Sep 18, 2020 11:05 pm

I went back and looked up what I found on shipping when I checked in July.

Shipping costs as follows for 30x3.5 tyres to USA,

5 tyres - £185.00

3x tyres - £120.00

2x tyres - £90.00

As I mentioned before, there would be import duties on a package of five tyres, but not on shipments of two or three.
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Post by Rich Bingham » Sat Sep 19, 2020 3:30 pm

So, shipping a pair at a time would run $502.34 at the current rate of exchange. Would there be any other charges or fees involved do you suppose ?
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Post by Steve Jelf » Sat Sep 19, 2020 4:12 pm

So, shipping a pair at a time would run $502.34 at the current rate of exchange.

As of yesterday the exchange rate was 1.29, so two tyres at £149 = $384.42
£90 shipping x 1.29 = $116.10. Adding tyres and shipping I get $500.52. I believe import duties start at $500, but I don't know for sure if that includes the cost of shipping. I haven't looked into import duty rates. That's a homework assignment for whoever wants to take the time.
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Post by Chris Haynes » Sat Sep 19, 2020 6:02 pm

I bought four tires and four tubes. Total cost including shipping and duty was just under $1,300.00. Lucas Tire in Long beach, CA is a distributor for Blockley tires. However they don't handle the 30x3.5 Blockleys as they prefer to sell you their POS Riverside tires

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Post by TRDxB2 » Sat Sep 19, 2020 6:44 pm

Steve Jelf wrote:
Sat Sep 19, 2020 4:12 pm
So, shipping a pair at a time would run $502.34 at the current rate of exchange.

As of yesterday the exchange rate was 1.29, so two tyres at £149 = $384.42
£90 shipping x 1.29 = $116.10. Adding tyres and shipping I get $500.52. I believe import duties start at $500, but I don't know for sure if that includes the cost of shipping. I haven't looked into import duty rates. That's a homework assignment for whoever wants to take the time.
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Post by Alan Long » Sat Sep 19, 2020 9:47 pm

When doing your cost calculations don’t forget to factor in the life expectancy of the Tyres / Tubes.
Many of us in WA are in the process of changing to Blockley. We can get a set of quality Tyres and 100% Butyl Tubes for under
$2000 Australian. The confidence gained knowing you have the best available and the likelihood of Tyre / Tube failure is
money well spent in my view. The bonus of course is at 67 years of age, I will actually never wear the Tyres out!!
Alan in Western Australia

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