I was riding them - they are very malleable. I can twist them in to a figure 8 with no issues.
There is surface cracking that does not go all the way through. When they are inflated you cant even tell there are cracks. Would I take them on an 800mi ride - probably not. Would i take them for a 15mi spin, yeah - no problem.
Sorry to hear 'bout the shipping . Can I offer you a part or two to ease the pain. I have some spares. Pedals , handlebars, reflectors, seats, and some other goodies. If you have a need , and I can supply it I'll do that. I don't want you to feel as though your losing here. Let me know.