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Gaadi inner tube experience …

GAADI inner tube

Long time TA reader and rebel triker Alonzo Savage shares his experience with Gaadi inner tubes. Below is what he has to share with Trike Asylum readers:

A while ago I ordered two 26″ Gaadi tubes and somehow ended up with four; only paid for 2 though. Anyway, last Friday I had a snakebite puncture in my rear wheel after clipping a raised section on a layby whilst allowing other vehicles to pass me, so I decided to swap to the Gaadi tube. The fitting process is as per the company video so I didn’t bother taking pictures, but I did photograph a slight problem with these tubes. Being one long length they are sealed at each end by a sleeve of about 3″ in length. When air is pumped into the tube these small sections do not expand like the rest of the tube and create the potential for a flat spot of I guess 6″. As you can see from the picture, there is a definite dip in the tyre’s sidewall although having ridden a few miles on our not very smooth roads I have to say that I couldn’t feel a flat spot as expected. Maybe it is due to the fact that I’m riding a wide Schwalbe Big Apple tyre at 50psi I don’t know. Perhaps this information will be of use to your readers. (It appears that after a ride into town, the ‘dimple’ is not quite so pronounced).  – see photo below:

Alonzo Savage tire tube issue

Here is a short video showing the advantage of the Gaadi tube, which Alonzo says installs as the company claims. Any other personal experience with these tubes may be shared in the comment section below.

Read a Gaadi inner tube review by Bicycle Network Australia HERE.


4 responses

  1. One person reported failure of the tube shortly after installing it. One of the ends developed a major leak. Needless to say, he was not impressed with them, especially at their considerable price over conventional inner tubes.

    August 26, 2016 at 5:07 am

  2. armadillozack

    This is the first time I have seen this product and after seeing that there is a connecting point rather than continues loop, you can be sure to never see me installing these on my ride… There is something about that connecting point that leaves me slightly skiddish no pun intended, it just doesn’t make me feel comfortable knowing that I could be potentially pulling the connecting point apart when ever I come to a short stop, or an emergency braking should case arise…
    Armadillo Zack

    August 26, 2016 at 7:58 am

  3. Gary Jackson

    I bought a Gaadi tube for my SA8 hub and blew out one end before I could get on and ride. Maybe overinflated possibly installation error. My point is that when I notified Practical Cycle in the UK they sent me a new one no charge. I haven’t had the chance to try the new one yet, but be sure I will.

    August 26, 2016 at 8:03 am

  4. Alonzo Savage

    It isn’t so much the price Steve, though it is a bit pricey, as the convenience it offers for those with hub gears or electric assist back wheel motors. The manufacturers are part of a large motor vehicle tyre making company so they need to get it right. Only by comments on sites like this will they be helped to iron out any snags. I also swapped my Big Apple for a Continental MTB tyre and was not happy with the fit. All these miss-matches could have something to do with tyre makers sizes and inner-tube makers sizes not quite gelling. In conclusion; I will use mine again but will carry a ‘normal’ spare tube just in case.

    August 27, 2016 at 12:42 pm