LOOK OUT, IT’S A SNAKE! Some refer to these as Gaadi snake inner tubes. I am sure some would say … “It’s about time!” … that somebody came out with this product. It surely simplifies changing an inner tube. With this it is not necessary to remove the wheel. As long as you have access to the side of the tire you can accomplish the task with the wheel still mounted on the trike.


They aren’t cheap … $15.75 plus shipping on Amazon (free shipping if your order is a minimum of $49). Also they are only available for larger diameter wheels (26/1.5-2, 26/2=2.25, 29 x 1.75-2.1, 700/28-35, and 700/37-42) … at least at this point in time. Perhaps they will eventually be available in other sizes. These double ended tubes would sure be nice to have available in 20 inch for those of us who currently have to remove the front wheels.

They are available in both Presta and Schrader valve types.

Here is a video showing how to install this inner tube. You can clearly and readily see how practical this is compared to a conventional inner tube.

HERE is an article about them. Some tadpole trikes are easy enough to change the inner tubes on the front wheels without removing them as they have nothing in the way. Just tip the trike over on its side and have at it. However, some trikes have things such as fender braces in the way preventing this. Even so, the picture below shows the tube be inserted on a wheel that has fender braces. So maybe it would be possible to accomplish.

Gaadi two ended inner tube being installed

I think you can see that this could revolutionize fixing a flat … especially alongside the road/trail or if you have a trike that is very difficult and involved to remove the rear wheel. It most definitely will help us to …


By the way, a temporary emergency fix for a flat tire is to take the conventional inner tube out and cut it in two where it is leaking. Then tie a knot in both ends so it can be re-inflated. Try not to shorten the tube any more than necessary as it won’t be long enough to go all the way around inside the tire and this would be problematic. Of course, this emergency repair is only if you have no other means of making the repair.

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Author: Steve Newbauer

I have a few current blogs (tadpolerider1, navysight, truthtoponder and stevesmixedbag) so I am keeping busy. I hope you the reader will find these blogs interesting and enjoy your time here. Feel free to email me at tadpolerider2 at gmail dot com (


  1. I bought the 700 X 32-35 for a 35mm tyre on my hub geared bike thinking I’d be able to patch it without removing the hub (which needs a 15mm spanner) if I get another puncture.
    It’s utterly impossible to fit; you’re supposed to make sure there isn’t a gap where the ends meet, but that isn’t the problem. It’s far too long so ends up folded inside the tyre. This is made even worse if you partially inflate (as you normally would and as the instructions tell you to) because it gets even longer!
    I gave up, repaired the old tube and abandoned the Gaadi. I’ll carry a 15mm spanner in case I get another puncture, wasting an hour at the side of the road trying to refit this thing would be awful. I’d rather walk home.

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