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Old 04-13-2008, 03:52 PM   #1
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Tire Gauge - for on the road

Looking for a suggestion for a small tire pressure gauge that would work well to store on the bike or in a pocket. Not need batteries, and importantly, it needs to be fairly accurate.

I've tried a few cheapo pen type pressure gauges against the regulator on my air compressor and I'm not impressed, 3-5 pounds off and readings vary between trials.

So anyone have a good preferred gauge?
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Old 04-13-2008, 04:31 PM   #2
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. the mini key chain digital readout one for $6 at walmart has done the trick for me on many different bikes. battery, well I never had to replace on yet
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Old 04-13-2008, 05:49 PM   #3
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Try the slightly more expensive pen type. I've been using one for over 20 years that's still +/- 2 lbs compared to other, digital tire gauges.
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Old 04-13-2008, 06:29 PM   #4
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I bought a couple of cheapies from HF, think $1 each, stubby ones, seem accurate vs my digitals. Keep one on each bike.
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Old 04-13-2008, 06:34 PM   #5
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The pencil style guages have been shown to be the most reliable.
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Old 04-13-2008, 10:37 PM   #6
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Pencil type gauges are usually pretty accurate for me too.


I always check them against my 'good' gauge.


On the bike I use an accu-gauge brand that I bought at Advance for around $10. Like this one.






Not exactly the same gauge, but I like it a lot because I can get that hose on the valve stem easily without losing any air. Its 90 degree bend makes it easy where there is little clearance.

And the gauge has indications in 1psi increments, so that adds to the ability to be accurate with pressures.

Edit: It looks real big, but it takes up very little room in my tool kit when I wrap the hose around it. Prob about the same space as a deck of cards.
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