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Old 09-02-11, 10:48 PM   #1
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Tire gauge for Presta Valves

Can anyone recommend a good gauge for tires Presta valves? I got a Topeaks digital, but it pretty much fell in pieces tonight when I removed it from the valve. My gauge on the pump seems way off, so I want to check it at the valve. I really don't care if it's analog or Digital, just Durable and Accurate!
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Can anyone recommend a good gauge for tires Presta valves? I got a Topeaks digital, but it pretty much fell in pieces tonight when I removed it from the valve. My gauge on the pump seems way off, so I want to check it at the valve. I really don't care if it's analog or Digital, just Durable and Accurate!
I've had a Zefal Twin Graph for over a decade and haven't broken it yet. It has separate color coded sides for Presta and Shrader.

http://www.amazon.com/Zefal-Twin-Gra.../dp/B0055QGI5K
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gary, I used a Presta/Shrader converter and a standard air pressure gauge, not fancy.

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gary, I used a Presta/Shrader converter and a standard air pressure gauge, not fancy.

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Thanks! I have one of those converters somewhere, I might give that a try. I have plenty of good gauges for Shrader valves.
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I've had a Zefal Twin Graph for over a decade and haven't broken it yet. It has separate color coded sides for Presta and Shrader.

http://www.amazon.com/Zefal-Twin-Gra.../dp/B0055QGI5K
+1 on the Zefal. I have one I bought many years ago for about $7, and it works very well. I am kinda surprised at that price listed on Amazon.
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I use a Meiser Presta valve gauge. Best presta gauge that I have ever used. But I hardly ever use it, I pump up my tire prior to a ride.
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I use a Meiser Presta valve gauge. Best presta gauge that I have ever used. But I hardly ever use it, I pump up my tire prior to a ride.
I was using my pump, but I found out the gauge on my Blackburn Airtower 4 is off. I pimp to 125, then get a reading of 110-115. Tried it with other gauges, and it's always off. I can't believe I lose this much when pulling the hose off the Presta valve. I do it quick, and the air I hear blow off is from the hose of the pump.
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Meiser Accu-Gage. Nice pushbutton for removing excess air.

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Meiser Accu-Gage. Nice pushbutton for removing excess air.

http://www.ghmeiser.com/bicycle.htm
I thought the push button was for releasing air to reset gauge to zero. At least that is what I do with mine
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I have a pressure gauge on my cheap Walmart Zefel floor pump and the gauge is accurate to within a pound on the low side, I checked. This pump works great by the way, it kind of surprised me well it works. I had a Silca Super Pista floor pump for 25 years and it finally blew it's gaskets, but the rebuild kit cost $25 and the Zefel cost $12 so I thought what the hey, I'll give it a shot, if it's crap I'll get the rebuild kit, but it's not crap.

My Topeak Road Morph G comes with a built in gauge and it's accurate to about 3 psi on the low side.

Once I know where the inaccuracy is then I just pump in a bit more to compensate.
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I thought the push button was for releasing air to reset gauge to zero. At least that is what I do with mine
It'll do that, too.
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I use an Accu-gage 160XA with a Presta-to-Schrader adapter. The gauge is larger and easier to read than the one linked in post #9. Accu-gages are accurate and good quality plus the people at the GH Meiser are nice to deal with, from my experience.
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I had pretty severe misreadings when using a little brass screw on P-to-S adapter from Kool Stop and a Schrader gauge, but YMMV. I bought a dual valve gauge on eBay for about $12-15. It reads far more accurately than my floor pump with a built in gauge, has the push button mentioned, and feels resilient when I toss it around a bit. I like that it's small enough to bring along and there are no adapters necessary regardless of the bike.
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+1 on the Zefal. I have one I bought many years ago for about $7, and it works very well. I am kinda surprised at that price listed on Amazon.
+2 on the Zefal

I've had mine for about 15 years and it works great.
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