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    Senior Member DTownDave22's Avatar
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    Air Gauge or Frame-Mounted Pump with built-in-gauge: Presta valve

    I am looking for a new quality air gauge (and perhaps an adaptor) or frame-mounted pump with a built-in air rauge because of the following reasons:

    1.) Old Gauge: Old gauge is giving an inaccurate reading (it was able to read both schraeder and presta). Iíve had this Planet Bike gauge for about 5-6 years and perhaps itís on my end for not working very accurately, from dropping it, but Iíd prefer a higher quality way to gauge air pressure.

    2.) Usage and Priorities--On-ride tube changing: I would prefer for rides in which my priorities are different, for example space and not necessarily so much time, and putting my pump in backpack when bike is locked up in public, to just go with a smaller hand pump. Therefore, I would prefer having flexibility on rides like this of either:

    a. Bringing a smaller hand pump (which I already have one) with a separate quality gauge like one Iím looking for (perhaps even a Schrader gauge and using a presta adaptor that will work for my presta valve) OR

    b. Buying a new frame-mounted hand pump (about 10 inches or shorter) with a built-in air gauge. I know of larger frame-mounted pumps, but just looking at them and also looking at the specs make me think they are likely too big for more easily fitting them in a backpack with a bunch of other items.

    Do either of these options that which have quality exist?

    Would I be better off going with a gauge made for Schraeder and using an adaptor?

    Have you owned a frame-mounted pump with a built-in-gauge for at least a few years and is it still working well?


    Thanks!

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    Topeak road morph.Has worked great for 3+ years. Has a gauge and a short hose, so you can pump away and not put pressure on the valve while putting air in the tire.

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    If your only purpose is for tube repairs and changes on the road, why do you need a gauge? Just pump the thing as hard as you can with whatever pump you choose (whether it be a frame pump or mini pump) and finish your ride and get home. What's the purpose of the gauge in your scenario? Do you think you're going to limit the pumping based on achieving a certain PSI? Probably not - you'll be lucky to get 90 to 100 PSI regardless, maybe 110 if it's a good solid pump and you're strong and patient. Do you think you'll make the tire too hard for reasonable riding? Probably not - same reason. Do you think you'll put in excessive pressure and risk blow out? Definitely not.

    In my 40 years of experience, it's never crossed my mind that there is a use or need for a pressure gauge for on the road tire inflation. Pump as much pressure as you possibly can with your portable pump and you'll probably be at about 100 PSI max, which will just have to do. Choose the pump based on your price point, the level of "quality" you desire and the size/weight you desire. Gauge- don't worry about it.
    Last edited by Camilo; 08-15-13 at 04:19 PM.

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    Another vote for the Road Morph. I bought it as my first frame-mount pump because it was on the shelf when I wanted one, having done no research into the topic, and so I was surprised later to hear people lamenting their gaugeless frame pumps that couldn't break 80psi. The road morph has a gauge I would describe as "okay", which is to say you'll be accurate within 10psi or so, but the actual pump function is superb: I never had a problem getting my 700x23s up to 120psi as confirmed by a secondary gauge.

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    I tried a Road Morph and found it big and clunky, and the gauge to be inaccurate with a lot of hysteresis. Lezyne pumps with their in-hose Pen gauge are superior IMO. I also like their thread on chuck much better. Even so, their gauge is not a precise or accurate as the gauge on a decent floor pump.

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    Ok, it says you have a flat bar road bike. And your post says a backpack is ok. Only thing is your 10" length limit. You might want to reconsider this.

    This is the one I would get:

    http://www.lezyne.com/en/products/ha...r-drive-hp-hpg

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    I use a floor pump with built-in gauge at home. On the rare occasions I need to use my Road Morph, I don't worry too much about the gauge, as it's nearly impossible for me to see and I've found in the past they are kind of iffy on accuracy anyway. So I air it up as best I can guess, ride on in, and adjust later with the floor pump. Works for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Looigi View Post
    I tried a Road Morph and found it big and clunky, and the gauge to be inaccurate with a lot of hysteresis. Lezyne pumps with their in-hose Pen gauge are superior IMO. I also like their thread on chuck much better. Even so, their gauge is not a precise or accurate as the gauge on a decent floor pump.
    +1 on the lezyne; however, I don't find a gauge particularly useful for field tire changes. You can get good enough by hand testing the firmness of the tire. And with minipumps, putting too much pressure in isn't a big concern.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PlanoFuji View Post
    +1 on the lezyne; however, I don't find a gauge particularly useful for field tire changes. You can get good enough by hand testing the firmness of the tire. And with minipumps, putting too much pressure in isn't a big concern.
    Agree. I don't have the Pen gauge on my Lezyne Road Drive. For repairs on the road, I just pump until tire is hard and I've felt I've pumped enough. This usually works out to 90+ PSI when I check it after getting home.

    BTW, I prefer the Topeak Race Rocket pump to the Lezyne Road Drive. The hose is captive, rotates freely, and the chuck is better, IMO.

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