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    Bike Pressure Gauge

    Does anyone have a recommendation for a handheld tire pressure gauge? I'd be looking for something small and portable for touring, but don't want cheap and crappy. Thanks for all your help.

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    Not what you say you're looking for, but I no longer have a separate gauge. Instead I use a Road Morph G:
    http://www.topeak.com/products/Pumps/RoadMorphG

    Great pump, inline gauge, very convenient.

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    I have a Leyzne pump which I love and it's extremely lightweight. I'm looking for a stand alone tire pressure gauge so I can check where the tires are at since I don't trust me sense of feel to gauge pressure.

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    I have an old plastic one similar to this

    http://www.mec.ca/AST/ShopMEC/Cyclin...sure-gauge.jsp

    mine is very light, is probably similar in build quality to this and still works after having it I dunno, 15 yrs or more of being wrapped up in a cloth along with my other tools I have with me. That said, since getting a small pump with built in gauge, I tend not to take it with me anymore (and I have a floor pump with an easy toread gauge that I use at home)

    you should be able to find a gauge like the one I put up, for somewhere around 15 bucks that will last a long time and doesnt weigh as much as a metal one.

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    here is what i use i have had it for about a year i got it from walmart it was like 1.97 not bad to seconds is what it takes to use it plus small and easy to carry it is a slime product so it isnt a piece of junk....
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    I have used a Zefal Twin Graph gauge for years on tour. Simple, lightweight, no batteries and seems to be very accurate. Last one I bought was on Amazon.

    http://www.zefal.com/en/other-access...win-graph.html
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    ^^^^ I use the same one:

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    Leyzne makes an in-line gauge for their pumps that use a hose. Very convenient and right there all the time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Carbonfiberboy View Post
    Not what you say you're looking for, but I no longer have a separate gauge. Instead I use a Road Morph G:
    http://www.topeak.com/products/Pumps/RoadMorphG

    Great pump, inline gauge, very convenient.
    should mention how happy I am iwth this pump, well made, pumps to 90-100 fairly quickly and you dont have to be a body builder to do it, built in gauge pretty accurate (gotta use reading glasses tho if over 40....)

    of course, only if you need a new pump. I did a few years ago, hence not using the small gauge much.

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    I have the digital SKS airchecker and it's really nice. Long battery life, works well with presta and shraeder, has a mechanism for letting out air, and gives very precise readings. Of course, I mostly got it to dial in low pressures for cylocross, and such accuracy isn't really so critical for touring in most cases.

    Or use a Road Morph G. The gauge is reasonably accurate at typical touring pressures, and they're amazingly nice pumps aside from that.

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    i used to carry a gauge on tour, but now rely on a few pumps every other morning and the gauge on a topeak roadmorph.

    may not be the most accurate, but within a bar.

    Even without a gauge, a good strategy is a few pumps of air every other morning.

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    I used to use an AccuGage made for Presta. Worked well.
    http://www.ghmeiser.com/bicycle.htm

    I have also used a Topeak Smarthead digital that was both Presta and Shrader. It leaked a lot of my air taking a reading in Presta mode, but it works very well taking a reading with a Shrader adapter threaded onto my tube. In other words, I use it in Shrader mode. This model gauge is no longer on the Topeak website, they now sell a different digital gauge that I have not used.

    I usually use the gauge on my Silca floor pump for my bikes. But on the bike I have on my trainer, the pump that I use on that does not have a good gauge so I use the Topeak gauge.

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    Schwalbe tubes sometimes come with a guage. They seem pretty good.

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    I would much rather have a built in gage / pump combo. There is not enough volume IMO in the tire to waste air getting the gage on and off. I give it the squeeze test and can tell if it’s low. But the recommendation to air each day or every other day is a good one. I have a cheap Bell pump that works really well up to about 80 PSI. Perfect for the touring bike. I like it because it’s small and light but still has a short 8 inch hose so I can pump against the ground. I always use it with an adapter and reverse the adapter and store it on the wheels as caps. The holder mounts to the rear rack and has storage for a patch kit and a spare adapter.The pop of air when I remove it is the air stored in the hose.
    What's not in your legs needs to be in your gears.

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    Quote Originally Posted by azesty View Post
    Schwalbe tubes sometimes come with a guage. They seem pretty good.

    z
    Can you elaborate on this?

    I too use the Zefal gauge.

    The important thing is to make sure that the nozzle will fit the type of valve you use.

    And bek is right to a point. If you use a gauge and the finger-press test in unison over time, you should be able to judge with just the finger-press if your tyres are up to pressure each day and maybe dispense with having to carry a gauge.

    But do be aware that initially, you will underestimate the actual pressure quite a bit just by pressing the tyre with your finger.
    Dream. Dare. Do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rowan View Post
    But do be aware that initially, you will underestimate the actual pressure quite a bit just by pressing the tyre with your finger.
    I am often surprised how I lose accuracy of the "press" method if I dont do it regularly, but yes, underestimating is really common

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tourist in MSN View Post
    I used to use an AccuGage made for Presta. Worked well.
    http://www.ghmeiser.com/bicycle.htm

    I have also used a Topeak Smarthead digital that was both Presta and Shrader. It leaked a lot of my air taking a reading in Presta mode, but it works very well taking a reading with a Shrader adapter threaded onto my tube. In other words, I use it in Shrader mode. This model gauge is no longer on the Topeak website, they now sell a different digital gauge that I have not used.

    I usually use the gauge on my Silca floor pump for my bikes. But on the bike I have on my trainer, the pump that I use on that does not have a good gauge so I use the Topeak gauge.
    This is the gauge I use on the road. I have a Topeak frame pump and check pressure with the gauge. At home I use my floor pump.
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