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Old 02-12-13, 06:12 PM
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Metric calipers...

Anybody make a decent < $40 metric dial caliper, not plastic?

My search turned up a lot of threads about brakes!
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Old 02-12-13, 06:18 PM
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If you're in the UK, Maplin probably sells them - I know they sell digital ones and they have all manner of other stuff like that.
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Old 02-12-13, 06:24 PM
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Most of the electronic readout calipers have a metric/Imperial switch that will let you measure in either system. Here are two examples, one cheap, one not so cheap:

https://www.biketoolsetc.com/index.cg...item_id=GN-EDC
https://www.biketoolsetc.com/index.cg...em_id=MT-DIGIT

Here is a metric dial caliper:

https://www.biketoolsetc.com/index.cg...item_id=GN-MDC
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Old 02-12-13, 06:55 PM
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Try amazon and check the reviews. Plenty of options. You could probably even get a digital for that price unless you prefer a dial instead.
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Old 02-12-13, 07:19 PM
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those inexpensive metal digital calibers actually work quite well.
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I got these

https://www.lowes.com/pd_293883-16878...AID=1368006923
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This one does metric/decimal inch/fractional inch for $21.99: https://www.harborfreight.com/6-digit...ngs-68304.html
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Originally Posted by pierce View Post
those inexpensive metal digital calibers actually work quite well.
And one of these months you might realize it's caliPer.
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:-p my spool chucker backfires at thymes.
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I have had great luck with my cheapies from Harbor Freight. I think I paid 15 dollars.
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Digital ones have a button switching between fractional decimal and metric digital .
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I have this one, but the metric part is only on the ruler, not the dial... so less than 1mm increments are a guess... or a conversion.





And.... I thought it was metal but itssnot.

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I have one of those plastic General ones too. Its not very accurate due to the plastic jaws and overall flexture, but its OK if you just need to know something is 22 1/2 mm, or as you show that your inflated tire is about 31mm wide.
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Originally Posted by pierce View Post
:-p my spool chucker backfires at thymes.
If a word is spelled right, just out of place, then it's a matter of grammar; but I digress..
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Old 02-12-13, 11:58 PM
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We don't have grammar checkers; I think that's the point.
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I got a digital one from Harbor Freight. It not great, but it works well enough for the last 6 months. It has a button to go from metric to ASA. I think I paid about $15.
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Originally Posted by HillRider View Post
Darn, I just ordered from them and forgot to check the calipers. Keep in mind you also get 20% off !

Now I'm going to have to figure out another order; I'm sure there are more things there I want but really don't need.

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And dont forget to get a metric cresent wrench to go with it!
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Originally Posted by rydabent View Post
And dont forget to get a metric cresent wrench to go with it!
And be sure to get a left-handed one too.
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Originally Posted by onespeedbiker View Post
Darn, I just ordered from them and forgot to check the calipers. Keep in mind you also get 20% off !

Now I'm going to have to figure out another order; I'm sure there are more things there I want but really don't need.
In the USA, watch for sales. I have a couple from Harbor Freight, both work just fine. I also have one of their $2 plastic calipers, really only good for rough drop out measurements, bb spindles, and for taking pictures on ebay (I can show the buyer size info).
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I use one of the old type vernier calipers. Cheaper and just as accurate. Mine has dual markings in imperial and metric.
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I use one of the old type vernier calipers. Cheaper and just as accurate. Mine has dual markings in imperial and metric.
+1..................real men use Vernier. Dial and digital are for sissies and guys who need glasses.
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Ah...really...that hard to find?

Try www.amazon.com and search on digital calipers - lots of them

Rather nice ones for $15 with a nice case, spare battery, and free shipping

I buy them all the time for stocking stuffers....
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Originally Posted by ksisler View Post
Ah...really...that hard to find?

Try www.amazon.com and search on digital calipers - lots of them

Rather nice ones for $15 with a nice case, spare battery, and free shipping

I buy them all the time for stocking stuffers....
The search I executed was in this forum, not an internet-wide query.
I was hoping for advice on a good metal one...and as usual bikeforum members stepped up. THANKS!

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Originally Posted by 3alarmer View Post
+1..................real men use Vernier. Dial and digital are for sissies and guys who need glasses.
Yeah, well I've been telling my girlfriend that 130mm on my digital equals 12 inches so the girlfriend thinks I really am a real man.
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