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    Advice on a Presta gauge?

    Been riding my new commuter a lot lately and I LOVE it, it's great fun and it gets me where I need to go. Unfortunately though, I need to put some more air in my tires. I can gauge it a bit by feel, but don't have much experience with how hard the tire should be.

    With that said, can anyone suggest a good portable Presta gauge? I've got a pump bracketed onto my bike, so I'd like to get a small (but accurate) presta gauge I can just toss in a bag if I ever feel like touring. Problem is, everyone of them I've seen has gotten bad reviews. So, can anyone advise me on a functional, consistent gauge that doesn't come attached to a floor pump?

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    I use a Presta 2 Schrader adapter

    screws onto the outside of your presta valve stem. These let you use any gas station hose and best of all will keep you from bending or busting off the barrel of the presta valve.

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    Thanks, but I've already got an air compressor and pump, note that I'm just looking for a gauge to use with it.

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    He's saying that if you use the adapter ($1 or less at your LBS), you can use a standard "car" pressure gauge. Finding a presta specific gauge can be either tricky, or way overpriced.

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    I've got a Zefal "Twin" gauge that fits both valve types. The pressure reading agrees with my Blackburn floor pump with built-in gauge. Of course, they both could be wrong... The one review on MTBR is pretty damning, but I haven't had any trouble with mine. Get it from Performance Bike so you can return it if it craps out.

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    Are those the ones they carry at performance? Think I've seen them. Anyways, pretty sure I'm grabbing the 99 cent fitting from LBS and then getting a bracket-mount pump with a gauge for on the road. Thanks!

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    Yep, PB has them for $9.99
    However, spending only 99 cents is even better!

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    I dunno- everything I`ve ever had that needed presta tubes I`ve drilled out for schraders as soon as I got it home.

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    I have that same Topeak gauge in my MTB pack. I find the on/off switch is right where I normally put my thumb when I'm reading pressures.

    I use Schrader adapters and a cheapo auto parts store pencil gauge for my commuter. I also have the Topeak Road Morph G pump with a built-in gauge, so I don't have to futz around with a separate gauge when fixing flats on the side of the road.
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