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    Air pressure gauge that works to low PSI?

    My Lenzyne floor pump (awesome pump BTW) just doesn't read low pressures at all, seems highly inaccurate below 15 PSI. What are you guys using to measure how much air is in your tires?

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    Accugage 0-15 psi presta valve fitting

    But nowadays I just do a squeeze test and go up or down from there.
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    I have a Hercules Airace pump that is digital and seems to work very well.

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    Thanks, have to calibrate my fingers to low PSI, that's what I do when I pump up a tire on the trail for my Niner right now (pretty accurately).

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    $4. Mine has been great for a year's use and having in and out of my pack.

    Slime Low Pressure Tire Gauge: Automotive : Walmart.com

    Also available anywhere that has tire gauges... if you don't support the wally world.

    You obviously will have to get a presta to shrader adapter... but those are usually only $1 or so at a bike shop... if not free if you know them or support them.
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    I use and like the SKS Airchecker digital gauge!
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    I have a Topeak D2 SmartGauge and a SKS Airchecker digital gauge (^^^^). The Topeak is a little easier to use, but doesn't show tenths of a psi. The SKS is smaller and lighter, and it will show tenths. Both will accept Presta or Shrader.
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    Re: Air pressure gauge that works to low PSI?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jisch View Post
    My Lenzyne floor pump (awesome pump BTW) just doesn't read low pressures at all, seems highly inaccurate below 15 PSI. What are you guys using to measure how much air is in your tires?
    Which Leyne pump? I bought the "precision high volume" floor pump with the metal barrel and nice aluminum base. The guage only goes up to 70psi. Is it that one?

    Just wondering because I bought it specifically for my fatbike. Bummer if its no good.

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    Beto makes a basic digital gauge that works great. Reads from 3psi in 0.1psi increments.
    Weighs only 36g and is small and sleek. Fits nicely in the jersey pocket.
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    I'm not sure what model I have, but it goes up to 200PSI if I recall correctly, I'm sure it goes to 120, cause that's what I put my road bikes at.

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    A low pressure pencil gauge works great if you have schrader valves.

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    Re: Air pressure gauge that works to low PSI?

    Quote Originally Posted by nitrousjunky View Post
    I use and like the SKS Airchecker digital gauge!
    I like mine. Btw, the slime gauge is way off from my experience up against to other different type digital gauges- Schwalbe gauge and sks.

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    Related question - which pump would you guys recommend? Mine is getting old and it is cheapo unknown brand anyway. Would like one with accurate gauge for low and high pressure (up to 125 should do it) and since I have more balloon and fat bikes then road - probably geared more towards high volume.
    And which one do you take to the trail (for your fatty)?

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    I use a Slime ATV dial type guage. 0 to 20psi. I got it through Cabelas. Have to use a presta adapter though. The Slime "dial type" seems to be more accurate than the "pencil" type.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nitrousjunky View Post
    I use and like the SKS Airchecker digital gauge!
    +1 Works great for high & low pressure and presta & shrader.

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    I'll have to try a digital one, as it seems I killed my accugauge by over ranging it. Thought I pumped up a Big Apple to less than 30, but it was somewhat more than that. Needle went all the way to max then dropped to zero and hasn't moved since.

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    Re: Air pressure gauge that works to low PSI?

    Yeah... I guess if a pencil guage is off by 1psi I could give a flying frick anyway... my test to see if I have the right pressure is usually just to push on the tire... or ride it. That's all that really matters anyway.

    Personally I dont think you really NEED a guage for fat bikes.
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    Air pressure gauge that works to low PSI?

    Look in the off road industry. We frequently run super low psi for rock crawling. (7-8 in my crawler, have a low psi guage.)

    The slime guages have not been very accurate in comparison.

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    My LBS just sold me an SKS Airchecker with my new fatbike...

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    Quote Originally Posted by duggus View Post
    Yeah... I guess if a pencil guage is off by 1psi I could give a flying frick anyway... my test to see if I have the right pressure is usually just to push on the tire... or ride it. That's all that really matters anyway.

    Personally I dont think you really NEED a guage for fat bikes.
    1 psi makes a large difference when riding in snow and it's nice to know the different pressures needed for different snow conditions. The key is to not buy a cheap Walmart pencil gauge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by evandy View Post
    My LBS just sold me an SKS Airchecker with my new fatbike...
    I just got one and I'm very happy with it. Works well for accurate pressure on my Moonlander.
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    How much does the SKS digital weigh?

    I have the Meiser brass gauge and it's pretty heavy.

    Fatbikes.com - Solutions for low tire pressures Meiser Presta-Valve Dial Gauge with Pressure Relief: 30psi

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    Quote Originally Posted by maelstromwbc View Post
    How much does the SKS digital weigh?

    I have the Meiser brass gauge and it's pretty heavy.

    Fatbikes.com - Solutions for low tire pressures Meiser Presta-Valve Dial Gauge with Pressure Relief: 30psi
    I don't know what the SKS digital weighs, but it's light. OTOH, I see that it won't work in extremely cold temps, where as the Meiser Dial gauge will. Good to know seeing as fat bikes are very often cold-weather bikes!
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    I got the same Dial Gauge from Amazon for < half the price. Its a "lawn tractor" gauge, rated 0-30psi. Works great in any temp. I often have to lower my pressures on the way home from work after a blizzard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marathon marke View Post
    I don't know what the SKS digital weighs, but it's light. OTOH, I see that it won't work in extremely cold temps, where as the Meiser Dial gauge will. Good to know seeing as fat bikes are very often cold-weather bikes!
    That's interesting. I like the Meiser because its' mechanical and is 'more reliable' than a digital gauge.

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    Re: Air pressure gauge that works to low PSI?

    Quote Originally Posted by alphazz View Post
    1 psi makes a large difference when riding in snow and it's nice to know the different pressures needed for different snow conditions. The key is to not buy a cheap Walmart pencil gauge.
    I dunno. If it feels too firm in the snow I let some air out... if it feels too soft I put some air in. It takes a whole 2 minutes. Just posting that gauge for people that can get by with a $4 gauge. And also... if it says 6psi but is actually 5psi, its not going to matter if it is off... I'm always going to go by what that 6psi felt like. You guys who have been around for a long time know this is true Come on.
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    I've used one of these for the last few years without any issues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maelstromwbc View Post
    That's interesting. I like the Meiser because its' mechanical and is 'more reliable' than a digital gauge.
    define more reliable please.
    plus+, plus+ = win:

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    Quote Originally Posted by alphazz View Post
    1 psi makes a large difference when riding in snow and it's nice to know the different pressures needed for different snow conditions. The key is to not buy a cheap Walmart pencil gauge.
    are walmart pencil gauges any good?
    plus+, plus+ = win:

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    Accu-Gage

    This is the one I use for my car / motorcycle. Best gage I ever owned. It's not travel friendly. To be honest, I'm not sure how good this will work with those presta valves even with an adaptor.

    I will find out today.


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    My experience:
    - I can't accurately do the "squeeze test". I'm off by 2-3psi sometimes.
    - A 1 psi difference is noticeable to me on the trail. 6 feels good, so does 5, but I get pinch flats. I'm not tubeless.
    - I have the Accu Gage 0-30psi and a Topeak Digital. The Accu Gage is indeed more reliable (repeatable). The Topeak often gives weird readings. I also don't like using a presta-to-schrader adapter.
    YMMV.

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    I just found a digital gauge I had in the bottom of my tool box (forgot I had it), its a Michelin that has a switch for presta or schrader - it worked great. When I get my bike I'll mess around more to find the sweet spot, but the difference between 8.5 PSI and 10 PSI was incredible, went from a cushiony ride to a harsh ride (just in a lawn riding test).

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    I found this online. I'm going to order it because it has the presta fitting on the end. It's an accu-gage, so it's good. Best of all, its a lot more portable then the one I own now.

    Anyway, thought I'd share.

    Meiser Presta-Valve Dial Gauge with Pressure Relief: 15psi

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