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    Pressure gauge that isn't a piece of ****?

    I've been using accugauge pressure gauges. Last weekend I pinch flatted during a race (yes, tubeless) , and today my tires felt soft despite what the gauge said, so I double checked with my other accugauge. 22 psi on one, 14 psi on the other. #&@$+#$@ No wonder I pinch flatted, the thing is off by almost 8 psi. At this point I'd be better off throwing them away and going by feel.

    Does there exist a reliable and accurate gauge that works in the 20 psi range? I don't mind spending money if it's paying for quality. But it has to frigging work.

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    I've found one of these to be fairly accurate and consistant:

    TopeakŪ Cycling Accessories ? Products - SmartGauge D2
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    Ya I gave up gauges for my tires at this point, been wondering the same thing, not even so concerned about exact accuracy, more about consistency and one that will last. For the moment my hand works for tire pressures. But even that's not very consistent. Like the bike feeling heavier one day when carrying it than the day before.

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    Re: Pressure gauge that isn't a piece of ****?

    I have one of those toppeak as well and find it to be pretty accurate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ronnie View Post
    I've found one of these to be fairly accurate and consistant:

    TopeakŪ Cycling Accessories ? Products - SmartGauge D2
    Thanks. Any problems with it releasing a lot of air when you take a reading? From the amazon reviews:

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    Great for letting air out of your tires and giving you really, really inaccurate tire pressure readings. I didn't believe all the other bad reviews, but now that I've wasted my money, I would never purchase again.

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    I use the Schwalbe digital gauge. Consistent, easy to use. Better than any other I have used including all previously mentioned in this thread.
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    Re: Pressure gauge that isn't a piece of ****?

    Quote Originally Posted by matto6 View Post
    Thanks. Any problems with it releasing a lot of air when you take a reading? From the amazon reviews:
    You do have to be quick and strong when you engage it. But you get the hang of it quickly.


    Shiggy has usually tried everything so I'd trust his recommendation.

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    I hate digital gauges.

    I use one of these, MX and mountain bike!

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    Yes, you need a presta adapter, but I think everyone should have one at all times anyway.

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    Re: Pressure gauge that isn't a piece of ****?

    Quote Originally Posted by DethWshBkr View Post
    I hate digital gauges.

    I use one of these, MX and mountain bike!

    KTM Tire Gauge | ATV | Rocky Mountain ATV/MC

    Yes, you need a presta adapter, but I think everyone should have one at all times anyway.
    Interesting.

    Re: the presta adapter. Having one at all times is one thing, but screwing it on and off each wheel every time you go for a ride...... Is that what you do?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ronnie View Post
    I've found one of these to be fairly accurate and consistant:

    TopeakŪ Cycling Accessories ? Products - SmartGauge D2
    I've been rocking that Topeak for a solid 6 months. I ride 3-4 times a week and check my pressure before each ride. Hasn't failed me yet with tubes and now tubeless.

    I have sampled a tire 2 consecutive times and have received the same reading each time so air loss is a non-issue. As stated above, watching for a good engagement of the presta and a deliberate, quick action prevents any air loss.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jayem View Post
    Yes, I call it "my hands".
    Agree. The gauge on my beloved Silca pump quit years ago. However, I've been riding long enough to know what pressure I need for the conditions I'm riding just by feel.

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    Interesting.

    Re: the presta adapter. Having one at all times is one thing, but screwing it on and off each wheel every time you go for a ride...... Is that what you do?
    I actually leave at least one on the valve stem at all times. Yes, I have to take it off, tighten the presta "nut" and screw the adapter back on.
    Often times, I have both valve stems with adapters, on at all times.

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    I've been using the same Zefal analog gauge for years. No plans to change any time soon.
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    Re: Pressure gauge that isn't a piece of ****?

    I use my Zefal floor pump to check the pressure on my bike tires. The good thing about using the pump gauge is I could readily add more air if the indicated pressure is not enough.

    I'm not the type of person who would have the patience to check a tire pressure with a gauge, then remove the gauge and connect the air pump to add more air in. That's unnecessarily adding extra steps for set of tasks which can be simplified.
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    I keep a floor pump with an oversized gauge for easy reading in my truck and check to make sure I'm good before each ride. If I need air then it's already attached to the valve.

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