I appreciate real life reviews which is what I try to do when it comes to those out there shopping for gear and gadgets. Tire pressure gauges are such a small but important part of everyday maintenance for our bikes. So, why not share this simple but informative review? We always have 2 gauges or three at a time. One for each bike for on the road and of course the garage. I just bought 2 of these based on this review alone. I don’t expect everyone to run out and buy this brand but can’t hurt to read about their warranty…
By Ari Henning, Photography by Ari Henning
Handling, grip, ride quality, and tread wear are just a few of the things affected by tire pressure, and in order to take accurate measurements, you need a decent tire gauge. At one end of the spectrum are pencil-type gauges—good for ballpark readings, if that—and at the other end are big-bucks professional units. So, what to buy? When I was faced with this question nearly a decade ago, my adolescent’s income steered me toward a $14.50 Accu-Gage from G.H. Meiser & Co.
Accu-Gages are available in several ranges from 15 to 160 psi with your choice of chuck configuration, all for the same low price. All gauges have a 2-inch face, flexible 11-in. hose, and a handy bleeder button for fine-tuning pressures. G.H. Meiser & Co. says the 60 psi gauge I bought is calibrated to +/- 1 psi at 30 psi—my gauge has always checked out when tested against the master gauges brought to the track by various tire distributors.
The gauge worked perfectly for 5 years before the needle stopped holding its reading, and just recently the hose sprang a leak at one of the brass crimp fittings. Recalling the unit’s price, I had no reservations about retiring it, and immediately returned to the web to buy a replacement. That’s when I discovered a few interesting facts. First off, G.H. Meiser & Co. warranties its gauges for life, requesting just $3 for return shipping. It even offers replacement check-valve parts for the pushbutton at no charge. And did I mention Accu-Gages are made in America? G.H. Meiser & Co. has an old-fashioned name that reflects its old-fashioned values and customer service. What a happy surprise.
|Accu-Gage Tire Gauge|
|Contact: G.H. Meiser & Co.|
|Verdict 5 out of 5 stars|
|An affordable, accurate, and reliable product from a commendable company.|
7 thoughts on “Accu-Gage Tire Gauge | MC Tested”
Very well made and reliable units. I’ve have one and it still gets regular use since 1975. Still seems accurate or at least agrees with the cheap pencil gauge and the electronic one.
I’ve always used the gauge that’s built in to my mini tyre pump. It is reasonably accurate (maybe out by 0.1 or 0.2 bar at the most, but definitely better than pressing on the tyre with my hand 🙂
My 1200 has BMW’s signature tubeless spoked wheels with tyre pressure sensors which conveniently calculate and display the pressure corrected to the 20°C baseline. So warm or cold you always know how much to adjust it. My 800 with its tubed tyres doesn’t have this luxury so I take an educated guess. A slight variance won’t do much harm really.
I know what I want for Christmas now. 🙂
for your car?
I’ve never had an easy time with those cheap stem gauges with the stick popping out. And I don’t trust that built-in pressure indicator in the car. I had one similar the one pictured, without the hose. It was the best tire gauge I ever had. Quick, accurate, slipped right onto the valve stem.
Oh, and I’m almost as bad about tire pressure balance as a race car team crew chief…lol
Saw your review and it arrived today. Very easy to use on a very hard to acess Suzuki Boulevard S50- a most excellent height challenged riders bike but vey difficult to read pressure with 45 degree pencil or Accutire digital. Pencil
Gauge was off 5 psi low
Best part is how well it seals on a valve. Very positive seal so it’s so damn easy to use.
You guys have a great blog.
Still riding down here on my Tiger 1200