Oxford Tyre Gauge Pro, £19.99
Tested for: Two years
What’s good? Investing in a decent tyre pressure gauge has encouraged me to save money in two ways – firstly, it’s made sure I don’t lose the thing (better to invest £20 in one decent gauge than waste it on a succession of cheap, nasty ones). Secondly it’s encouraged me to use it more frequently, and every tyre manufacturer’s number one tip for increased longevity is to make sure the pressures are correct. This gauge speeds up the correction process because it has a bleed valve to let out air until it’s at the exact pressure required. So my technique is to inflate the tyres until my footpump’s gauge says they’re a little over the right pressure, then use this gauge to let out air until it’s just right. The 90-degree angle of the head makes access to most valves easier as well.
What’s not? That 90-degree head isn’t so ideally suited to bikes with valves mounted at 90 degrees to the wheel rim, but it still works well enough. This one’s pricier than it needs to be, as Draper sell a similar, and perfectly decent, gauge (code 69924) for around half the price.
Quality rating: 4/5
Value rating: 3/5