Rocky Creek Designs Inline Tyre Gauge & Mini Pump

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IT didn’t seem to make sense, two products submitted by the one company for review, both with the same goal of inflating tyres.

However, these devices from Rocky Creek Designs take different, but equally clever, approaches to the problem.

First to arrive was the Inline Tyre Gauge (ITG), for anyone who has ever sworn at a service station air hose while struggling to connect the chuck to the valve. Get that done and, since the since servo gauges are rarely (if ever) correct, we disconnect, check the pressure with our own gauge and then go through the whole mess all over again.

Not with this. Set the pressure on the servo air hose a bit higher than you want it, connect the ITG to the hose and the other end to the tyre valve. The large readout tells you the tyre pressure as you are inflating it. We found it best to inflate a bit higher, then press the air bleed button on the ITG to get exactly the pressure you want.

It comes with an extra chuck, angled to get at even the most well-hidden valves.

With a recommended retail price of $29.95, it is light and compact, will fit under most seats and is ideal for sports or adventure riders.

... for anyone who has ever sworn at a service station air hose while struggling to connect the chuck to the valve.

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Maurice Blackburn Lawyers

A different approach is the new Mini Pump, which can be powered by your bike’s battery or a mini jump starter. Four different power leads are included. Pressure readings can be selected in PSI, BAR or KPA, and where this pump gets really clever is that you select the desired pressure before you start.

Set it, start the pump and stand back while it gets to work, it will automatically switch off when the pre-set pressure is reached.

Its robust construction is indicated by its weight of 503g and the whole unit, including the power cables, is held in a very sturdy carry case.

With a five year warranty and recommended retail price of $89.95*, the Mini Pump is ideal for touring riders, easily stowed in a pannier or tank bag.

[* PRICE TYPO: In the Spring edition of Riding On magazine, a review of the MotoPressor Mini Pump incorrectly quoted its retail price as $69.95. This information was provided by Rocky Creek Designs, Australian distributor of the MotoPressor Mini Pump. The correct retail price is $89.95. Rocky Creek Designs apologises for any inconvenience or embarrassment caused.]

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Its robust construction is indicated by its weight of 503g and the whole unit, including the power cables, is held in a very sturdy carry case.

Gary Warner #65262

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