Oxford Digi Gauge
Motorcycle Tire Pressure Gauge
Now you may be asking yourself "Self, is this yet
another webBikeWorld digital tire pressure gauge
And the answer is: because we still haven't found the
perfect tire pressure gauge.
After all's said and done, the
Roadgear digital gauge is the one that gets used
most around here. It's simple, it's light weight
and the "L" shaped head allows it to fit between more
spokes to fit more valve stems than any other.
It also has a "secret" feature that allows the user
to bleed down the tire by putting slight pressure on the
valve stem, like it was being used to take a tire
pressure reading but without bearing down with enough
force to actually engage the stem.
But is it perfect? Not quite. It could be
thinner, it could have a deeper tail on the "L", it
could use a built-in LED light and maybe it could be
That's why the Oxford Digi Gauge piqued our interest.
It molds perfectly to the hand (although it is on the
thick side) and it has an LED light. It also has a
few other features it probably doesn't need, but they
don't cancel out the ease-of-use factor.
The Oxford Digi Gauge is more than just a motorcycle
tire pressure gauge; it has a rotating head with the
widely used Schrader adapter on one side and the Presta
valve on the other -- that's the type used only by Lance
Armstrong and 3 other humans on Planet Earth, as far as
I can tell.
I had a bike with Presta valve stems a long time ago
and after breaking them off every time I tried to put
air in the tires, I tore apart the wheels and rebuilt
them with good old-fashioned tubes with Schrader valves.
Anyway, the rotating head is actually a nice feature
that helps, not hinders, a motorcycle tire in need of
air. The rotating head comes in handy on some
types of spoked wheels, because depending upon the
design, the valve stem may be easier to access by
placing the tire pressure gauge either on one side of
the wheel rim or the other, according to which way the
spokes are arranged around the valve stem.
OK, so that's one feature in its favor, serendipity
notwithstanding. The LED light and the "large
back-lit display for easy reading in the dark" also
sounded good. What this translates to is a tiny
LED light pointing down at an angle towards one side of
the gauge (see photo below). The back side of the
LED is supposed to reflect some light back on to the LCD
I say "supposed to" because although this is the
theory, the reality is that the light is very dim and
doesn't do much to help the user read the display.
There's also a very tiny clear plastic rectangle on the
face of the gauge handle that I think is supposed to
indicate that the LED is actually on. The LED that
is aimed at the work area is also very dim, providing
just enough light to find the valve stem at night if the
light is held maybe 6" or so from the tire.
I'm not sure why they didn't put a more powerful LED
light in there, because LEDs are a dime-a-dozen
nowadays. And the yellow tint to the light they
use doesn't help matters much either.
But this isn't a deal-breaker, because most (all?)
gauges we've tried don't even have a light, so at least
Oxford gets an "A" for effort.
By the way, another thing they get an "A" for is
including an extra CR2032 watch batter in the package.
That's a very nice gesture and as long as you can
remember which pocket in which jacket the thing is
stored, you'll be a happy camper if the battery that's
included in the gauge gives up the ghost.
Which, by the way, is the problem with battery
powered (are there any other kind?) digital tire
OK, back to the features. Here's where it gets
complicated, but Oxford has done a good job of
exploiting digital electronics and integrating the
features into the Digi Gauge.
The gauge has two buttons nicely integrated into the
control panel faceplate. To turn the gauge on,
press and hold the left button. The gauge beeps to
let you know it's ready to go.
If the button is pressed and held down, it will cycle
through the "CLE" (clear) and "AJS" (adjust) or CLE and
"CAL" modes. If the button is released while any
of these modes are displayed, it will activate that
state. For example, if the button is held
down until "CAL" appears and then released, the gauge is
now in the "Calculation" state, which means that the
maximum tire pressure will be held on the LCD display
until it's cleared, even if the gauge is shut off.
The "AJS" mode shows only the current reading and
disappears as soon as the gauge is released from the
valve stem, like a "normal" tire pressure gauge. I
leave the Digi Gauge in the "CAL" state because it's
sometimes hard to directly see the pressure readout when
the gauge is on the stem, depending on the shape of the
wheels, the spokes or the castings, the size of the disk
When the gauge is shut down, it will remain in
whichever state is chosen until the next time the gauge
is turned back on.
The CAL mode also forces the gauge to beep once every
second until the pressure stabilizes inside the gauge at
the maximum read pressure, which tells the user that the
pressure has been taken when the LCD can't be seen
The AJS or adjustment mode allows the user to bleed
down the tire to the correct pressure, but no beeps
here. There's a small metal bleeder valve button
on one side of the rotating head. When that button
is pressed, the air pressure will slowly bleed out, but
the user must check the readout to see the new pressure.
The gauge can be switched back and forth between the CAL
and AJS modes when the gauge is on or off the valve
Let's see, what else? The Digi Gauge also reads
PSI, bar, kg/cm2 or kPa. The gauge automatically
shuts off in 45 seconds (although the packaging says 60
seconds) if no button is pressed or if no reading has
It gives out a series of beeps as it gets within 5
seconds of complete shutdown, a nice feature to both
warn the user that it's about to turn off but also a
satisfying way to know that the gauge did indeed turn
off so the battery won't run down. The gauge can
also be turned off manually by pressing the right
button. Also, Oxford claims that the gauge will
read accurately up to 180 PSI (12.41 Bar).
The Digi Gauge does not have the feature that allows
the user to bleed down the tire to a set pressure, which
is something that I don't use but some do. This
would allow the user to overfill the tire and then allow
it to bleed down to the set pressure, all without having
to look at the readout.
The Digi Gauge is pretty easy to use; it's not like
you have to carry around the instructions all the time,
like some other gauges I can think of. The
functions are marked under the buttons, which also
Overall, I like the Oxford Digi Gauge, it has a nice
design, a rubberized handle and the overall shape fits
and feels very nice in the hand. It's a bit too
stubby and thick and although its short length allows it
to fit between large disk brakes and the rim of the
wheel, I personally still like the "L" shape of the
Roadgear gauge better. So although the Digi Gauge
still isn't perfect, it's a very nice and well made
gauge that should serve the purpose.
The bad news is that it's pretty expensive for what
it is at $26.95, and there is no warranty or guarantee
stated on our package or the instructions.
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