There are a lot of simple and cheap ways to dish wheels, but where's the fun in that? Abbey Bike Tools Harbor Gauge is simple and quick to use and offers all the modern compatibility you need.
The Harbor gauge is a gorgeous gem of a dishing instrument. The gauge is fully machined from big billets of aluminium to a final shape and accuracy that's as nice to use as it is to look at. Compatible with wheels from 20-29 inches and all hub combinations, it has stand off feet to let you check dish with the tire in place, even in the case of the big fat ones.
The gauge uses a unique, spring loaded mechanism to drop the plunger. Press the little brass button on the front and the plunger will drop to the face of the hub. There are no archaic time sucking threaded indicators here!
Perhaps the best thing about the Harbor Gauge is the story behind it. The tool started as a computer model, like most of Abbey Bike Tools' tools, but that's as far as it went for a couple of years, until one fateful email arrived from the other side of the world.
Tracy Rome contacted Abbey Bike Tools to inquire about a surprise birthday present for her husband Dave's upcoming 30th birthday. Apparently, she had forgotten it the year before and wanted to make the day something to remember. So, after some secret spy photos of Dave's existing tool collection, the brand pitched her what would become known as the Harbor Gauge.
They built the first prototype, commissioned a custom walnut case for it, and shipped it to Sydney where the Romes live. It was one special morning for Dave when he got a bespoke tool from his favourite bike tool company. At the time, it was one-of-a-kind and it is still a standout favourite in a rather extensive tool collection. Dave said that the tool resembles the famed Harbor Bridge in Sydney, so that's where the name comes from.
ABOUT Abbey Bike Tools
Abbey Bike Tools make the world's best cycling tools – unparalleled in quality, precision and beauty. Based in Bend, Oregon, the Abbey Tools Team only creata a new tool when there's an advancement to be made. Each design is highly functional and built to last – the epitome of the brand's motto: "Precision is our religion". Equally at home in a pro mechanic's arsenal or in the discerning home tinkerer's toolbox, you'll find no finer tools anywhere. Read more about Castelli.
Founded by real cycling enthusiasts in 2004, our passion for elite performance runs through everything we do at Saddleback. Our team of dedicated roadies, mountain bikers and triathletes practice what we preach to bring you the finest cycling products and a superior service to match. We're the official UK home of Castelli, Chris King, ENVE, HJC, Moots Cycles, PUSH, Sidi, Silca, Sportful, Stages, Troy Lee Designs and Wolf Tooth.