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 Post subject: Vernier calipers
PostPosted: Wed Jun 26, 2013 8:41 pm 
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I'm fed up with trying to make out seatpost sizes through the scratches or keep guessing what size I need so it's time to buy some Verniers. They're not going to get used every day so I don't want to spend a fortune. Are the cheapo digital ones for a £7 on ebay going to be accurate enough? Should I spend more? Do I even want digital ones?
Any advice welcomed :D


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 Post subject: Re: Vernier calipers
PostPosted: Wed Jun 26, 2013 8:52 pm 
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I have old school cheapo eBay jobbies that have lasted a coupe of years of light use so far.


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 Post subject: Re: Vernier calipers
PostPosted: Wed Jun 26, 2013 8:54 pm 
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I just bought some cheapo (under a tenner) digital vernier calipers for exactly the reasons you mentioned. They work just fine for me :D


http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/251084353086? ... 1439.l2649


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 Post subject: Re: Vernier calipers
PostPosted: Wed Jun 26, 2013 8:57 pm 
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I bought the Aldi ones and they are decent, spare battery too!


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 Post subject: Re: Vernier calipers
PostPosted: Wed Jun 26, 2013 9:05 pm 
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If you're old enough to be on Retrobike, you're eyesight's probably shot like mine...digital's the only way to go.

I'd go a little upmarket to the steel versions for the sake of durability, but no need to shell out on Mitutoyo or Moor & Wright etc.

The £20 ones which show inches in fractions too are well worth the extra little. I bought a set of these last year.
Still going strong despite daily use, and I never have to calculate what 9/64" is in metricated inches :D

All the best,


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 Post subject: Re: Vernier calipers
PostPosted: Wed Jun 26, 2013 9:09 pm 
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Old school non-digital for me, never have to worry about the battery running out and I never measure anything Imperial anyway!


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 Post subject: Re: Vernier calipers
PostPosted: Wed Jun 26, 2013 9:23 pm 
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Those ones sold at Aldi for a tenner are exactly the same ones sold by other companys for upto £80. I kid you not!


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 Post subject: Re: Vernier calipers
PostPosted: Wed Jun 26, 2013 9:25 pm 
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Apologies but this has just triggered a long lost memory from my engineering apprentice days. What were those little books of conversion and thread tables called?


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 Post subject: Re: Vernier calipers
PostPosted: Wed Jun 26, 2013 9:26 pm 
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Does anyone know if the Aldi ones just come in on special weeks? Aldi isn't that close to me and I don't really want to go there if they don't have them.


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 Post subject: Re: Vernier calipers
PostPosted: Wed Jun 26, 2013 9:27 pm 
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Cheers for this I had the same question.
I borrowed some REALLY ACCURATE ones at work (for a company that makes measuring kit).
After trying several time to get a measurement on a Saracen seat tube our engineer decided that
Saracen probably didn't have anything THAT accurate when they built it :-)


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