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All I Want Is A Thule Bike Rack!

July 15, 2015

bike rackMove over alcohol and nicotine, mountain biking is taking over my list of vices.  Looking for a thrill?  Out of shape?  I recommend mountain biking for weight loss and fun.

I’m at a point in my life where I’m ready to cut down on partying.  I don’t want to officially hang up my “cutting loose” habits, but I can only take so many yawn-filled mornings of bloodshot eyes and crooked smiles.  I am ready to put those nights of loud clubs and expensive bar tabs behind me.  Why the sudden lifestyle changeyou might ask?  The answer—mountain biking.  I think taking up this sport will jump start my active, healthylifestyle.

Growing up, I have always been into bikes.  It all started when I was six.  My parents tried teaching me to ride a bike in a big field near our house—not the best idea.  Have you ever tried riding through a field, let alone on a child’s bike with small wheels?  It’s nearly impossible.  Every bump, rock, and stick bounced me off the bike and landed my butt on the ground.  My parents’ rationale was that falling in a field would be better than hitting the unforgiving pavement, which makes sense.  But it is also nearly impossible to ride on this terrain, especially when first learning.

So one afternoon, I took off my training wheels and brought my bike into the driveway.  I sat down on the seat, put my one foot on a pedal, pushed off and started riding.  And as they say, the rest is history. I got older and picked up BMX; bunny hopping curbs and cruising around on pegs.  When I hit college, I was over my dirt jumping phase, and got a road bike—pedaling for miles at a time.  So it’s no surprise that mountain biking caught my eye– which is a sort of hybrid amalgamation of extreme maneuvers from BMX and long rides of road biking.

Back to my life story, I graduated college, picked up and moved to California.  This state is absolutely beautiful.  Last weekend, my girlfriend and I drove out of the city and spent a few hours exploring and admiring the west coast’s landscape.  We hiked through a state park, which was awesome—but I’m not much of a hiker.  I need something to get my heart pumping.  We did discover a ton ofmountain bike trails that the state park offered.  And that’s when it hit me.  Mountain biking looks like a blast!  These guys flew past us on these gnarly mountain bikes, equipped with full suspension and rugged tires.  The east coast didn’t offer trails like the west coast, which is probably why I never got into the sport.  Now that I have all this terrain, I want to take full advantage. 

So I started looking into bikes and am dieing to get one, but I ran into two problems.  The bikes are very expensive and I drive a small Subaru whose seats don’t fold down.  Plus, I wouldn’t want dirty, muddy tires all over my interior.  I talked with a coworker who mountain bikes and he offered to lend me his old bike until I get my own.  Great!  But I need to get to the trails.  My car doesn’t have a roof rack, so I looked for bike racks that mount to your trunk on the internet.  If I can find a rack that mounts easily, I’m sure I will have no problem getting to the trails a few days a week and getting some exercise. 

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Are Bug Guards Worth It ??

July 1, 2015

bug-windshieldBothered by your car’s unsightly display of splattered bug guts? Bug deflectors are an effective tool for protecting your vehicle’s appearance.

If you have ever taken a road trip, your vehicle has probably met a few bugs along the way. Windshield wipers are useless when it comes to clearing bug gunk. In fact, they usually streak and cloud your glass, making it even harder to see.

When you’re on vacation, going to the car wash is the last thing on your mind. Besides wasting valuable time, getting your car washed isn’t cheap. Last time I was over at the local “Clean N Care” I got roped into buying the “deluxe” package, which cost me $29.95! My head started spinning just thinking about how much money I will spend on car washes this year.

Bug deflectors are a good investment. With the money you would spend on a few trips to the car wash, you could buy yourself a bug deflector, which will then save you time and money.

Worried that bug deflectors don’t match your car’s image? You can find a variety of bug deflectors to match your style. They range in size, shape, color—you can even find chrome bug deflectors. Adding a sleek smoke colored bug guard can add unique styling to your ride.

They are extremely easy to install. You won’t have to pay installation fees. It will help having a friend assist with centering the guard, but besides that you can install by yourself in a matter of minutes.

An important step that most people forget is cleaning the hood. You don’t want any dirt of grim on the surface where you will be applying the adhesive. You can use an alcohol pad or a degreaser product for this step.

Once the area is clean, make sure it is completely dry. Deflectors come with a variety of mounting pieces. What’s great about bug deflectors is that there is no drilling involved. That’s right, just a strong adhesive will be securing the guard, so there won’t be any nasty holes in your hood should you decide to take it off.

Your bug guard kit should come with its own mounting pieces. Some products come with circular pieces that are sticky on one side and Velcro on the other. For some guards you will just use heavy duty 3M tape. If yours comes with the Velcro system, make sure the two pieces are stuck together and unpeel only one of the backings. Stick them (together) onto your hood. You do not want to apply the pieces to the guard and the hood separately because it will be nearly impossible to line them up straight.

This is where the friend comes in handy. After all the sticky pieces are attached to your hood, you are ready to stick on the bug guard. It helps to have someone eyeing the placement from a distance to make sure it goes on straight. You can also make little pencil markings on each side to check if it is aligned.

The installation is almost complete. You just need to attach a few small rubber bumpers behind the ends of the bug guard. These will stop the edges of your deflector from hitting your hood at high speeds.

You’re done! It was that simple. And bug deflectors are constructed from quality stainless steel or scratch resistant acrylicHealth Fitness Articles, which means you won’t have to go replacing it anytime soon.

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June 22, 2015

Alternatore-dell’auto-guasto-come-controllare-se-è-rottoAre you one of those people who think “it could never happen to me” when it comes to breaking down and being stranded in the middle of nowhere during your self-drive holiday?

Maybe you are lucky enough for it not to have happened to you, however you can definitely increase your odds against it happening by taking a few precautions and carrying out a little car care.

Car care isn’t just about taking your car to the garage for its regular service or for fixing up the little dents, bumps, and scratches with ultra-modern technology such as paintless dent removal. It’s about taking care whilst travelling.

For instance, did you realise that the higher you load your roof rack, the more fuel you will use? Car care involves taking this into consideration by packing the luggage on your roof rack as low as possible. Wrapping this same luggage in plastic sheets – which reduces the fuel consumption even more – is a perfect example of car care.

Another aspect of car care is checking the pressure needed for your tyres under heavy loads, which you can find listed in your car handbook. Bear in mind, however, that the figure printed will be for cold tyres. In warmer weather, you will need to adjust it according, in order not to end up with a reading that is misleadingly high.

Also when travelling in hot weather in your car care should be taken to ensure the tyres are in good condition as warmer weather just makes any existing damage worse.

Among other things, car care encompasses checking the handbrake. If it requires a lot of effort to pull it up enough to stop your car rolling backwards on a hill, then you might need to get an authorised person to check the cable or rear callipers.

Cooling reservoirs that haven’t been checked can also be included in car care, as if your cooling fan doesn’t work, you won’t be going very far at all! You can check to see if there’s anything wrong by letting your car run idle for 5-10 minutes (once it has reached normal temperature), after which time the cooling fan should kick in.

Not only referring to physical aspects, car care also extends to things like sneezing. Did you know that you lose up to 100 metres’ vision when you sneeze, whilst travelling at 112 km per hour?

Car care to reduce the elements that might make you sneeze involves vacuuming floor mats and coverings regularly, especially during the summer. Since pollen grains filter in through the vents and windows, keeping them closed as much as possible will help reduce their presence inside your car.

Sunglasses also form a part of car care. Because the windscreen acts as an additional filter, photochromic lenses (the type that dim automatically in bright sunlight) change more gradually inside a car, making driving through tunnels dangerous.

UltimatelyFree Articles, car care isn’t something you should do just because you are going on holidays or taking a long trip. It’s something you should do on a regular basis.

By carrying out just a little car care you can ensure that your driving experience always remains the pleasure it ought to be.

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Water less car washing – To do or not to do?!

June 8, 2015

800x600px-LL-f37ca7f8_B001WT0WS8-31uFT0pyXlLPeople are always asking me, what are best practices for performing a waterless car wash ? While the actual process is very simple, I figured I would give share some of the tips I’ve picked up along the way.

Materials required: waterless car wash product and high-quality microfiber towels (two towels minimum, more if your car is moderately dirty).

• Wash your way from the top of the vehicle down. The lower body panels are typically the dirtiest and should be cleaned last.

• Clean one panel at a time. I clean as follows: roof, windows, hood, trunk, upper door panels, lower door panels, and bumpers.

• Make sure you spray the microfiber towel first to wet, then the panel you’re working on. Wet-on-wet contact helps ensure a more efficient cleaning process.

• Wipe and lift the microfiber towel on your first pass across a panel. Repeat a second time with a little more pressure to help scoop up remaining contaminants.

• Use sparingly on windows. This is especially true if your waterless product contains wax, which can lead to smearing.

• If you’re unsure on an area to use the product on, test first with a small spray in an inconspicuous area.

• Preferably use on a cool surface on in the shade.

• Avoid using below freezing temps, many of these products are water-based and will freeze on contact.

• If your car is very dirty (mud, heavily caked salt, etc)Science Articles, simply take it to a local self serve car wash and pressure wash it first to remove heavy residue first. Waterless car wash products which claim they can “do it all” I would approach with skepticism.

• Take note if it’s windy out. You may want to spray closer to the vehicle’s surface. Otherwise you may lose lot of the solution.

Hopefully you’ll find these tips helpful the next time you perform a waterless car wash. For a more comprehensive look at these practices (including instructional videos and how-to’s) please visit eco touch™ waterless car wash

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The Scoop on Purchasing a Car

June 1, 2015

used-cars-vs-new-carsThe biggest question in the car buying process is whether to buy new or used?
The second biggest question is what make and model to purchase?
The third most important question is where to get your financing?

#1 New or Used

The average new car costs more than double what the average used car does. (The Kelley Blue Book pegs the average new car price about $26,100 and the average used car price at $13,000). It’s not surprising, then, that used cars outsell new cars three-to-one.

New car loan rates are about the same as used car loan rates. The major difference between the two is the length of the loan. Most used car loans are for no more than 36 months whereas new car loans can be 60 or even 72 months long.

Remember to take depreciation into account. Depreciation is the difference between the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price when you bought the vehicle and what it’s worth now. Some new cars lose as much as one-third of their value within a year. On most vehicles, depreciation settles down to about seven-to-ten percent per year after the first three years.

Which brings us to . . .

#2 Make and Model

One way to slow depreciation is to buy a make and model with a prestigious nameplate. Unfortunately domestics like Ford & Chevrolet depreciate faster than most others, BUT have come a very very long way in the last 10 years, so the gap is closing on depreciation of domestic vs. foreign manufacturers!  Cars that hold their resale value longer include the more expensive makes like Lexus, Mercedes-Benz and BMW.

To learn more about which makes and models offer the best value in today’s market, you can research several auto review sites online. You can also use the Internet to check everything from the performance ratings to the safety records of the vehicles you’re interested in.

Be sure to test drive any vehicle you are considering under varied road conditions. If the vehicle is used, ask to see all maintenance records and check its history on CarFax. And don’t forget to have your mechanic give it a thorough inspection. If you are buying new, try to pay as close to the factory invoice price as possible. You can look up factory invoice pricing online.

#3 Car Financing

Many experts recommend getting your financing before you start car shopping. This puts you in a better bargaining position because the dealer knows money won’t be an issue. (They also won’t have the chance to run you through their finance department, which is a good thing for you!)

Of the 60 million new and used cars sold annually in the U.S., about 27.5 million are financed by subprime loans to buyers with less than perfect credit. If you have bad credit—a FICO score of 620 or lower—you will need one of these loans.

You will not qualify for the new car offers advertised on TV, like the “0 Down,” “O Interest” or “Low APR” deals. However, you can still get a good deal on a bad credit car loan online, and look for free online application process that lets you know exactly how much you can borrow, and at what rate.

“Consumers should shop around for financing with the same vigor that they shop around for a car,” says Jack Gillis, public affairs director for the Consumer Federation of America. “One or two percent can erode all the money you negotiate in a good price.”

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All About VW

May 22, 2015

BeetleAfter the Second World War, the company fell into disarray but bounced back when British Army Major Ivan Hirst took over the felled factory. This came after American forces handed control over to the British. The Beetle was once again put to production despite the damage brought on by the war, with the Wolfsburg factory producing around 1000 cars per month.

As Germany started recovering from the aftermath of WWII, Volkswagen would further grow and break into foreign markets, most notably that of the US automotive industry. Volkswagen also ventured on other projects, releasing the Type 2 or Transporter, avan based on the design of the Beetle. Despite the shaky start, the Type 2 and the Beetle became the front runners for Volkswagen throughout the 1960s to the 1970s with Volkswagen releasing updated versions periodically. The mid-60s was also the time that Volkswagen started acquiring different subsidiaries, effectively making it the Volkswagen Group.

From the 1970s and onward Volkswagen has also released several other models like the Golf, Polo and the Passat with varying degrees of success and with the Golf as its mainstay model. It wasn’t until 1998 that Volkswagen decided to go back to its roots, releasing the New Beetle, a design which was based on the Golf chassis but retained some similarities to the original, providing a huge boosts to the brand up to the present.

Much of Volkswagen’s prominence can easily be attributed to the staying power of their first model, the Beetle. Originally an economy vehicle, the classic Type 1 sported an air-cooled engine, making it easily customizable and came with durable and easily repairable parts.

The use of VW Parts are not limited to the Beetle alone, as other companies have collaborated with Volkswagen or used Volkswagen Auto Parts and components to produce their cars, like the Porsche 914 and 914-6 and the Porsche 356.

VW Parts were also provided for a series commercial trucks under the joint venture between the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles and MAN AG, whose production was from 1979 to 1993.

Finally, other industries also found use for VW Parts, specifically the Volkswagen air cooled engine, which found action on many experimental airplanes during the 60’s. In Australia, the engine was used in rather odd ways, powering a ski lift for the Thredbo ski resort in New South WalesArticle Submission, and also modified as an air-compressor for some remote mining communities.

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May 11, 2015

Many aspects have been covered in this article so that you can take in from an full research.

As many times as we have traveled in our cars we rarely think about what is occurrence under the hood. For this ground we may not have any idea just how important our car air filters are for the car’s performance. To get the best possible car air filters we need to see and interpret what these filters do. There are many different types of car air filters that you can get. Hence when you start your natural selection for these filters you should have a pro give their touch about the state of your existing air filters and what are the best replacements that you can buy.

You can see about acquiring a car air filter that uses nano technology. Since cars give out mountain noxious gases having a car air filter that deal with these issues is a good idea. These gases phase a wellness risk not only to the others passing us by but they are also spoiled for us. To counter this problem the nano technology reduces that risk by filtering out those gases.

The car air filters that use this engineering use the photo catalytic properties in the nervous strain which contains titanium dioxide particles to trap these noxious gases. The properties of this filter are very much like the ones that are put-upon in self cleansing fabric.

In addition to removing these harmful gases from cars, the car air filters also get rid of versatile airborne germs and other potentially toxic fumes from tobacco smoke. These new car air filters microscope stage many benefits for us. In fact this applied science is much better at protecting our wellness than other types or methods of air purification.

These other car air filter products that use ozone, ion, Ultra Violet filters, and HEPA filters are not as good as the nano technology in caring for our health. This typewrite of car air filter does not produce a good deal of noise or fumes. The car air filters don’t require a very through cleanup nor does it need a lot of replacements seen to.

This case of car air filter is much safer than any of its rivalsHealth Fitness Articles,since the titanium dioxide that is used in the nano technology is well-nigh harmless to people. This fact makes the nano technology altogether different from the ozone and Ultraviolet light filters.

So the next time that you are looking at for car air filters you should opt one that will protect your health as well as keep your car workings in hint performance. As there are quite a a lot of car air filters out there take your time. This is your refuge and health that we are talking about.

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Another Hot M/Benz!

May 1, 2015

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Make it Shine!

April 28, 2015

1009_lrmp_01_z+new_lowrider_products+cleaning_productsThere are hundreds of car-care and auto-detailing products in the market today – but what do you really need and what can you do without? Read on and decide for yourself.  When used properly, car waxes …

There are hundreds of car-care and auto-detailing products in the market today – but what do you really need and what can you do without?  Read on and decide for yourself.

When used properly, car waxes can take the dullness off your car’s exterior paint and make it look brand new. Experts recommend that you wax at least two times a year or more if you have an older car. Doing this prevents dirt build up and keeps your car looking new even after years of use.

Do not confuse car polish with a car wax – these are two very different chemicals, and each one can make very important contributions to your car’s upkeep. Car polish can deep clean your car’s finish with its mild abrasive properties. A good car polish has the ability to minimize paint defects by deflecting light. Be careful about buying car polishes, though; because there are cheap varieties those leave residues, causing your car paint to become dull. Invest in car polish that is easy to wipe off and buff.

There are very useful Teflon-based additives available in the market today that help keep engine oil in tiptop shape, even if you forget to change it for a long period of time. These additives are proven to extend engine life, and experts recommend that car owners use them every 50,000 miles.

It is not enough to just keep your car’s exterior clean – more importantly, the interior should be cleansed and maintained, too. Take your car for a yearly full detailing or buy the right products and scrub her clean yourself.  Proper shampooing cleans out all of the dirt that has built up over time on your dashboard, sidings, ceiling, and seats.  Be careful not to overdo it, though, because too much scrubbing can cause leather or fabric colors to fade.

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History of the Low Rider

April 22, 2015

lowriderTo quote the band War, “the lowrider is the one to meet”. For almost one hundred years, lowriders have been not only the one to see, but the one to meet. Stemming from an old Mexican ritual called pas…

To quote the band War, “the lowrider is the one to meet”. For almost one hundred years, lowriders have been not only the one to see, but the one to meet. Stemming from an old Mexican ritual called paseo which made horses the utmost symbol of prestige, lowering stock cars to almost sidewalk level and customizing them dramatically has evolved into the same sort of symbol of status.

From Mexico to Los Angeles to Chicago to the rest of the world, the art of customizing a stock car into a lowrider has been an evolution. In the 1940’s lowriders only graced the streets on Sundays. As their popularity began to grow lowriders not only became more plentiful but they became the vehicle of choice for anyone who wanted attention and accolades and cruised the highways on a daily basis.

George Barris became the early face of lowriders by combining his creativity with his passion for cars and developing one of the first businesses to customize lowriders for sale. George and his brother, Sam, used their expertise in body work to straighten fenders, bolt on accessories, and use paint schemes that were unheard of during that time. Lowrider creations from the Barris brothers flourished into a very lucrative business. George used his business sense to introduce lowriders to Hollywood which resulted in not only the use of lowriders in many well known movies such as High School Confidential, but it also helped him “become the person” to contact when Hollywood stars wanted to transform their personal vehicles into lowriders.

The original lowrider artists focused mainly on customizing Chevrolet cars because they were less expensive than other manufacturers’ vehicles at the time. Today, any brand, make, or model vehicle is fair game to become a lowrider. The art of creating a lowrider has also evolved well beyond using heavy weights and chopping springs to bring the body close to the ground. Modern lowriders feature hydraulics which not only raise and lower the car, but also make it hop, and tilt it from side to side.

By today’s standards, the modifications the Barris Brothers made famous with their business Kustoms of America, look pretty minor. Today’s lowrider can feature triple dipped chrome accessories, gold plating, spectacular paint schemes, twin side pipes, spot lights, and everything from wire rims to spectacular chrome spinners. The same pride which motivated early Mexican horse owners to sacrifice their own necessities in order to put more glitz into their horses, still drives modern day lowrider owners to spend a small fortune to craft a vehicle which is a tremendous source of gratification.

Exploding from early Mexican-American Sunday cruising to become rap video stars and the utmost way to display cool-status with a car, lowriders have come a long way from their modest beginnings. Back then it only took a little effort and a little time to create a lowrider vehicle which would turn heads. Now lowrider enthusiasts spend thousands and thousands of dollars along with countless hours of body work and modifications to create their show-stopping lowrider masterpieces. The methods may have changedScience Articles, but the madness is the same the lowrider is the one to meet!

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