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3 BIG Advantages That Come Along With Installing Automatic Motorcycle Ramps On Your Pickup

Posted by on Feb 1, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 BIG Advantages That Come Along With Installing Automatic Motorcycle Ramps On Your Pickup

Owning your own motorcycle means you have a new way to look at travel and leisure, but this also means you have a new vehicle that could be better served with a few auto accessories. Automatic motorcycle ramps are one of those automobile accessories that most bike owners will never consider investing in, but these things are well worth the investment for you as the owner of a motorcycle. Take a quick look at these three big advantages you could reap with the installation of automatic motorcycle ramps on your pickup truck.  Haul your bike for area-specific trips.  There are some pretty incredible bike runs all across the US, but this does not necessarily mean that driving the bike across country sounds ideal. If you want to hit up those awesome motorcycle trails that are known for their great scenery without having to actually drive your bike, hauling it is a much better option. With a pickup truck outfitted with automatic motorcycle ramps, you can do this without the hassle of hauling a motorcycle trailer on the back of your truck. You can simple load the motorcycle on the back of your truck, drive close to the trail, and unload when you see fit.  Haul your bike to a mechanic without hassle.  If something goes wrong with your motorcycle or you are having some body work done, you will normally be left with the task of either finding a trailer to haul your bike on or finding someone who can pick you up at the shop if the bike is driveable, both of which can be a major pain. If your truck has automatic ramps, getting to the shop for any kind of work is a much easier feat to handle. Plus, it will not matter if the bike is working or not.  Avoid the risk of damaging your bike while trying to load it on the bed of your truck.  Most long-bed pickup trucks can easily haul a regular-sized motorcycle. The only problem is, getting the bike on the bed of the truck can be really hard if you don’t have any equipment. It is all too easy to cause damage to your motorcycle by trying to load it onto the bed of the truck with makeshift ramps. When you have the automatic ramps in place, your efforts will be as simple as pushing a button to let the ramps down and rolling the bike on...

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Advancing To Competition: Choosing A Leotard That Stands Up To Advanced Performance

Posted by on Jan 13, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Advancing To Competition: Choosing A Leotard That Stands Up To Advanced Performance

Moving into competition level is a major accomplishment for every gymnast. Yet, this new stage in your child’s sports journey will require some wardrobe adjustments. In competition, a gymnast’s uniform must be comfortable enough for them to perform complicated routines while still creating a professional appearance that emphasizes skill and muscle definition. As you explore your options, use this guide to ensure that your gymnast’s favorite leotard will make them stand out from the competition. Focus On Fit Looser clothing may be perfectly acceptable in beginner’s gymnastics classes, and it is not uncommon to see parents purchase outfits with a little growing room. However, leotards should fit like a second skin when gymnasts advance into competitions. By making sure the fabric fits snugly against your child’s skin, you will prevent it being caught on equipment while ensuring that they feel comfortable as they hold their poses. Choose the Right Sleeve Many gymnasts prefer the look of sleeveless styles, yet they are usually not preferred for competitions. Full-length sleeves, however, can be cumbersome and lead to overheating in warmer sports arenas. Three-quarter length sleeves are a happy medium that create a put-together look while having enough flexibility for comfort. Ultimately, the sleeves are a personal choice so let your gymnast try on a variety of options before you settle on a certain style. Dress It Up There is nothing like wearing a uniform that dazzles to bolster a young gymnast’s confidence. Gymnastics leotards come in a variety of fabrics with embellishments such as rhinestones and sequins that draw the eye to the precision movements required to complete a routine. If your gymnast competes on a team, then choose a training leotard that is similar to their required uniform. For independent competitors, the sky is the limit. Encourage your child to fill their competition wardrobe with fabrics and glimmer that makes them feel like they can accomplish anything. Once you find the right leotard, consider buying more than one of the same style so that your gymnast always has one available in case of a wardrobe malfunction. Sweat and traveling can take its toll so be sure to choose quality uniforms and review the care instructions before cutting out the tag. By giving your gymnast a suit that fits them perfectly while adding that extra something that stands out on the floor, you will show them that they have your full support as they move into a new stage of...

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3 Reasons Why Whitewater Rafting Can Be Done By Anyone

Posted by on Dec 13, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Reasons Why Whitewater Rafting Can Be Done By Anyone

If you are look into going on a rafting trip, but aren’t sure if it is something that you are going to be capable of, you will be happy to know that almost anyone can go on a rafting trip thanks to a variety of choices and modifications. This article will discuss 3 reasons why whitewater rafting can be modified to meet the needs of almost anyone.  There Are Different River Choices When it comes to choosing what type of river you would like to raft, you are going to have a variety of options. There are rivers that are more mild for beginners, a bit more quick moving and difficult for those who are intermediate, and rivers that are quite long and tough for those that are advanced. When you are looking for potential locations to take your rafting trip, this is something that many rafting trip companies have located right on their website or in their brochure, making it easy to for you to find the best river rafting trip to meet your needs.  You Can Go on Guided Tours  If you aren’t comfortable or able to raft a river on your own, then you can go on a guided tour. When you go on a guided tour, you can either have the guides in your raft with you or you can have them in their own raft leading your raft. It is wise to have them in the raft with you if you aren’t able to steer the raft on your own, such as if you are elderly, or if you have several younger children in the raft. It is wise to have the guide lead your raft in their own raft if you are unfamiliar with the river and fear that you may get stuck or lost when rafting.  You Choose the Length of Your Trip You also can choose how long or short your would like your rafting trip to be. If you are really hardcore and experienced when it comes to rafting, you have the option of going on a rafting excursion that will allow you to raft several different rivers over the course of a few days. You will likely be staying in cabins or tents at night, and will need to be athletic and have a high endurance level in order to raft for several days in a row. On the other hand, if you want to do something that is short and simple, you can instead go on a day rafting trip that is more suited for those we aren’t super athletic or used to the world or river rafting.  To get started or learn more about your options, contact services like Andy and...

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Top 4 Types Of Lure To Use For Bass Fishing

Posted by on Nov 14, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Top 4 Types Of Lure To Use For Bass Fishing

If you want to take up bass fishing this year, you need to make sure that you have the right type of lure in your tackle box. Here are the top four types of lures that you should carry with you if you want to be a successful bass fisher this year. #1 Plastic Worms Sometimes, the classic choice is really the best choice. You should always have a supply of plastic worms in your tackle box because they are not only classic, they are effective. Plastic worms do a good job emulating real worms and are a natural food choice for all types of fish, including bass. For bass fish, you are going to want to stock up on Texas worm rigs. Other good types of plastic worms for bass fishing include Caroline, Wacky and Drop Shot worm rigs.  When you use plastic worms, be sure to keep your line tight so you can feel if a bass nibbles or eats the worm so you can hook them and reel them in. #2 Crankbaits Crankbaits are great because they allow you to attract fish from within a large area in not a lot of time. When you fish for bass with crankbait, you are going to want to do a lot of casting and reeling. When the crankbait is in the water, you need to make sure you jerk the rod a bit. This will cause the crankbait to move around and potential attract the fish in the area. The key is using crankbait is to figure out how deep in the water the bass in the area you are fishing like to hang out, and cast your line at that depth. #3 Spinnerbaits Spinnerbaits work really well at catching bass because they create a lot of light and movement under the water, which attracts bass fish. All the light that a spinnerbait creates allows you to attract bass that are within a fairly large radius from where you are casting your line.  When fishing with a spinnerbait, you are going to want to cast and reel the line in a straight line. This is the best way to get the most movement out of the spinnerbait. As you reel the line you, you should occasionally pause for a few seconds. Doing this will allow the bait to sink and create fluttering motions under the water, which will help attract local bass to your line. #4 Jigs Finally, if you are a very skilled fisherman, you may want to try bass jibs. These are a very effective type of lure to catch bass fish with but require a higher level of skill to use.  To use a jig, you need to be able to pick the right one. The right jig depends on where you are fishing as you want the jig you use to weight enough to sink to the bottom of the body of water where you are fishing and stay on the bottom. Jigs are designed to look like catfish, which live on the bottom of lakes and rivers. You have to really know the area you are fishing in order to fish with jigs. Additionally, when you fish with jigs, you need to be skilled at flipping and pitching your reel; jigs are not...

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Self-Defense Products That Women Can Wear With Discretion

Posted by on Oct 28, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Self-Defense Products That Women Can Wear With Discretion

When you’re a woman who spends a considerable amount of time alone in the city — and perhaps in areas that are less than desirable — it’s important to be able to defend yourself if you’re accosted. Self-defense products such as pepper spray and a collapsing baton are useful to carry, but you’ll typically need to carry such items inside your purse or pocket, where you may not be able to reach them in time if you’re attacked. A simple solution is to choose self-defense products that you can wear on your person, which allows you to strike out at an assailant quickly enough to cause him to flee. Here are some useful ideas for these products. Self-Defense Gloves During the fall and winter, women will often wear gloves when they’re outside, so it’s worthwhile to change your designer gloves for a pair of self-defense gloves to help protect yourself. These gloves are built in various styles. Some have weights distributed around the knuckles, allowing you to deliver a devastating strike with much more power than a conventional punch, while others actually have plastic caps over the knuckles for the same purpose. The former style will blend in nicely, while the latter type is best to wear under a pair of larger gloves or mittens if you want to use discretion. Shoelace Inserts If you’re going to be wearing lace-up shoes or boots, attaching a set of shoelace inserts to each piece of footwear is ideal. These self-defense items typically consist of hard plastic spikes that sit in the middle of your laces. They’ll allow you to kick at an assailant and inflict significant damage. While people might technically look down and notice these products, the average person isn’t inspecting your shoes, which will allow you to wear them with relative discretion — and, if you’re out at night, the shadows will render these useful items virtually invisible. Jewelry Many self-defense companies produce jewelry for women to wear to feel more confident when they’re out alone. These items, which include spiked rings and bracelets, can often look fashionable, meaning that no one will suspect that you’re wearing them to defend yourself if you’re ever attacked. Additionally, things such as bracelets are worn beneath your sleeves, which means that no one will notice them. If you’re attacked, you can quickly swing your arms at the assailant’s face and scratch him hard enough for you to make your...

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Love Water Skiing But Not Great At It? 3 Reasons You Should Try Wakeboarding

Posted by on Sep 21, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Nothing can be more disheartening than finally getting out on the water to try water skiing, but then realizing that while the time you spend upright on those skis gliding on the water is so much fun, you unfortunately spend more time falling and strapping those water skis back on than you do enjoying the feeling of being on top of the water. However, just because you found out that water skiing wasn’t for you doesn’t mean that there aren’t similar water sports that you may be good or even amazing at. Wakeboarding is a great option that can be just as fun, if not more fun than water skiing, and here are three reasons why you may find it easier and more enjoyable than you found water skiing! 1. The Body Muscles Engaged by Each Sport Differ Even though you may not be a great water skier, you may end up finding wakeboarding easy if your difficulty skiing was due to lack of strength in the specific muscles used to stay upright on water skis. Many people who experience difficulty staying upright on water skis lack strength in the specific muscles most engaged during the sport, which are the core, thigh, and back muscles. When wakeboarding, virtually all of the muscles of your body are engaged in keeping your body up on that board. While this may make it sound like it would make the sport harder if you lacked strength in the specific muscles used to keep you upright on skis, it actually means the exact opposite. When all of your muscles are working as a team to keep you on that board, your stronger muscle groups can compensate for the weaker ones to keep you up on that board having fun. 2. When You Do Fall, You Can Get Back Up Much Faster Nothing can suck the fun out of water skiing like having to stop and put your skis back on after a fall over and over again. The bindings on the water skis of a beginner or anyone prone to falling frequently are kept loose intentionally to prevent injuries during a fall. However, wakeboards are always bound tightly to prevent injuries. This means that after those inevitable first few falls when learning the sport (follow these tips to prevent injuries during a fall), you don’t have to take a lengthy break to reattach that wakeboard, which means you can get right back up on the water much more quickly. 3. High-Quality Wakeboards Can Be Extremely Affordable One important part of being the best you can at any water sport is having the right equipment that is perfect for your body. However, you may have never had the luxury of being able to use water skis that were the right length, width, and style for your unique body due to their high purchase prices that left you having to rent skis and simply having to make do with any skis they had available in your size. However, wakeboards can be much more affordable than water skis. That means you may be able to afford to buy your own board, even if you couldn’t afford a pair of water skis, and choose one that is the perfect style and size for your body to give you a much-needed edge on the...

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How To Choose The Right ATV

Posted by on Aug 23, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Choose The Right ATV

All-terrain vehicles are used for a variety of reasons. Many people purchase an ATV for pleasure: riding around the yard, taking on camping trips, or enjoying some time exploring areas off the beaten path. ATVs are also very useful for farming, hunting, and for use on the job if you work outdoors. Whether you are choosing your first ATV or you are purchasing a new one to replace an ATV you already have, it is important to do the appropriate research before you make a purchase. Several factors should go into your purchasing decision to make sure you get the right ATV at a price you can afford. This will ensure many safe and fun excursions. Use the following guide to help you choose your ATV. Size Size is one very important factor to consider when purchasing an ATV. An ATV that is too big or too small can be dangerous, and can leave you vulnerable to injury when riding. Before you purchase one, go visit several showrooms to test out available sizes and models. You may get a better deal at an online retailer or by buying your new ATV second hand from a private seller. However, going to a showroom to try out ATVs before you buy will give you an idea of what make, model, and size fits you best.  Safety Ratings The safety rating is the most important factor to consider when purchasing an ATV. Read online reviews, both from the manufacturers’ websites, ATV dealers’ websites, and independent parties that review ATVs. Remember that some reviews may not be impartial, and you should get a variety of reviews from several types of sources before you make a decision. Once you have gathered information, choose an ATV with a high safety rating and consistently high reviews from multiple sources. Price Price is a major concern for many ATV buyers. However, don’t let this one purchasing factor guide your buying decision. Narrow your list of possibilities down to a few ATVs in your budget, then narrow them down based on the other criteria. You don’t have to sacrifice safety and an appropriate fit to be able to find an ATV in your price range. After you purchase your ATV, your research doesn’t end. Purchase the appropriate safety gear, to include goggles or safety glasses, boots, gloves and a helmet. Even the safest ATV can’t protect you from injury without the proper personal protective gear when you ride. For assistance, talk to a professional like Carl’s Cycle...

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Make Sure To Buy These Safety-Related Items When You Buy Your Own Raft

Posted by on Aug 17, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Make Sure To Buy These Safety-Related Items When You Buy Your Own Raft

If you’ve tried white water rafting on a few occasions at an outdoors center and have discovered your new passion, you may wish to eventually invest in a small raft — perhaps with a few of your friends — and focus on the sport together. If so, you’ll have a long list of gear to buy, from the raft to the paddles to your flotation device and helmet. It’s also important, however, to think about the safety gear you’ll need for a day out on the water. You may not have used these items at the outdoors center, and thus not been aware of them, but they’re vital to carry. Here are some worthwhile items to pick up. Whistles Everyone in your rafting group should carry a whistle attached to the front of their flotation device. Whistles are an effective way to communicate with each other in the event of one person ending up in the river. While the person will be able to safely float because of his or her vest, it may be difficult for the others in the boat to spot the person — and the roar of the water can drown out any shouts. With a few blasts of the whistle, the person’s location will be evident to those in the boat. Flare Gun Every raft should have a flare gun tied down to it. You’ll ideally never need to use this item, but it will be vitally important if you ever get lost or stuck in a precarious spot on the river and require assistance. Instead of shouting for help, which is likely to be unheard, you can send off a flare or two. They’ll be seen from a significant distance, which should ideally alert others in the area to your location and predicament, allowing them to summon whatever rescue personnel are necessary. Strobe Lights Just as whistles are ideal to affix to each rafter’s vest, personal strobe lights are also necessary. These small devices can be turned on at dusk when the lighting is poor and can give the other rafters a clear idea of the location of someone who has fallen out of the boat during a rough patch of rapids. A strobe light can be not only ideal as a backup to the whistle, but it is also especially useful because the other rafters will be able to pinpoint the location because of the brightness of the light. For more information, contact a company like Redwoods and...

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4 Bucket List Items That Are Easy To Check Off

Posted by on Jul 7, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Bucket List Items That Are Easy To Check Off

Bucket lists are becoming more and more prevalent these days. There are websites devoted to storing them and thousands of published articles about what to include on your list. Bucket lists even have their own acronym: YOLO, or you only live once. If you have a bucket list a mile long and want to check a few things off, here are a few seemingly crazy items that are fairly easy to accomplish. 1. Run a Marathon: Are you a die-hard couch potato looking to get fit enough to run a marathon? Does it seem impossible? While it does require you to get up off that couch, learning to run is not impossible. In fact, there is a free program developed by a runner just for you called Couch to 5K, or C25K for short. In just 8 short weeks, it takes you from sedentary to running a 5K. There are additional programs that can boost you up to those 26 miles, but a 5K has you moving in the right direction.  2. Learn to Skydive: Jumping out of an airplane and enjoying the view while plummeting to earth is on many bucket lists. In the past, the only way to cross it off was to join the military. However, there are skydiving classes popping up all over the country where you can learn the skills needed to not only survive, but enjoy the jump. 3. Spend New Year’s Eve in Times Square: Each year, millions of people watch the infamous ball drop in Times Square from the comfort of their own living room. They may mumble something about how it would be fun to see live, but they never act on that thought. If this one is on your bucket list, it’s easy to fulfill. Call and make a hotel reservation. Period. Once again, the only thing required for success is action. You have to plan ahead; don’t expect to get a hotel reservation in mid-December for New Year’s Eve. In fact, call on January 2nd and then save your pennies the rest of the year for some spending money while you are there.  4. Crash a Wedding: While no one here is recommending you do this, many people think the idea of crashing someone else’s wedding would be a fun, bucket list item. The only real required skill is guts. Dress up, head to an area hotel known for their beautiful banquet center, and crash away. You could rent the movie, Wedding Crashers, with Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson if you want to pick up a few tips.  If you have other items on your personal list, try breaking them down into manageable tasks so you can cross them off. YOLO,...

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Hot Mix By The Humpbacks: Why Ancient Whale Songs Have Scientists Hooked

Posted by on Jun 6, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Hot Mix By The Humpbacks: Why Ancient Whale Songs Have Scientists Hooked

If humans could hear with the naked ear all of the racket and singing going on under the surface of the sea, they would be amazed. Whales, dolphins and seals are some of the ocean creatures that use other-worldly vocalizations, calls, moans and clicks to communicate and find food. Ocean researchers and marine biologists have recently taken a strong interest in the science of whale sounds. All along Earth’s coastlines, whale calls and songs are being studied for several important reasons: Elusive whales can be counted Whale populations are always on the move finding places to eat and mate, and whales are constantly being monitored around the world using tags, visual census-taking and sonar tools. These monitoring efforts make it easier for countries and agencies to set harvesting limits and make ocean-friendly policies. Experts use the data to pinpoint where whales migrate, feed and raise their calves in order to better protect sensitive areas. Over the years, researchers have learned to distinguish the various cries and songs of specific whale species. By setting hydrophones (microphones that pick up underwater sounds) in busy undersea areas, scientists can now hear the cries of certain types of whales that are very difficult to see. Recently in Monterey Bay, California, a hydrophone picked up the call of the shy and rarely seen beaked whale. The beaked whale’s song is as timid as its creator, since the notes can’t be picked up by the human ear even with the hydrophone’s help. However, all sounds recorded by the submerged microphone are turned into graphs called spectograms, and with these visual records, biologists are able to discover the presence of whales they might otherwise miss. Noise pollution can be tamed Scientists also want to understand how human activity impacts whales’ ability to communicate. Researchers don’t really understand all of the meanings behind whale songs, but they do suspect that interference from outboard motors, boat propellers and industrial noise pollution can disorient whales and cause them more stress. Some biologists speculate that over time, whales may raise the pitch of their songs in order to compensate for increased auditory stimuli in our oceans. Since some whales live hundreds of years, researchers can study the songs of individual whales over many years to determine if this is true. By comparing whale sound patterns in areas where there is little human noise to sounds from areas with a lot of human activity, researchers may be able to discover how to best help whales deal with excess racket in the underwater environment. This will hopefully lead to happier and healthier whale populations. If you want to hear a live performance of whale music and chatter, join a whale watching tour that has an on-board hydrophone. Many whale sightseeing boats have such devices and will place them in the water when the watercraft is close to a pod of whales, so you can hear the whales “talk” to one another. There are also personal hydrophone devices you can purchase that include earphones, a rubber-sealed hydrophone “disc,” and a long cable. You simply drop the hydrophone off the side of the boat or pier and adjust the controls to listen to undersea sounds. Contact a company like Orca Enterprises LLC for more information....

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