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My pick for Indoor Bike Trainer Exercise Stand

It’s winter time, and that means that my motivation to work-out is dwindling... I’ve signed up for a gym membership before, but since I’ve been busy and the gym is always too crowded, I thought I should do some exercise at home. I recently saw a magnetic stationary bike stand at someone’s house and thought ..hey, since I have a bike sitting at home, it would probably be pretty cheap to just purchase a bike stand and mount my existing bike on there. And so my search for an affordable stationary bike stand started.

My first place to look was Amazon. I found this one that was orange..(I don’t really have preferences on colour) and it was also a bit cheaper than the blue version.
When I was doing research, I saw that lots of people commented that it was really loud..and when I finally mounted my bike on….it was true.

My problem: I had mountain bike tires which had really deep treads.
My solution: change my bike tires to city bike tires (thin and smaller/no treads).
I also had another problem when I was mounting my bike, and that was because I had a very old bike. One that didn’t have the quick release on the back wheel. Why does this matter? Because one side of the wheel nut will not fit inside the bike stand.
My solution: change my bike nut to one that had a narrower/longer end. This solved my problem pretty easily.

After modifying my bike to fit the stand, it cost about 30 bucks, which is not too bad consider most of the good stationary bike machines are in the $1000s.

If you’re looking for an affordable and reliable bike stand, I recommend getting this one!

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Review of ASUS Transformer Book T100TA-H1-GR 10.1"

We recently got a new windows tablet and after a very thorough reserach, we decided to go with the ASUS Transformer Book T100TA-H1-GR 10.1".  Now that we've used it... was our research useful?  Did we get the best that fit our budget?

For the most part, it was a pretty good machine.  But there are a few things that could have been better.

  • 32GB is not enough, 28GB are accessible, 20 is used for windows. You really have 8 GB for other items.   To remedy this we got the 500GB hard drive but some programs must be installed on the C drive.

  • windows 8.1 has not yet reached maturity: on-screen keyboard on top of notepad for example is just bad design

  • it seems I need to use a proper charger which delivers enough current to charge this, otherwise, you wake up in the morning with 30% battery use.

If you're looking to get this product, here's the product on amazon.

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Ways to Save Money on Your Electric Bill This Winter

As winter rolls around, the electricity bill will go up - and as a frugal couple, we always try to find ways to keep our cost down ! Here are some tips from Tim Smith for some money saving tips !

winter energy saving tips

Winter is a time for holiday cheer, snowball fights and hot chocolate by the fire. Individuals all over the country look forward to these things every year. What they do not look forward to, however, is a huge electric bill. But a few simple changes can make a big difference when it comes to saving money this winter.

Choose the Right Decorations

With the holidays here, no one should have to skip putting up lights just because they cannot afford the bill. Choosing LED lights is an excellent choice for decorating. LED lights use 75 percent less electricity than iridescent lighting. Also, remember to shut the lights off every night before going to bed in order to save energy. If you can, set up an outdoor timer to take care of turning the lights on and off every day.

Unplug What is Not Needed

Along with unplugging lights, unplug everything that is not being used or is not needed. Welcome the natural look and try not to use hair dryers or straighteners. Also, once electronics are charged, make sure to unplug them instead of leaving them to charge overnight, and if lamps are not being used, those can be unplugged as well.

Welcome the Sunshine

During the day, people should use the sun to their advantage. Open up the windows to let the light in, this makes it easier to go about the day with the lights turned off.

Use the Cold

Several states in the U.S. reach below freezing during the winter months. Take advantage of this and use the cold as a refrigerator. Unplug that extra freezer in the garage and keep the food outside. It is probably not a good idea to put food in the yard, but putting it in a garage or shed area will be just as cold as the fridge, this way, someone can unplug extra freezers or refrigerators that take up a lot of energy.

Enjoy Candlelight

Since it is the holidays, a candlelit evening is not only festive, but saves extra money. As often as possible, light candles and enjoy a natural glow during the winter months.

Turn It Down

The thermostat can suck a lot of energy up during the cold season. People need to stay warm and they sacrifice dollars to do so. In order to save some of those dollars, turn the thermostat down when it is not needed. During the night, use extra blankets so the thermostat can be turned down about 10 or 15 degrees. People can even use space heaters in their room so they can turn the thermostat lower during the night. It is also a good idea to turn it down when no one is home.

Winter is not kind to the bills, but even the bills can have holiday spirit, all they need is a little help. So take precautions and enjoy winter blessings. For more energy efficiency ideas check out Modernize.


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Ludica Pizzeria & Game Room

Ludica Pizzeria & Game Room

This was a pleasant surprise. As we sat down and the group started to have enough people the host came and explained to us the rules of this game we had picked upon recommendation and tonight s mood. Then we started playing board games and ordered food.

The pizza crust is quite thin so a pizza would be about enough for an average size man. I had the arugula and prosciutto and parmesan. There was an abundance of pizza sauce, toppings and cheese. The crust was well toasted and browned. I also ordered the Italian sausage pasta.  The pasta to my surprise was well made as pizzeria pasta sometimes aren't very good.

After several games and about 3 hours of play we get desert, i got the ice cream and sorbet. It was nothing too special really, that is not their specialty. 

Overall great experience, great service and decent price, good pizza, forgettable desert. 

Also, check out their awesome weekly specials !

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