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by ralphseo

Moped Driving Tips

As the popularity of electric and gas moped scooters continue to soar, there seems to be a greater need to educate prospective and present owners about its use. According to webbikeworld.com, the sales of scooters in the United States had an increase of 49.6% in the first quarter of 2011, when compared to the first quarter of 2010. This means that during that period, 6,246 new moped scooters were sold (an increase of 2,070). Hopefully, as time goes by, the information in this article will be more relevant and useful. If you are new to driving a moped scooter or if you are considering buying one, there are a few things you need to know, ideally, before jumping into this fun and stylish form of transportation.

First, make sure you are informed about local and state laws regarding mopeds. If you do that, you will avoid unnecessary stress. Most scooter dealers have no special provisions in their policies for returns due to local restrictions imposed by the law. It is the buyer’s responsibility to research about all laws and regulations to avoid being penalized by law enforcement agents. Since the use of mopeds continues to increase, the laws that govern its operation are also in constant evolution. Prospective moped owners should not rely on information provided by non-official websites, since the advice might be outdated. There are, however, some scooter related websites that provide a list of the official websites of each state’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), Department of Transportation (DOT) and other city-level agencies. One way to extract good information from those official websites is to write "mopeds" or "moped laws" in their search box feature, and you will be flooded with up-to-date laws and regulations

Second, make sure your moped is properly assembled. If you buy your moped from a store front scooters dealer, it is wise to pay a little extra to have a certified mechanic assemble it. If you buy online, like most people do according to statistics, it is recommended to follow the instructions provided in the owner’s manual. Most moped scooters are delivered 70-90% assembled, so the job is not beyond anyone’s capabilities. It will take time and a little ingenuity, but it is not difficult to achieve. It is advisable to have a decent set of screwdrivers, sockets and metric wrenches as the tool kit that comes with the scooter sometimes is not good enough. The final step in the assembling process is to make sure every part is properly connected, and the nut and bolts are tight, specially the ones holding the muffler, exhaust and wheels.

Third, make sure you follow basic guidelines for moped safety. Assuming you are planning to use your moped on city streets and highways, besides possessing a motor scooter license, you must consider buying insurance. It doesn’t cost much (you can get a policy for less than $150 a year), and it will give you peace of mind, since your moped could be stolen or you could be involved in an accident leaving you with injuries and a total loss of your vehicle. Also, keep in mind that mopeds are not toys; they should not be ridden in a careless way, or by a minor. In addition, wise moped drivers always use protective gear, including jacket made with reflective material and adequate padding, helmet, and appropriate shoes. Moreover, caution should be taken when driving at night. Even though most mopeds are now equipped with frontal and rear lights, the astute driver assumes not everybody can see his moped.
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# by ralphseo | 2013-10-09 12:55
As Tom S. says, the best cure here is the prevention - Gear Wash.

After every game and practice, I take my hockey gear out of the bag, and hang it up down in my basement. Everything gets hung up, including my skates, off the ground. I don't put my gear back into the bag until I'm packing it to leave for the next game or practice.

If your gear is really vile, check at your local hockey equipment store or pro shop, and ask if they have or know of a drop off cleaning service or laundry soap. These services will take your gear, bag and all, and clean all of it. It's completely safe for your equipment, including your skates, and most of the time they can completely eliminate the smell. Then, after you pay a minimal cost for that, *keep your gear dry*, I can usually go 5 to 6 months without needing my gear cleaned that way. However, I would say that washing it at least 2 times a year will keep you safe from MRSA.
Some shops sell a laundry detergent that will kill viruses and bacteria off you gear I tried it and it works great. The stuff is called Gear Wash and it works awesome.

Why is it important to keep hockey equipment clean? Aside from the funky smell there are potentially serious health risks. Bacteria (typically Staph) can breed in equipment. All this bacteria needs is a means of entering the body (typically through a cut) and you could find yourself visiting an Emergency Room. The chances of this happening are rare but why risk it. Plus, nobody likes to smell stinky hockey equipment.

I strongly disagree that hockey gear smell is a 'way of life.' It's not. It means there's bacteria in your gear, and that bacteria is not healthy. Taking a few steps to take care of your - very expensive - equipment will make it last longer, smell better and not give you rashes, jock itch or worse. Some players have been known to get (MRSA) from their dirty hockey equipment.

I play 3-5 times a week, and most nights my gear is completely soaked with sweat when I get it home. And for the most part, it doesn't smell at all. That is because I keep it washed clean. Only washing will truly work, I mean think about it. If you never have washed your hockey equipment or lacrosse gear or whatever sport your into, it is dirty and full of bacteria and unless you wash it nothing is going to leave your equipment because you told it too. Again it is smart to clean your sports equipment and it will not only smell better, but it will be safe from game ending injury bacteria. Mold and mildew will play a part in your nasty smell and washing it with Gear Wash kills that stuff too. I hope this information helps you as that it has done wonders for me a few of my close friends.
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# by ralphseo | 2013-10-09 12:55
A marathon is 26.2 grueling miles affecting your body — especially your feet. Not only is the race itself long, but the training as well. Even the most casual of marathoners will endure a tedious running schedule to prepare themselves mentally and physically.

All the pavement pounding and mile after mile logged means one very important thing — you have to make sure to keep your feet healthy. While some people training for a marathon will endure runs upward of 15-20 miles, the marathon is a whole other monster on your feet. Wearing the wrong kind of sock could lead to a flash mob of blisters on your feet.

Let’s start with the most important sock tip when it comes to marathons — never, ever, under any circumstances, wear cotton socks in your marathon. That six pack of cotton socks you got on sale at Target should never find its way onto your feet during a marathon (or during any run, really). When cotton gets wet, it stays wet. You might as well strap on a couple pails of water to your feet (okay, maybe a bit of a hyperbole there). Sure it’s the cheaper option, but a performance sock is well worth the extra bucks. You’ve put a lot of time into your preparation for the marathon; you wouldn’t want to ruin it by wearing cotton.

So now you know what not to wear; let’s discuss what you should.

Since the marathon is such a long race, there’s going to be a lot of friction (a major cause of blisters). A good option for combating the friction and thus preventing blisters is a WrightSock dual layer sock. The friction will reside between the two layers of the sock instead of affecting the bottom of your foot. A dual layer sock may sound like something really thick and uncomfortable, but it’s very lightweight and breathable.

Perhaps a thicker sock is something you’re interested in though. Thicker usually means more cushion — something I’m sure heel strikers and stompers appreciate. In a long race like the marathon, it’s not a bad idea to have more cushion to help your feet stay comfortable and be less affected by the race. A couple good options here would be Drymax Running or Feetures Originals Low Cut.

Drymax is often referred to as one of the best socks to keep feet dry — plus it has great cushioning in the heel and toe regions.

Feetures is one of the most comfortable socks you’ll ever try on and its hugging fit helps reduce friction, which reduces blisters.

There are also a couple more unique options you could go with. First, there is the Injinji performance toesock. While the idea of wearing a glove on your foot is weird, consider this: chafing and blister prevention between the toes. With your toes separated, your toes won’t rub against each other.

A second option would be a compression sock. If you frequent a lot of races, you’ve probably seen these starting to pop up more and more in the past few years. Compression socks are great for helping your blood circulation in your legs. Many people wear them for recovery after runs or races — but some like to use them during marathons as well. Brands such as CEP say wearing them can increase your performance by 5%.

A marathon is a lot of work. From preparation to execution, you’ll want your marathon experience to be as smooth as possible. In order for that to happen, you have to know your socks.
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# by ralphseo | 2013-10-09 12:54
Many athletes struggle for years to increase their vertical leap. For athletes who participate in sports like football, basketball, or volleyball, they can't ignore this skill. Almost any athlete can improve their jumping ability, thereby aiding them in their particular sport. Multiple exercises are helpful in this area, however the right mindset is also important. If you let yourself become frustrated or disappointed with your results, this can slow down your progress. Excel at the games you love by determining to increase your vertical leap through these tips.

The one part of your body you have to focus on to improve vertical leap is obviously the feet and toes. It will be vital for you to have flexibility and strength in this area to generate the quick and explosive movements you want. Many of the simplest exercises, such as knee bends, toe raises and jumping rope can help you make fast improvements in your jumping ability. Work different muscle groups and keep your body guessing by varying your routine on a regular basis. Playing sports after all, requires movement in a variety of ways. Warming up properly by stretching and doing light jogging is always important prior to strenuous exercise.

Appropriate nutrition is very important for all athletic activities. Conversely, when it comes to bettering your jumping ability, one particular goal that you should work at is losing weight, unless of course you are already at your perfect weight or underweight.

It's an easy physics example that the less you weigh, the easier it'll be for you to move rapidly and jump higher. Make it a point to eat all the food necessary for your body, although if you need to shed pounds, reduce your food intake. This in itself is possible to of making a vast difference. Shedding some weight will also allow you to improve your overall athletic performance, instill in you more energy and make you a healthier person.

Something you need to remember as your train for increasing vertical jump is to have a relaxed attitude for it. This does not mean you should stop training briskly. Although, it is optimal for you to bear in mind that you are being active in a game you are rather keen on, and to recognize that you will get better at your own pace. If you work yourself too hard mentally, you will become irritable when you can't recognize yourself getting better after every game. Do what you can to be happy with training and the actual playing of your sport, without getting too wedged thinking about the numbers. Truthfully, you will get better faster this way!

As expected, if you want to increase your vertical leap you also must practice jumping in addition to the training you do for your primary activity. Everyone, regardless of age or athletic ability can make significant improvements in this area if they focus on it. You have to train vigorously, as well as being tolerant for yourself. You can't expect astounding leaps overnight. On the contrary, the tips we provided can help you get a better advantage that will allow you to jump even higher in a shorter window of time.

There isn't any doubt that there are various things which can aid you to strengthen your abilities in every sport, such as the game of basketball,football and volley ball, and probably one of the most significant of them is the vertical leap skill.

In case you wish to increase your vertical jump skill, in that case check out the links listed below for a couple of suggestions.
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# by ralphseo | 2013-09-30 15:14

The Power of a Snooker Cue

Not everyone wants to use the standard snooker or pool cues that you often find at your local pub's pool table. Sometimes having a professional looking cue can show others that you are more serious about playing. And there are lots to choose from.

When it comes to playing a sport, the kind of equipment that you use can mean the difference between playing as a fun hobby or playing in the hopes of becoming somewhat more professional. Football is probably the classic example of this attitude. But this can also apply to sports that don't often get much attention, such as snooker. Most people have probably played snooker and/or pool at some point in their life, perhaps in their local pub or labour club. What one often finds in these types of establishments, however, is that the snooker cues can often be over used and not really up to the standards which someone who takes the sport more seriously may expect.

In this instance it may be a good idea to invest in a high quality snooker cue to suit your playing needs. If you are looking to improve your own equipment then there are a multitude of places you can visit on the internet that can cater to your requirements. Whether you just want something that is of a greater quality, such as The Ronnie O'Sullivan Signature Series, you have specific needs in mind (maybe you need a 2-piece cue that you can dismantle for easier carrying) or if you just fancy having a cue something unique to you and want to design your own cue, then you can visit a specialist website for your snooker cue fix. And of course, no professional, top notch cue would be complete without its own stylish carry case to help you transport your equipment from game to game.

But don't think that purchasing a professional looking snooker or pool cue means that you have to be an expert player (or at least working towards it). Many cues are suited for the average - or even beginner - snooker player. Also don't forget that it's not just snooker cues that make the player. There are a variety of other accessories one can purchase. Whether it's a set of snooker balls, chalk cubes, your own scoreboard or even an entire snooker table, it's easier than ever these days to purchase all manner of equipment and accessories for your chosen sport. You can even purchase something for that snooker enthusiast in your life as a gift!
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# by ralphseo | 2013-09-30 15:13