Showing posts with label reviews. Show all posts
Showing posts with label reviews. Show all posts

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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Review: Brooklyn Olde Lantern

Well, I'm a sucker for infomercials. But most of the time, when I get the product, it doesn't exactly perform the way I thought it would in my gullible mind.
The Brooklyn Olde Lantern is one such item that I thought would be so great for when I go fix my Tercel and film videos. Its supposed to illuminate the whole room!!!
Well, not really. Lets take a look at this video

So you can see that in close range, its actually not bad, kind of similar to the iPhone that we used for lighting in the second half of the video where the lantern is turned off, the lit area remained about the same brightness. You can also see a lot of dark streaks around which is really not ideal when you're trying to specifically light up an area.
I was trying to use that to light up particular impasses in my car while trying to replace the oxygen sensor that you will soon see here... it didnt work too well and we ended up using an iPhone because the focused light on long range just ends up being better for specificity.
The build of the lantern also feels very cheap. The lantern is pretty light as a consequence.
The lantern takes C batteries... not super mainstream but i happened to have a lot of them, they seem to be common for lights.
Still, I can imagine this being really cool when we go camping or something because in pitch dark, it'd be enough to light up the wider area and not have to flash around looking for where you're going.
I bought this for 17.98$ including shipping, which is really not too bad. Now you have to be very careful when ordering this on their website because you start by entering your credit card number and then they make tons of sweet offers that are so long to read you might just see the words FREE and HALF PRICE and MORE POWERFUL or PREMIUM. But whatever you say yes to, THERE ARE NO CONFIRMATION PAGE, you will be buying those as you click yes!!!
So I somehow ended up buying 2 and it turned out i bought 3, and i called to cancel so i'd get 2, but they said my order was not in the system yet and to call back tomorrow. I saw Ok. Next day, when I called, they  tell me the order has been shipped and that they can't retract it. After bitching a little about how the guy said it would be ok o call next day, they told me they'd refund me 15$ and so I accepted because, well, its not too bad of a deal.
So bottomline, be very careful when ordering this piece.
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Mighty putty

Well lets start by saying good luck pulling that truck with this bind. It does the job at fixing lightweight broken items and does well at blocking a small leak. However i think most heavier duty broken items such as the handle of my dragon boat paddle did not even last 10 strokes. Its never really hard either so you can always peel it off and it certainly doesn't bond with the surface its on too well. This make mighty putty a pretty poor glue for most applications. And it still needs a dry surface to bond on, this means if a pipe is leaking, u gotta clean the surface and put the putty on all in one second. Not really feasible and if there's water, it'll just leak out before the putty is dry.

I will be using it on a pipe that is leaking. See how that goes

So we turned off the water of the whole community garden, applied the putty. If you dont use this often, the top part of the tube will be dry and you'll have to waste it. But well, after putting it on, waiting 30minutes and turning the water back on, it seems to be a success!

My fingers were filthy from playing with the putty because you have to work it before its good for usage. Takes a lot of scrubbing to get that off.

I don't recommend it. Get a real epoxy, you'll see that the bond is better, smoother, and probably blocks leaks better, it just takes way more time to dry. We're going to have to replace the pipe anyways eventually, can this putty really last through the winter?

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Infomercial review: Ninja kitchen system

Alright, my fiancee and I didn't conclude out of the blues that I'm gullible. I tend to watch infomercials and actually go and buy them to try them out.

Hey come on, its a great idea, look at what you COULD do with it that you didn't even want to do before. And the price is pretty good compared to the combined prices of tools you'd need to get to perform the same set of tasks. And they're slashing the price down by half. And if you call now, they DOUBLE the offer. And wait, they will also throw in this barely related piece in the deal... BUY IT NOW.

That routine got me way too many times. Let's start reviewing the Ninja (150$)
Awesome things you could do with it:
- make pizza
- ice cream
- smoothies
- soups
Good points:
- relatively inexpensive: 150$
- very powerful
- triple blade, can't really beat that when you have long items like carrots that may not blend using one blade
-  nice locking system: you'll know what I mean if you see one at walmart, feels very secure and wont shake all over the place while you're blending at full power
Bad points:
- the SQUARE footprint of the pitcher!!!! who designed that???? why??? I'm not even going to point our other bad points (ok, quickly, i can make pizza manually in the same time, ice cream doesnt really work as advertised, smoothies need a lot of water).

The square footprint makes a lot of things fail, 
- if you try to make a drier smoothie, all the chunks of fruits will get stuck in the corners and will not blend.
- if you try to make dough, some flour will remain in the  corners... the dough proportions then wont work unless you stop the machine, and go scrape out the corners before continuing.
- same problem, ice cream is not going to work unless you put a lot of liquids, but then, its not really ice cream! and if you follow the recipe and put enough water to not get stuck in the corners, its more like a slushie.

sigh. well, its still good for soups, but i could have done that with any blenders.

It seems lots of Ninja models are actually circular footprints, so i really wonder why they main one is square footprint.

I'd recommend somebody try the other ninja models that have circular footprint and tell us about it.

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Infomercial Miracle Blade III

Miracle Blade III

One word, freakin awesome deal!!!

Just get the normal deal, 20$, you get

Rock and Chop (not used too frequently, my grand mother used it once for chopping a roasted pig, that was the only time i thought it was irrepplaceable)
Chop and Scoop (probably the best to make thin slices of meat, one of my mom's favorites)
Slicer (ok, so apparently it cuts through bricks, shoes, walls... it might, but it would take a LOT of time, it does stay sharp though), kind of an all around knife but i quickly found other knives i liked better so i never use this one anymore.
Pairing knife (pretty useless)
5 Steak knives (these are actually pretty good and sturdy, chances are people will keep those forever in their homes)
FILET: now i left all these knives home for my mom when I moved to Vancouver. This is the one knife i really miss. You know what you saw on the commercial, well, its actually true. I used to skin salmon filets so easily, now... i'm having a pretty hard time. I need a flexible knife so that it follows the skin and cuts through the rest. The only thing i find weak about this knife is that its designed for right handed people. the blade is asymmetric, one side is flat, the other has the angle of the blade so it is a tiny bit harder for left-handed people to filet stuff. (i'm left-handed when it comes to using knives). AMAZING KNIFE!


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