Tips on Buying Second Hand Mountain Bikes

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Buying a second hand mountain bike can be a smart decision. There are many quality used bikes available that can help you to save money while still allowing you to get a quality bike that will provide you with years of reliable service. In fact, it is common for second hand bikes to sell for about half of the price for a new bike, which can mean savings of hundreds of dollars or even more. However, in order to make certain that you are actually getting a deal, you will need to know what to look for when inspecting the bike.

mtb photoA good first step to buying a used bike is to check out the new bikes on the market. A visit to a few websites will allow you to check out a range of bicycles without leaving your home. By knowing what bikes are available, you can find bikes that have the features that you are looking for which will help you to focus your bike shopping search. By looking at the new bikes listed for sale, you will also learn the prices of new bikes. This information will be useful for helping you to determine a fair price on a second hand mountain bike.

Once you begin your bike shopping and have found a bike that you are interested in buying, give the frame a close inspection. Cracks, dents or repairs should all be a warning that the frame may fail in the near future. You should also hold the bike off the ground and spin the wheels to make certain they are not bent, wobbling or that the brakes are dragging. All of these issues can be fixed, but you should for ask for a lower price if the bike needs repairs or adjustment.

You should always test ride a used bike before making a purchase. When first starting out, check both the front and rear brakes to make certain that they are working properly. Once you are riding at speed, you should run the bike through the gears to make certain that the derailleur works properly and there are no other issues with shifting. Let the bike coast while holding the pedals steady to feel for any wobble in the wheel bearings.

While there are dozens of quality built and affordable brand new mountain bikes available on the market, a used bike that has been well maintained can be an unbeatable bargain. Though you may be worried about issues with a used bike, the good news is that everything can be fixed or replaced except a badly damaged frame. By taking the time to look at a number of mountain bikes and to thoroughly inspect each bike, you should be able to find one that will meet both your needs and your budget.

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What You Need To Know About Infertility

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About one in ten couples in the U.S. are affected by infertility. About one-third of the time it occurs due to male fertility and about one-third for females. The cause cannot be determined in about 20 percent of cases. If you or your partner suffer from infertility, there is still hope. Advances in medicine have enabled many couples to have children.


Age and Fertility

Women have a finite number of eggs. As you age, both the number and quality of your eggs decreases. Your odds of having a baby diminish by 3-5 percent per year after the age of 30. The reduction in fertility accelerates after age 40.






One possible cause of female infertility is damage to the fallopian tubes. The fallopian tubes send the eggs from the ovaries into the uterus. Any damage to your tubes can keep the egg and sperm from making contact. The fallopian tubes can be damaged by things like pelvic infections, pelvic surgeries, endometriosis, or scar tissue.




Another potential cause of infertility is hormonal changes. Ovulation can be problematic in women experiencing such changes. Hormone release normally leads to the release of an egg from the ovary, followed by the thickening of the uterus lining. Basal body temperature charts, blood tests, and ovulation predictor kits can be used to detect hormone levels.

A relatively rare cause of infertility in women is due to cervical problems. Some women have a condition that prevents the sperm from passing through their cervical canal. This may occur as a result of previous cervical surgery or increases in mucus production. However, there is still hope with IVF or IUI, which will be discussed later.






Two diagnostic tests are available that help detect scar tissue and obstructions. The first is called a hysterosalpingography (HSG). This tests involves either X-rays or ultrasound of the reproductive organs. Either saline and air or dye is put into the cervix to make its way into the fallopian tubes. This tells your doctor whether your tubes are open or blocked.

Laparoscopy is a test involving the insertion into the abdomen of a tube fitted with a camera. This tubes lets your doctor see the outer areas of your ovaries, uterus, and fallopian tubes and check them for abnormal growths.


Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)

An IUI is a procedure where sperm is placed inside your uterus to bring about fertilization. The treatment does not require manipulation of your eggs. The goal of the procedure is to have a greater number of sperm to increase the odds of a successful fertilization.



Thomson Chinese Medicine Combines TCM Acupuncture with IVF or IUI to Increase Your Chances of Conception

Thomson Chinese Medicine Combines TCM Acupuncture with IVF or IUI to Increase Your Chances of Conception


In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)

The IVF procedure involves bringing eggs and sperm together in a laboratory dish to facilitate fertilization. Any combination of your own eggs, sperm, or donor eggs may be used. Following the IVF, the desired number of fertilized eggs are placed in you uterus.

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Easy Ways To Apply Toe Nail Polish

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Applying toe nail polish is not as difficult as painting your finger nails. The main reason for this is that you will have both of your hands free. The steps below will help you to have your toe nails looking lovely in no time:


1 Remove your old polish

Before you start the process of applying new polish to your nails, you need to be certain that all of the old polish has been completely removed. Failure to do this could result in bubbles and bumps forming on your toe nails after you apply the new polish. Avoid painting over your old pedicures. If there are any edges that you find hard to reach, use a cotton swab to help you remove the polish.

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2 Buff the top of the nails

Since your toe nails are usually rubbing against your shoe and socks, they are going to be rougher than your finger nails. Grooves and ridges can be smoothed down by using a nail buffer. The process of buffing will make your new pedicure look better and last longer. It will also help to eliminate any residue that was left by your previous pedicure. Lastly, buffing will prime the nail, allowing it to soak up the base coat. This will protect the nail from staining.


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3 Clip and file your nails

You should always clip until there is roughly 1/16 of an inch of your nail coming out of the nail bed. File your nails to the shape that you want them to be. Round edges and square edges are fine. However, you should avoid filing your nails into a pointed edge. Pointed nails have a tendency to be easily broken.


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4 Wash up

Be certain that all of the nail polish remover is off. Left over nail polish remover can turn into gas when heated up under your nail polish. This will cause bubbles to form. Washing will also soften your cuticles, which will be necessary later.


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5 Cuticles

Push your cuticles back by using a cuticle stick. If you feel it is necessary, cut them with a cuticle cutter. You can use a cuticle cream, but if any gets on your nails, be sure to wipe it off.


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6 Separate your toes

The rest of the process can be easier if your toes are separated. You can do this by using cotton balls.


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7 Apply a base coat

If you desire a natural look for your nails, this will be the last step for you. You will need to apply a base coat that is enriched with calcium.


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8 Pick your color

Obviously, this all comes down to your personal preference.


9 The painting begins

Take your time with this step. Make sure you use brush strokes that are even and slow. Paint a layer that is thin and light. Allow it to dry for 10 minutes.


10 The second coat

The second coat should be all you require, unless your color is very light. If you accidentally smudge your toenails, use a cotton swab dipped in nail polish remover to eliminate the smudge. Allow 20 minutes for everything to dry.


11 Apply a top coat

This will prevent chipping and preserve your pedicure. Apply one layer that you allow to dry for 20 minutes.


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3 Fruity Summer Cocktail Recipes Using Orange Juice


The refreshing, Vitamin C-rich beverage that has graced breakfast tables for decades is making its after hours debut. Orange juice is an undeniably sweet and tasty addition to any hard drink, mixing seamlessly with most everything you can find sitting in your liquor cabinet. Brighten up your next cocktail party and explore the versatility of O.J. with these three delicious recipes.





1. Tequila Sunrise

This south of the border-inspired favorite is not only pleasing to the lips but creates a lovely color display that truly lives up to its name. You’ll need:

 2 ounces of the tequila of your choice
 4 ounces of Marigold orange juice
 ½ ounce of grenadine
 Circular orange slice
 Maraschino cherry

First, pour the tequila into a highball glass containing several ice cubes. Next, stir in the orange juice until mixed well. Carefully tilt the glass and add the grenadine along the inside edge of the glass. The grenadine will sink to the bottom of the glass and then very slowly rise to mimic the picturesque hues of a rosy dawn. Drop in the straw and spear the toothpick through the orange slice and Maraschino cherry before setting the garnish across the mouth of the glass.


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2. Mimosa

Fit for a boozy brunch or late night celebration, the Mimosa is simple yet sophisticated, and an exciting experience for your taste buds. You’ll need:

 2 ounces of fresh orange juice
 3-4 ounces of champagne
 ½ ounce of triple sec (optional)

Begin by filling a champagne flute halfway with chilled champagne. Sparkling Wine, Cava, and Prosecco are also acceptable if the classic bubbly isn’t readily available. Very gently stir in the serving of orange juice and the dash of triple sec if you feel so inclined. Make a small slice up the center of a strawberry with a knife and set on the rim of the glass.






3. Fuzzy Naval 

The quirky-named libation provides a thirst-quenching explosion of fruity flavors that transforms into the so-called Hairy Naval with an additional ounce of the featured spirit. You’ll need:

 3 ounces of peach schnapps
 3 ounces of orange juice
 Orange wedge


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Fill a highball glass with ice cubes just before pouring in the peach schnapps. Next, pour in the orange juice, adding more if necessary to fill the glass in its entirety. Stir well and garnish with an orange wedge. Spice up your concoction with a surprise splash of lemonade or vodka if you see fit.


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Practice Safer Target Practice: 6 Good Advice To Heed

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If you own a gun, you must always take steps to keep yourself and those around you safe at all times when you are using the gun. This is especially true if you are going to take some target practice. In this situation, the gun will be loaded, so you must never lose focus of what you are doing. Let’s take a look at some basic gun safety tips that will ensure that you are safe every time you take target practice.


1. Always assume that a gun is loaded

Doing this one thing can prevent many injuries and deaths. If a person tells you that a gun is not loaded, do not simply take their word for it. Do not believe them until you check the gun for yourself. You can’t worry about possibly offending your friend by checking the gun after he has told you that it is not loaded. Your personal safety is more important than your friend’s pride. Always get in the habit of checking every gun you handle to see if it is loaded.


2. Keep your gun pointed away from people

This tip is the foundation for gun safety. Do not point your gun at something you do not intend to shoot. This should go without saying, but occasionally people will have their mind start to wander when they still have a gun in their hand. That is when accidents happen.


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3. Be familiar with the gun you are shooting

All guns are not created equal. Therefore, even if you are experienced shooting a specific type of gun, it may take a while before you feel completely comfortable shooting a different type. Spend the necessary time to learn the features of the gun you are using. You should not wait until the last minute to learn about your gun. If you are going to a public gun range for target practice, you should already be experienced firing your gun.


4. Do not keep your finger on the trigger

This is another tip that should go without saying. Sadly, many accidents happen every year because people feel comfortable with their finger on the trigger, not realizing that the slightest twitch could spell disaster. Only slip your finger into the trigger guard if you plan on pulling the trigger at that moment.


5. Never shoot at hard surfaces

This includes water, even though it might not appear to be a hard surface. However, the density of water can make it very dangerous. Water has a tendency to make bullets ricochet in different directions. Hard wood, rocks and metal are capable of doing the same thing. You should only use shooting boards from manufacturers that are well known in the industry.


6. Do not depend on your gun’s safety mechanism

The majority of guns have some form of safety mechanism to stop them from accidentally firing. However, these can be unreliable. Just stick to the golden rule of never pointing your gun at a person even when you have the safety engaged

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