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To Fold or Not to Fold Your Exercise Bike

On December 13, 2014, in Regular Exercise, by Louise

Ok, I’m going to be straight, I’m all for folding! Just like a regular exercise bike a folding bicycle is a type of bike that you can use indoors. It has evolved over the years and these days you can easily purchase a model that can be likened to a regular fitness bike.

While looking for this bike on the market, you must choose a unit that you can comfortably fold. It must be easily stored in your cabinet (NOT your wine cabinet! ;-) ) or anywhere else you want to place it when not in use.

Exercise BikeBear in mind that not all units in this category are the same, some of them are easy to fold while others are not. The most advanced units let you fold it and store in your car’s compartment.

But before you purchase one, make sure that when the folding exercise bike is in its folded position, so you can check if it will fit it in your closet or under your bed.

The best bikes in this category are reviewed at may be expensive, however, it’s worth the investment because they are easy to assemble and fold. But the best unit doesn’t have to cost more than $500. In fact, a unit that can offer you smooth riding action can be found at $140 price range.

When choosing the right folding bike, it’s best to go for a unit that has an adjustable seat. The seat must be padded so it won’t hurt you while pedaling.

You may also opt for a unit that has a computer monitor that lets you track your riding time, as well as calories and distance. But because it’s an additional feature, you must be ready to be pay an extra few dollars.

The frame of this bike is necessary. It must be tough enough that you can fold and unfold it hundred times without breaking it. Plus, it must be stable when you’re riding it.

 

To trim your energy bill significantly, you’ll need to install a programmable thermostat in your house as it reduces heating or cooling automatically. But not all units are the same, some are easy to set up and use while other units require more time to get used to. Those complicated units can take a lot of your time, which may result in spending more on energy, rather than saving.

Learning how to choose the right unit

ThermostatMost reliable units can easily work on common cooling and heating systems in various houses, but you need to check the package of the unit to see if it’s compatible with your current system.

Choose a unit that lets you make a schedule for sleeping, weekdays and a different schedule for weekends. This is especially true if you have a regular routine. However, if you don’t have a regular routine, you need to choose a unit that allows you to set different temperatures for each day.

Thankfully, most models available can make installation fast and easy, so you don’t need to hire a professional to install it for you. However, if you’re not confident about installing such, you might want to consider paying for the services of a pro for the installation of your thermostat.

 

Shopping for a new kitchen faucet will help you realize that there are different types of faucets that you can choose from. You can go for pull-down or pull-out. A side-spray is also an option, which is p0erfect for filling your steam cleaner.

Kitchen Faucets

Pull-down

It’s a type of kitchen faucet that you can pull down from its fixture to easily wash or rinse objects. This features easy mobility when you’re rinsing big pots so it’s known for easy retraction and stability.

Pull out

This one has a similar concept as the pull-down kitchen faucet, however, in this type, you need to pull it out horizontally. Regardless of how you pull it, it still offers the same results as pull-down. This means that you’ll have a wide range of motion when rinsing and washing. Depending on the brand, you can find a pull-out kitchen faucet in polished nickel, stainless steel and satin black.

Side-spray

It’s another popular type of kitchen faucet. This one separated from your main faucet. It can be installed on the right or left. But it can be pulled out when you need to use it for washing, rinsing and spraying. What’s unique about it is that it can retract automatically. There are brands that offer side-spray kitchen faucet in a non-conventional shape, i.e. rectangular one. But it’s rarely seen on the market.

All of these types of kitchen faucet are available in different colors. However, the most common ones are stainless steel and polished brass. But you can also find antique copper and oil rubbed bronze.

 

A steam cleaner is an appliance that you can use to clean any surface in your house. Before, this cleaning equipment was only used in hospitals, but these days you can own one and use it around your house. It cleans efficiently and safely, and by using this cleaner, the stickiest grime can be eliminated.

Steam Cleaners

Where can you use it?

Bathroom

This cleaning equipment is great for tiled floors and walls. The best unit can remove those dark spots sticking on the grout. You can also use it to disinfect your faucet, shower heads, and curtains. Or use it to disinfect your toilet bowl. And when you renovate your bathroom, you can use a steam cleaner to help you remove wallpaper. This can save you significant amount of time.

Living room

The best unit can provide deep cleaning of your carpet. You can use it to clean those cleaning fans installed on your ceiling. It also works well when you apply it on windows and frames. What’s great about this cleaning appliance is that it can effectively remove pet hair and the nasty odor sticking onto your carpet and upholstery.

Kitchen

Removing bacteria, dirt and grime can be easily done when you have a steam cleaner. What’s more is that you don’t need an intense chemical cleaner to help you out.

 

Memory foam mattresses are produced by different brand names, and while prices may depend on the type of mattress, the brand and its features, you should not only focus on the cost as a determining factor when purchasing one. Keep in mind that an expensive package doesn’t always mean it’s the best on the market.

Why you might need a memory foam mattress

Memory Foam MattressIt’s not a must that you purchase one considering its price, remember that it’s pricier than a traditional mattress. However, investing on it is well worth it considering its health benefits.

Unlike conventional mattresses, this one doesn’t need to be flipped as it just bounces back to its original shape or it conforms to your body.

What is ILD?

You may have seen it when shopping for a memory foam mattress. ILD stands for Indentation Load Deflection and it’s a rating given to a topper. The higher the number, the firmer it is. The ratings can range from 10 to 100.

What does density have to do with the foam mattress?

According to Foamnights, this is the most important aspect that you need to check when shopping for one. The denser it is, the better its quality. It can also indicate how comfortable it can be when you lie down. Higher density foam can easily mold itself according to the shape of the sleeper’s warm body. Essentially, it reacts to your body heat.

The added warmth it can offer is one of the reasons people with body pain opt for this type of mattress as the warmth can alleviate whatever pain they’re feeling throughout their body.

Do you need a topper?

A topper lies on top of a mattress, it offers another layer of warmth and comfort. It’s useful if your mattress is already worn out or no longer offers comfort. A memory foam mattress topper is ideal if you’re not ready yet to commit into buying a full mattress, and it is great to be used when you’re living in a dorm or in a small-size bedroom. It’s cost effective if you already have a mattress at home.

 

Buying a wine cooler can be a great idea if you like drinking wine regularly or like to throw parties where a lot of good wine is consumed. A good wine cooler is the best way to keep your wine retain its taste and texture. But like most other things in the world, wines come in different flavours and so does the wine coolers. Before buying a particular one, you should understand a little about the different types of wine coolers and how they can help you with your wine collection.

Single Zone Coolers:

These are the most basic types of coolers when it comes to storing wines. A single zone wine cooler is usually quite small and you can fit them anywhere in your place. They are named single zone as they provide only one temperature zone for storing wines meaning you can store either red or white wine, not both. If you have just started to grow your wine collection and prefer only a single type of wine, this cooler is tailor made for you. You can easily store up to 22 bottles of wine using single zone coolers.

Dual Zone Coolers:

As the name suggests, these coolers are for storing two different types of wines at the same time. This is perfect for true enthousiasts who enjoy their red and white wines equally. There are two different storing zones for wines in these coolers and you can set two different temperatures for the two zones. These coolers usually come in large sizes and some let you store even 60 wine bottles.

Built-in Coolers:Wine Cooler

Built-in coolers are not actually differentiated because of their functionality but rather due to their designs and usability. These are coolers made for homes where there is a want of space. These coolers can be easily incorporated inside the kitchen counter. This looks cool and saves a lot of space but due to obvious reasons, they cannot store too many bottles at the same time. Built-in coolers are available in single zone and dual zone variants.

Apart from these base features, you will encounter a lot of additional features like odor control, dust control, air lock and carbon filtration. Those are all bells and whistles aimed at the truly experienced wine connoisseurs. For beginners, the information above should be sufficient in buying a good wine coolers that serves the basic purposes perfectly.

 

If a regular mattress is not available, on camping trips or for instance when you’re moving, an air mattress ensures you can still get a good nights’s sleep. Obviously, an air mattress is filled with air, and this can give a more comfortable place to sleep than you might think. The comfort and ease of use make an air bed an excellent alternative to a regular bed.

Air Bed and Air Mattress

As said, air mattresses can be useful in many different situations because they can be folded or rolled, which means they can easily be taken wherever you like to go. Inflating your air bed is usually done with an internal electric pump, which means you can have a comfortable mattress within minutes.

One thing to take into account though is the variation in length, width, thickness and the material used. The larger, or to be more precise, thicker the air mattress is, the more comfortable but unfortunately also more expensive it is. To save on cost, you could choose an air mattress that needs to be inflated separately, with an external pump.

While air mattresses air mattresses are always inflated to a reasonable thickness, the cheaper sleeping mats are not. Mainly used for camping trips, these mats are made of sturdier material so they’re easier to use on uneven or rocky grounds. And, of course, the size makes them easier to carry.

The choice is up to you, but generally speaking an air mattress is for more comfortable use and sleeping mats are for camping trips.