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A Guide To Finding The Best Dirt Bike Parts On The Web

A guide to finding the best dirt bike parts on the webIf you own a dirt bike, you have to maintain it often to maintain its potential on the tracks. When most riders are shopping for dirt bike parts, they will go to the internet.

The internet is the home of many businesses nowadays. So, with a simple search, you’ll find numerous results for you to choose. And that, for most riders who are still looking for a reputable dirt bike repair such as tokyomods.com, can be confusing.

So, how do you select among the different options you find on the internet? Read on further to find some of the things that should be at the back of your mind when doing so.

Finding reputable sellers online

The first thing we recommend to most buyers is to check out different online sellers. It can be quite cumbersome. Nonetheless, it comes with its fair share of advantages.

For instance, you get to know the price range of the different parts you’ll require from the seller, and you’ll know how they operate. Other than that, you’ll be able to different all these businesses, both their strengths and limitations.

If you are wondering how to know whether a seller is reputable or not, the best thing is to check different reviews. Get to know some of the reputable brands that sell quality dirt bike parts. Examine the company’s web presence, including their social media accounts and website. Established brands will ensure that their website is easy to use and displays some of the products you need.

You can also ask your friends. If they have previous experiences with a prospective company, you should ask them about their services and experiences.

Check out the best price for you

As you research, you will find out that every brand on the web prices their products differently. Some might seem costlier than others might.

If you want to save money, you’ll obviously go for the brand that offers affordable prices for services and products. But we have to draw a little bit. Sometimes cheap products can be expensive. If they are not of good quality, you’ll keep changing them all the time.

Therefore, the catch here is finding accessories that fit your needs. If they are durable, then it shouldn’t matter whether they are expensive or cheap. Furthermore, who doesn’t want their dirt bike to operate like a beast?

Go for a long-term relationship

You’ll need to constantly replace worn-out moving parts, the engines, the brakes, and any other parts. Thus, instead of buying from one seller this time, and buying from the other the next time, look for one seller to provide the parts whenever you need them.

Building such a relationship comes with several advantages. Other than having the assurance that you’ll get quality accessories and parts, you can get discounts. Businesses will offer discounts to loyal customers.

You can also consult them in case of an issue. And sometimes, if you are a good customer, they can offer that consultation without charging you.

How they deliver the goods to you

If you choose to purchase from a company that’s far from your location, you need to know how they’ll get the parts to you. Some sellers normally give discounts or offer free shipping if you shop for items. That means you save money when you buy more items.

Besides this, the other important thing is to know how long it will take for the order to arrive at you. Reputable brands will do everything they can to ensure that the package arrives safe and as soon as possible.

And as you check this, also get to know the company’s return policy. Some will allow you to return damaged parts, while others will give a limit on when a refund is viable.

A safe payment

Once you decide on the best seller to work with, the other thing that needs to be on your mind is to offer a secure payment system.

You might have this problem if the seller is reputable, but you may have to scrutinize it efficiently if you are working with a new company.

Additionally, the payment system should favor you as the buyer, regardless of whether the system they use is ‘pay upon delivery’ or ‘pay before delivery.’

Final Thoughts

When looking for a reputable seller, take your time. It’s another way of saving money. Ensure that the seller you opt for has enough experience in this field to ensure that they provide their materials you need for your bike riding.

Learning a New Hobby and Picking Up Some Old Ones

I think I can speak for a lot of parents when I say that we’ve all had a moment of feeling a little bit like we’ve lost ourselves. Our days are spent working, looking after the kids, keeping the house tidy, and maybe occasionally socialising in the little time we have left – having a hobby didn’t seem like something I had time for.

When I was a kid, I had all sorts of hobbies and some of them felt like they helped to define who I was. Just lately, I’ve been trying to do more things for myself, now that the girls are older and don’t need constant attention, and as well as picking up some old hobbies again, I’ve also been trying some new ones. Here’s a look at what I’ve been up to:

Cross Stitch

My Hobby - Baby Yoda Cross StitchCross stitch is probably my favourite hobby and this one of The Child from The Mandalorian is the one I’m most proud of!

If you follow me on social media, you might have got a peek of a few of the cross stitch projects I’ve completed lately. I’ve always enjoy sewing and crafts, but I’d never tried cross stitch before. Then Husband bought a kit for Sausage and I to try and I haven’t looked back! As well as being a great way to pass the time and stretch myself creatively, it’s SO gratifying to put that final stitch in a piece and enjoy the rewards of your hard work. I’ve even been making them for people’s birthdays! I think it’s probably my favourite hobby right now.

Online Casino

In our pre-kids days, Husband and I were members of a casino and used to love a night out amongst the slots and tables. We’d have a meal, play a few games of blackjack or roulette, enjoy some cocktails and wander round, soaking up the ambience. It’s been a fair while since we’ve been able to do that, but that hasn’t stopped me enjoying a little flutter online, especially when you can find some great deals like 25 free spins no deposit.

Gaming

When I was younger, I loved playing computer games. I had a ZX Spectrum in the late eighties, a Nintendo Gameboy which I was GLUED to in the early 90’s, an N64 (Goldeneye is still one of the best games of all time, DON’T @ ME), followed by a PS1, PS2 and so on and so forth, but my gaming time dwindled as I got older and busier. Husband has a PS4 now, and he’s managed to get me into playing Red Dead Redemption, and I also recently got SIMS 4 on my laptop. Oh, and don’t even get me started on the remaster of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1&2 for the PS4. Pure nostalgia for Husband and I!

Soap Making

Another hobby I’ve discovered is soap making. It’s surprisingly easy to do if you use pre-mixed soap base (yeah, so I’m not a purist, but the thought of trying to use chemicals like lye when I’m a clumsy calamity most of the time is scary!) and I love finding combinations of essential oils which are theraputic for the mind and body. I’ve given soaps as gifts over the last few months too, and it’s all been very well received. I love making personalised gifts like this, based on what I know about the person I’m giving it to.

Baking

Authentic German Plum CakeAuthentic German Plum Cake

I’ve loved baking for as long as I can remember. When I was in Primary School, we had dedicated kitchens for the kids to use to bake in and the heady smell of sugar and margarine being creamed together before being baked with flour and eggs still takes me back to those days. Husband recently bought me a stand mixer as part of my birthday present, because I wanted something with a dough hook to take some of the stress out of kneading bread, but I’ve actually used it to make SO many different things! I think my proudest bake so far was the German plum cake I attempted in homage to Husband’s late grandmother – he said it was just as good as hers, which is HIGH praise indeed!

How To Make Horse Rugs Last Longer

The maintenance and care of horse rugs is important if you want them to last longer. Horse rugs are an expensive investment which requires careful cleaning and maintenance. If you don’t take proper care of horse rugs, there’s a higher chance of those rugs not fulfilling their purpose and you may have to invest in a new horse rug all over again.

Keeping and maintaining a horse itself is very expensive, so to minimise recurring costs of purchasing horse rugs, it’s important that you maintain them well. Here are some tips on how to clean horse rugs and make them long lasting.

  1. Self Cleaning Tips

If you want to save money and can find the time to clean the horse rugs yourself, then you can easily wash the lightweight, small horse rugs in the washing machine. For more detailed and clear instructions read the washing instructions mentioned on the label of the horse rug.

For the large, heavy horse rugs, lay them out on a flat surface or a fence and using a brush with hard bristles, rub and clean out all the dirt, mud and grass. Turn the rug over and repeat this process.

You can then dip the rug into a bucket filled with hot water and cleaning soap. Once you soak the rug into the bucket, beat it and mix it and leave it to soak in the bucket. After it is done soaking, take it out and lay it out flat and clean it with the bristled brush one final time. Once you’re done cleaning it properly, leave it to dry.

It’s important that the rug be completely dry before it is stored for a long time or even used on a horse. Using a moist or wet rug on a horse might make him sick or cause skin ailments.

  1. Horse Rug Cleaning Products

There are plenty of branded products available for cleaning horse rugs. There are horse rug soaps and conditioners which can be used for deep cleaning of your horse rugs. Since a horse rug washing soap is designed specifically for horse rugs, it will clean it properly without damaging the silicone and fluorocarbon material of the rug, which is beneficial for an expensive and high quality horse rug.

A horse rug conditioner is not used very often, but if you can afford it, try it out on your horse rug. It can be really beneficial in retaining the waterproof ability and durability of the horse rug.

  1. Get Them Cleaned Professionally

If you do not have the time or do not want to make the effort of cleaning horse rugs yourself and if you’ve got the money for it, the best option is to send them to professional cleaners. They will be able to use their products and treatment techniques to clean your horse rugs and may also do some repairs on your horse rugs, if it calls for it.

This is the best choice if you don’t have the time to or don’t want to clean the horse rugs yourself.

Conclusion

Horse rug cleaning can be a time consuming process, but it’ll save you the cost of buying a new horse rug again and again. It’s a great way to ensure that your horse rug lasts longer, in good condition. If you can afford to purchase horse rug cleaning products, then it’ll help in deeply cleaning your horse rug. However, if you cannot afford horse rug cleaning products, even the method described above will give your horse rug a good cleanse.

Finding a New Hobby

I can’t quite believe it, but Burrito Baby starts school this September, which means I’m going to have a LOT more free time on my hands. I’m hoping to up my workload and also have more time for going to the gym, but I’ve also been thinking about how to have a little “me” time, so I’ve been trying to find a hobby that I can start from September. Some of them will be solely for me, but there are also things in there that Husband and I can do together, which will be great for us as a couple. Here are a few of my ideas:

Golf

Ever since I played Tiger Woods Pro Golf on the original Wii about ten years ago, I’ve been wanting to try my hand at proper golf, and Husband and I keep promising we’ll go to a driving range but never seem to get around to it. We’re lucky enough to have a golf club literally at the end of the road, so we’re making a pact to get around to giving it a go once we’re able to find the time. I’ll also need to find some decent  golf footwear for sale.

Dressmaking

When Sausage was little, I went through a stage of making clothes for her, little dresses in quirky fabrics so that she wasn’t wearing the same off-the-peg stuff as everyone else. I haven’t made anything for ages, but I’d love to start making stuff again, maybe even for myself this time! Husband bought me a beautiful sewing machine two Christmasses ago, which I’ve barely used, so it will be a good opportunity to get some use out of it.

Reading

This one is going to sound silly, but I used to read a LOT, but as I’ve got older I’ve found it increasingly more difficult to read when there are distractions around me. Once the girls are both at school, I’ll have no excuses not to read and I have a list of books as long as my arm that I intend to plough through!

Blogging

I started blogging back in 2010, and back then it was a passion project, something I did to air my thoughts. However, since I started writing commercially, I seem to find myself far less inspired to write personal posts. I’m really hoping that when I have more time to dedicate to my blog, the ideas will start to flow again and the balance of personal:commercial content will even itself out again.

Cycling

At the beginning of the year, Husband (who is a life-long mountain biking enthusiast) bought himself a new bike, and it’s ignited a bit of cycling-fever in the whole family. We’re lucky enough to all have decent bikes and Husband has been letting me tag along with him (when I say “tag along”, I mean he goes on his usual route but has to go about 60% slower while I’m huffing and puffing along to keep up with him!). We’re hoping to get a bike rack when we get our new car, so we’ll be finding some new routes and riding together more.

Do you have any hobbies?

How to Store Your Motorcycle Correctly

Woman on Motorcycle

There are several reasons why you need to store your motorcycle for an extended period of time. You may be going on a holiday and you will not be using the motorcycle for a while. Winter and the bad road conditions at certain times of the year are also a reason why you may want to keep your motorcycle tucked away in the garage.

Storing your motorcycle for a long period requires some basic preparations. You want to keep the motorcycle protected and well-maintained so that you can use the bike again when the time comes. Here are some of the tips on how to store your motorcycle correctly.

Fill Up the Tank

One of the first preparations to make when you want to store your motorcycle is filling the fuel tank to the brim. After filling the tank, turn on the engine for a few minutes to allow fuel to cycle through the system.

A full tank is the way to go for two reasons. First of all, a full tank leaves no room for gas and other residue to build up inside. You can also add a fuel stabilizer to prevent the fuel from deteriorating inside the tank.

The second reason is engine health. With a full tank, you will be able to start the engine when you want to use the motorcycle again without having to bleed the system or worry about muck clogging the carburettor.

Change the Oil

Another important step to take before you store your motorcycle is changing the engine oil, especially when you have used the current engine oil for more than 1,000 miles. Engine oil deteriorates at a much faster rate than fuel, so it will turn from the golden and clear form to black and mucky faster than you can anticipate.

Replacing the oil filter and doing a quick oil change is great for keeping the engine clean and healthy while the motorcycle is in storage. You can also consider filling up the brake, clutch, and coolant fluids before storage.

There is another approach you can consider, and that is draining the fluids altogether before you store the motorcycle. Many mechanics believe this is the best way to store a motorcycle, but you’ll have to top everything up before the next use. Some additional maintenance steps may also be required before you start the engine again.

Take Care of the Battery

Most motorcycle batteries require minimum to zero maintenance these days. You don’t need to fill the battery compartment with distilled water or recharge the battery regularly to keep it healthy. Before storing your motorcycle for an extended period of time, however, you should disconnect the battery from the rest of the motorcycle and use a trickle charger to keep the battery healthy.

Of course, you can also keep the battery on the motorcycle with some extra steps. You want to minimize the discharge rate by switching off any electronic component on the bike. It is also a good idea to charge motorcycle batteries at least once a month especially with the lightweight motorcycle batteries that have a smaller capacity.

One more thing: apply petroleum jelly to the connectors or battery terminals to prevent rusting. This is a handy trick to use whenever you need to store your motorcycle over the winter.

Preparing the Tyres

For tyres, your best bet is to store the bike with the tyres off the ground. You can use a stand or a temporary jack to lift the entire motorcycle. There is no need for big equipment for this job; you just have to keep the tyres a few inches off the ground, so the weight of the motorcycle and the floor temperature aren’t damaging the tyres.

If lifting the motorcycle is not possible, then fill the tyres with nitrogen until they reach the optimum air volume or pressure. Nitrogen is much better than air because it is more consistent and isn’t as prone to changes in temperature and pressure.

Wax and Dry

Last but not least, do a thorough cleaning and make sure the motorcycle is completely dry before you store it. Any moisture can quickly cause rust, especially during the colder days of winter.

Similar to the battery terminals, you can use petroleum jelly to protect certain areas of the motorcycle from corrosion. WD-40 and other solutions work just as well, especially for protecting things like the exhaust pipes and joints or bolts.

Waxing helps because the wax will also prevent moisture from penetrating the motorcycle. Before you tuck the bike away for an extended period, do a quick wash and wax and you will prevent many common issues from ruining the motorcycle.

Proper Storage

Now that you have completed the necessary steps to prepare the motorcycle for storage, it is time to store the bike properly. Make sure you store it in a dry and warm place if possible. Avoid exposing the motorcycle to the weather directly and invest in a good motorcycle cover for extra protection. Your bike will be ready for you by the time you want to ride again.