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i recently purchased a Specialized Tarmac, and as part of a sale, received 4 of these tubes. Considering that Specialized is one of the leading brands in the cycling world, I felt confident that these tubes would be of a great or higher quality than other ones in the shop. Since they were free I wasn’t going to say no to them, but going forward, I wouldn’t plan on buying this brand unless it was the only one there.
These tubes aren’t bad by any means and are quite possibly slightly better than other brand names, but the amount of money these cost does not justify the quality of the tubes. I’m convinced that you are paying mostly for the name on this one. I did have a flat riding my bike and needed to use one of these tubes, and while it was easy to install and looked like it was well constructed, I had a hard time telling it from any other brand of tube that I have used on any other bike. I did notice that the valve was slightly better than other tubes and seemed to have a more solid fit when screwed down, but that was the only noticeable difference I saw.
Overall, these aren’t terrible, they’re just overpriced. If you don’t care about money, these would be a great pickup, but they are not necessary just because you own a Specialized bike.
I've gone through many different irons in my time, but this has to be one of the best I have ever used. It is very easy to use and produces great results. It even has a nifty vertical dock. This is my first cordless iron, and it's so nice that I don't have to worry about that cord getting in the way when I'm moving around my dress shirts. The plate is a nice triangle diamond shape that glides smoothly over any fabric you are ironing. It's large water tank is also a huge plus when ironing large piles of clothes (which since I hate ironing, happens all the time) because it's nice to not having to keep filling the iron over and over again. The holes on the plate are spaced evenly and really do a good job at getting the steam on the clothes. It's very easy to change setting on the slider under the handle. It's in a good place where you can still grip the handle and not change the setting on accident. I've had irons where my thumb would change dials when I was gripping the handle, so that tucked away switch was a plus for me. It clearly tells you on the scale where to put it based on what type of fabric you are ironing. I have been using this iron for months and have not ruined any of my clothes due to heat.
Overall this is a very efficient and user-friendly iron. It's comfortable to hold, not too heavy, and makes ironing a lot faster. I would suggest this product and an very happy with my purchase
While this system is getting harder to find as it ages, it is still a great system. I have my dreamcast, and still play it from time to time.
This system supports up to 4 controllers, so it's great to get together with friends, but my library of games is mostly single player, so I play this alone.
Some of the classics are Shenmue, Crazy Taxi, Phantasy Star online, and 18 Wheeler. Although the sports games are 10-15 years old now, they still actually play pretty well. They are simple, yet still have good graphics, they just don't have any of the extra added fluff that games these days have now.
In my opinion, the dreamcast had some of the best RPG's out there. Grandia 2 and Skies of Arcadia were two of my favorite and most moving games that I have every played. These games have huge replayability, so every few months I go through and beat them again.
Another awesome feature of the DC is that you can actually run emulators on it. There are cd's out there that allow you to play NES, SNES, and Sega Genesis games from a large list of images. This really brings back the nostalgia days from my childhood, and usually the games my friends like to play at parties. Being able to play games from the past on a powerful console is easy and fun.
This system also has a modem, but due to the fact that it's over 10 years old, nothing is supported on it. You used to be able to play games like Phantasy Star Online and Unreal Tournament online, but those days are long gone. It even had a web browser CD that probably couldn't load any website on the internet these days.
Overall, this is a great system for the price you can find it at. It's nothing special, but great as a backup system or just something to knock around with.
I have been using swagbucks for many years, and I have loved it since the day I signed up. This has to be one of the best websites for earning gifts online. There are so many ways to earn money that are easy and quick, you will be able to redeem points for prizes in no time. I'll go through the main methods of gaining points.
Shopping- You can earn points for shopping on websites. All you have to do is click the shop tab, and while there will be featured stores, you can also search by category for an item or search for a specific store by typing the name. Each store tells you how many points you will get per dollar.
Search- There is a search engine powered by yahoo that will randomly give you points on a search. Not every search gets points, sometimes it just pops up letting you know you got points. Do enough searches, and you're bound to get something.
Watch- You watch short videos on a wide range of categories. You can watch videos about current news, foods, pets, music, fashion, etc. Each video has a short commercial, and as long as you watch that, you'll get 10% filled on your meter. Every 10 videos earns you 3 swagbucks.
Play- You can play some basic flash games. Points are awarded when you play. A 15 second ad will play before the game loads, and you get 2 SB every 2nd ad you see.
Answer- This is probably the place you'll get the most points. Daily poll is a question worth 1 SB. Answer also has surveys, which ranges from 20-400 points, depending on the survey.
Discover- Has a few things under it. Coupons, which you print and redeem in a store, and SB are awarded a few weeks later. There is also radio loyalty which gives you 5 SB for listening to music for 30 minutes.
Now for the rewards. They range in value of $3 and up. There are many categories to choose from, such as gas cards, games, food, paypal, etc. A $3 amazon egift card is only 300 points, which is pretty easy to get.
Overall, this is one of the best sites for quick cash online. Easy, user-friendly, and straight forward, this is a site worthy of checking out. If you do decide to join, please use my referral link :) http://www.swagbucks.com/refer/billme68
While this game is very old now, it's truly a classic. Mario Party was a different kind of game for its time. While most games around its release were either shooters or racing games, this decided to go the route of an interactive board game, and was greeted with great success.
Mario Party 1 is a board game played with 4 people (between humans and computers). You're objective is to move around the board to buy stars, but it is not that easy. There are many challenges that lie ahead, and that's what makes the game worth it.
To setup the game, you choose the map, amount of turns, and difficulty level for the computer. Each map has its quirks that make it easier or difficult, and the difficulty level is displayed before picking it. You can choose before 20, 35, and 50 turns.
To start, you begin the game with 10 coins, of which you can use to buy items or stars. When it's your turn, you roll the dice and move the amount of spaces. Depending on the space you land, you can either gain or lose coins. There are also spaces that will trigger events, such as happening events or chance time.
After all of the player roll, it is time for a mini-game. It can be either a 4-player game, 1 vs 3, or 2v2, depending on the color of the spot you landed on during the turn. Depending on the outcome of the game, you can either win or lose coins.
That's the overall gameplay of Mario Party, but there is a lot of strategy involved. In order to win, you need to constantly check the map, focus on what other players are going to do, and other factors. For example, you might need to lose a 2 vs 2 mini-game so that the partner your paired up with loses coins and won't be able to buy the star when they pass it. Focus is key in this game.
All in all, this game is a blast with friends. It will lead to intense battles and good times.
Having a holster for your blackberry is key. I have used a blackberry for years, and I always brag that it is the best phone for a holster ever, due to the size.
The OEM blackberry holster is great and stylish. Black in color with the BB logo on the front, it is sleek and clean. It holds the phone very snugly so it won't be bouncing around and becoming uncomfortable. The magnetic closure is strong to ensure a secure phone. A great part of this is that when the phone goes in the holster, the magnet will actually lock the phone's keyboard so that when it's holstered, it won't do something you don't want to. This is so useful because it saves you time from pressing the lock button before putting into the holster, which is how most other smartphones work.
Another great feature is the 360 swivel clip. This allows you to twist the holster and quickly grab it with one hand. I can usually grab my phone in the blink of an eye when it's holstered, due to many years of experience. I've had holsters without the swivel clip and it makes it much more difficult to grab the phone.
I think that the holster is a key to any blackberry owner. It really makes an already useful phone even more useful. You can still feel all of the vibrations through the holster, so don't be afraid of missing a text or an e-mail when your phone is silenced. I will always swear by my holster, and if you don't have one, get one!
I'm a big fan of LG phones, and this one did not let me down. From the moment I took it out of the box, I was impressed. The phone was bigger than I was used to, but still fit in my hand just fine. The phone screen was crystal clear, and the colors were radiant.
Like most Andorid phones, this one was very easy to setup. I already had a google account, so all I had to do was log in and boom! everything was there. All my contacts and e-mails synced from my google account, so setup only took a few minutes.
Unlike some phones, this one has internal and external memory. the 16gb internal is good, but it supports up to a 128gb microSD card, so you won't be running out of space any time soon.
The camera takes amazing pictures with it's 13mp auto-focus camera. The pictures come out very clear.The phone also has bluetooth 4.0 to connect with a large amount of external devices. The 3000mah batter holds a good charge that will get you through the most of the day. With the included charger, this phone can get a full charge in only a couple of hours, which is great. Another great feature is that the battery is replaceable, so if you do run out of juice you might want to carry around a full battery for quick replacement
The color of this phone is the typical gray/black, with the back piece trying to look like brushed metal. Not a very attractive phone, but not ugly by any means.
Overall, this is a powerful smartphone. It has a lot of features that I don't even know how to use, but could be cool if I ever took the time to learn.
Some technical Specs:
5.5 Inch, Quad HD 2,560 x 1,440 resolution display
146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9 mm (5.76 x 2.94 x 0.35 in)
I have been a buyer and seller on ebay for many years, and times sure have changed. I have mixed feelings as a seller, but love it 100% as a buyer.
I'll start with the buy experience. Items are easy to search for. You can type something and look for it, or just try to find it through categories. Once you find the items you're looking for, you can further refine your results depending on specifics. Criteria changes based of the category, but you can search between new and used in all categories. Every seller has a rating and feedback percentage, so you can rest assured with the seller's credibility. Even if the seller turns out to be shady, Ebay does a great job at protecting you and will usually refund you for your dispute.
This is where selling becomes an issue. Ebay has a real willingness to side with the buyer, regardless of that the seller has to say. I have lost a couple of disputes during my time when I know I got the short end of the stick. I am a reseller of satellite radios and test them all before I ship them, and when the buyer claimed it didn't work, I was confused. When he shipped it back to me, it didn't look like the one I sent him. Although my seller rating was over 1000 and the buyer's was at 7, I lost the claim and the money. Ever since that, I have been bitter towards the dispute process.
Overall, Ebay is great because it has everything that is hard to find or no longer in production. Prices are usually low, and you can either wait and bid, or find it as a "buy it now" for immediate purchase. This is a top class auction site.
I have been a Toms Classics owner for a few years, and I have to say that I love them. I purchased my first pair a few years back, and they are still wearable! They might not look as good as they first did, but for the amount of time they have been around, they've held up.
I went with the Toms Classics Earthwise Slate because I like the grey color. This model is no longer in production, but sometimes you can still find it in a store.
The fit is true to size. I wear a US 10 in all other footwear, and size US 10 is what my TOMS are. There was some process to break them in, but after a couple of weeks of wearing, they were snug and comfortable.
Due to the lack of complexity of this shoe, it is very light! It almost feels like you're walking on air with these. Apparently, there is a learning curve to walk in these, because a few of my friends told me I was walking slightly different when I first bought these.
These shoes go well with a lot of clothing options, but mostly casual clothes. I pair mine with either jeans or shorts.
While the shoes can be quite expensive for what you think you're getting, they're actually a decent value. Yes, you're paying a lot for the TOMS name, but you're also adopting a pair of shoes to a third-world country. TOMS are a cool show and sort of a status symbol, so that's what you're paying for.
Overall, these are really great shoes. If you're into fashion or art, these are a must have for you. These shoes are mostly worn by earth loving kind people.
I have been a long time Blackberry user, and although I've switched to Android for a while, the Q10 has brought me back. I've used this phone for several months, and have been pleased. It's nice to have a phone with a swivel holster on my belt that doesn't look like a large tablet. I can easily put this in a holster and cover it with my t-shirt and nobody knows I have my phone. Having a holster is important to me because I hate putting my phone in one of my pockets. I don't need a huge phone, so the size on this is perfect for me.
The next best part is the keyboard. I'm terrible at typing on touchscreen keyboards, so this keyboard makes my typing much faster and accurate.
Switching to the new OS 10 and trackpad removals were two very big changes. I have mixed feelings about OS10. I don't like that it follows the typical Android/Apple feel, and there's nothing you can do to customized it. The best part of my BOLD was that I could use theme studio and create my phone the way I wanted. I always had my next four calendar events on my home screen, reminding me every time that I look at my phone what I have coming up in my life.
Minus customization, OS 10 is awesome. It's great that you can sideload .apk (android) files. Not every android app will work perfectly on the phone, it's nice to at least have some of their apps on your BB.
Overall, this phone is just as great as every other BB. It's nice to have a browser that can actually view modern websites, and GPS apps that work. I would suggest this phone to anyone
I've put in over 100 hours of this game online, and it is quite fun.
In Payday, you get to play as the bad guy. You are assigned a random character for each game, but they have the stats that you always choose. As you play, you gain experience and level up, receiving points. You can use these points to update different attributes in 4 different classes, depending on what you want your character to do. You can build out all one tech tree, or you can become more balanced and take a little from each tech tree. You can make your character stealthy or a brute, it's all up to you. There are also a large amount of weapons and armor, giving you a large amount of customization. Weapons themselves can be changed with multiple add-ons, changing stats and magazine sizes.
There are many different missions that highlight different strategies. There are some missions that focus on stealth, and some that focus on raw power. On the main multiplayer screen, you choose which mission you want to start and join with other people. While the objectives are different, most of them have a lot in common. Usually, most missions require you to open a safe and steal something, but it's not that easy. This game does require teamwork, so playing with others online makes it awesome
This game is good if you're looking for something quick to play. Some missions only last a few minutes, so you can pick it up, play a round, and get on with your day. This game is worth giving it a try.
Mario Party 5 was the 2nd game on the gamecube of the series, and I believe was a good improvement from MP4. This game is pretty similar to the rest of the Mario Party series in overall gameplay and style.
Instead of being hosted by Mario characters, it is hosted by a group of stars with different names. There is a star for party mode, single player mode, super duel mode, bonus mode, and mini-game mode.
Super Duel Mode is new to the mario party series. In this mode, you build a tank from parts you buy in a store with stars you've earned during gameplay. You can battle the CPU, or another human player in this mode. This doesn't have any significance, but it's fun!
Bonus mode is also a lot of fun. There are 3 games, card, hockey, and volleyball. Again, these are just games to play that have nothing to do with anything
One change in MP5 was the addition and removal of some playable characters. They removed DK, but added Toad, and mini-bowser. DK still plays a role in the game since he was upgraded to his own space on the board. If you land on one of the DK spaces, you play either a single or multiplayer mini game where you win an amount of coins, or even a star!
This is also the first of the mario party series that did away with the items, and replaced them with capsules. In Mario Party 5, you pass a spot that looks like a large gumball machine, and it spits out a "capsule" There are many different capsules, and each does its own specific job. While the capsules are free, you have to pay to use them on yourself, or throw them either 10 spaces in front or behind you on the map for free.
Another great feature of this game is the length of gameplay for a party mode. The minimum amount of turns is 10, and the maximum is 50. This allows you to play a really quick game when you're pressed for time, or a long game when you have nothing else to do. The boards are traditional to the other mario parties where you acquire the star for 20 coins, and it moves to a different spot after a player purchases it.
There is no "boo" space, since he is actually a playable character now. There is a chain chomp orb that will still stars/coins for you (you have to pay to use it, plus the fee to steal).
After the game, it's still the same 3 bonus stars (if you played with bonus stars on). However, this Mario party wanted to get more fancy in its detailed results and provide line graphs of coins and stars. You can see how you went up and down in coins/stars throughout the game. While this is pretty much useless, people who love statistics (like myself), really liked to analyze the charts.
Overall, Mario Party 5 was another great hit in the series. This is a must play for anyone continuing the series, as well as new players alike.
I downloaded this game for free while it was on the Xbox live games for gold feature, and I'm kind of glad I did. While this game isn't the most fun I've ever played, it at least keeps me busy. There is a lot to do in this game, and you won't beat in in a single sitting.
There are a few different modes in this game. One is the Terror Is Reality mode. In this mode, you play online with 3 other xbox live members. This is like American Gladiators. You compete in three events, and then there is a time delay for the final event. There is a group of events that the system randomly chooses from, so each round of TIR is different. The best part about this is that the money you earn can be used in the single player game. This allows you to buy items, zombrex, and other things you need in the game.
The point of this game is to prove that the main character, Chuck, is innocent from any wrongdoing of the game. The plot is laid out well through the game, and easy to follow along with.
As you go along with the plot, you also discover side quests through your radio. Completing these quests will give you more experience points and make your character strong, and be able to hold more items.
This game is pretty fun. This game has a lot of replay value, and is worth the purchase
Even though Mario Party 4 was the first of the series to hit the Gamecube, it still kept the feel of the Nintendo 64 gameplay. While it may have had better graphics and sound, the feel was pretty much very similar.
When starting, there are different modes you can choose from. The modes on the menu are party, story, mini-game, and extra.
The story mode is for solo one-player mode. In this mode, you beat each board to acquire a present. You have to beat all of the boards to get to the bowser board.
Party mode is where you get to play for fun. You can pick the board, characters, and the amount of turns you want. The great thing about this MP is that you can pick the turns in intervals of 5, starting from 10-50. This is new, as all the Nintendo 64 Mario Parties had either 20, 35, or 50 turn games. While 10 is very short and not very fun, it at least allows you to play a very quick game. Personally, I was happy with 25, as I feel that is a perfect amount of turns.
The maps in this game are very similar to the first 3 Mario Parties. You move along a loop, and when you acquire a star, it moves to a different location.
A great addition to this game was the integration of teams. When you setup the game, you can actually pick 2v2 instead of all 4 against each other. This means that there will never be 1v3 games, because mini games are played as a team. When the game is over, the stars are counted between the two characters on the team, and that's how the victory is decided. I loved this idea because when my friends and I used to play the N64 Mario Parties, we would form "unofficial alliances" and pretty much play as teams. If one us one, it would be a victory for us both. Now that the system actually recognizes it, I find it awesome.
A new space was added in Mario party 4, called the mushroom space. When you land on it, you either acquire a large or mini mushroom. Large mushrooms make you big to crush other player and take 10 of their coins, while mini-mushrooms allow you to sneak into small places and play mini-events on the board.
Another new feature is the lottery ticket. When you pass a lottery space, you pay 5 coins to participate. If you do, you get a lottery ticket with 3 character faces on it. This is used when the last 5 turns come into play. A wheel is spun to pick 3 characters, and if it matches your ticket, you win! I'm not even sure what you win because the odds are against you, but I believe it is a star.
I don't like that this game removed any item spaces on the board. The only way you can get items is to buy them. Also, they removed the aspect of the bank.
Overall, this was a fun Mario Party. It kept a lot of the traditions of the previous Mario Parties, while still enhancing the game. I would suggest playing this game.
I have owned my LG optimus G for several months, and I am very happy with my purchase. I upgraded from a very junky android phone, and glad I made the switch.
The phone is very big at 4.7". It has an 1.5 ghz processor with 2gb of ram and 4G LTE compatibility. Although the phone does not have any SD memory card slots, the large 16gb internal hard drive is pretty much all you need. I have downloaded a tun of apps, and still have plenty of space for music, movies, and pictures.
The call quality of this phone is also excellent. I have made many calls, and I was able to hear the other party, and they were able to hear me with clarity.
Battery life on this phone is excellent. Even after surfing the web and checking email, i am able to get through the day with a single charge of the battery.
Overall, this is a top of the line phone that will be around in the market for a long time. Great size, weight, battery life, and speed, really make this an overall amazing phone.