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Bike Hoist and Bike Rack

Bike HoistFirst, let me wish all the fellow Dads a Happy Father’s day! This post is an update to one of my earlier posts about a great device I found called the bike hoist. This is a great device for storing bikes year round in your garage. It is very easy to use, even our 10 year old can get her bike down. It will hold up to 50 pounds per hoist. We have 3 hoists in our garage for our 3 bikes. The bike hoist it very inexpensive, about $35. You can find them on eBay, and some of the vendors give free shipping. There are heavier hoists available that will hold up to 200 pounds for canoes or kayaks.

The other device that I purchased recently was a bike rack for my SUV. I had looked at a number of units and they were all over $200. Then I came across one on eBay for $85. Again, the vendor offered free shipping, which is a good thing as it weighs almost 25 pounds. What I liked about this rack was that it can fold down at the hitch, so you can still get into your rear hatch with all the bikes loaded. They have racks that will carry from 2 to 5 bikes. The unit I received fits into my trailer hitch. Note there are 3 types of connections. A 2″ connection, a 1 1/4″ connetion and a ball connection. Check out your hitch before ordering.Bike Rack


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Favorite sites for organization

One of the areas of interest for me is organization. There are so many tools out there that allow you to keep track of things. Some of my favorite sites to find out about these are Lifehacker and 43 folders. Both of these sites have all sorts of suggestions on making life easier. (take anything posted on April 1st with a grain of salt, as it was April Fools day).

I have an ongoing search for the perfect project tracker. At the present time I am using Microsoft’s OneNote. What it lacks in features, it makes up for in simplicity. The key thing about OneNote is that it allows me to easily make a list in outline format. This is how I think. Major bullets divided into smaller actions. The one feature that is lacking would be a way of assigning a bullet to a person and then being able to summarize a person’s list of actions. Maybe they’ll add that to Office 2007.

A newer site that is getting a lot of attention is 30 boxes. This site is a online calendar application. It uses some newer technology called Ajax to give the user a better experience on the Web. This site is on the list of Web 2.0 sites. Check back soon for my posts about Web 2.0.