Mastering The Pool Tables: How to Play Pool

April 19, 2014
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You’ve probably seen a crowd of people have loads of fun at a pool table and have thought to yourself, “That looks like fun, I wish I could join in.” The only problem is you don’t know how to play. Pool tables Toronto can be slightly intimidating but the game of pool is really quite easy to learn.

Before learning the rules, you need to get to know the equipment you’ll be working with. Pool tables generally consist of 9 holes or pockets at the corners and sides of the table. There are a total of 16 balls (17 including the cue ball) but the number of balls used in a single game depends\ on the type of game being played. For instance, in a game of 9-ball (or 10-ball as it’s also known), only 9 balls are used (10 including the cue ball.) The game is played by using pool sticks to strike the cue ball towards the other pool balls in an effort to drop them into the various pockets. The balls are first set up using a triangle to properly arrange the balls according to the type of game being played. Most tables have dots on them to mark the spot where the balls should be placed, with the first ball lined up on the dot. Then, one of the players is chosen (by any means) to “break,” which is when the cue ball is struck from one end of the table to the set up balls on the other end with the objective of spreading the balls all around the table. More info at www.pooltablestoronto.ca

The rules of a game of pool largely depend on the type of game you’re playing. There are several different types of games but the most common is 8-ball. 8-ball involves the players choosing different types of balls for them to sink in respectively, depending on what ball they sink in first. The balls can be divided either by color (solid colors and striped colors) or by number (even and odd numbers). Once the sides have been chosen, each player must then sink in every single ball of that player’s chosen side with the exception of the 8-ball. Once every ball of a player’s side has been sunk, that player must then sink in the 8-ball to win. The first player to do so takes the game.

Pool is a wonderfully fun game to play, especially with a large group of friends to cheer you on. Now, the next time you want to join in on a game, you’ll know exactly what you’re doing. If at first you can’t get the hang of it, just remember that it takes time to develop the skill to become a great player. With a little practice, you’ll see your name in the win column in no time

Bike Hacks: Simple Solutions To Common Problems

April 2, 2014
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If you are an avid biker, you have probably spent a considerable amount of time and money customizing your bike in an attempt to make it faster, lighter, more durable, more versatile, or simply to make it look better. There are countless things you can do to your bike to make it an even better machine than it already is, and some of them will help enhance the performance of your bike immeasurably and make it more like your own. Here we present you with some bike hacks that address specific issues and make your bike the state-of-the-art machine that it should be!

Replace your pedals
Even if you have spent a lot of money on your pedals, there is a good chance that its performance can be improved. Most pedals are constructed with the spikes that grip the soles of your shoes facing forward. Although this is appropriate for mountain biking, this would present a problem in day-to-day use. In order to fix the problem, you may try bending the spikes to a more suitable position using pliers or a vice grip. Keep in mind that this will only work on pedals with metal spikes. You should also take care not to bend the spikes too much, too quickly, or too frequently so as to avoid breaking them.

Improve your gear shift
With most gearshift systems, it can be difficult to tell what gear you are in. Here is a simple fix for that using tape. All you have to do is to cover will the “incorrect” gears with tape, using one that does not leave sticky residue. This fix is especially suitable for you if you find that your handlebars tend to more around too much when you go fast, preventing you from seeing what gear you are in clearly.

Get better handlebars
While you are at it, you might want to consider changing out your handlebars as well. This is especially advisable if you experience sores frequently. When mountain biking or even just doing occasional jumps without gloves, more tape or even rubber coating material can work wonders in terms of preventing sores.