Clean Bottle – And Why You Want One (or Two)

2012/01/22 at 2:30 pm | Posted in Product Review | Comments Off on Clean Bottle – And Why You Want One (or Two)
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267651871f417586144cf20dabc10be5fe1ed81d_wmegI first heard of Clean Bottles about a year ago when Active Schwaggle was offering two of them for the amazingly low price of $10, which was pretty much buy one, get one free since they normally run $10 each.

For whatever reason, I didn’t take advantage of it and the offer was gone the next day. But the idea still intrigued me – and I still wanted one.

The next day I rushed out to Performance Bike and bought the one you see in the picture above. And after a ride down the San Gabriel River Trail to the beach, it’s anything but clean (on the outside, at least).

So what makes them different? Clean Bottles are unique in that they solve the issue many of us deal with: mold or other gunk collecting at the bottom of our water bottles no matter how many times we wash them. Sometimes the rest of that stupid [insert brand of preferred sports drink here] just won’t come out, you know? To combat this, Clean Bottles open at both ends which makes them much easier to clean and pretty much ensures that you will never have to deal with a moldy bottle ever again.

This was the epiphany that Dave, creator of Clean Bottle, had when he came up with the idea. And what an idea it was.

After a few trial runs, I was sold. I loved my first Clean Bottle so much that I went out a week later and bought another one, and I never go on my rides (or runs, for that matter) without them. But after only a few uses, the most recently purchased bottle started to leak like mad.

I reached out to Dave via Clean Bottle’s Facebook page and explained my situation. He got back to me right away and suggested that the washer may be wonky. He asked where the leak was and said he’d send me a replacement washer right away.

Within a few days the washer was in my mailbox. Excited, I popped the new washer in and filled it with water.

It still leaked. A bit disappointed, I once again contacted Dave and explained what happened.

Within a week, a brand-spanking-new Clean Bottle was stuffed in my mailbox. I’ve used it many a time without one single leak occurring so I take it my leaky bottle was just a fluke. Needless to say, I was absolutely floored to get such outstanding customer service in both cases that Clean Bottle has made a customer for life out of me.

And to think that this was well before Dave’s appearance on ABC’s Shark Tank which aired last Friday. (You can see the full episode here; Dave’s pitch is the first one.)

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I won’t go into details about the episode but it’s definitely worth a watch. In fact, this was the first time I watched network TV in a long time since I pretty much don’t do it anymore (watch TV in general, that is). In the episode, you will see how Dave marketed his product at the Tour de France, which former NBA great was in the Bottle Boy costume on the show, and who was willing to give Dave the $65k he was seeking.

All I can say is that Clean Bottle has had one heck of a great thing going on even before the Shark Tank episode. And with two recently introduced products, there’s no place to go but up. Those two new items are definitely on my Wish List.

If this isn’t enough to convince you to run out and buy one (or two) then I don’t know what is. An innovative product line coupled with amazing customer service truly is a win-win. What’s more, Clean Bottle also donates 10% of their profits to eco-friendly charities.

So congrats to Dave and all at Clean Bottle for their successes and all of the new customers they gained after last Friday’s episode. They won’t be disappointed with their products.

I think I’ve said enough. Go and buy yours now!

Limited Time: Free FinishSafe Finish Tags

2011/04/15 at 10:14 pm | Posted in Exercise, Health, Product Review, weight loss, weight loss blog | Comments Off on Limited Time: Free FinishSafe Finish Tags
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NOTE: FinishSafe has apparently been dissolved. A quick search about “what happened to finish safe” returned this result in which those who ordered their tags were disappointed to learn that their information could no longer be accessed, the domain has expired and website no longer works, their Facebook page deleted, etc. It’s also a bit disconcerting knowing that thousands of people gave them their personal information and now have had the rug pulled out from underneath them — not to mention having their personal information in the hands of a company that is free to do with is as they now please.

Therefore, all information on registering for your own tags has been obscured in this post as it is no longer relevant.

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A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog post about my Road ID, my Christmas present from last year. I even included some $1 off coupon codes in case anybody was compelled to order one.

Today on Facebook, however, I came across something that is similar to the Road ID product but is sans the stylish band.

They are called FinishSafe Finish Tags and are designed to conveniently attach to your person so that, much like Road ID, you no longer have to worry about carrying your wallet or legal ID while you are out running, cycling, or participating in any kind of activity.

What makes this product different is that all of the information your provide is stored online and should you ever need medical attention, it is easily accessed by emergency personnel. By either calling an 800 number, texting, or entering your LifePin on the FinishSafe Web site, they will see everything they need to get you immediate and proper medical attention.

The cost to store and update your information online is free. By comparison, Road ID is free for the first year and then charges $9.99 every year thereafter for their Interactive service.

Perhaps the best thing of all is that, until April 30, 2011, you can get your very own set of FinishSafe Finish Tags for absolutely free (a $9 value). The offer is limited to the first million people who sign up before April 30th so if you want to get in on this deal, I’d suggest you do it now.

More pictures and information is on their Facebook page and should you order one after reading about it here, Like them and mention you saw it on 200by40.com so we can both benefit from the exposure we both so truly deserve 🙂

Free is always good so what are you waiting for? Those things won’t order themselves. Get busy!

Endomondo App for Android

2011/03/29 at 10:38 pm | Posted in Product Review | Comments Off on Endomondo App for Android
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Since I first got my iPod touch, I was a fool for the Nike + app. Heck,if not for that, I would have never won that nifty iPod nano!

Then, for whatever reason, I just stopped using it. Maybe it’s because I stopped running in general since doing the treadmill thing night after night got quite boring (and I wasn’t quite ready to jog outside just yet).

Flash-forward to September 2010 and the release of the Nike + GPS app which did everything the original app did plus tracked your runs, let your Facebook friends cheer for you, etc. It was definitely a cool idea that did get me back on the treadmill but in order to get full use from the app, owning an iPhone was almost a requirement.

I don’t do iPhones. Too expensive.

So now we go to February 2011 when I bought my first smartphone, Virgin Mobile’s LG Optimus V which is downright incredible for the price (original MSRP of $149.99) and service ($25/month for 300 minutes and unlimited everything). I immediately downloaded the MyFitnessPal app since I knew it was going to be used most often and since I was now connected all the time, I could sync all of my data anywhere (unlike my iPod, where I have to be near a wi-fi connection).

I also started to search the Android Marketplace for more ideal fitness apps and while most were just okay, I came across one that looked interesting so I thought I’d give a shot: Endomondo Sports Tracker.

Despite it’s silly name, Endomondo is has become my new and most favorite fitness app. It’s basically like the Nike + GPS app but for Android devices and offers a wealth of cool features such as distance, average moving speed, average overall speed, and perhaps the most interesting (and maybe alarming if you like your privacy), live GPS tracking. Provided you want to, it will also post a link to your live progress on your Facebook Wall or Twitter account.

Whenever you track an activity, it is posted on the site and on your calendar with the appropriate icon. You can choose to keep your calendar private, public, or only visible to friends:

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The gaps between workouts can be attributed to the unseasonably wet Spring we here in Southern California have been having. They put a damper on my activities which is why I’m now getting back into working out.

To give you an idea of what it does, here’s a screengrab of my run from tonight (click to enlarge):

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As you can see, it’s pretty thorough.The numbers you see on the track are mile markers and while not visible on this picture, it will also tell you your quickest and slowest lap on your device (represented by a turtle and rabbit icons…how cute…!).

Perhaps the best thing is that Endomondo isn’t limited to just running or walking. Here’s a screengrab of my test of the app which I did while riding my bike:

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As indicated on the Notes, I never reached the Max Speed of 35.1 MPH (see the Speed Graph) so that’s a sign that while neat and all, it’s not entirely without its faults. In fact, I had to re-start my run tonight after I realized that the clock was ticking but no distance or calories were being recorded.

However, even with its few faults, I’ve come to really dig Endomondo and use it for every run, walk, or bike ride I do.

Both the basic app and joining the online community are free. There is a Pro version of Endomondo but it doesn’t offer many more features than the free version so if you want to give it a shot, stick with the free one.

Well, these last few posts have been a little out of the ordinary for this blog but I figured I’d shake things up a bit for everybody, and hopefully give you guys some insight on products you might want to try out.

Stay motivated, everybody Smile

The RoadID Bracelet

2011/03/28 at 10:44 pm | Posted in Exercise, Product Review | Comments Off on The RoadID Bracelet
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Now that I consider myself more athletic than I ever have been in the past, I’ve been looking into handy products aimed at those who make exercising a daily part of their lives.

One of the more interesting and helpful ones I came across is RoadID. This bracelet – the Sport model is shown here – serves many purposes. (And yes, I realize “surgeries” is misspelled!)

First and foremost, it is just as its name implies: an ID bracelet that, should you become incapacitated during a strenuous activity like running or cycling, gives EMTs the vital information they need at a glance. RoadID gives you 5 lines of text to work with and as you are filling them in, even offers you suggestions as to what is useful information (name, year of birth, city, emergency contact) and what isn’t (ZIP code, driver’s license number).

The information you input is then is laser-etched onto a small plate that can be replaced at an additional charge should any of it change, you lose the original plate, if it becomes scratched, etc. The plate is then affixed to the model of your choice which, in the case of the Sport model, is held in place by an elastic band.

Secondly, wearing a RoadID frees you of the hassle of having to carry any other form of ID that might slip out of your pocket while you are out and about which is extremely useful.

Third, aren’t they just amazingly cool to look at? I love mine and wear it all the time even when I’m not out and about jogging, walking or cycling because you just never know what can happen. But if the Sport model isn’t your cup of tea, there are other styles available to you. In fact, here’s mine:

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As you can see, my RoadID is slightly different than the example at the top of the page. That’s because I opted for the Interactive model which offers all of the same benefits of the regular models and more.

Should I ever need to use it, EMTs can call the number or visit the Web site on the ID, enter the serial number and PIN on the back of the ID, and get more information than can be crammed on the small plate such as allergies to medications, surgeries, etc. The information on the Interactive models can be updated as needed. The great thing is that if you opt for the Interactive model, the service is free for the first year and then $9.99/year after that. Not a bad deal.

I ordered mine back in December and as you can see, it seems to be holding up well with daily wear. My son, testing for his orange belt in Tae Kwon Do in a few days, has expressed an interest in getting once since I got mine so I ordered one for his birthday. As motivation for everything he loves, his is inscribed with the phrase “NEVER TRY – ONLY SUCCEED”.

If you are interested, use the code ThanksDavid4941548 at checkout to get $1 off your order. No, it’s not a lot a huge savings but for something that could potentially save your life, price shouldn’t be much of a consideration. And should you order one, read the e-mails you get from them afterward. They are fantastic.

Note that the coupon code is limited to the first 20 orders over the next 30 days so hop to it.

Okay, so it seems I’m back Smile I will have another cool product review or sorts tomorrow that, unlike RoadID, is completely free. Well, for the basic version at least. Either way, come back tomorrow to see what I have for you. I promise you that it will be worth it.

I will also have an update on how things have been for me as well as a few other items of interest. See you then!

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