Dear Heloise: I’m the proud new owner of a URAL PATROL SIDECAR RIG. I know you have had a Ural motorcycle for some time, and I wanted to know if you had any hints for me. -- Jerri in Holiday Island, Ark.

Love the bike, and it’s really fun (and safer than a two-wheel) to ride through the Texas Hill Country. I do have a few hints for you:

* Use rubbing alcohol and a microfiber cloth to shine any chrome on the motorcycle.

* Travel with a small, plastic spray bottle of half vinegar and half water. Use a microfiber cloth and the solution to freshen the inside of your helmet.

* Use the same vinegar solution to clean mirrors.

* After taking off your boots, sprinkle baking soda in them and/or stuff them with newspaper to keep odor down.

* If your hands get dry while riding, slather them with lotion and put on cotton gloves.

Keep the wheels on the ground! -- Heloise

P.S.: The best Heloise motorcycle hint: Wear a helmet! I always have, and I’ve had my motorcycle license since 1974! Visit my Web site, www.Heloise.com, and watch the videos of me riding in Texas!

SEND A GREAT HINT TO:

Heloise

P.O. Box 795000

San Antonio, TX 78279-5000

Fax: 1-210-HELOISE

E-mail: Heloise@Heloise.com

TRAVEL HINT

Dear Heloise: My phone has a feature where I can write myself notes. While on vacation, I keep track of what I did, saw and took pictures of. When I get home, I go over the notes and type up a description of each day. Then when I scrapbook the trip, I place the description on the page with the corresponding pictures. Years later, it is a great reminder. -- Nita in Texas

SHOE SOLES

Dear Heloise: My son’s baby shoes held so many memories for me. I took the shoes, a long piece of white paper (butcher paper works well -- Heloise) and some water-based paint. I coated the bottom of the shoes in paint and made a print of them. I started with the smallest pair and worked my way up. Under each print, I labeled his age. When it dried, I framed it. -- Mandi in Mississippi

HAND WATERING

Dear Heloise: Due to water restrictions in my area, I have to hand-water my lawn instead of using a sprinkler. Because of a previous injury, I have a hard time standing for long periods of time. I take a fold-up, lightweight chair with me outside when I water. I sit in the chair and water a section of my lawn. When done, I simply move my chair to the next section and continue. -- Evelyn in Texas

TRASH-CAN LINERS

Dear Heloise: I use plastic grocery bags as trash-can liners in my bathrooms. To save time (and storage space), I put several bags on the trash can at the same time. When it needs to be taken out, I just pull off the top bag, and there is already a new one in place. -- Melissa in Georgia

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