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2011 Mitsubishi Lancer: What to Expect

If you are starting to get bored with economy sedans, the 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer developed by Mitsubishi Motors Corp. is an ideal alternative. This vehicle is a compact sedan which can be available in ES, GTS, and Ralliart trim levels. The 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer is equipped with a 2.0-liter engine. You can enjoy the standard features of the car including front seat side airbags, a driver knee airbag, and full length head curtain airbags. The 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer allows improved handling and responsiveness particularly in difficult car driving situations. While the chiselled exterior of the 201 Mitsubishi Lancer lends the air of aggression, the manufacturing materials used and its interior design tend to negatively modify the overall appeal of the vehicle.

One of the advantages of the 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer is its seats that fold flat allowing bulky items to be accommodated. The lively performance and sharp exterior styling of the 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer can elevate the driver’s heart rate and can generally enhance his mood. Stability control and anti-lock brakes are standard features of the vehicle. The Lancer has obtained a five-star rating in the government crash testing in terms of its front seat side crash protection and driver frontal crash protection. Manual transmission in the 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer provides almost identical fuel efficiency. Addition of brake regeneration and electric-assist power steering contributes in increasing fuel economy. However, downsides may occur in a sense that if the 2.0 litre engine will be combined with continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) may lead to anaemic acceleration.


2011 US Open Underway

It’s the last grand slam for the year, and all the tennis stars (save for a few names) are in Flushing Meadows in New York to battle it out and win the crown. The usual pre-tournament predictions are already out, and most of the commentators and observers are pointing to a win by Serena Williams. They all love the comeback story of Williams who was sidelined for many months and now has returned to form and competition. On the men’s side, also the overwhelming favorite is Serbian Novak Djokovic who is having an incredible season and has won the Australian Open and Wimbledon this year. He also won a number of Masters Shield this year at the expense of former world number one, Rafael Nadal.

It’s a tough field right now, and it will not be easy for Williams and Djokovic to win the crown.  Rafael Nadal will not allow Djokovic to have an easy time in winning his 3rd grand slam of the year, and of course there’s Roger Federer who has his own streak to preserve heading to the US Open. On the women’s side, again I am pinning my hopes on Maria Sharapova who is having her own ‘mini’ comeback story but not as compelling as that of Williams. Let the games begin, and thanks to Star Sports for showing some of the matches!

2011 Mitsubishi Lancer: I Like

If you are looking for better control and power when city driving, then the 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer is the perfect fit. And with top control and entertainment features on-board courtesy of the new Fuse system and the Rockford Fosgate audio system, a long trip is no longer boring with this latest reincarnation of the old favorite Lancer.

Consumers can choose from among the four basic trims, the DE, ES, GTS and Ralliart and comes in AWD and FWD and each of these trims offer a different set of features to match varying needs and preferences. The Lancer DE is the base trim and the cheapest among the four trims but don’t think that Mitsubishi scrimped on the features of this sedan. This comes with 16-inch steel wheels, tilt-only steering wheel, the usual power accessories and the 4-speaker CD and MP3 stereo. The 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer ES on the other hand packs almost the same features compared with what’s inside the DE. This trim simply adds air conditioning, keyless entry, improved interior thanks to upgraded upholstery, center arm rest, cruise control, controls on the steering wheel and also an auxiliary audio jack for the driver’s stereo. Powering the DE and the ES trims is the advanced DOHC MIVEC 16-valve engine made from aluminum and provides 152 horsepower at 6000 rpm. This engine ensures better fuel economy with reduced emissions, without the drive worrying about a sacrificed sporty performance. In fact the engines of the 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer DE and ES distributed in California are certified as Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle. Power is directed on the DE trim using the 5-speed manual transmission, and the ES is directed by either the 5-speed manual or the higher end continuously variable transmission or CVT with INVEC-III.

The 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS trim takes power a step up. This one comes with the 2.4L 4-cylinder engine that racks up an additional 200 bhp over the ES and DE trims. As standard consumers can also expect the 5-speed manual gearbox and the CVT with INVEC III and backed by the Sportronic technology that can allow shifting using the magnesium steering wheel paddle. This also comes in automatic transmission. When it comes to features, be ready to welcome the 18-inch alloys, sports-tuned suspension system, keyless entry, Fuse system, satellite radio and a few more amenities that make life on the road convenient. Want sophistication and heightened excitement when it comes to driving the 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer? If yes, then the 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart should be considered. With its dynamic and turbocharged engine, this is perhaps your smartest choice when it comes to sedan shopping. Largely influenced by the 2011 Mitsubishi Lancers Evolution (which should be separately reviewed from the Lancer 2011), this sporty sedan delivers 237 horses at 6000 rpm. Powering the four wheels are the All-Wheel Control (AWC) system and the Twin-Clutch Sportronic Shift Transmission. Thanks to this Mitsubishi initiative, you’ll have a fun time enjoying manual transmission without using the clutch pedal!

Color-wise, you can find five available options starting with rally red metallic, or dark red to classic black. Lovers of light-colored sedans will also like the options available for the 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer. One can choose from the white 2011 Mitsubishi Lancers or the 2011 Mitsubishi Lancers that come in gray colors. and though the interior looks don’t do match justice to the ‘muscle and brawn’ delivered by the exterior design and accessories of the 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer, still there are some bright spots in the Lancer interior like the addition of 710-watt Rockford Fosgate as a premium sound system and the Bluetooth 2.0 Hands Free Phone (for GTS). Exterior looks and sporty performance aside, the 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer is known for its safety.

The Many Variants and Uses of Toyota Hi-Lux

The Toyota Hilux series is consists of compact pickup trucks which are manufactured and marketed by Toyota Motor Corp. The name Hilux, which is widely used in most countries, has been changed in 1976 in favor of the names compact truck, truck, and pickup truck. The camper version of Toyota Hilux was renamed as the 4Runner in North America and Australia and as the Toyota Hilux Surf in Japan.

Toyota Hilux exceeds some of the tough safety standards of Toyota with regular maintenance. The vehicle features cruise control, air conditioning standard, front pre-tensioning seatbelts, and a Global Outstanding Assessment (GOA) body. Toyota Hilux is designed to provide both comfort and safety to passengers. It has gained a reputation for its exceptional reliability and sturdiness and is often referred to as the indestructible truck. Swedish automobile magazine Teknikens Värld had conducted an evasive maneuver test for the Toyota Hilux in October 2007 which revealed the deficient maneuverability of Hilux pickup truck in turning at moderate speed. The New Zealand Army and the United States Special Forces use Toyota Hilux as one of their improvised fighting vehicles for their troops in Afghanistan and especially in the Third World conflicts. The Toyota War between Chad and Libya has been widely known because the Chad Army used the Toyota Hilux as their Light cavalry vehicles. Moreover, 37 customized Hiluxes are reportedly being used by China’s People Liberation Army and they are also used in wars in Iraq as Improvised Explosive Devices (IED). Furthermore, the Toyota Hilux was utilized in the special episode of the television program “Top Gear” in which James May and Jeremy Clarkson raced using a customized Hilux 2005 model heading to the magnetic north pole. In addition, the fourth generation of Toyota Hilux was also the vehicle mode used for Transformers Autobots Trailbreaker and Hoist.

Sharapova Takes Cincy Title; Djokovic Retires Against Murray

A whiff of fresh and good news this morning- Maria Sharapova earned her second title this year with a win over Jelena Jankovic in the finals of the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati. This tournament took a hit due to a number of reported injuries and pull-outs including Serena and Venus Williams, Kim Clijsters and Viktoria Azarenka. Number 1 Caroline Wozniaki was knocked out in the first round, making this Cincy event wide open. Sharapova took advantage of this, and took out the competition. Sharapova defeated Vera in the semi-finals, and outlasted Jankovic in an error-prone match. This is the second title for Sharapova, having won a clay event in Rome and this puts her in a good position for the US Open.

On the men’s side, fatigue caught up with Djokovic as he retired against Andy Murray. Finally, a title for Murray who is suffering from a so-so season.

Mountain Biking Accessories: On Mountain Biking Gloves

In mountain biking, aside from the mountain bike you also need to be equipped with the right accessories. Some mountain bikers will have specialized needs and preferences when it comes to mountain biking accessories, and some will work with the most basic accessories. Listed below are some of the basic accessories that one should know and who is interested to get into mountain biking. Feel free to add one, if there are other accessories that are must-haves when mountain biking. Mountain biking gloves are top options for accessories. These are important accessories that can help protect the rider from accidents. Most of the gloves that are available in the market are lightweight and breathable. Now there are different kinds of mountain biking gloves that are available in the market, including the full-finger bike gloves, half finger bike gloves, and mountain bike gloves for downhill and free-ride, bike gloves with extra padding, bike gloves for dirt jumping and there are mountain bike gloves for winter riding. The options are many, and often your choice of these accessories will depend on personal preferences and the kinds of activities that you like.
Guide to looking for the correct mountain biking gloves

And when shopping for mountain bike gloves, keep in mind that the size matters as well. There are guidelines to know when searching for the correct glove size. If you are looking for one, just keep your hands flat, measure in inches the circumference around the palm at the widest point just below the knuckles not including the thumb. When doing this, use the dominant hand. You need to measure starting from the tip of the middle finger to the base of your hand. Next step is to take the larger of the two measurements in order to correct the right size. There’s a table that should be considered, and when you are in between sizes, make sure that you get the larger size.

X-Small Small Medium Large X-Large
Width in inches 6-7 7-8 8-9 9-10 10-11
Width in cm 15-18 18-20 20-23 23-25.5 25.5-28

Getting Ready for Mountain Biking

Enjoying in Papuk riding bike

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With my intent to go buy a mountain bike as a form of investment, what I really want to get into is to try mountain biking and discover the outdoors. I need to have a sport in order to keep fit and healthy since my job as a freelance content writer wherein I just sit all day can be quite difficult, at least health-wise.

I read and heard so many things about mountain bike and mountain biking, and I guess I am ready to get into the sport. For starters, I’ll just be just a starter, discovering easy trails but in the long run I’ll try to join groups who are into mountain biking as well. I did a little research and found out that mountain biking can be categorized as cross country, trail riding, all mountain, downhill free-ride, street riding, dirt jumping and trials. Most are into recreational biking and that’s what I want to be in a few weeks from now. My target is within 6 weeks I should buy my own mountain bike. Mountain biking as a sport is not easy; you’ll need to have a high level of fitness, core strength and balance and of course bike handling skills. As I count on the days, I think I am getting excited with my next mountain bike and mountain biking!

Mountain biking can be considered as a lifestyle as well. Every mountain biker should know how to handle himself in tough situations, for example learning how to repair broken tires or flat tires in order to avoid being stranded. Every serious mountain biker should have a bag with the essential tools and equipments, and some food items including water. On my next post, I’ll try to get into the mountain bike itself and the many accessories that are considered as must-haves.

Next Project: Mountain Bike

Me Mountain Biking

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This is what I want next- a mountain bike. I’m not an active or the sporty type, but I really want to get a mountain bike for myself. I was thinking of an investment, and deciding with a scooter or a mountain bike. But I decided on the mountain bike, at least this is one cost-effective way of discovering the outdoors and at the same time keeping healthy and in-shape. Plus, I get to distance myself from accidents. I don’t know if there are already stats, but there are just too many accidents involving scooters and motorcycles. I even overheard someone saying that if you hold a grudge against someone, let him buy and drive a motorcycle. That’s how dangerous this two-wheel machine is.

A mountain bike or a MTB or ATB (which stands for all-terrain bicycle) is actual a bike that’s created for off-road cycling. This means this isn’t just intended for city cycling, rather this can be used as well in discovering the outdoors, and even elevated terrains. This is also primed for the unpaved roads and dirt trails. For this reason, the mountain bike should be made tough. Most of the time, these bikes will feature wheels with rims 559mm in ISO sizing or 26-inch wheels. Different mountain bikes feature different designs, and there are even categories of these bikes that can be used for different activities.

Happy Birthday, Roger Federer!

Posing for photos

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I may not be a big fan of Roger Federer, but I say Happy Birthday to the world’s greatest tennis player of today. Without Roger Federer, the dominance and the achievements of my personal favorite may not be as compelling as it is right now. When I started watching and following tennis, it was the time of Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi. And what followed is the dominance of Federer, and prevented other upstarts like Hewitt, Safin and Roddick from achieving their own dream of dominance. The record number of grand slam owned by Federer is still standing and will stand for many more years. The Swiss ‘maestro’ as he is called has collected 16 grand slams, 5 clear of the next record by an active player, Rafael Nadal. Other noteworthy achievements of this player include 285 weeks at number 1, 67 titles under his belt and $63,653,278.00 in prize money.

Federer is still active and currently ranked at Number 3 and the titles no longer come consistently but make no mistake about it. This is still Federer, and at 30 he still competes at a very high level even better than 99 percent of the guys in the circuit. To Roger Federer, happy birthday and you may have many more titles to win!

Another Tropical Depression, Another Inconvenience

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Another morning in Bicol region, and another tropical depression. This is so frustrating but we can’t do anything, this region is on the path of tropical typhoons and depressions. Right now, majority of the streets in our place is flooded and our house will be flooded as well.

That’s life in the Bicol Region and we are always at the mercy of these natural calamities. And because of the rains and winds reaching 55 kph, internet is painfully slow and power gets cut from time to time. This is not helping some of the businesses here, and it’s not helping my business as well. So it’s not surprising that no big BPOs dare to set office here.

Based on the latest forecast, tropical storm Juaning is roughly 100 kilometers east of Virac, Catanduanes and moving north west. I just hope that the storm leaves immediately, it’s not helping and this is dangerous to many families here.