Thursday, June 18, 2009

Missy Giove busted wtih 400lbs of pot (lol)

Well, looks like our old spikey haired friend Missy Giove got herself in a little hot water with the authorities (about 400lbs worth of trouble to be precise). Here is the AP story:

Ex-mountain bike champ Giove hit with drug charge

WILTON, N.Y. (AP) — Former mountain biking world champion Melissa "Missy" Giove was in custody Thursday on federal drug charges after authorities said they seized more than 200 pounds of marijuana from a truck she was driving in upstate New York.

U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration officials said Wednesday that the 37-year-old Giove, of Chesapeake, Va., and 30-year-old Eric Canori of Wilton were charged Tuesday with conspiring to possess and distribute more than 100 kilograms of marijuana.

Authorities said they seized nearly 400 pounds of pot from the truck and from Canori's home outside Saratoga Springs, 25 miles north of Albany.

Giove and Canori were in the custody of U.S. Marshals pending detention hearings Thursday afternoon in Albany.

DEA spokeswoman Erin Mulvey said authorities learned of Giove and Canori's plans last weekend when Illinois State Police pulled over a woman driving a truck and trailer loaded with about 220 pounds of marijuana. Authorities completed the delivery to the Albany area, where Mulvey said Giove picked up the vehicle and trailer.

Officials said Giove then drove north and followed Canori to his home, where some of the trailer's contents were unloaded.

Giove was later arrested at nearby Saratoga Lake, authorities said. A search of Canori's home turned up more than 150 pounds of pot and more than $1 million in cash stashed in a closet and the basement, the DEA said.

It couldn't be immediately determined Thursday morning if Giove and Canori had lawyers.

Giove, nicknamed "The Missile" for her aggressive riding style, was the downhill world champion in 1994 and won World Cup season titles in '97 and '98, then captured national titles from 1999-2001. One of the sport's first mainstream female stars, she retired from downhill racing in 2003.

Friday, June 5, 2009

For all of you who...

...who are absolutely blown away by Shimano's new electronic shifting system, let's take a minute to remember Suntour Accushift Plus (circa 1989). From the Suntour Museum -

AccuShift Plus ramped cogs and Power Ring chain wheels improved shifting performance. Suntour X-Press under bar, two lever shifters. Multi Mount control systems allow the shifters to be mounted inboard or outboard of the brake lever. Licensed the Beast front shifting system from Browning. The chain was shifted by hinged gates instead of a front derailleur. Delivery was 18 months late and very few bikes actually used the system. Below are some pictures of the system installed on nickel plated Team Marin frame. It is functional but seems to have a mind of its own some time. Click on the pictures to enlarge.

This is the control box. The signal from the shifter moves the "railroad switch" to engage the tab that hinges the chain ring assembly.

Picture of the hinged chain ring section. You can see the switching tab right below the crank arm.

Pretty simple stuff. "H" for a higher gear and "L" for a lower gear.