Weird Science: Cville Bike Lab

first_img The Cville Bike Lab Spencer Ingram, the mad scientist of the Cville Bike Lab. Follow the rules. Used bike frames hang from the ceiling awaiting a rebuild and new owner.center_img Spencer Ingram applies axle grease to the inside of a hub while explaining cup and cone mechanics. The Lab.The Cville Bike Lab opened a couple months ago on West Main St. in Charlottesville, the chief thoroughfare between downtown and the University of Virginia, with the intent of creating a community space where cyclists of all types can gather to exchange everything from ideas to parts.Equal parts bike shop, co-op and community center, the Cville Bike Lab is more than a place to buy a bike.“We lead as a bike shop so we can have solid revenue generation to help us pursue the ideas we really want to scratch,” explains Richmond native and UVa graduate Spencer Ingram. “Part of that idea is having a space, a DIY garage, for folks to come in and work on their own bikes, but have some professional instruction, some manuals, and the opportunity without breaking the budget to pick up the tools and learn.”If the space is a lab, Ingram is its mad scientist. Ingram started the bike lab with four other partners to try and jump-start what he says is a missing – or at least a minimal – element of a very vibrant cycling scene in Charlottesville: urban riding.“[Charlottesville] has great shops. We have a spectacular racing scene; and all this with a very small population. But I feel we have an anemic urban culture and need a place for people to learn by example, both traffic safety rider skills and mechanics, and just bikes in general. This is an interaction space as oppose to purely a transaction space,” Ingram says. “It may be idealistic, but democratizing the bike shop space through individuals who are driven to bring something to bicycling in Charlottesville through this resource is our goal.”Indeed, you can feel the community aspect of the space as soon as you walk through the doors. Old bike frames hang from the ceiling, a new workbench is under construction and the main bench is littered with parts, tools and rags, all covered with a satisfying layer of use and grease. Along the walls hangs art for sale by a local painter and merchandise ranging from lights and saddles to hoodies and handmade refurbished wheel post bottle openers. A dry erase board lists prices for simple repairs as well as mechanics classes and membership information.“I want to cater our program towards commuters who have no other option but a bicycle, so lets make it a good bicycle. Let’s give them a resource for the flat tire and the maintenance,” he says.Classes include beginner and advanced mechanics classes and Traffic Skills 101 – Confident City Bicycling, all part of the broader education aspect of the project. Attending classes earns you a membership and access to the tools needed for any repair, along with advice and tips from resident mechanics, almost like a private bike repair lesson. According to Ingram, this enabling of the individual is what powers the Bike Lab and reduce the barriers to going out and riding.While we chatted, I received a tutorial on the inner workings of the front hub on my fixie, which seized up at the tail end of last fall. I had briefly taken it apart in my own garage, but as ball bearings began falling out I realized I was in over my head. A quick tutorial on cup and cone mechanics, a dismantling and replacement of the ball bearings, a little grease and I was back on the bike. Having it fixed was great, but the important part of the experience was watching Ingram work and having him explain how it all fit together. Next time, I’ll be able to fix it myself.But Ingram doesn’t just want the Lab to be a place to turn a wrench and pedal away; he wants it to be an urban bicycling community meeting space. Events hosted at the garage include indoor cycling comps, scavenger hunts, and Friday evening rides around town. Experienced city riders lead by example on Friday night rides, which when combined with safety in numbers, induces a casual learning atmosphere for safe riding habits. These events also help create a familiarity between the different subsets of riders – commuters, tri-athletes, road, mountain, bike polo players, etc. – in a “we’re all in this together” mentality.“Recognize who is riding a bike. We are not ‘others.’ We are your councilmen, business owners, sandwich makers, doctors. We are all riding,” Ingram says.While we chatted, two UVA co-eds swung by the shop and inquired about buying a used, reliable, cheap bike to ride to class. This, says Ingram, is their bread and butter: taking a trashed ten-speed and replacing the right parts to make it a solid city commuter and selling it on the cheap. After all, they do have to keep the lights on.For more information on the Cville Bike Lab, including rates and how to become a member, visit their website: www.cvillebikelab.com.last_img read more

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Kyle Kuzma scores career-high 38 to carry Lakers past league-best Rockets

first_imgPreviousLakers rookie Kyle Kuzma went toe to toe with Rockets guard James Harden on Wednesday, scoring a career-high 38 points in the Lakers’ 122-116 victory in Houston. Harden scored 51, but the Rockets lost for only the fifth time this season and had their 14-game winning streak snapped. (Photo by David Sherman, NBAE via Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers forward Corey Brewer (3) drives around Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma (0) puts up a three point shot over Houston Rockets forward Tarik Black (28) in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Lakers forward Larry Nance Jr. (7) reaches for a rebound between Houston Rockets forward Trevor Ariza (1) and guard Chris Paul (3) in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram (14) drives around Houston Rockets forward Trevor Ariza (1) in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball (2) passes over Houston Rockets forward PJ Tucker (4) in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)Houston Rockets forward Trevor Ariza (1) looks for a way around Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bogut (66) in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) backs into Los Angeles Lakers guard Josh Hart (5) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)Houston Rockets forward Tarik Black (28) gets a rebound in front of Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball (2), Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) and forward Larry Nance Jr. (7) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)Lakers rookie Kyle Kuzma went toe to toe with Rockets guard James Harden on Wednesday, scoring a career-high 38 points in the Lakers’ 122-116 victory in Houston. Harden scored 51, but the Rockets lost for only the fifth time this season and had their 14-game winning streak snapped. (Photo by David Sherman, NBAE via Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers forward Corey Brewer (3) drives around Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)NextShow Caption1 of 9Los Angeles Lakers forward Corey Brewer (3) drives around Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)ExpandHOUSTON — LeBron James was too strong, Golden State too deep. However, in the midst of the most daunting lab test from the diabolical minds behind the NBA schedule, the Lakers had managed not to humiliate themselves.But they hadn’t won. Then the scrappy group of upstarts arrived in Houston. Missing two starters and facing a Rockets team that boasted the league’s best record and had not lost since Nov. 14, the Lakers broke through.Kyle Kuzma countered a 51-point outburst by James Harden with a career-high 38 points and the Lakers – yes, the Lakers – beat the Rockets 122-116.“Our guys haven’t lost faith or work ethic in what we are doing,” Coach Luke Walton said, “even though we have been losing games.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe Lakers improved to 11-18 while Houston dropped to 25-5.With Brook Lopez sidelined for at least three weeks with a sprained ankle and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope restricted from leaving California due to a court order, Walton reshuffled his starting lineup, pairing Kuzma with veteran Andrew Bogut in the frontcourt and sending Larry Nance Jr. to the bench.What followed was Kuzma’s most remarkable performance of an unexpected rookie campaign. He did not miss until four minutes into the third quarter, making his first nine shots including six 3-pointers.He eclipsed his previous career high of 30 points, set last month in Phoenix.The 27th pick in June’s draft keeps resetting expectations that started reasonably low. Could he have ever imagined this kind of success?center_img “Why not?” he said flatly. “I scored (in the) 30s in Summer League.”But that … was Summer League. This was the prime time of the NBA, with Harden answering each of his baskets with one of his own.Kuzma finished 12 for 17 from the field, including 7 for 10 on 3-pointers, and 7 for 10 from the foul line. Harden finished 15 for 27 from the field and shot an eye-popping 21 free throws.“I mean, it was going to happen,” Kuzma said. “He’s James Harden, he’s probably going to win MVP this year.”If the rookie from Utah was ever wowed by his own early success or the stage he now plays on, he refuses to show it.“I’ve played like 30 games,” Kuzma said. “I’ve played LeBron James, so it can’t get much higher after that.”The forward who counts Kobe Bryant as a mentor has even started to talk like him.“I’ve got the same mentality every time I step on the court,” Kuzma said. “Play my hardest and just be locked in.”The Lakers were boosted by 21 points off the bench from former Rocket Corey Brewer, whose 3-pointer with 3:16 left not only put the Lakers firmly in control with a 113-104 lead, but gave fans one of the better celebrations of the year.In front of his former fans, Brewer extended his arms like a jet plane coming in for landing and tapped his feet in a celebratory shimmy.“He played here for a couple years,” Kuzma said, “and I guess they didn’t want him. Gave them a little revenge game and shoot, tore it up. That was one of the biggest reasons we won.”Rookie point guard Lonzo Ball added 16 points with nine rebounds and four assists.It was always going to be the toughest stretch of the Lakers’ season; a long, cold December with juggernauts lined up in succession: Cleveland, Golden State, the Rockets and Golden State one more time.The Lakers set the tone Wednesday by making their first three shots, all 3-pointers, to take a 9-0 lead. Versus a juggernaut like the Rockets, such an advantage feels tenuous and temporary. And it was, but not before the Lakers put one of their most impressive offensive stretches of the season.Kuzma buried back-to-back 3-pointers to kickstart a 13-0 run, their best of the season, and take a 36-20 advantage. Three minutes into the second period, the lead had grown to 22 points.Was the rout on?Never against Houston.“They have that ability to really blow a game out quickly,” Walton said before the game, “or if they’re down they have the ability to get back.”Harden checked back into the game and seemed to accept the challenge of Kuzma’s so-far perfect shooting night. The L.A. area native and perennial league MVP candidate made all eight of his shots in the period, maneuvering easily around the hapless Lakers in the pick and roll.Harden scored 24 of his 51 points in those nine minutes before halftime to pull the Rockets within four points at 63-59. They pulled ahead briefly in the third quarter, going ahead by three points.It did not last long, however. The Lakers rallied and this time they had more depth. They were stronger.last_img read more

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