Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Decode Bicycle Lingo With This Helpful List of Cycling Terms

anatomy of a road bike explained diagram Some terms in the cycling world can be challenging to understand. 

We have made a list of some common technical words and explained them here as simply and accurately as we can.


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    • Alloy: An alloy is a mixture of two or more elements, at least one part is metal.


    • Bearings: Ball bearings work as a way of letting something spin/rotate freely and smoothly.
    • Bottom Bracket: The bottom bracket is housed in the bottom bracket shell of a bike.
    • Bottom bracket shell: The bottom bracket shell is where the bottom bracket is fitted, it is where the seat-stay, down tube and seat-tube join.
    • Brake levers: Brake levers are the handles/levers mounted on the handlebars used for stopping or slowing the bike.
    • Brake Cable: The brake cable system is made of two parts, the inner cable and the outer cable.


    • Carbon fibre: This is a composite that has a very high strength-weight ratio and is ideal for bicycle frames and components.
    • Cantilever brakes: Cantilever brakes are designed to operate in symmetry to touch the rim walls at the same time.
    • Cassette: The cassette is the cluster of sprockets fixed onto the splined freehub on the rear wheel.
    • Chain: The chain transmits the power from the chainring to the rear wheel of the bike.
    • Chain stays: The chainstays exit the bottom bracket shell in a rearwards direction where they meet the rear dropouts.
    • Chromoly: A type of steel that contains chromium and molybdenum. Another name you may see for chromoly is 4130 steel.
    • CX: CX is a short description for cyclo-cross.


    • Disc brakes: Disc Brakes comprise of a metal disc attached to the hub of the wheel, and can be operated either by hydraulic fluid or by cable.
    • Down tube: The down tube connects the bottom of the head tube to the bottom bracket shell.
    • Drop handlebar: Drop handlebars are predominantly used on road and track bikes.


    • Entry level: The term entry level is often used for first time riders wanting to buy their first bike.


    • Fork: The forks connect to the stem/handlebars allowing you to turn the front wheel and balance the bike.
    • Frame: The cycle frame is the main piece of the bike composed of the frame tubes. The wheels and other components are attached to the frame.
    • Freehub: The freehub is a component of the rear hub. It has a ratchet mechanism built into it to allow freewheeling/coasting.
    • Front derailleur: The front derailleur is used to move the chain in a sideways motion to allow shifting between chainrings.


    • Gear cables: The gear cable travels from the gear lever to the corresponding derailleur to allow the changing of gear.
    • Gear levers: Gear levers, often called shifters, enable the changing of the derailleur/gear mechanisms.


    • Handlebars: Bicycle handlebars are a one piece component fixed to the stem of a bike. The handlebars primary concern is to steer the bike.
    • Headset (Aheadset): The headset is a multi-piece component that is mounted at the head-tube of the bike.
    • Head tube: The head tube houses the headset and the steerer tube.
    • Hubs (front and rear): The hubs on a bike are the centre part of the wheels.


  • MTB: MTB is the abbreviation for Mountain Bike.


  • Rear derailleaur: This moves the chain from one rear sprocket to another, whilst keeping the chain tensioned.
  • Rear shock: This is a mechanical component that’s purpose is to absorb and smooth out the impact at the rear wheel of a bicycle, usually found on mountain bikes.
  • Rims: The rims are the perfect circular hoops that the tires are mounted onto.


  • Saddle:The bike saddle is the most intimate contact point on a bicycle. It’s clamped to the seat-post by the saddle rails.
  • Seat-post: The seat-post is a removable extension that is placed in the seat-tube of the frame.
  • Seat stays: Seat stays connect the top of the seat tube to the rear dropouts.
  • Seat tube: The seat tube is the insertion point for the seat-post.
  • Steel: Steel is an alloy. It’s manufactured by combining iron and other elements.
  • Suspension fork: This is a type of bicycle fork that has a suspension or shock absorbing unit.
  • Spokes: Spokes connect the hub to the rim.
  • Sprocket: A sprocket is another name for one of the individual cogs on a cassette or freewheel.
  • Steerer tube: The steerer tube is the upper part of the bicycle forks.
  • Stem: The stem is the linking component to join the handlebars to the steerer tube of the forks.


  • Tapered (head tube): These head tubes feature a bigger diameter at the bottom than the top.
  • Thumb shifters: Thumb shifters are very simple gear levers that were very common on MTB’s.
  • Tires: Bike tires fit on the outer circumference of the rims.
  • Top tube: The top tube is the joining tube from the seat tube to the top of the head tube.

Bicycle Sports
2770 Interstate 10 E
Beaumont, TX 77703
(409) 860-5959

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Beautiful Photos of 2015 Specialized Rumor Evo Mountain Bike

In addition to the new ERA, Specialized presented us with the new RUMOR Expert EVO, a trail bike for the adventurous biker. The RUMOR Expert EVO has 120mm (adapted to the female weight) of travel and will bring more fun on flowy trails and take the fear out of challenging downhills.

The Specialized RUMOR Expert Evo comes in all black

Instead of the front derailleur, the left side of the bars on the 1×11 models feature the new remote lever of the Specialized Command Post.

The RockShox Pike on RUMOR Expert Evo has 120mm travel.

On the new RUMOR you will find the Specialized SWAT system integrated as standard.

The drivetrain is taken from the SRAM X01 groupset.

Instead of a derailleur, a chain guide can be mounted for the 1×11 drivetrain.

The Specialized RUMOR is available in four versions.

Specialized Myth saddle

Besides the two new bikes, Specialized also presented the new MYTH saddle for its female customers, which thanks to its flat and wide shape should be the perfect all round saddle for all mountain bikes. The saddle weighs approximately 285g.

The new Specialized MYTH saddle is fitted as standard on the new ERA.

The saddle is specially adapted to the needs of female riders and available in two widths.

You can find more information about the new products at

Words & Pictures: Christoph Bayer

Bicycle Sports
2770 Interstate 10 E
Beaumont, TX 77703
(409) 860-5959

Thursday, September 25, 2014

2015 Big Thicket Bike Tour Dates and Location Announced

Come join us on a ride through the beautiful rolling hills of the Big Thicket National Preserve. 

Choose one of six routes from 14 to 100 miles and enjoy a delicious BBQ lunch afterwards. Tent, camping sites (w/showers) are available at the Trade Days grounds for $10/night. All proceeds are being donated to the Hardin County Angels of Care program – a nonprofit organization helping the needy children of Hardin County with medical bills and supplies.

Online registration begins on January 1st and ends on March 11th, 2015 at  Riders can also register at either of the locally owned bike shops in Beaumont, TX. (Bike Sports or Kickstand Bike Shop) or register on March 12th or 13th (from 6-9:00pm) at Sertino’s Café at 5657 Eastex Freeway in Beaumont’s Best Buy Shopping Center.  We will also have registration available on ride day beginning at 7:00am.  Packet pick-up is available at Sertinos Café (during the dates/times above) or on site on ride day at the registration table.

All proceeds from this ride are being donated to the Hardin County Angels of Care program – a nonprofit organization helping the needy children of Hardin County with their medical bills, supplies and expenses.

Bicycle Sports
2770 Interstate 10 E
Beaumont, TX 77703
(409) 860-5959

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Ride With Us! Third Annual Wheels of Hope Ride

Do It For The Kids 

The third annual Wheels of Hope is right around the corner, and we can't wait to see you there!

Make sure to register! Online registration ends on Thursday, Oct. 9. Register online at or print the registration form! Be sure to register early to get a long-sleeved t-shirt (limited to first 500 registrants).

Can't ride but still want to help out? You can make a general donation or volunteer to help out at this year's Wheels of Hope! Just contact Stephanie or Ali at 337-491-0800.

Thank you for your continued support of St. Nicholas Center, our mission, and our children!

Bicycle Sports
2770 Interstate 10 E
Beaumont, TX 77703
(409) 860-5959

Monday, September 22, 2014

Beaumont Bike Ride at Tyrell Park - Saturday October 4th

Beaumont Local Bike Ride!

Meet at: Tyrrell Park
3/4 of the way around the Picnic Loop

Gather: 9 AM
Rides begin at 9:15 AM
New rides depart every 15 minutes
Last ride will depart at 11:15AM

Cost: FREE

What to bring:
- your bicycle
- your helmet
- your water bottle
- snack for the trail
- a responsible adult

We will ride in the man made wetlands area,
it is completely unsupported.
Bicycles, organic ATV's, are allowed in the wetlands area, where other ATV's are not!
Do NOT pet the snakes or alligators.
The Wetlands is a wild area and should be respected as such.
Migrating birds love this area, so be careful & respectful of the birds & Bird Watchers who are sure to be present.

Event Contact
First Name:  Eric
Last Name:  Bender
Phone:  409-860-5959 or 409-767-1199

Bicycle Sports
2770 Interstate 10 E
Beaumont, TX 77703
(409) 860-5959

Friday, September 19, 2014

2015 Specialized Sirrus Sport - Features and Specs

The 2015 Specialized Sirrus Sport is Powerful, Reliable — A Great Value!

Combining the heart of the world's best road bikes with a flat-bar, urban-friendly form, the 2015 Specialized Sirrus Sport Flat bar Road Bike redefines the notion of versatility. The 27-speed Shimano drivetrain keeps your pedaling efficient over varied terrain while the durable and light A1 Premium Aluminum frame is carefully shaped to provide optimal comfort and efficiency. Double wall rims are strong enough to cope with urban obstacles but light enough to accelerate quickly and the Body Geometry grips and saddle are comfortable and put in an anatomically correct riding position.

  -  Specialized A1 Premium Aluminum frame w/ rack/fender mount and wide tire clearance
  -  A1 Premium Aluminum fork w/ fender mounts for sharp front-end handling
  -  Specialized Nimbus 700x32c tires w/ Flak Jacket flat tire protection
  -  Specialized Body Geometry Targa, lock-on grips w/ integrated bar end for no-slip performance
  -  Die-cast alloy V-brake for no-hassle braking performance
  -  Shimano Acera, 9-speed derailleur for reliable and worry-free shifting
  -  Body Geometry Targa Sport saddle w/ steel rails for all conditions comfort

WHAT High-performing, experience-specific drivetrains that evolve through the line.
WHY To create high-quality, durable drivetrains that provide the most efficient, intuitive, and smoothest experience for the rider at each level–with an emphasis on wide gear ranges.
HOW As you move through the Sirrus line, the experience changes: the gears move with you. The base model accommodates all riders with a triple crankset with a wide gear range for easier climbing, while the top end has 1x11 gearing for ultimate performance.

Specialized A1 Premium Aluminum, fully manipulated butted tubing, integrated lower bearing, fender/rack eyelets
A1 Premium Aluminum, Cr-Mo steerer, fender/rack eyelets
1-1/8" FSA integrated cartridge lower, external sealed upper bearings
Specialized 3D forged alloy, 4-bolt, 6-degree rise, anti-corrosion hardware
Specialized flat, 6061 double butted alloy, 10-degree backsweep, 4-degree upsweep, 31.8mm
Specialized Body Geometry Targa, lock-on, closed end
Alloy V-brake, linear pull, w/ alloy lever
Alloy V-brake, linear pull, w/ alloy lever
Shimano Acera, top swing, dual-pull
Shimano Acera, 9-speed
Shimano EZ Fire, 9-speed
Shimano, 9-speed, 11-32
KMC X9, 9-speed, reusable Missing Link
Forged alloy, 9-speed, square spindle, w/ chainguard
Square taper, cartridge bearings
Sirrus, 1.5mm Varus angle, nylon body, symmetric alloy cage, low profile bearing system, toe clip capable
700c, alloy double-wall, CNC sidewalls, pin joint, 32h
Double-sealed, QR, 32h
Double-sealed, QR, 32h
Stainless, 14g, w/ brass nipple
Specialized Nimbus, 26TPI, wire bead, Flak Jacket protection, 700x32c
Specialized Nimbus, 26TPI, wire bead, Flak Jacket protection, 700x32c
Standard Schrader valve
Body Geometry Targa Sport, steel rails, 155mm
Alloy, 2-bolt, micro-adjust, 12.5mm offset, 27.2mm, anti-corrosion hardware
Alloy, 31.8mm

Bicycle Sports
2770 Interstate 10 E
Beaumont, TX 77703
(409) 860-5959

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Beautiful 2015 Specialized Fatbikes: The Fatboy, Fatboy Pro, and Fatboy Expert

2015 Specialized Fatboy: Built for snow, but also for every day riding.

Last year there were only two models of Specialized Fat Bike, Fatboy and Fatboy Expert. This year Specialized wanted to bring more to the table. They have added additional color schemes, and have introduced a new model: The Fatboy SL. The Fatboy SL is absolutely dialed in as a snow racer, and comes with mostly carbon parts. Specialized also managed to cut 200g of weight by using an anodized paint, bringing the bike's weight down to just over 24 lbs.

Then, there's the Fatboy Pro. Comes with Pluto suspension up front, and comes with an excellent frameset. This bike in particular is built to be your all-season bike. Hit the sand in the summer, and the snow in the winter.

Check out these tech specs.

Fatboy Pro


Fatboy Expert




Bicycle Sports
2770 Interstate 10 E
Beaumont, TX 77703
(409) 860-5959