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Vicious Cycling
  Vicious Cycling   top quiz  
Photo Quiz
 10 Qns
Things don't need to get worse, but for some cyclists, bikers, and mountain riders, the thrill is in the difficulty. In this quiz, we visit ten of the most dangerous bike trails in the world. You're in for the ride of a lifetime!
Average, 10 Qns, kyleisalive, Nov 03 22
kyleisalive editor
Nov 03 22
102 plays
  Show Us Your Bike!   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
John F. Kennedy was once quoted as saying, "Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of riding a bike.". How much do you know about the history and usage of this ubiquitous form of transport?
Average, 10 Qns, malik24, Jan 26 13
374 plays
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This "people-powered" form of transportation is clean and economical. Here's a look at the history of the vehicle. Hope you enjoy. Thanks.
Tough, 10 Qns, neon000, Sep 12 09
neon000 gold member
816 plays
  Bicycling History    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
People the world over use bicycles for recreation, transportation, or even to make a living as an elite racer. Let's see how much you know about bicycles and the people associated with them.
Average, 10 Qns, MageJack, Sep 12 09
310 plays
  My EUC - a Unique and Interesting Device    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
EUCs are so much fun, if you take the trouble to learn how to ride one.
Tough, 10 Qns, Dracul-san, Sep 21 20
Sep 21 20
97 plays

Cycling Trivia Questions

1. One of the most prominent predecessors of the modern bicycle is known as the draisine, draisienne or dandy horse. Which hapless German inventor is credited with the creation of the draisine in 1817?

From Quiz
Show Us Your Bike!

Answer: Baron Karl Drais

The draisine was a wooden bicycle with seating, two wheels and a frame. In addition to the listed names it was also known as the running machine, for the perhaps obvious reason that it required its rider to run on the ground to propel it forward. The invention initially seemed to take off in Germany, France and England but its lack of brakes lead to collisions with pedestrians, and it received hostility in general. Due to political instability, Drais was eventually stripped of his wealth and died in poverty, so he would never know just how close his invention was to being incredibly popular. Notably, Drais also invented the first typewriter with a keyboard.

2. The first true bicycle was the 'velocipede' (aka, 'boneshaker') and it was invented in the 1860s. What was the country of origin for this first bicycle?

From Quiz Bicycling History

Answer: France

The Michaux company was the first known manufacturer of the 'boneshaker' bicycle. It was the first to be propelled using pedals. 'Velocipede' is Latin for 'Fleet Foot'. Previous two wheeled devices required the rider to push off of the ground with their feet.

3. One early type of bicycle was known for its huge front wheel. What was this vehicle called?

From Quiz Bicycles

Answer: An ordinary bicycle

The bike was also called the "penny farthing." It was hard to balance on this craft.

4. The 'high wheel', or 'ordinary' bicycle, which used a large front wheel and a small rear wheel, was also known as what?

From Quiz Bicycling History

Answer: Penny-Farthing

The Penny-Farthing got its name because the difference in size of the wheels is similar to the difference in size between the old British penny and farthing (quarter penny) coins. These bikes were replaced by bicycles using chains to drive the rear wheel.

5. What item added to bicycles in the 1880s greatly simplified steering and enabled manufacturers to create craft with smaller wheels?

From Quiz Bicycles

Answer: The chain connecting the pedal system to the back wheel

Until then, the primary way to steer was to lean one's weight over the front wheel. This was daunting, as well as dangerous, because of the steep height of early front wheels. With the chain, however, bicycles with two modest-sized wheels of the same height became the norm.

6. Which type of helmet is most suitable for riding a EUC?

From Quiz My EUC - a Unique and Interesting Device

Answer: A full-face helmet with a chin guard

These devices are definitely not toys. Some can go up to 50 mph. Falling forward on a EUC is sometimes called a 'faceplant'. In case of such a faceplant, you will appreciate having a helmet with a chin guard, so you can keep your smile.

7. A major tire company's namesake was a veterinarian who developed a pneumatic tire for his son's racing tricycle to replace the solid wooden wheels then in use. What was his name?

From Quiz Bicycling History

Answer: Dunlop

Dunlop's son was able to win his first race on the new tires. Goodyear invented the vulcanization process to stabilize rubber. Edouard and Andre Michelin developed the first removable pneumatic tire that didn't have to be glued to the wheel's rim. Bridgestone is a Japanese company named after its founder Ishibashi (in Japanese, 'ishi' is 'stone' and 'bashi' is 'bridge').

8. What did John Boyd Dunlop invent in 1888 that proved vital to the popularity of bicycles?

From Quiz Bicycles

Answer: Pneumatic tires

Dunlop was the founder of Dunlop Tires. Inflatable tires were easy to install and repair.

9. How do you accelerate on a EUC?

From Quiz My EUC - a Unique and Interesting Device

Answer: By applying pressure on the front of the pedals

This can be done by leaning forward, or pushing the balls of your feet down. Apply pressure to the back of the pedals, and you will brake.

10. Who invented the first working (and marketed) derailleur for chain-driven bicycles?

From Quiz Bicycling History

Answer: Paul de Vivie

Paul's derailleur worked at the crank using multiple chain rings. Later bicycles worked at the rear hub. Most of today's geared bikes have a derailleur in both locations. The Campagnolo, Shimano, and SRAM companies all manufacture derailleurs today. There is no Jacob Sram, though. SRAM was made up from letters from the names of three company founders (Scott, Ray, and sAM).

11. What other invention of the late 1880s greatly enhanced bicycle safety?

From Quiz Bicycles

Answer: Hand brakes

Until then, the primary method of stopping was the coaster brake system, also known as foot brakes. This involved simply rotating the pedals backward.

12. Can you ride backwards on a EUC?

From Quiz My EUC - a Unique and Interesting Device

Answer: Yes, if you have learned the skill

If you dismount and stand on the pedals in the other direction, you will still be going forward, even if the EUC is riding backwards.

13. What was the distinguishing feature of the Otto Dicycle, produced in the late 1800s?

From Quiz Bicycles

Answer: The seat was located between the two wheels

One wheel was on each side of the chair. The cycle was made by the BSA company of the United Kingdom.

14. Which EUC does not feature suspension?

From Quiz My EUC - a Unique and Interesting Device

Answer: Veteran Sherman

While the Veteran Sherman pushed the limit in terms of range and speed, it does not have suspension.

15. One problem still remained with the bicycle, however; the ride was still bumpy and uncomfortable. Which prominent invention did John Dunlop air in 1888 to smooth out the bicycle ride?

From Quiz Show Us Your Bike!

Answer: Pneumatic tyre

John Dunlop's pneumatic tyre was reportedly made because his son was experiencing headaches whilst riding the safety bike. By inserting compressed air in the rubber, the ride became a lot smoother for cyclists as compared with the solid rubber. Dunlop's invention was also important for the later development of automobiles, as Andre Michelin went on to make a detachable tire based on his works, and said tire was useful as it could be repaired far more quickly then its predecessor. The principle behind these tires were prominently used later in many kinds of automobiles.

16. The Pope Manufacturing Company, based in Connecticut, began to build what type of bicycle in the 1890s?

From Quiz Bicycles

Answer: Military bicycles

These vehicles were equipped with wide white tires. They also carried ammunition boxes, machine guns and other field gear.

17. Who was the first man to win all three of the major cycling tours (Giro d'Italia, Tour de France, and Vuelta a Espana)?

From Quiz Bicycling History

Answer: Jacques Anquetil

Jacques again! Eddy and Bernard each repeated the feat, with Eddy winning the most times (11) of any of them. Marco won in both France and Italy (in the same year), but never won the Spanish tour.

18. What bicycle company was founded by Colonel Albert A. Pope?

From Quiz Bicycles

Answer: Columbia

The company is based in Westfield, Massachusetts. It was founded in 1877. The company expanded to include school furniture in the 1950s.

19. What company manufactured the Radio Bicycle, which included a radio built into the frame?

From Quiz Bicycles

Answer: Huffy

Huffy was founded by George Huffman. It supplied bicycles for the U.S. team in the 1984 and 1988 Summer Olympics.

20. What do the French call an EUC?

From Quiz My EUC - a Unique and Interesting Device

Answer: Gyroroue

'Gyro' stands for the gyroscope, which is required for self-balancing the EUC. 'Roue' is French for 'wheel'.

21. Bicycles have also been customised and specialised to fit a particular niche or purpose. Reducing strain on the neck and back in comparison to a regular bicycle, which type of bicycle places its rider in a laid-back position?

From Quiz Show Us Your Bike!

Answer: Recumbent bicycle

As the name suggests, the recumbent bicycle involves lying back somewhat. It uses different muscles to regular cycling due to the altered body position, and is more aerodynamic than a regular bicycle as there is less drag on the body. In addition, the proximity to the ground also reduces the likelihood of a harmful fall. A weakness of recumbents is that they can be hard to steer and manoeuvre, especially around sharp corners. With a heavy frame and wide tyres, cruiser bicycles are heavier and slower than average, but provide a comfortable ride. They're ideal for someone who wants to focus on the recreational aspect of cycling more than the speed, and were highly popular in the 1930s to 1950s. Mountain bicycles are durable for off-road cycling and often have suspension, which usually consists of a shock-absorber. This helps keep at least one tyre on the ground, useful for efficient and safe travel over bumpy terrain. Some mountain bikes are more specialised to certain terrain than others, however, so the particular niche role required needs to be taken into account when purchasing one. The cross bicycle is a hybrid bike which brings flat handlebars to a racing-style bike. In addition the wheels tend to be slightly larger and have wider tires, giving a more general-purpose function to the bike but still maintaining some good potential for speed.

22. Europe has a fairly large amount of cycling infrastructure, which is lagging somewhat on this side of the Atlantic. What is the largest/longest network of bicycle trails and greenways in North America?

From Quiz Bicycling History

Answer: La Route Verte

La Route Verte is a long set of trails (almost 2,500 miles) that generally follows the St. Lawrence Seaway through the Province of Quebec. The Allegheny Passage runs from the Pittsburgh area to the Maryland border, where the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal greenway picks up and goes the rest of the way to Washington, DC. Altogether it is only just over 400 miles. The Will Skelton Greenway is in my hometown of Knoxville, TN, and is only 3.6 or so miles long. The Kodak American Greenway Program is actually an organization that awards grants for the purpose of constructing greenway trails, but is not a greenway itself.

23. On a tandem or two-person bicycle, what is the common term for the rider in front?

From Quiz Bicycles

Answer: Captain

The rider in back is called the stoker. The captain handles the braking, steering and shifting.

24. What do French EUC riders commonly call themselves?

From Quiz My EUC - a Unique and Interesting Device

Answer: Wheelers

No idea why they want to translate the name of the wheel to French and then choose an English term to describe themselves!

25. The German-made Draisienne bicycle was made out of what material?

From Quiz Bicycles

Answer: Wood

It was invented by Baron von Drais in 1817. It had no pedals, although it did have two wheels. Riders moved it simply by pushing their feet along the ground.

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