The Ultimate Bicycle Quiz

Learning to ride a bicycle seems to be a universal experience for children around the world. Whether you've been riding bicycles since you were a child or just recently started pedaling, how much do you know about this elegant and simple vehicle?
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Question 1 of 10

Where were bicycles first introduced?
Europe
Bicycles originated in Europe in the 19th century.
Africa
North America

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Question 2 of 10

What's the core of a bicycle called?
seat post
bracket
frame
A bicycle's core, or frame, is made of several metal tubes welded together.

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Question 3 of 10

What does the front fork hold?
the chain
the gears
the front wheel
The front fork is the movable part of the frame that holds the front wheel.

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Question 4 of 10

What do bicycles use to reduce friction?
aerodynamics
ball bearings
A bicycle's ball bearings, which need to be cleaned out and have fresh grease added periodically, reduce friction.
oil

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Question 5 of 10

Which bicycle part doesn't have ball bearings?
gear shift
Ball bearings are found in the bicycle's front and rear hubs as well as the bottom bracket, fork tube, pedals and freewheel.
rear hub
front hub

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Question 6 of 10

The early bicycles that featured huge front wheels and small rear wheels are called:
unicycles
penny-farthing bicycles
Penny-farthing bicycles, also known as "high-wheeler bicycles," became popular starting in 1870.
parading bicycles

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Question 7 of 10

With today's bicycles, what are the pedals connected to?
the front wheel
the rear wheel
A chain connects a bicycle's pedals to the rear wheel.
the seat tube

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Question 8 of 10

What are the pedals connected to in a penny-farthing bicycle?
the front wheel
Just like in a child's tricycle, the pedals are directly connected to the bicycle's front wheel.
the rear wheel
the fork tube

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Question 9 of 10

What's one of the reasons bicycles are made with gears?
to make bicycles appear more attractive
to reduce the size of the wheels
Gears and gear ratios allow bicycles to have smaller wheels.
to create a smoother ride

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Question 10 of 10

Standard bicycle wheels are what size?
24 inches (610 millimeters)
26 inches (660 millimeters)
Standard bicycles have wheels that are 26 inches (660 millimeters) in diameter.
28 inches (711 millimeters)

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