The Ultimate Bicycle Quiz

By: Staff

4 Min Quiz

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About This 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?

Where were bicycles first introduced?

Bicycles originated in Europe in the 19th century.


What's the core of a bicycle called?

A bicycle's core, or frame, is made of several metal tubes welded together.


What does the front fork hold?

The front fork is the movable part of the frame that holds the front wheel.


What do bicycles use to reduce friction?

A bicycle's ball bearings, which need to be cleaned out and have fresh grease added periodically, reduce friction.


Which bicycle part doesn't have ball bearings?

Ball bearings are found in the bicycle's front and rear hubs as well as the bottom bracket, fork tube, pedals and freewheel.


The early bicycles that featured huge front wheels and small rear wheels are called:

Penny-farthing bicycles, also known as "high-wheeler bicycles," became popular starting in 1870.


With today's bicycles, what are the pedals connected to?

A chain connects a bicycle's pedals to the rear wheel.


What are the pedals connected to in a penny-farthing bicycle?

Just like in a child's tricycle, the pedals are directly connected to the bicycle's front wheel.


What's one of the reasons bicycles are made with gears?

Gears and gear ratios allow bicycles to have smaller wheels.


Standard bicycle wheels are what size?

Standard bicycles have wheels that are 26 inches (660 millimeters) in diameter.


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