The Ultimate Mountain Biking Gear Quiz

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The Ultimate Mountain Biking Gear Quiz
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About This Quiz

Mountain bikers need specialized gear for maximum efficiency and protection. You may well need to shop before you ride, but the vast array of biking accessories may be confusing. Take this quiz to learn more about how to find the right mountain biking gear for you.
What biking shoe design helps to keep your foot in the proper position for pedaling?
low arches
high arches
Biking shoes in the high-end price range have high arches to help position your foot.
special cushioning

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What is the major issue for mountain biking shoes?
adequate padding
heel slippage
Keeping your heels from slipping is a vital function of mountain biking shoes.
both answers

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What can result from heel slippage?
blisters
Blisters are one result of heel slippage, but a worse one could be losing your balance.
bunions
increased pedaling power

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Biking shoes have what special design to prevent heel slippage?
molded plastic heel
A special molded plastic heel gives extra support to prevent heel slippage.
padded heel
neither answer

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How are mountain biking shoes fastened?
ties
Velcro
both answers
Bike shoes use ties and Velcro fasteners to hold the shoes snuggly to the foot.

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How much do high-end mountain biking shoes cost?
50
150
300
High-end shoes may cost as much as $300, although less expensive models are available starting in the $50 range.

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What detachable feature do high-end mountain biking shoes come with?
cleats
spikes
both answers
Detachable cleats and spikes are included with high-end mountain biking shoes.

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What are detachable spikes used for?
hiking
Detachable spikes are screwed into the shoes for when hiking is necessary.
running
neither answer

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What is an important function of mountain biking gloves?
improve grip
Mountain biking gloves improve grip, cushion hands during a fall, reduce blisters, keep hands warm and act as shock absorbers.
prevent perspiration
both answers

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What are pogies?
mittens
Pogies are mountain biking mittens.
fingerless gloves
three finger gloves

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What style glove do professional mountain bike racers prefer?
pogies
three finger gloves
full-finger gloves
Professional racers prefer full-finger gloves.

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Which finger has a single spot in a three-finger glove?
thumb
The thumb has its own single spot in the glove, while the other fingers double up with a buddy.
pointer
ring

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What material is used to make mountain biking gloves?
leather
waterproof synthetic materials
both answers
Both leather and waterproof synthetic materials are used to make mountain biking gloves.

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What medical condition can be caused by the bumps and stress of mountain biking?
carpal tunnel syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome may be a result of the bumps and stress of the sport, so is tendinitis.
ganglia
TMJ

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What mountain biking clothing accessory looks a bit atrocious to some people?
skintight bike shorts
That would be the skintight bike shorts.
biking shoes
mittens

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What is the purpose of bike shorts?
second skin
The main purpose of the shorts is to act as a second skin.
identify your biking style
neither answer

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What is the purpose of fabrics that wick?
draw moisture away from the skin
Wicking fabrics draw moisture away from skin -- an important function in both hot and cold weather.
prevent blisters
both answers

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How do bike shorts protect sensitive areas?
chamois panel
Bike shorts have a chamois panel that reduces friction with sensitive areas.
cotton material
mesh material

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Who wears mountain biking armor?
downhill racers
freeriding racers
both answers
Extreme mountain bikers, such as downhill and freeriding racers, wear a kind of body armor for protection in a fall.

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What is a handy fix-all for mountain bikers to pack along for the ride?
duct tape
baling wire
both answers
Duct tape and baling wire are a great fix-all to have on the road.

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