Along the route of any cycling pilgrimage there is usually a monument to honor someone who came before in heroic or tragic fashion. These are places where people bring flowers and trinkets to memorialize a moment in history.
QUESTIONS: For each of these monuments, name the honored cyclists and why they have been honored at that location.
QUESTION: For each picture below, name the artist, and if possible, the title of the work.
A Cyclist’s Day Off
QUESTION:. A well-known cyclist sacrificed many victories in his professional career because he held a religious pact with his mother to never race on one day of the week. He broke that pact later in his career just to support his family. Who is that and which day of the week is that?
BONUS QUESTION: Name at least two bike components named after this well-known cyclist.
Here’s a sampling of wristbands showing the many colors of causes from around the globe.
QUESTION: How many of these bracelets are directly related to a cyclist and his/her cause?
BONUS QUESTION: What is the color of the cause of the latest wristband promoted by a professional cyclist?
Bike Month NYC 2009 has five weekends, so each Sunday the Super Quiz features questions about firsts. First places, people, things and events. Today’s topic is about some of the first days of New York City’s cycling infrastructure.
QUESTION 1. The cyclists in this 1896 photo are celebrating the opening of what?
QUESTION 2. The cyclists in this 1936 photo are busting the opening tape of which path?
QUESTION 3. The crowd in this 1964 photo are dedicating what venue?
BONUS QUESTION: This venue was recently closed, torn up and renovated better than before.
What day was its re-opening day?
Giro d’Italia – Centenario
QUESTION 1. Name five winners of the Giro d’Italia in alphabetic order.
QUESTION 2. Pick this year’s final maglia rosa wearer among these contenders.
- Carlos Sastre
- Danilo Di Luca
- Damiano Cunego
- Denis Menchov
- Franco Pellizotti
- Ivan Basso
- Levi Leipheimer
- Michael Rogers
QUESTTION 3. Meet the new Giro mascot.
- What kind of animal is that?
- What are those things he’s wearing
- What values is he meant to represent?
BONUS QUESTION: What animal came before Girbecco?
Bikes are considered one of the most energy efficient means of travel when counting calories of energy per kilogram of weight per kilometer of distance traveled. Which of these things is more efficient than a cyclist?
- Boeing 737 jet
- Fruit Fly
- Greyhound dog
- Greyhound bus
- MTA subway
- Thoroughbred race horse
Cyclists face several common forces which, depending on circumstances, cause varying amounts of assistance and resistance. Name four of those forces, and, for each one, describe two circumstances which can maximize and minimize that force.
SAMPLE ANSWER: Bio-mechanical friction. A broken knee maximizes friction, a proper bike fit minimizes friction.
QUESTION 3. A fixed-gear cyclist goes on a one hour record ride. Her average cadence is one hundred revolutions per minute. Her bike has exactly ten meters development. How far does she go with how many pedal revolutions?
Her bike is most likely which one?
- a used Colnago pista
- a Cervelo P4
- an open recumbent
- a faired HPV
- a solar hybrid pedal-electric
He Who Must Be Named
Finally I can talk about Lance Armstrong.
Don’t you just love it?
The former Triple-Crown winner & World Champion, cancer survivor and winner of seven consecutive Tours of France. For me, he’s the boss of cycling. He’s explaining cycling to millions like I never did. My dearly beloved mother died of multiple cancers, so I know what it means to Livestrong on my bike. Now Lance has made his second comeback, and as long as he’s in the race, there’s more explaining to come.
QUESTION 1. The title of his first book is “It’s Not About The Bike.”
If that’s his answer to a question, what is the title of my favorite Irish bike novel?
QUESTION 2. If Lance were to win this year’s 2009 Tour de France, would it be his 8th consecutive victory?
QUESTION 3. Lance has a lot of cool nicknames, maybe he’s the most nicknamed athlete in sports.
Here’s the top ten Lance nicknames. Which one of these did I make up?
- The Boss
- Mellow Johnny
- Big Tex
- HWMNBN “He Who Must Not Be Named”
- Spike Legsworth
- Fed Ex
a) What is the greatest obstacle Lance Armstrong has overcome to get to where he is today?
b) Where is he today?
Used, Lost, Stolen & Abandoned
The world of bikes has its gray and dark areas. Today you cannot escape seeing a questionable bike.
QUESTION 1. What is bicycle pollution?
Hint: The answer is underground and upscale.
QUESTION 2. When I buy a used bike how can I tell if it’s not legit? What are signs of a stolen bike?
- A fanny pack with someone’s club membership card.
- A cousin, former roommate, or ex-lover is the previous owner.
- There’s a Huffy sticker on a Serotta that’s an ex-racers bike for sale on the web.
- There’s no keys to the locks with the bike, including the skewers and seat fastener.
- There’s no name or number that identifies the bike’s previous owner, along the frame and components, or inside the seatpost, handlebar, or steering column.
QUESTION 3. When I see my friend’s bike at my bike shop, what am I not supposed to do?
- geek out about it.
- accuse the bike shop of stealing my friend’s bike.
- give it up to my friend for bringing it to this bike shop.
- ask the bike shop folks why my friend’s bike is in their shop.
- text my friend’s friend to ask when my friend brought their bike to this shop.
BONUS QUESTION: Bicycle license plates are loved by collectors. Bicycle registration is a proven way to recover stolen bikes. Yet not many cyclists actually register their bikes.
What prevents New Yorkers from legislating uniform bicycle licensing?
- the police state
- the mayor’s libertarian lobby
- GPS location system patent dispute
- a nascent NYC vigilante anti-theft bicycle brigade
- too many bikes parked in garages with flat fat tires
- it’s cool to watch the abandoned bike locked-up nearby as it’s stripped
QUESTION 1. What is your favorite color for a bicycle?
- Bianchi celeste
- Ferrari red
- Squadra azzurra
- Tour de France jaune
- Giro d’Italia rosa
QUESTION 2. Which is the best sound your bicycle makes?
- When it’s as quiet as possible.
- While playing the soundtrack from Quicksilver.
- The click-click-click of my three-speed hub in first gear.
- Accompanied by a thousand canaries.
- With the last lap bell played solo
QUESTION 3. What is the hardest thing to touch on a bicycle?
- the saddle
- the chain
- the handlebar
- the spoke nipple
- the bottom bracket axle
BONUS QUESTION: Which bicycle part is best known for its smell?
- Campy bottom bracket grease
- Tubular tire rim cement
- Leather saddle
- Cloth bar tape double-layered
- Filet-brazed lugs
Show and Tell
A big tradition in cycling is the victory salute. Winning a bike race can be a major accomplishment for a bike rider. Crossing the finish line first after overcoming obstacles and rivals enables a cyclist to celebrate and dedicate their victory with a special kind of ritual.
For each of these twelve examples of victory salutes, identify the saluting cyclists, the race events, and the circumstances of these displays.
No 1. Cowboy
No. 2. Crucifixion
No. 3. Pacifier
No. 4. Mourning
No. 5. Archer
No. 6. Redemption
No. 7. Pugilist
No. 8. Pistolero
No. 9. Middle Finger
No. 10. Grasping
No. 11. Oops… Too Early
No. 12. Critical Mass
Bike Month NYC 2009 has five weekends, so each Sunday the Super Quiz features questions about firsts. First places, people, things and events. Today’s topic is about some of the first Americans to wear the champions’ jerseys on the podiums of the world’s greatest bicycle races.
QUESTION 1. Who was the first North Dakotan to win the Tour of Italy pink jersey?
QUESTION 2. Who was the first North American to win a yellow jersey and rainbow jersey in the same season?
QUESTION 3. Who was the first North American to win a Tour de France yellow jersey, the final general classification of the Grande Boucle?
- In question 3., what race number did this rider wear?
- Name the other North Americans, if any, who stood on that Tour podium that day.
- If any of them won a jersey, what color was it?
- Name any other Americans who won a Tour stage that year.
What country of origin are these famous bicycle makes?
Which is the most common problem with bicycles?
- Cramp and go slow.
- Loose nut on saddle.
- Two tired.
- No breaks, can’t stop.
Who is the knight who discovered the energy cycle, the source of a cyclist’s power?
Hint: It’s the name of a Long Island bike shop.
Who is the patron saint of all cyclists?
- Lance Armstrong
- Jeanne Longo
- Eddy Merckx
- Karl Von Drais
Imagine if there was one simple thing that could help you boost your health…get fit and look great …enjoy more time with your family…live without stress…save time and money…and save the planet.
What is that thing?
- a garden
- a bicycle
- a pet
- a new supplement
- the power of belief
Measuring Gear Sizes
There are several ways to measure gear size. People speak of sprocket sizes, gear ratios, gear inches, development, rollout and ratio gain. What do they all mean?
QUESTION 1. Gear ratio refers to…?
- The number of teeth on the crank sprocket divided by the number of teeth on the wheel sprocket.
- The total range of gear sizes, from the lowest gear to the highest gear.
- The number of sprockets on the pedal crank times the number of cogs on the wheel.
- The number of teeth on the rear sprocket divided by the number of teeth on the front sprocket.
- None of the above.
QUESTION 2. Gear inches refers to…?
- The circumference of the drive wheel divided by gear ratio.
- The diameter of the drive wheel times gear ratio.
- The radius of the drive wheel times pi times gear ratio.
- Half the circumference of the drive wheel times gear ratio.
- None of the above.
QUESTION 3. Meters development refers to…?
- The metric circumference of the drive wheel times gear inches.
- The metric diameter of the drive wheel plus pi times gear ratio.
- The metric circumference of the drive wheel times gear ratio.
- The metric circumference of the drive wheel divided by ratio gain.
- None of the above.
BONUS QUESTION: Ratio Gain refers to…?
- The metric development of the drive wheel divided by crank length.
- The circumference of the drive wheel divided by crank length times gear ratio.
- The diameter of the drive wheel divided by crank length times gear ratio.
- The radius of the drive wheel divided by crank length times gear ratio.
- None of the above.
Using Bikes For Something Else
Each of these bicycles has special meaning. The owners of these bikes used them to make a statement. Take a guess and tell us the story behind these bikes.
QUESTION 1. Is this one serious about sound?
QUESTION 2. Does this one involve some religious experience?
QUESTION 3. How does this one reflect the owner’s lifestyle choices.
BONUS QUESTION: How is this one about making good use of stuff?
Marcel Duchamp’s Bicycle Wheel
Almost a century ago, the artist Marcel Duchamp put a bicycle fork and wheel on top of a stool in his studio. He said it was something to look at, like flames in a fireplace. When you spin a wheel with shiny spokes in a light you get a wonderful rhythmic sparkling display.
What kind of visual effect can be seen in such a spinning wheel?
How many official copies have been made and signed by the artist?
What is a the major difference in these official copies?
What feature of the bicycle wheel is most often not mentioned?
Flat Tires Forever
After my third flat tire this week, my bike shop told me: “When it rains, it pours.”
That means when you get one flat, be prepared to prevent another! It also means the cause of my second and third flat was never properly repaired since my first slow leak.
How many of these things can make my tire go flat again and again?
- a piece of glass or metal embedded in the tire.
- a pinched tube caused by low tire pressure and the rim bottoming out.
- a pinched tube caused by improper fitting of tube and tire.
- a break in my positive karma which causes my ego to deflate.
- a protruding spoke which punctures the tube.
- a sharp edge on a rim strip or tire liner which punctures the tube.
- a cut on a valve stem caused by the edge of rim valve hole.
- some kids in my neighborhood go around letting air out of people’s tires.
I can’t get this tire off my rim, and it’s a lot of work to put it back on my rim without a pinched tube.
It’s a tight fit. What’s my problem? Which of these is not the correct reason?
- the rim strip is blocking the seat of the tire bead.
- the tube or tire liner is caught under the tire bead somewhere around the rim.
- the system sucks, how are we to know two different tire sizes of 26 x 1-3/8 inch.
- something fell in the tire while putting it back on the rim.
- you have a 26 x 1-3/4 inch tire and a 26 x 1.75 rim.
- you don’t have enough strength or technique.
Who among these people cannot fix their own freakin flat?
- Anita Patschket
- Ivan Gotti Pompe
- Lee Ki-Ban Nomour
- Ken Jadouitfome
Just a few minutes after Eddy Merckx, the greatest cyclist of modern times, set a new World Hour Record in 1972, one of the tubular tires on his bike blew out like a gunshot. Obviously, if this flat tire had happened ten minutes earlier, it would have killed his record near the end of an historic and painful ride.
What tire was it? What make and model was it?
Bike Month NYC 2009 has five weekends, so each Sunday the Super Quiz features questions about firsts. First places, people, things and events. Today’s topic is about some firsts for the fixed-gear bike.
QUESTION 1. Name the movie in which the fixed-gear bicycle makes it’s first appearance.
Hint: This movie has more than a dozen titles!
QUESTION 2. The Edison film company produced the first example of jaunty fixie freestylin.
They also produced one of the first commercial films ever, to sell what brand of bike?
QUESTION 3. Who is this man and how fast did he go?
BONUS QUESTIONS: Where is this? And what type of bike path is that?
Giro d’Italia – Centenario
When this posts at 6:00 AM EDT, the Centennial Giro will begin again, the 92nd edition since it’s first in 1909. So much has happen in recent years, when compared to past years, we have to expect what’s next. 100 years of Giro history is today’s Super Quiz question.
Matching Facts and Figures
QUESTION: Match the factoid with the number.
- number of kilometers of the longest edition in 1954.
- number of kilometers of the longest stage, Lucca to Rome, won by Girardengo in 1914,
- fewest number of finishers of a Giro in 1914.
- the most number of maglia rosas worn in a career by Merckx.
- number of winners who won without winning a stage.
- greatest number of riders to start a Giro in 1928.
- record number of wins by three riders.
- number of kilometers of the shortest Giro in 1909.
- total number of kilometers of every edition of the Giro since 1909.
- number of Giro winners who won from start to finish.
- record number of finishes by any rider in the Giro.
- number of individual Italian winners of the Giro.
- number of stages from 1909 up to 2009, including double stages and prologues.
- greatest number of stage wins.
- number of years of the oldest winner.
- 328, 309
Who designed the maglia rosa this year?
Space Bikes Around Us
Which one of these is not the name of a bicycle?
- space racer
- space cadet
- space frame
- space rider
Name the company which made NASA X-ray satellites.
Hint: It also made an inflatable bicycle saddle.
Name the bike that has probably traveled the fastest and farthest of any bike.
Hint: In it’s travel, at any given time, it could be below, behind, or above you.
What should be the gear ratio of the earth to the moon?
Super Quiz Thursdays – Knowns and Unknowns.
By knowing what I don’t know, I’ve already got my bike parked at the library.
In which of these statements is the opposite not true.
- a wheel can be true.
- a freewheel can be fixed.
- a flat can be false.
- a positive can be bad
- a used bike can be mint
Why do cyclists favor mounting their bikes on the left side?
Lance Armstrong will wear the first pink 2009 Centennial Giro d’Italia maglia rosa this Saturday on the Lido in Venice. If not, what happens instead?
How many bicycle rim sizes are designated as 26 inch?
Form Follows Function
Folding bikes have similar advantages, benefits and compromises as any bike. They make you hungry.
It’s a bicycle plus the minus factor. Less is More. A portable travel bike, often one’s only bike.
Three bikes + bonus
- For each of these three bikes, who is the mastermind and what is the model name?
- How does the wheel size have an impact on the ride?
- Are these fixed or freewheel?
Which kind of folding “bike” fits in a typical kitchen drawer for knives, forks, spoons and rolling pins?
Today we look inside the current bike industry, including all sizes!
QUESTION 1. Who is this man and what is he selling?
QUESTION 2. What bike company made this image to promote which bicycle?
QUESTION 3. This bike art was made for what bike brands?
BONUS QUESTION: Name ten bicycle frame builders in New York City.
Bicycle Shops in New York City
There are many ways to get your bike fix in NYC.
Ebay, Craigslist, Mail Order, Property Auctions, Swap Meets, Flea Markets, Black Markets, Yard Sales, Friendly Trades, Dumpster Diving, Local Bike Shops…
Stop there. Who do you go to when your bike needs a fix?
New York City has a decent infrastructure of world-famous and local bicycle shops. With so many kinds of bikes to fix, how do these shops keep up? Today’s question celebrates of all those people and places who keep us rolling.
Take a deep breath, read the following paragraphs and try to stump the chump.
By George, In This Renaissance Metro Of Gotham City, I Have A Continuum Affinity For A Bicycle Shop–The Bike Shop–In My Neighborhood Habitat, Where I Have The Liberty To Bespoke Like A King Kog Century Spokesman, Where I Can B-Fold The Champion Innovation Arrow Tread Racer’s Edge, Tune-Up And Doctor My Cadence, Keeping Me On The Move Toward My Landmark Peak Mountain Grand Arc de Triomphe Into Heaven.
Whether I’m In Bay Ridge, Brooklyn Heights, Castle Hill, Chelsea, Flushing, Laurelton, LIC, Manhattan, Midtown, Queens, Westchester, Or On The Fulton Crosstown To A Verrazano Station Nyce Machine, I Don’t Want A Mini Mall Repairman To Belittle or Stop My Pedal-Pusher Heavy Metal Recycle-A-Bicycle NYC Velo Hardware.
I Don’t Care If It’s Arnold’s, B’s, Bennett’s, Bill’s, Buddy’s, Busy Bee’s, C & M, Mr. C’s, Chari, Cigi, Conrad’s, Dixon’s, Eddie’s, Enoch’s, Ferrara, Frank’s, Graham’s, Gray’s, Junior, Nelson’s, Mani’s, R & A’s, Robert’s, Roy’s, Sid’s, Terrific’s, Tony’s, Victor’s, Weber’s, Larry & Jeff’s, Or Even A Spin City Track Star Twin In A Paragon Toga. I Just Want To Know My Bike Works.
In that thoughtful quote, how many NYC bike shops are named?
Which NYC bicycle shops are not included?
The 2009 NYC Bike Map lists bicycle rental establishments in red.
How many are there?
Yesterday’s question, the first collision of a bike vs. car happened in 1896.
How many bicycle manufacturers, in that year would you estimate existed in NYC, and within a mile radius of City Hall, how many bicycle shops?
- 12 manufacturers, 3 bicycle shops
- 120 manufacturers, 8 bicycle shops
- 210 manufacturers, 18 bicycle shops
- 1200 manufacturers, 83 bicycle shops
- 2100 manufacturers, 183 bicycle shops
Bike Month NYC 2009 has five weekends, so each Sunday the Super Quiz will feature questions about firsts. First places, people, things and events. Today’s query is about a first meeting of bike and car.
In New York City, bicycles had been in use for over a decade before the first reported automobile crash to injure a bicyclist. During the first public exhibition of an internal combustion engine powered horseless carriage, the driver lost control, hit a cyclist and was arrested.
QUESTION 1. When did this happen?
- New Years Eve
- St. Valentines Day
- Memorial Day
- Friday the 13th
- Fourth of July
QUESTION 2. Where did this happen?
- Riverside Drive
- Union Square
- Coney Island
- Broadway in Brooklyn
- Broadway in Manhattan
QUESTION 3. The collision involved which bike vs. car?
- Schwinn vs. Chevrolet
- Peerless vs. Peugeot
- Columbia vs. Duryea
- Gladiator vs. Oldsmobile
- Overman vs. Humber
BONUS QUESTION: What was reportedly the name and address of the cyclist?
Old New York in Pictures.
QUESTION 1. At what popular cycling spot was this 1880s tricycle photographed?
QUESTION 2. Which edition of Bike New York was this photograph made?
QUESTION 3. Who was this guy going down Broadway?
BONUS QUESTION. Was he fixed or freewheeling?
Beginnings of a pedal-cycle
Let’s begin with questions about a pedal-cycle that appeared before humankind knew about bicycles.
The earliest evidence of a bicycle-like contraption, which could be anything.
There’s a drawing made by a famous artist of the Renaissance, around the 15th century AD, showing the design of what looks like a modern kind of pedal-cycle. It’s just a sketch.
- Who made that drawing?
- What type of cycle is that?
- Is it fixed or freewheel?
Which is the most false, forged and famous claim for the first invention of the bicycle?
- Da Vinci
- De Sivrac
- Happy Dragon
- Stoke Poges
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Bike Cult Super Quiz begins Friday May 1, and finishes Sunday May 31. Every morning of Bike Month NYC 2009, I, Bike Cult author Dave Perry of Bike Works NYC, will post a fresh set of brain-boggling bicycle-bound questions. Each topic is designed to increase bike and cycling awareness.
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