General Knowledge Questions (313)

  1. The modern 21-day/stage Tour de France is roughly what total distance: 550m/880km; 880m/1,400km; 1,100m/1,760km; or 2,200m/3,500km?
  2. The traditional generic name of the 1880s bike design which improved the penny-farthing (high-wheel) and basically endures today is the '(What?) bicycle': Efficiency; Reliance; Safety; or Sensible?
  3. What French railway term refers to the bicycle gear system for shifting the chain between sprockets?
  4. The 'maillot à pois rouge' jersey of the 'King of the Mountains' (best hill climber) in the Tour de France is white with red: Chevrons; Spots; Crowns; or Snowflakes?
  5. What country produces Flying Pigeon bicycles, at 2010 the most popular mechanical vehicle in history?
  6. By the year 2010 there were roughly how many bicycles worldwide: 250 million; 400m; 650m; or 1 billion?
  7. What was a bicycle first called (and still today also any human powered wheeled vehicle), a Latin portmanteau of 'speed' and 'foot'?
  8. A modern 'balance bicycle' is purpose-designed for: Tightrope walkers; Children; Delivery riders; or Elderly shoppers?
  9. In 2013 Dutch cyclist Sebastiaan Bowier set a world speed record for a bicycle (unassisted, human powered vehicle) of what mph? 49; 57; 72 or 83?
  10. A penny-farthing (high-wheel) bicycle is steered by which wheel(s): Front; Rear; or Both?
  11. What New York venue gave its name to an Olympic track cycle event, alternatively called the American race?
  12. Slang for an eccentric person, what bicycle part converts reciprocal leg-power into circular wheel motion?
  13. The green jersey is worn by the Tour de France's: Leader; Second-place; Best sprinter; or Leading amateur?
  14. As at 2014 which nation has never hosted a Tour de France stage: Austria; Ireland; Spain; or Germany?
  15. Who was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles in October 2012 due to doping?
  16. German Baron Karl Drais's 1818 Laufmaschine (or Dandy horse/Draisine), origin of the modern bike, lacked: Pedal-propulsion; Steering; Spoked wheels; or Saddle/seat?
  17. What French word commonly refers to a bunch or pack of cyclists?
  18. Developed, named (c.1950) and hugely popular in Japan for gambling, what Olympic track cycling event requires riders to follow a motorized bike until the last few hundred metres of free sprint?
  19. Drop, Randonneur, Porteur, Aero and Moustache are types of bicycle what?
  20. The traditional (English translated) award given to the last place rider in the Tour de France is the: Wooden spoon; Red lamp; Broken wheel; or Stinking Egg?

General Knowledge Answers (313)

  1. The modern 21-day/stage Tour de France is roughly what total distance: 550m/880km; 880m/1,400km; 1,100m/1,760km; or 2,200m/3,500km? 2,200m/3,500km
  2. The traditional generic name of the 1880s bike design which improved the penny-farthing (high-wheel) and basically endures today is the '(What?) bicycle': Efficiency; Reliance; Safety; or Sensible? Safety bicycle
  3. What French railway term refers to the bicycle gear system for shifting the chain between sprockets? Derailleur (from the original meaning of a train derailling from its track)
  4. The 'maillot à pois rouge' jersey of the 'King of the Mountains' (best hill climber) in the Tour de France is white with red: Chevrons; Spots; Crowns; or Snowflakes? Spots (also termed polka dots)
  5. What country produces Flying Pigeon bicycles, at 2010 the most popular mechanical vehicle in history? China (there are over half a billion of these globally, mostly in China..)
  6. By the year 2010 there were roughly how many bicycles worldwide: 250 million; 400m; 650m; or 1 billion? 1 billion
  7. What was a bicycle first called (and still today also any human powered wheeled vehicle), a Latin portmanteau of 'speed' and 'foot'? Velocipede
  8. A modern 'balance bicycle' is purpose-designed for: Tightrope walkers; Children; Delivery riders; or Elderly shoppers? Children (also called a 'run bike', it has no pedals or mechanized propulsion, encouraging the learners to use their legs for support and propulsion, and has progressively superceded children's bicycles with stabilizer training wheels, which can foster an unnatural dependency and fear - the 'balance bike' is an example of nudge theory, where instinctive change/learning [in this case of balance] and confidence are enabled via counter-intuitive design)
  9. In 2013 Dutch cyclist Sebastiaan Bowier set a world speed record for a bicycle (unassisted, human powered vehicle) of what mph? 49; 57; 72 or 83? 83 (precisely 83.13 mph or 133.78 kilometres per hour)
  10. A penny-farthing (high-wheel) bicycle is steered by which wheel(s): Front; Rear; or Both? Front
  11. What New York venue gave its name to an Olympic track cycle event, alternatively called the American race? Madison Square Garden (the 'Madison', in which team members take turns to lead, using a hand-holding 'catapult' method of changing position - the concept evolved in the late 1890s in the NY stadium in response to safety limits imposed on endurance events, which drew vast crowds and endangered participants due to exhaustion)
  12. Slang for an eccentric person, what bicycle part converts reciprocal leg-power into circular wheel motion? Crank (drive from the legs is actually up and down [reciprocal, linear] via the pedal, which is converted via the cranks [attached to the pedals] to the circular motion for propelling the wheels)
  13. The green jersey is worn by the Tour de France's: Leader; Second-place; Best sprinter; or Leading amateur? Best sprinter
  14. As at 2014 which nation has never hosted a Tour de France stage: Austria; Ireland; Spain; or Germany? Austria
  15. Who was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles in October 2012 due to doping? Lance Armstrong
  16. German Baron Karl Drais's 1818 Laufmaschine (or Dandy horse/Draisine), origin of the modern bike, lacked: Pedal-propulsion; Steering; Spoked wheels; or Saddle/seat? Pedal-propulsion (Laufmaschine means 'running machine')
  17. What French word commonly refers to a bunch or pack of cyclists? Peloton
  18. Developed, named (c.1950) and hugely popular in Japan for gambling, what Olympic track cycling event requires riders to follow a motorized bike until the last few hundred metres of free sprint? Keirin (meaning 'racing wheels')
  19. Drop, Randonneur, Porteur, Aero and Moustache are types of bicycle what? Handlebars
  20. The traditional (English translated) award given to the last place rider in the Tour de France is the: Wooden spoon; Red lamp; Broken wheel; or Stinking Egg? Red lamp(Lanterne rouge - alluding to the red light displayed in the last carriage of a train)

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