The Ultimate Bicycle Repair Quiz
by Staff
Knowing how to repair your bicycle by yourself will not only save you money, but will give you the satisfaction of keeping yourself on the road. Fixing a flat tire, repairing or replacing a broken chain, or even replacing a spoke are not hard to do and require just a few basic tools. Take this quiz to learn more about repairing your bicycle.

What should you do when you can't remove a flat tire by hand?

  • Use bike tire irons.
  • Use a screwdriver.
  • Use a blade.

What is the easiest way to check a tire tube for leaks?

  • Scan over the tube surface manually.
  • Put an air-filled tube into a bucket of water.
  • Blow air through the tube.

What should you do before you put patches on the damaged area of the tire tube?

  • Pour adhesive liquid everywhere.
  • Cut off the damaged area.
  • Scrape, clean and roughen the area that needs a patch.

What is the first thing you do to repair a damaged tire?

  • Remove the wheel from the bike.
  • Remove the tube from the wheel.
  • Remove the spoke from the wheel.

What do you use to prevent the patch from sticking to the inside of the tire?

  • after shave lotion
  • talcum powder
  • cardboard sheet

How much time does it normally take to patch a bike tire?

  • 60 minutes
  • 45 minutes
  • 30 minutes

What type of bicycles require manual adjustment of chain tension?

  • automatic bikes
  • derailleur bikes
  • single-speed bikes and 3-speed bikes

What is the most common method of measuring chain length?

  • Measuring the distance between the rear sprocket and the front chainwheel.
  • Measuring the length of the old chain.
  • Measuring the diameter of the bicycle wheel.

How do you know you have tightened the new spokes correctly?

  • The wheel spins with a wobble.
  • The wheel spins freely and evenly.
  • The wheel curves a little where the new spoke went in.

Which does not cause inadequate braking?

  • wear to the brake shoes
  • a loose brake cable on one or both wheels
  • a missing spoke

What type of chain do single-speed and 3-speed bicycles use?

  • 1/2-inch chain with a master link
  • 1/4-inch chain with a master link
  • 1/8-inch chain with a master link

What type of chain do 5- and 10-speed bicycles use?

  • 3/32-inch continuous chain
  • 3/16-inch continuous chain
  • 3/8-inch continuous chain

What is commonly used to clean bicycle chains?

  • mustard oil
  • kerosene
  • castor oil

Which tool is used in cleaning and replacing a bicycle chain?

  • iron saw
  • screwdriver
  • needle-nose pliers or chain rivet extractor

The master link of which size bike chain has straight side plates?

  • 1/8-inch
  • 1/4-inch
  • 1/2-inch

Which of these oil types is also used when cleaning bike chains?

  • diesel
  • motor oil
  • mustard oil

How do you fit a new chain to the bicycle?

  • Use a welding torch to fuse unnecessary links.
  • Use an electric torch to cut the new chain to size.
  • Remove links as necessary to adjust the chain to the proper length.

How do you position the bicycle when you are replacing a spoke?

  • upside down
  • erect
  • hung

What tool do you use to cut the old spokes?

  • screwdriver
  • wire cutter
  • knife

What tool do you use to adjust brake shoes on the wheel rim?

  • chain rivet extractor
  • wire cutter
  • third hand

How do you know the whether your bicycle's rubber brake shoes are okay?

  • The rubber is flexible.
  • The rubber is brittle.
  • The rubber is worn off.