The Ultimate Mountain Biking Gear Quiz

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What biking shoe design helps to keep your foot in the proper position for pedaling?

Biking shoes in the high-end price range have high arches to help position your foot.

What is the major issue for mountain biking shoes?

Keeping your heels from slipping is a vital function of mountain biking shoes.

What can result from heel slippage?

Blisters are one result of heel slippage, but a worse one could be losing your balance.

Biking shoes have what special design to prevent heel slippage?

A special molded plastic heel gives extra support to prevent heel slippage.

How are mountain biking shoes fastened?

Bike shoes use ties and Velcro fasteners to hold the shoes snuggly to the foot.

How much do high-end mountain biking shoes cost?

High-end shoes may cost as much as $300, although less expensive models are available starting in the $50 range.

What detachable feature do high-end mountain biking shoes come with?

Detachable cleats and spikes are included with high-end mountain biking shoes.

What are detachable spikes used for?

Detachable spikes are screwed into the shoes for when hiking is necessary.

What is an important function of mountain biking gloves?

Mountain biking gloves improve grip, cushion hands during a fall, reduce blisters, keep hands warm and act as shock absorbers.

What are pogies?

Pogies are mountain biking mittens.

What style glove do professional mountain bike racers prefer?

Professional racers prefer full-finger gloves.

Which finger has a single spot in a three-finger glove?

The thumb has its own single spot in the glove, while the other fingers double up with a buddy.

What material is used to make mountain biking gloves?

Both leather and waterproof synthetic materials are used to make mountain biking gloves.

What medical condition can be caused by the bumps and stress of mountain biking?

Carpal tunnel syndrome may be a result of the bumps and stress of the sport, so is tendinitis.

What mountain biking clothing accessory looks a bit atrocious to some people?

That would be the skintight bike shorts.

What is the purpose of bike shorts?

The main purpose of the shorts is to act as a second skin.

What is the purpose of fabrics that wick?

Wicking fabrics draw moisture away from skin -- an important function in both hot and cold weather.

How do bike shorts protect sensitive areas?

Bike shorts have a chamois panel that reduces friction with sensitive areas.

Who wears mountain biking armor?

Extreme mountain bikers, such as downhill and freeriding racers, wear a kind of body armor for protection in a fall.

What is a handy fix-all for mountain bikers to pack along for the ride?

Duct tape and baling wire are a great fix-all to have on the road.

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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.

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