|At U Games 2010. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
Oh, the bicycle fork. Without it, we would all be riding unicycles, or we would be riding wheelies everywhere. I am going to concentrate on the rigid fork, as it is the original, and most simple. The suspension fork will come later due to its complexity. It’s sort of a diva anyway.
The rigid bicycle fork isn’t all that complex. Its job is to hold the front wheel, connect to the handlebars, and allows you to steer the darn bicycle around obstacles like potholes and dog poop. Please remember those last to obstacles as they are both things bicycle mechanics tend to deal with a lot with wheels. I digress. Let’s check out fork anatomy after the break.
|Shape of a bicycle fork (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
I’m a lazy slob. I could have drawn a cute little diagram of a bicycle fork, but instead, I swiped a picture from Wikipedia. My drawings aren’t all that great anyway.
Let’s start from the top.
Like I said. Not all that complex, but a very important part of the bicycle. Forks come in different materials depending on the bike model and depth of your wallet. The materials are, steel, aluminum, carbon fiber, and titanium. There are other niche materials out there such as bamboo, and wood, but those are rare. The rigid fork, depending on the material, also has to absorb some road vibration and shock as you ride along. Guess what? Materials is coming up! This will help you figure out what the difference in materials used to build frames and forks are.
Soak up the knowledge. I would like to thank those who have been reading my blog. I have been wanting to start this for a while, but time was an issue. Now that I have a job that allows me to write, I can release my knowledge to the Internet!