What is a bicycle fork?
A bike fork is the part located on the front of the bicycle. This part holds the wheel in place. The bike fork is shaped like an upside down Y. The bottom of the fork(open end) is where the wheel is put into place. The wheel is then held in place by two nuts on each side of the open fork. At the top part of the Y (closed end) is where the handlebars attach. The handlebars are held on by the headset which then is inserted into the head tube on the top of the bicycle fork.
Why is a bicycle fork important?
The bike fork is the piece that holds the wheel in place. The fork also allows for the rider to be able to steer in any direction they please.
How does a bicycle fork work on a bike?
The bicycle forks allows a place for the wheel to rest. The fork gives the ability and power to steer. In addition, the bicycle fork can also come equipped with shock absorbers (depending on bicycle fork manufacturer) which allows the fork to create a cushion for impact when riding over rough terrain.
How do you choose the right bicycle fork for your bike?
It is important to get the best bicycle fork size that suits the frame of your bicycle. Your bicycle could be a tall bicycle, so you would need a tall fork for that frame and vice-versa. The average lengths are 363.5mm and 374.7mm. These are just averages, it is best to try and adjust the fork size to fit your frame. Another thing to consider is your wheel size. A wheel can come in all sorts of sizes as well. Lastly, you should find out if your handlebars or bicycle fork is threaded or not threaded. If you purchase a bicycle fork that had a threaded headset but have handlebars that are not threaded, you will have problems. Make sure the handlebars, wheels, and bicycle fork are all compatible to work with each other. It is best to buy from the same manufacturer when trying to purchase separate bicycle pieces to ensure compatibility.