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Old 01-27-12, 01:18 PM   #1
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Anyone pack a Citizen Tokyo in a suitcase?

I'm thinking about getting a folding bike. I was interested in the Citizen Gotham and Miami, but the Tokyo model with 16" wheels looks like it might fit in a suitcase.

My rolling suitcase has a measurement of roughly 28x12x20 inches, but I'm guessing the interior is a bit smaller. The Tokyo is advertised as having a folded measurement of 26 x 11 x 20 inches. Needless to say the 20-inch width is worrying me. I suppose I can get a slightly larger bag, but am thinking I might can put the bike in at a slight angle.

I am just curious if any of you have any experience with getting the bag on an airplane in a standard suitcase?

Oh, and just for my plan, my hope is to put the bike in a suitcase, throw a few clothes and stuff around it to get it up to weight and to protect the bike, and then take the rest of my stuff as carry-on. I'll spend my first night at a nicer hotel and leave the empty suitcase for a week or two while I tour by bike. I hope to take my young teen kids with me.

Any problem putting 20 or 30 miles a day on a bike with 16-inch wheels?

Thanks for any help!
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Old 01-27-12, 01:50 PM   #2
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The size of the wheels is no problem for 20-30 miles pr day but the fit of the bike could be. Make sure the seatpost and stem is long enough. The folded size for the bike could be smaller if you remowe the front wheel or more. the bike can be just bolts and small pieces if you want .
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Old 01-27-12, 02:25 PM   #3
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I am trying to avoid taking the bike completely apart! If it is ever reduced to bolts and small pieces I'm afraid bolts and small pieces it will stay. Plus I'm planning on taking kids, so everything is multiplied by three.
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Old 01-30-12, 03:22 PM   #4
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I have a Tokyo, and I've often thought of doing the same thing, but I haven't tried it. I don't have a large suitcase - yet. I've commuted to work on my Tokyo - about 10 miles each way going the long scenic route, and have done similar distances on pleasure outings. I wouldn't want to go much further than that 20 mile round trip, and not that without a nice long break. I just bought a new, and hopefully more comfortable saddle - let's see if it helps. It does help that I upgraded the gears to a seven speed with a higher 7th gear than the original 6th - the bike is faster, though still not a speedster.
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Old 01-30-12, 04:14 PM   #5
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A 16" folder is generally no problem to get into a suitcase but also in general some dis-assembly is needed - if it doesn't fit in as-is which is unlikely, start by removing the wheels, front first then back also if needed, and the seatpost and also the stempost. Further dis-assembly should not be necessary.

30 miles on the foldy is easy as long as the saddle is comfortable enough for the hours for the job.
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Old 02-02-12, 02:41 PM   #6
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Thanks guys for your comments. I just bought an antique Dahon Stowaway off eBay for $80. My niece picked it up for me and it is in Atlanta while I'm in Mississippi. I'm pretty sure it has 16-inch wheels, so it will give me an idea of what the Tokyo will be like.

I'm going to be looking at buying bikes for the kids, too. I don't want to get into changing the gears as that is just more money spent. I suppose taking the wheels off to put a bike into a suitcase isn't so bad, although I'd love to just fold-n-stuff.

If I do pull the trigger on the Tokyo, I do intend to buy the nice "comfy" saddle!
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