Can I get some insight from the forum on what I need to know if I want to replace the crank on my Dahon Mariner?
My feeling is that the flex of the crankarms and the chainring is detracting from the ride quality and 'motivational force' of my bike. It rides okay, of course, but it's not a fast bike, and doesn't inspire spirited riding, so I can't help but think that addressing the visible flex in the drivetrain components would remedy that to some extent.
It seems to be a simple square taper BB, so could I slap any ol' square taper crank on there? It seems that a standard crank with an integrated spider would be much stiffer than the stock setup, unless there's some limitation I'm unaware of.
What's the tooth count on the stock chainring? I would also like to add a tooth or too to while I'm at it, to lower the gearing.
Anyway, what should I know before I jump into this? Thanks in advance!