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Citizen Tokyo 52T or 56T Crank?

Old 03-09-17, 04:56 PM
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Citizen Tokyo 52T or 56T Crank?

Hi,

I'm deciding between upgrading to a 52T or 56T crankset. Does anyone see any issues of swapping to the 56T other than replacing the chain? Appreciate it

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...A2KZES1YMKZ1ND

https://www.amazon.com/Crankset-Alum...ords=52t+crank
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Can't tell from the pictures whether your chainring is separable. If it is, you just need to buy a new chainring and not an entire crankset. If you are set on buying a new crankset, be sure to ensure that it is compatible with your bottom bracket.

Otherwise, it shouldn't be a problem.
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I added the 56t crank from amazon to my Dahon Vybe. Took 10 minutes to swap the cranks and made the bike top gears far more practical. No issues with the crank so far and it looks great on the bike. I have not swapped the chain yet because I don't use 1st gear. The derailleur seems fine from 2nd and higher.
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I decided to upgrade to a 56T crankset and it works well makes the gears more usable. For those interested I got mine here

https://www.mobicbikes.com/products/...lding-bicycles

I think this is probably the least expensive and simplest mod for a low-end folder you can do to get some decent speed. I've been riding it for 2 yrs now as a daily and have not had any issues.

The only other mods were for comfort (ergon grips and spring saddle). I thought about Big Apple tires once I wear out the stock ones.

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[MENTION=205957]Antone[/MENTION]: very nice simple mod. Thanks for sharing.
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What a cute looking folding bike. Looks really convenient to store, never tried 16" wheels but would imagine inferior ride quality.

Don't get Citizen bikes in the uk but similar models are available here.

This aluminium model looks good value.

https://www.sportsdirect.com/muddyfox...lcode=93334811

Another option is this steel model like the Citizen which benefits from height adjustable handlebars and more equipment.

https://bicycles4u.com/collections/f...ublin-explorer

Not a huge amount of choice over here. The big bike retailer in the uk is Halfords and they don't offer much in 16" wheels.
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Originally Posted by Bonzo Banana
What a cute looking folding bike. Looks really convenient to store, never tried 16" wheels but would imagine inferior ride quality.

Don't get Citizen bikes in the uk but similar models are available here.

This aluminium model looks good value.

https://www.sportsdirect.com/muddyfox...lcode=93334811

Another option is this steel model like the Citizen which benefits from height adjustable handlebars and more equipment.

https://bicycles4u.com/collections/f...ublin-explorer

Not a huge amount of choice over here. The big bike retailer in the uk is Halfords and they don't offer much in 16" wheels.
I would avoid this Dublin Explorer. The frame and stem hinges/latches that I see in the photo are of very poor quality. They are common on very low-end bikes, but I would avoid them if possible.
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Originally Posted by Pinigis
I would avoid this Dublin Explorer. The frame and stem hinges/latches that I see in the photo are of very poor quality. They are common on very low-end bikes, but I would avoid them if possible.
They do a higher quality version.

https://bicycles4u.com/collections/f...onaco-explorer

Seems to offer an improvement in the hinge but wondered if this was stronger because of the aluminium frame where you tend to see a thicker hinge mechanism. A lot of the steel folders at entry level price in the uk tend to have the same mechanism as the dublin explorer. I just put it down to being steel the hinge mechanism could be smaller as steel didn't need as much reinforcing.

Dahon do a Ford branded folding bike. Yeah its crap admittedly and best avoided but again uses the same mechanism on this steel bike. Just making the point that hinge mechanism is extremely common across many steel bikes from many brands. Also if you google folding bike hinge failure its almost all Dahon and Tern hits both aluminium. You never seem to see people complaining about the hinge on these steel folding bikes.

https://www.bikeinn.com/bike/dahon-f...1v/136398666/p



Lastly my very own folding bike has the same mechanism but I tend not to try and use that as I know a single person's experience is not really that useful in the scheme of things. It could be something with a 90% failure rate and the 1 person in 10 who doesn't have problems isn't useful information.



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