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    How to remove a one-piece crank?

    Yeah don't say it, I know its a sign of a garbage bike, but its what I have to work with. I'm planning on replacing it with Altus cranks from an old bike I stripped, only I'm not sure how to go about removing them.

    This isn't the same model as mine, but they look essentially the same:


    I figure that taking a wrench to the giant hex on one side has something to do with it, but overall I'm mystified.

    Also does anyone think that I'll run into compatibility issues with installing a new crank onto what must be a cheap bracket down there?
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    Yeah, just loosen that hex nut.

    The BB shell on it is not threaded...you'll need some kind of adapter or special BB to use a 3 piece crankset with it...

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    My actual crank is 3-geared, will I still have a problem?

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    This should answer your questions: http://sheldonbrown.com/opc.html
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    Ive got a DMR adaptor rings
    they sit in the frame and have the long bolts to hold them in
    theres standard bsa threads in side them so you can screw in a normal 3 peice bottom bracket

    also have a Raleigh ladies mtb that has a cheap bb in a american style bb.
    think its a standard raleigh part.

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    It's probably not worth the expense of converting once you figure the cost of the adaptor plus the new crankset, bottom bracket, and pedals. Unless you really need to use clipless pedals.....
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    All the threads on the left side are left-handed (Bass Ackwards)

    After you remove the left pedal, left locknut, and cone, you will need to remove the ball races as soon as possible. The left crank arm will come out through the cups, but not with the ball races in place.

    If you can find a bike store that caters to the BMX riders, there are some better Astabula style cranks, pedals, and bearing sets available.

    Yes, I fix bikes for the kids in the neighborhood....why do you ask?

    Edited to add: Beware of over tightening the cones. The cups are all soft steel, but case hardened. If you run them tight, you will crack the case hardening and ruin the cups. If it has a coaster brake, be sure to locktite and tighten the buhjesus out of the fixed cone. (holds the chainring on the crank) The drive pin has some slop in the hole in the chain ring, and thus the chainring can turn just a smidgen on the crank. I have seen that cause the fixed cup to loosen, which tightens the bearing adjustment...took me two bearing sets to figure that one out...fortunatly they are cheap.
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    Hmm so pretty much all I have to do is take out the entire assembly, slap one of these in

    And I can install a standard bracket/cranks? Sounds pretty simple, thanks alot!
    (note: I already have the replacement parts, they're old but haven't been used much)

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