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?