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Old 06-11-10, 01:40 PM   #1
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non metal parts

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I was just looking in my local motor store and a cheap cycle that was on display had a plastic crank, I was quite surprised.
Is this ok, or is it just done for cost cutting?

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Old 06-11-10, 02:00 PM   #2
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I had seen a lot of plastic cranks on supermarket bikes (very cheap <60$, the whole bike is 60$) and with plastic brake levers, and others. But many of the "plastic cranks" are really from metal coated with a thick plastic housing (of 3-10mm thick).

"Exceptionally" low quality that is
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Very cheap bikes have this. I am pretty sure it is just to make it look like a more expensive crank as better ones have much fatter aluminum arms.

Lots of cheap bikes have steel cranks which are quite skinny little things without plastic and I suspect this is what it underneatht he plastic on the bike you saw.
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Indeed. There are no plastic cranks per se, just cheap steel cranks covered in plastic to disguise the fact they are pot metal steel.
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