I bought my Mercier Kilo TT about a month ago and absolutely love this bike. This past weekend i was riding when i felt my left pedal drop. Looking at the damage, the crank is absolutely stripped. I talked to my LBS and they gave me a couple of options:
1. Heli-Coil for $25 with no guarantee it will last that long, or that it will even work. they also told me that with a heli-coil i couldnt be skidding or doing tricks, which is half of my fun.
2. Order the replacement left crank from some distributor they called, it would be a different color from my right side, and would run me nearly $40 with shipping
3. Order a whole new crankset, most likely a new bottom bracket, and have them install it. depending on the crankset i purchase i'm looking at anywhere from $60-$100+
Just figured i would join this forum and ask for your more experienced advice. BTW the crankset currently on the bike is a Truvativ Touro, so if anyone does have a left crank sitting around from an upgrade or whatnot i would love to purchase it. I'm a broke college student so money is relatively tight. Thanks ahead of time for your responses.