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An alternative for used cranks for an old bike for "beater" style usage is to get a cheap, unbranded (new) chainset online. You will at least then have the assurance of any warranty that the company provide, and much lower chance of getting sold something broken. In the UK there are websites like SJS Cycles which provide parts in all price ranges. Last year ...


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I've actually never seen bent cranks, so that's probably the least of your worries. And if they are bent, then I don't think you'd be able to tell until they're mounted on the bike. Bringing pedals is a good idea - not to check for straightness, but to check if the pedal threads are damaged. If they're square-taper cranks, you should also check the dust cap ...


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Are you pretty good mechanically? You could try this: Repairing stripped pedal thread



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