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Marin larkspur bike. unsuccessful in removing wheel. do not know how to move brakes (unlock?)

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This is not a motorcycle! but undo the axle nut or Quick release lever and remove the wheel( if it is the rear one you have to unhook the chain as well) By the sound of it you do not have the skill level to carry out this sort of work. Brakes are a safety device so need to be looked after properly.

Posted on Feb 12, 2012

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