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Old 07-06-11, 06:40 PM
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You might do better with a quick release axle? I've always thought a good QR is a stronger attachment than axle nuts.

But yes, I don't see why you can't flatten one side of the axle as you describe. Other options include going to a Sturmey Archer hub... less original, but maybe more useful?
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