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Use strong cable ties or wire/cable to tie the biggest sprocket to the rear wheel spokes. This will eliminate the freewheel, so be very careful when slowing down or going downhill. If cable ties are too weak, shifting or brake cables should work nicely. If you don’t have any spares you could even scavenge the front derailleur shift cable. However, I think ...


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The answer to this question depends on the hub design. Other than Shimano and close copies of the Shimano design, many rear hubs use some variation of a drive ring based design. These are characterized by an oversize axle, a main bearing that's somewhere under the drive side hub flange as opposed to the end of the freehub body, and a freehub with pawls that ...


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There is a set of solutions that are more meant for prolonged off-road touring/bikepacking tours without any access to the civilization. They require a bit of preparation at home for such classes of failures. Convert the rear wheel to fixie mode by bolting a cog instead of the braking disc. This is done by flipping the rear wheel in the dropouts, unbolting ...


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Assuming you have a fairly standard on-bike set of tools, I would have tried the cable ties first as well. Sometimes you can get the pawls to engage again by dropping the bike, and the shock drops one into place. If not, try rotating the wheel 90 degrees because some designs only have two pawls. If the freehub engages, then carefully ride while maintaining ...


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I can't remember exactly what my problem was, but I once remember getting a big industrial paperclip (was at work when it happened) wrapping it around a spoke and then hooking it around one of the holes in the largest sprocket, which let me limp home, making sure not to change up into the largest few sprockets. From what I remember it was okay when up to ...


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Take off some spokes Most bike wheels have more spokes than are strictly necessary, so you can take off a few. Ideally you'd take off them symmetrically, but for a short trip it is not that critical. Bend the removed spokes around the largest cog. Depending on hub design, you can either tie the other end around the remaining spokes, or leave it inside the ...


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