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I'd always wondered what the new star-shaped tool was for on my multi-tool. Ha! Now I know; it fits both screws on grips and brake levers. After some brake lever refinement, clipping and binding cable ends, and a quick spin in the neighborhood to check adjustments, I was ready for a short ride.
Simplicity is key with this bike. This is my first bicycle without toe clips. I was continually trying to flip the pedal backwards to insert feet inside cages. I chuckled when I discovered only flat pedals with rubberized surface. Old habits die hard.
Heading back uphill was a breeze. When the terrain flattened, I gripped both brakes levers in succession, embarrassingly realized I'd flopped rear and front cables, though that shouldn't matter for stopping power. I suspected the center pull brakes needed some attention. This style is new territory for me. And then, when inspecting rear wheel, I detected the wobble. Oh vey!
I confirmed it when I got home. There's a broken rear spoke. It's time to let the professionals take over.