OK, OK, Here is the rest of the pics.
I think everyone is right on with this. It could be a garden tool, and peace pipe. It also is a bit pricey. (it all depends on what its worth to ya to be able to easily fix a flat out in the bush)
The cable goes through the axle and then back through the spokes to be a leverage point.
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