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A Hanging Bicycle Wheel (not spinning)

Trick question: A bicycle wheel is hanging from a rope on one end of its axle, as you can see below. A person is holding the other side of the axle. The wheel is not turning.

The question is: What happens to the wheel when the person lets go?
(Note: The rope will not break or come loose from its end of the axle)

What do you think? What will happen to the wheel?

It will toss around a bit and end up dangling from the rope.

It will stay upright, just as if the person was still holding it.

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