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The Fifth Commandment for the Cycling Enthusiast; That Dirt is Well Earned. Be Happy….

I took to cleaning the hubs on my Venge wheels a couple of weeks ago.  I carefully removed the wheels and disassembled the hubs only to find clean parts.  Ridiculously clean.  Beautiful.  I cleaned off the old, wiped on new lube, and put everything back together.  I haven’t tackled the hubs on my rain bike yet though.  They’re old-school tech so I’m assuming they’ll be a little trickier to mess with so I’m a little skittish.

I was talking to my friend, our LBS owner, about being unnerved at what I’d find once I took the old hubs apart…

Matt replied, “Don’t worry about it.  That dirt was well earned, be happy.”

I live for those little perception changing moments.  I’ve always hated getting my bikes dirty, but in one simple sentence and my attitude changed.  Just a little, and only for certain equipment.

I won’t be going out looking for gnarly conditions, but maybe getting a little dirty isn’t as bad as I made it out to be (on the proper bikes).  I also have to remember that which is most important:  I won’t get my bike dirty sitting if I’m on the couch watching life pass me by.

The dirt is well earned and I am happy.

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The First Commandment for the Cycling Enthusiast.

Thou Shalt Enjoy the Ride.

Life is usually not short.  Eighty, ninety, even a hundred years is a long time.  I plan on making it to the latter so I still have 53 years, or so, left.  This is not going to be one of those overhyped, inelegant posts designed to motivate.  Someone.  We don’t quite know who though.  Anyone!

No, my friends, the real Ten Commandments are quite simple and I’ll attempt to follow that same, most excellent guide for my Ten (maybe Fifteen) Commandments of cycling;  Keep. It. Simple. Stupid. as the saying goes.

The point then, is simple:  Enjoy the ride.  Nobody’s getting out of this alive.