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.
Very nice thought.