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

March 2017
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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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