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    'way back in the dawn of time...

    rear bicycle hubs used to have a little hinged cap into which one was supposed to put in a wee bit of oil once a year or so. We kids overdid it, natch.

    Whatever happened to the concept of the little hinged cap? (I don't remember if it was used for single or three-speed bikes.) I'm assuming it was replaced by the all-enclosed, all-sealed, all good all the time rear hubs of today?

    Please assure me I'm not the only old fart on these boards.

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    Sturmey Archer 3-speeds definitely had that feature. There was also a little strap to hang on your hub that kept the excess oil from accumulating on the hub. I can also remember overhauling my road bike hubs 2 or 3 times every year.

    I think that modern sealed mechanisms have eliminated the need for any of that. I, for one, still remember them but I don't miss them.

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    I remember those hubs too. my Dad was an upholester and always had lots of leather around. so while we never has the little reflectors we always had those leather straps

    some old 3spds had them on the BB too right? my newest Campi Record hubs from '99/'00 still have the oil clip on the front hub atleast too
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    Correct, they were for older 3-speeds. Most modern hubs (even geared ones) use grease, but you can still find oil-bath hubs if you look around.

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    Even the old Campy Nuovo Record hubs had oil holes and little black clips for those who wanted to use oil instead of grease (did anybody ever do that?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by FunkyStickman View Post
    Correct, they were for older 3-speeds. Most modern hubs (even geared ones) use grease, but you can still find oil-bath hubs if you look around.
    And some of us will even convert the newer IGH back to oil bath.

    I have several of the old oil bath Sturmey Archer hubs still in frequent use. One has seen well over 30,000 miles in its life time and is still ticking along.

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