I just cleaned and lubed by bike chain. It had been about 350 miles between the last lube and this one. I got to thinking, when I was a kit and rode a Schwinn Wasp, I hardly every maintained it. We would lube our chains with auto transmission oil. Put 3 in 1 oil in the rear axel. Hose it off when it was too dirty and that was about it. I broke a axel once so that got lubed. We did not count the miles between chain lubes, we just did it every few months. We fixed flats and never got a new tube. Tires lasted forever. I remember buying grips once. I rode that bicycle everyday, on a paper route, after school and on weekends for about four years.
I know the old Schwinn had fewer moving parts. I'm not sure I ride more miles now. Were we just not aware or was everything in that time just simpler?
Do people who own one speed bikes have little or no maintenance problems? I would like to know.