Mister Jalopy from the Coco's Variety Store blog reflects on "The Patience of Old Bikes":
"Derelict old bicycles have the patience of a giant sequoia as they are absolutely comfortable to sit and rust into the ground. Natural as can be. To rustle these slumbering beasts from their preferred state means the mechanic must exhibit that same patience...Don't get me wrong. Working on a mysterious three speed hub is no Zen exercise of careful consideration and tea sipping. It is a dirty and fairly miserable job of exploding components finding their way into previously unknown cracks in the floor."
This might be the finest description of old bike work I've ever come across.