Question about leather bands on Solex 3800

I have been cleaning a 1974 (I think) Solex 3800 that was lent to me by a friend. There is a leather strap, about 5/8th of an inch wide, around the wheel hubs. There is a bigger one around the back hub and a smaller one on the front. They do not appear to be homemade and they look as though they were manufactured for the bike. Does anyone know what they are for? They are in pretty good shape but I did not remove them for fear that they would crack. I was thinking about putting some leather conditioner on them.

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Ed - Dead Possums /

picture?

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Overpriced Parts /

They keep the hubs clean I think

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Good idea. Here are some photos.

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I didn't think about that but you are probably right. Thanks so much!

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Ed - Dead Possums /

Yep those are to keep your hubs clean. Big pimpin' !

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Awesome! Do you know if they came standard with the bike?

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Overpriced Parts /

Ya sometimes they had a small reflector hanging from the straps

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Thank you for the info. This forum is so great! Hopefully one day I will be informed enough to answer questions, not just ask them.

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Not original from the Solex factory, but I see them on a lot of Ohio/Michigan Solexes....must have been a dealer that liked putting them on.

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Ed - Dead Possums /

I've seen them on old schwinn bikes.

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They are often called "hub shiners", they are usually leather or rubber. Its just an accessory that was once popular on bicycles. New leather ones are still available, and could be made easily if you were so inclined.

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Yup Yup Hub Shiners!

-Honest™

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Thanks so much to everyone for all of the info. I really appreciate it!

-Lisa

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