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Old 10-08-15, 08:05 AM   #76
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I just found one of these dog zapping collar controller in perfect condition. It even lights up, so the batteries are good.
If you're in Austin, TX and lost one of these on Parmer Lane, give me a holler!!

Dog ​Zapping? No wonder my ex was so insulted when I asked her to put it on!
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Old 10-08-15, 08:49 AM   #77
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I ride through the mean side streets of South St Louis on my commute. One of the things seen not particularly rarely is the lone, discarded hair extension/weave. We refer to these as "tumbleweaves". While the common weave, tumbleweavus commonus, is found regularly, I have also seen, on occasion, the more rare tumbleweavus braidus, a complete braided ponytail. Once, also, was seen the tumbleweavus completus, a complete wig on the side of the road.
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Old 10-08-15, 09:11 AM   #78
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You could ride around the neighborhood pushing the button until you find the car -- and then the car is yours!
Be careful. If you push the button too many times it won't work for the car anymore. (They work on "rolling" codes, with the car generally accepting the next X number of codes where X may be ~50.) Once you press the button more than X times, the remote won't work to unlock the car anymore.
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Old 10-08-15, 09:14 AM   #79
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i ride through the mean side streets of south st louis on my commute. One of the things seen not particularly rarely is the lone, discarded hair extension/weave. We refer to these as "tumbleweaves". While the common weave, tumbleweavus vulgaris, is found regularly, i have also seen, on occasion, the more rare tumbleweavus braidus, a complete braided ponytail. Once, also, was seen the tumbleweavus completus, a complete wig on the side of the road.
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All sorts of things, but I only stop to pick up tools and paper money. Recently, a flat screwdriver and a drywall wide putty knife. Farther back - 1/4" drive full socket set, 16" Craftsman adjustable wrench (score!), and a nice folding carpet knife. Loose allen wrenches. Loose sockets - of all kinds. Sometimes a useful box or combination wrench, especially 15mm ratcheting ones.

I'm holding in my hand a Park Tool AWS-9 multi-tool that I found on the road once. It's now in my commuting handlebar bag!
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1/4" drive full socket set, 16" Craftsman adjustable wrench (score!)
That is a score! You're right, loose sockets seem to be very common, but a full set?

Once in a large group ride my wife found a cygolite hotshot. Once I get a rack mount for it, that will become my regular commuting taillight.
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I found while mountain biking once a cat eye taillight blinking. I picked it up and rode to the parking lot and asked a few people if they lost it. No one had. So I kept it and then while riding in SC when my in laws lived there. It must have fallen out of my pannier pocket. I rode back next day to look for it and I could not find it. Easy come Easy Go.
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$100 bill on RAGBRAI.

I see tools and other stuff, but if I'm out for a 30+ mile ride I'm not going to carry a 12" adjustable wrench for 25 miles.
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Once in a large group ride my wife found a cygolite hotshot. Once I get a rack mount for it, that will become my regular commuting taillight.
That's one complaint I read about for those, is they fall off. If you don't mind charging it on the bike (a pain, I bet) you could use a zip tie to hold it to the mount. Mine hasn't fallen off yet, and it sure is bright.
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For now it has been in the accessory loop on the back of my son's seatbag, with a rubber band looped around a few times on the bottom to make sure it can't bounce out. A rubber band shouldn't have time to dryrot away before it needs to be taken off and charged. But I plan to buy a rackmount, hopefully that's a nice positive connection.
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Old 10-10-15, 05:37 PM   #86
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The usual things: tools, penknives, money, lights, bungees... but the most weird was a tiny black handmade casket about 20cm long. Must belong to a cult or something like that.
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-Bicycle mud flap - a nice long rubber one
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About a dollar in change scattered in an intersection. Fortunately not a busy one but I waited for cars carefully and searched thoroughly...made a big difference that day.
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I once found a handgun in the street on my commute in a pretty safe area of town. Called the police non-emergency number to have them send a patrol car to bag it in case it was reported missing or had been used in a crime. Never found anything worth keeping like tools or cash, though. Going to keep my eyes open after reading this thread!
You're lucky they didn't try to arrest you!

This is off-topic but a friend of mine found a bale of marijuana floating off the Florida keys while out fishing. He call the authorities to turn it in and they were going to confiscate his boat until he called his attorney.

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Best find ever: Was on an organized tour 2.5 years back or so and met up with the group. We started riding and set up camp that night. Met a lovely woman, we spent all evening chatting and such. And we have been together ever since. We are engaged and getting married next year.
Now there's the winner of this thread...
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You're lucky they didn't try to arrest you!

This is off-topic but a friend of mine found a bale of marijuana floating off the Florida keys while out fishing. He call the authorities to turn it in and they were going to confiscate his boat until he called his attorney.

Justice is just a roll of the dice...
Knowing how clueless authorities can be, there is no way in hell I'd report it.
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I don't think I'd call the cops about finding anything they could use against me.
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I once found a $900 (5000 RMB) bundle of cash on my commute in Shanghai...
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That's one complaint I read about for those, is they fall off. If you don't mind charging it on the bike (a pain, I bet) you could use a zip tie to hold it to the mount. Mine hasn't fallen off yet, and it sure is bright.
I have had tail lights fall off or even break off. I zip tie them too.
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Found a car key today.

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Late 90's - I travelled across the state to do a favorite ride with a friend of mine. It was on a Sunday, so we parked in a bank parking lot near the start of the loop. I found a driver's license sitting on the ground under the drive through window drawer.

What are the chances?
It was an old friend of mine who lost it!

Now get this - - - - it was an old friend who I hung out with in Hawaii in the early 80's (I didn't know he moved to Florida) and had not seen or heard from since the 80's in Hawaii.

I still have a hard time understanding the chances of something like that happening.
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Late 90's - I travelled across the state to do a favorite ride with a friend of mine. It was on a Sunday, so we parked in a bank parking lot near the start of the loop. I found a driver's license sitting on the ground under the drive through window drawer.

What are the chances?
It was an old friend of mine who lost it!

Now get this - - - - it was an old friend who I hung out with in Hawaii in the early 80's (I didn't know he moved to Florida) and had not seen or heard from since the 80's in Hawaii.

I still have a hard time understanding the chances of something like that happening.
Amazing find..
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