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    driving sucks indianatrails's Avatar
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    Roadside scavenging

    Switching recently to a solidly urban commute from a rural one, it never ceases to amaze me what's out there just laying on the roads: cash, tools, jewelry, electronics, etc! Trash day can be especially interesting and/or heartbreaking.

    Some factors I consider when scavenging by bike:
    -- worth of item vs. mass of item, momentum of bike
    -- traffic density, position of item on/along roadway
    -- environmental, aesthetic concerns

    So what are some of your favorite roadside finds? Criteria for scavenging?

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    jpdesjar
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    i found a multi-tool walking one time and it had a tool for adjusting most things on my bike...i love finds like those

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    Senior Member bipedfred's Avatar
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    I will usually pick up any Gold, Large Denomination Bills, Diamonds, or Rolex Watches I happen to spot.
    ummm... a red one, a blue one, another red one, and a black one. The blue one is for sale, pm me if interested.

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    Dirty old man in training
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    Craftsman 10mm combo wrench

    cheap 9/16" combo wrench

    someone's car keys, they had a grocery store discount card attached to their keyring, I dropped the keys off at that store on the way to work

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    Son of Fred Bander's Avatar
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    I found a game for PlayStation2 on the roadside, intact in its case. It had stamps on it identifying it a being from a local rental place, but when I tried to return it their store on that street had closed or changed locations. I don't have a PS2, so now I'm stuck with the game and don't know what to do with it.
    Quote Originally Posted by patentcad
    So what's the problem? The whole friggin sport of cycling is rude and stupid.
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    I would hang their severed heads from my back panniers as a warning.

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    South Denver Commuter Leiniesred's Avatar
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    I got a new Snap-on 10mm thin wall, deep well, 3/8ths drive socket yesterday while waiting for the light to change.
    200? Bianchi Milano (main commuter)
    2003 Specialized Epic

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    me ride bike good
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    My rear tire found some glass yesterday morning-does that count?

    My route is mostly rural, so normally just find dead animals.

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    mmm new bike smell HAL 8000's Avatar
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    Jealous. My 10mm 3/8 drive deep well was only a Craftsman. Quarter car wash, 2.5 weeks ago riding w/wife. Carwashes good place to find tools. Not jealous of the glass tho.

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    Found a wallet on the bridge.....had no cash, but pay stub, drivers license, credit cards and a debit card with the pin number.....
    turned it over to police...

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