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Old 06-07-13, 01:50 PM   #501
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Yesterday morning I rode by a shiny socket in the road, so I went back for it. I didn't pay much attention to it at the time, just stuck it in my pocket and rode on. When I examined it I found that it's an 11/16" socket, but must use something like a gearwrench to turn it, as the center is a round hole. I don't plan to buy the tool so now I have a socket I've no use for.
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Old 06-08-13, 09:47 AM   #502
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At one point, so the urban legends tell us, this was a way to mark gang territory . Nowadays it still may be true, but I think kids mostly do it for fun when they get a new pair of shoes. Just one of those things that people see and decide to imitate. I've done it when I was a jerkwad idiot teenager...

As for the single shoe, I don't know either. What I want to know is what's up with all the underwear I see on the side of the road?
I heard it once had to do with drug dealing, but who knows?
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At one point, so the urban legends tell us, this was a way to mark gang territory. Nowadays it still may be true, but I think kids mostly do it for fun when they get a new pair of shoes. Just one of those things that people see and decide to imitate. I've done it when I was a jerkwad idiot teenager...
Supposedly years ago when I lived in L.A. that a pair of shoes over the power line was a symbol to rival gangs that they shot one of theirs and took their shoes and flung them up on the wires for all to see as a reminder. 35 years later I don't think that means anything now. So urban legend? I don't know I was never in the gang banging scene.

Another gang banging legend is a banger with tear drops tattooed just below the eye, each drop represented someone they killed...I seriously doubt that one, someone walking the streets with 4 or 5 of those and never got caught. Some guys I saw with those tears weren't tough enough to beat my mom not alone a gang banger!
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Old 06-08-13, 07:59 PM   #504
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Once leaving early in the morning before anybody was up, I saw a coyote trotting by with something in his mouth. I followed him, and he spooked, dropped it and ran off. It was a cat. Or rather, half of a cat. Most specifically, the front half of a cat.

I just read this whole thread, and I"m surprised by how many people have found bike saddles. Who are these people riding bikes, and their saddle falls off, and they don't notice?
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over 40 years of riding and I never found a saddle, I want to find a saddle, you think I could find a saddle?
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Old 06-17-13, 10:40 AM   #506
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Saw the strangest thing yet on my long ride Saturday. No lock and nobody around, and from the looks of the front sprocket it looks like it had been sitting there through the past couple weeks of rain we've had.


Kids these days, not taking care of their belongings.
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Old 06-17-13, 11:47 AM   #507
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Does anyone else find these metal strips on their commute? They are anywhere from 4-8 inches long, probably made of steel, more commonly found on the shoulder. I see about 50 of them anytime I ride in the shoulder.


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Old 06-17-13, 11:53 AM   #508
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Yeah, all the time. I call them "street sweeper bristles"
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Strangest thing found on my commute is probably Gas Monkey Garage from Discovery Channel's Fast N' Loud.

I'd never seen the show, but flipping around the TV a few weeks ago, they were showing a shot of the Dallas skyline. I thought, "What is Discovery doing in Dallas?"

So, I watched a bit of the show and when they showed the garage logo, I knew I had seen it somewhere, but couldn't place it. A little googling and found out I have been riding past their garage for years. Their old location, only occasionally but their new spot is on my regular route. I did see Aaron (the bearded dude) going out to leave for the day, one evening, as I rode by.
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A platform pedal lying in the middle of the MUP
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Old 07-01-13, 04:04 PM   #511
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Well, I ride everywhere for transportation, technically it wasn't a commute. Headed to the beach, stopped in golden gate park by a pond, sat on a bench. Just near by a woman had a camera on a tripod and was taking naked pics of herself clinging to a chain link fence. My wife and I enjoyed the show.
Not bike related, but the ocean area where I swim has buoys that mark off 1/4 mile and 1/2 "lengths," and several years ago it was something of a fad for swimming ladies to leave their tops under the buoys and swim the course topless. Surprised me the first time I came across this sight.
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Found yet another hammer the other day. A nice Stanley claw. I think this makes around #6 . Finding stuff on the side of the road makes up about 90% of the use I get out of my rack.
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Old 07-02-13, 01:24 PM   #513
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A pickup type work truck cut me off at the stop sign, as it screeched around the corner, a nice drill in a box flew out of a rear compartment and stopped next to my tire. A Dewalt cordless, 1/2 " with charger, extra batteries and bits too. Nice. Put it right in my rear bag. D-bag now out $ 125.00 or so.
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Found a bag of weed on the sidewalk. Wiped off my fingerprints and dropped it back on the ground...
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A full set of clothes, and a gallon sized ziploc bag with a bunch of prescriptions in it. Probably belongs to a homeless person, but there wasn't a homeless person seen/around?!
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A full set of clothes, and a gallon sized ziploc bag with a bunch of prescriptions in it. Probably belongs to a homeless person, but there wasn't a homeless person seen/around?!
Homeless people often stash their stuff and plan to come back to it later. There's a drainage ditch behind my house that often has a sleeping bag in it.

I do the same thing, except the place I stash my stuff is called 'home'.
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...Lemon Diet Coke?

There are now TWO of these things within a hundred feet of each other. Dirty pigs.
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Yesterday morning I rode by a shiny socket in the road, so I went back for it. I didn't pay much attention to it at the time, just stuck it in my pocket and rode on. When I examined it I found that it's an 11/16" socket, but must use something like a gearwrench to turn it, as the center is a round hole. I don't plan to buy the tool so now I have a socket I've no use for.
sounds like a spark plug socket.
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Ride home yesterday: Rochester PD arresting an unruly citizen. 4 police officers on top of him. Going to listen to the scanner recordings later to see what exactly was going on. Sort of surprised I didn't hear a tazer deployment. The guy was was squirming all over while he was being cuffed.
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A pickup type work truck cut me off at the stop sign, as it screeched around the corner, a nice drill in a box flew out of a rear compartment and stopped next to my tire. A Dewalt cordless, 1/2 " with charger, extra batteries and bits too. Nice. Put it right in my rear bag. D-bag now out $ 125.00 or so.
Sweet! So far I've yet find anything of value, mostly just dead animals of all sorts.
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I was grinding up the hill on the way home and spotted what looked like a messenger bag on the embankment below the road. Stopped and went down to get it. Surprise! It's a real nice bag of fishing gear, complete with two poles (one fly and one spinning) and reels. The bits and pieces in the bag were all very well organized in several plastic boxes. Lots of lures, flys, weights, leader line, and a couple of knives. No ID of any sort in the pockets. Only clue to who might have lost this stuff is a monogrammed buck knife.

I strapped it to my backpack and continued on my way.

Might have to take up fishing now that I am fully outfitted.
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I was grinding up the hill on the way home and spotted what looked like a messenger bag on the embankment below the road. Stopped and went down to get it. Surprise! It's a real nice bag of fishing gear, complete with two poles (one fly and one spinning) and reels. The bits and pieces in the bag were all very well organized in several plastic boxes. Lots of lures, flys, weights, leader line, and a couple of knives. No ID of any sort in the pockets. Only clue to who might have lost this stuff is a monogrammed buck knife.

I strapped it to my backpack and continued on my way.

Might have to take up fishing now that I am fully outfitted.
Hey, thats my stuff!! I sometimes carry that kind of stuff when riding, but I haven't lost mine...I checked.
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Found a bag of weed on the sidewalk. Wiped off my fingerprints and dropped it back on the ground...
LMAO!!

... but it could have been the start of your next N+1!!!
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I found half of a desk lying halfway across the paved shoulder of a major road I sometimes take, had to look behind and shift into the lane to get around it.
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I've ridden past a half-filled Nalgene bottle for the last couple of weeks. I think maybe it got dropped by a cyclist who was camping in the farm field next to the road there last month. Picking it up would mean losing all momentum going up the steepest part of my commute (3.5% grade over 3/4 mile).
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