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    Senior Member jowilson's Avatar
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    Found a 15mm 3/8" drive socket. Which is great because that is literally THE ONLY SIZE SOCKET I CANT USE ON MY BIKE.
    The sun'll come out tomorrow.

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    Found a tape measure the other day. In years passed, I've also found a large Crescent wrench that was painted orange (must have belonged to a road crew or something?) and what is called a drilling hammer (basically a small sledgehammer). The only useful stuff I seem to find are tools and money, can't complain I guess. Building up my toolbox...

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    Strangest thing I ever found was a piece of firefighting equipment. It was some kind of enormous valve I guess - very heavy and probalby quite expensive. Had to weigh 20 - 25 lbs or so. Must have fallen off a firetruck, as it was just sitting in the middle of the road. I carried it while riding with one hand to a firestation about 1/2 mile away and just left it by one of their doors (volunteer station, nobody was there).

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    I once had to stop traffic to remove a very large leaf spring leaf which some falling-apart beater truck had somehow dropped in the road.
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    A couch (or is it a love seat?) on today's commute home:

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    Dead racoon, dead posum (really dead), dead deer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MileHighMark View Post
    A couch (or is it a love seat?) on today's commute home:

    Your bicycle probably has syphilis now, good going.


    2014 Specialized Dolce, 1987 Schwinn Tempo, 2012 Windsor Kensington 8

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    Found this ninja star while crossing through some grass....Unfortunately only after it found its way into my rear tire

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    Quote Originally Posted by frant View Post
    Found this ninja star while crossing through some grass....Unfortunately only after it found its way into my rear tire

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    Oh man! If you posted that anywhere else, people would probably be shouting you photoshopped that! Your emoticon really sells it though!
    Everyone hates your lights. Throw them away & buy something civilized.

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    Quote Originally Posted by frant View Post
    Found this ninja star while crossing through some grass....Unfortunately only after it found its way into my rear tire

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    Made my day

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    A pair of military style ***** bipods on the side of the road in suburban California.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leicanthrope View Post
    A pair of military style ***** bipods on the side of the road in suburban California.

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    Nice! Wish I had found those 15 years ago when I thought it was cool to have bipods on our SKS's!
    Everyone hates your lights. Throw them away & buy something civilized.

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    Quote Originally Posted by frant View Post
    Found this ninja star while crossing through some grass....Unfortunately only after it found its way into my rear tire

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    Wait a second. How could you have it penetrate that way and keep rolling? And why is the tire still inflated? And there is no way that thing would be lying on the grass then tilt up as you roll over it an penetrated the tire. In addition to that it would have damaged the rim the way it's in there. Next photoshop please.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kookaburra1701 View Post
    Your bicycle probably has syphilis now, good going.


    I'm OK with that if it means I can get another bike.
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    Leather work gloves. Lots of them. I guess they fall off of trucks. I have a drawer for the good condition ones that must have over a hundred.

    A huge grasshopper. I stuck it in an empty water bottle and put it in my insect collection.

    Like new pair of Oakleys in a hard case.

    Various hand tools.

    Harley Anniversary edition stuck down the ditch near the road. The owner came back with a farmer driving a tractor. They lifted the bike up in the air - about 6' - and as he started to swing back onto the road the strap broke. I didn't stick around for the wrecker to arrive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rekmeyata View Post
    Wait a second. How could you have it penetrate that way and keep rolling? And why is the tire still inflated? And there is no way that thing would be lying on the grass then tilt up as you roll over it an penetrated the tire. In addition to that it would have damaged the rim the way it's in there. Next photoshop please.
    I only wish I was clever at photoshop! However I assure you I'm not Tis Tis...
    Believe me, I would rather have not the flat. What am I going to do with the Star?

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    Senior Member Medic Zero's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by frant View Post
    I only wish I was clever at photoshop! However I assure you I'm not Tis Tis...
    Believe me, I would rather have not the flat. What am I going to do with the Star?
    Headbadge? Pound a curve into it.
    Everyone hates your lights. Throw them away & buy something civilized.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MileHighMark View Post
    I'm OK with that if it means I can get another bike.
    Now that's turning a negative into a positive. I approve.
    12 Schwinn Tourist, 90 something Gary Fisher Marlin (Ss conversion), ?? Bike E RX

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    A nice and considerate car driver...
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    Since I started commuting on BTWD, I've found a number of things:

    Things I picked up:
    Snap-On E11 External Torx driver - useless, I have no external torx head fasteners to drive, and the ones they sell at Home Depot are internal.
    2 brand-new bungees
    Specialized water bottle.

    Things I did not pick up:
    Lighters, baggies of unknown substances, ******* shell casing, spoons, all sorts of clothing, rubber bungies (mostly pieces), and old bungies.

    This selection of items sort of reflects the neighborhood I ride through, unfortunately.
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    I thought they had three seasons out there? Wildfire, mudslide and normal? No?

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    I almost ran into/over this on the way home last night:

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    Wouldn't want to make that guy angry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MileHighMark View Post
    I almost ran into/over this on the way home last night:

    When I lived in S California we would see these critters on occasion sunny themselves on mountain roads, going up we gave them a wide berth but coming down doing over 45mph we simply ran them over because it was safer to that then to try to swerve. I don't think the bikes would kill them but they didn't like it either because you would here their rattles shaking. First time I experienced I pulled my feet out of the pedals and held them up as high as I could, later I found out we were going to fast for them to strike us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JamesR650 View Post


    Wouldn't want to make that guy angry.
    He was pissed when one guy tried to coax him off the trail with a large piece of wood. We're talking multiple strikes.
    GRAVELBIKE.COM - ride everything

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    I found this guy hobbling around in a busy street. I picked him up and carried him a few blocks where I released him over the fence of a mansion that had a pond in the back. Wonder if that duck is OK today...

    This is the guy whose house it was:
    http://photography.nationalgeographi...r-robert-haas/

    I tweeted him to let him know but he never responded.

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