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Old 02-16-05, 08:57 AM   #1
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Lost items while commuting

While I've been biking to work about 3 times a week for the last month. Couple weeks ago I lost my red blinkie while coming home. Yesterday I lost my pager and my watch while going to work, must have fell out of my bag.

blinkie = $17
pager = $50 (work pager)
watch = $120
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Total = $187
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Old 02-16-05, 09:05 AM   #2
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That seems strange to me. I guess it's common though..

I have found a nice Blackburn frame pump. A nice 16 foot tape measure, a pair of large cutting pliers, needle nose pliers, a ratcheting 10 mm box wrench, some bungee cords. Some cash ($1 bills floating around). Tire changing tools, a few bottles, and a few complete abandonded bikes. If I find your stuff, I'll let you know.
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Old 02-16-05, 09:10 AM   #3
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Yeah I lost a wrench when I didn't realize my pannier busted a seem. But I've also found stuff, nothing great so far, mostly odd-sized tools I've still yet to use.
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i have been commuting for about a year and ain't lost ***** except weight.... zip your bag up and check out your gear before you take off!

i think i learned this trick from my day of mountainbiking where the contents of my camel back emptied along about a five mile stretch of trail (luckily i was able to go back and find it all).

in fact i FOUND a swell screwdriver on the side of the road the other day: SCORE!!!!!
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I've lost a blinkie--the damn thing kept popping off its mount and it was just a matter of time, and a 15mm wrench--I have no idea how that got out of my bag.
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Luckily, I have not lost anything expensive. I did lose several handkerchiefs which were no big deal. I always try to put my wallet, change, ect in a zip lock bag in my packpack to prevent losing stuff while commutting. I guess if I lost the backpack it would be costly.
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Old 02-16-05, 10:39 AM   #7
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I've lost a blinkie--the damn thing kept popping off its mount and it was just a matter of time, and a 15mm wrench--I have no idea how that got out of my bag.
I found a nice short box / open end 15mm wrench at Sears. It fits into a tiny seat pack. Have you seen them?
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Old 02-16-05, 11:30 AM   #8
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I have never lost anything that wasn't trashed and already ready to fall off the bike. However, I found something that blew off my old Ford Aerostar van last Summer. The grill that covers the windshield wipers broke and blew off. I picked it up one day and put it in the first garbage bin I could find. The van is old and the wipers don't work, so the grill isn't worth replacing!
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So far, knock on wood, I haven't lost anything that I've noticed. But I have found tons of stuff over the years. I have a 3 or 4 mile stretch of road mostly used by contractors and they always lose stuff out of their trucks. Some of the items worth remembering include a Mac Tools socket set, about 10 lbs of brand new nails, pliers, screwdrivers, 12' tape measure, industrial sized dust pans (2 of 'em!) and so many work gloves I don't bother to pick them up anymore.
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So far, knock on wood, I haven't lost anything that I've noticed. But I have found tons of stuff over the years. I have a 3 or 4 mile stretch of road mostly used by contractors and they always lose stuff out of their trucks. Some of the items worth remembering include a Mac Tools socket set, about 10 lbs of brand new nails, pliers, screwdrivers, 12' tape measure, industrial sized dust pans (2 of 'em!) and so many work gloves I don't bother to pick them up anymore.
I find plenty of nails and roofing staples from our generous local contractors as well. Unfortunately, they are usually rammed through my tire when I notice them!
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Old 02-16-05, 11:48 AM   #11
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Lost a blinky last week. And I didn't lose it, but I got my cellphone soaked carrying it in supposedly waterproof jacket. Once the phone dried out, I had to buy a new battery and that cost me $30.
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Old 02-16-05, 11:49 AM   #12
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I've lost blinkies and a bike computer, which I was only using as a watch anyways. Now I strapped an old Timex watch on my handlebars, and I secure my blinkie with one of those black clips from the office. Everything else stays zipped up.
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Old 02-16-05, 11:56 AM   #13
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I'm not ready for the 50+ Forum yet, but I do forget to zip up my trunk sometimes. I lost a PAYCHECK once but a motorist caught up and told me. Should have bought her dinner...

Now I get in the habit of double checking...and triple checking!

I mount my taillight on the rear pocket of my jersey. Not as susceptible to bumps there.
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A couple of times I've forgotten to zip up the top compartement of my panniers, and when I notice it I stop and get paranoid. What did I bring in this today? Do I have everything?

Now I check b4 leaving, and I look behind quickly not too long after leaving. Never lost anything though. *knocks on wood*
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Old 02-16-05, 12:28 PM   #15
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I lost my balance at a 4 way stop one time. It was immediately followed by the loss of a little bit of my pride.

I found a wire cutter/stripper one time. Oh and porn. Lots of porn along side the road out in the country.
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Old 02-16-05, 01:30 PM   #16
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I lost my cycle computer a couple of months ago. I went to check the time and, hey where's my computer? I turned around to look for it but It was dark. Never did find it. I'm hoping one day I'll ride home and WALAH it will be right in front of me.

Might just be dreaming.

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Last year I lost my wallet & keys in a nighttime storm somewhere on my 17mile ride home through trails & streets. After a night of freaking out I rode to work very slowly the next day and actually found both right next to a couple speed bumps I go over at the beginning of my nighttime commute. Lucky me. I have lost a blinkie or two for good though.
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I got very lucky this morning. I have a riding jacket with a pocket in the sleve that I put my keys in (house, office). That pocket wasn't zipped up and the keys were hanging out of the pocket. a few more bounces and they might have been gone. I would have thought that I would have heard them but I'm not going to count on it. whew.
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I found a nice short box / open end 15mm wrench at Sears. It fits into a tiny seat pack. Have you seen them?
I know the one of which you speak. This one happened to be in a velcro closed bellows pocket in my shoulder bag underneath the velcro closed main flap. I have no idea what happened.

I would have bought a cute shorty wrench if I didn't need that wrench right away. I went down to the LHS and bought me the last two 15mm box wrenches they had separately for sale. Better quality than the one I lost anyhow, so I guess I won. Right?
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My rear light wasn't secured properly and dropped out of its mount. I stopped, looked without luck. It was too dark. What appeared to be a concerned passerby asked what I was looking for. I told him when a car ran it over. Then the smartass said "Oh, there it is!"
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I've found more that I lost. Mostly small tools, but once I found a sledge hammer- that was a good find.

About a month ago I lost my helmet. Took off with it sitting on my rear rack. I turned back and found it, or what was left of it. I needed a new helmet anyway.
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I know the one of which you speak. This one happened to be in a velcro closed bellows pocket in my shoulder bag underneath the velcro closed main flap. I have no idea what happened.

I would have bought a cute shorty wrench if I didn't need that wrench right away. I went down to the LHS and bought me the last two 15mm box wrenches they had separately for sale. Better quality than the one I lost anyhow, so I guess I won. Right?
Better quality wrench. OK you won.
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For the last two summers I've managed to lose my house keys on a quick ride down to the local Borders. Both times I've had to leave my padlocked bike behind and start to walk back home and thankfully both times I've found my keys lying in the road. You'd have thought I'd have learnt by now to zip my pockets up

In just under 9 months of commuting though the only thing I've lost is a blinky which must have popped off my seat bag on a rough stretch of road.
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Havent lost anything yet. Best thing ive found was some ladys wallet. Had $200 in food stamps and a $20 bill. I took the $20 bill as a refund for her using up my tax dollars being on welfare. I left the food stamps because I have no use for them and wouldnt want to use them anyway. I left the wallet at the office that was next to where I found it.
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What the heck, i've lost nothing riding my bike, ever.
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