Join Date: Sep 2005
Bikes: Windsor Fens, Giant Seek 0 (2014, Alfine 8 + discs)
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I clear stuff off the roads fairly often. Just yesterday, there was a queen sized mattress in the middle of the road on the way to work. Cars were just driving around it. I stopped and flipped it up onto the snowbank on the side of the road.
I stop quite often to move fallen branches and other such debris, and if I see nails or other such things I'll stop and get them off the road as well. A few years ago on the busiest road that I ride on, some contractor had dropped a full box of 8d nails, which had broken open and there were a few dozen nails on the road. Traffic at the time was pretty light. I got the box and got all the nails I could find. It took about 5 minutes, I had to wait for traffic occasionally. A few people decided to not give me room, so they ran over nails. I don't know how that worked out for them. I got a free box of nails out of it (it was a 5# box so that's probably $10 worth at a guess).
I've also gotten a fair number of tools, not a lot but maybe $50 to $75 worth over the course of 10 years.
Never had anyone thank me for doing any of this though.
Work: the 8 hours that separates bike rides.