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    What bike accessory/gear flew off your car today?

    Been biking for over a month now and on several occasions I had left my bike gear on the the roof of my car while I fasten my bike back on the rack and drove off only to see several of my bike gear fly off the car in the rear view mirror

    I'm pretty sure I am not the only one who has this problem.

    2 weeks ago I left my bike lock on my Jeeps spare tire and when I went back to look for it 2 hours later it was laying in the middle of the roundabout destroyed but still usable. I had only bought it 2 days earlier for about 50 bucks. I wasn't going to throw it away if it was still working.

    TODAY, i left my helmet and knock off oakleys on the roof top and while i was getting on the main road floooooooop! I look in my rear few mirror and see the helmet flying off. I stopped the car and ran to pick it up. Both were scuffed moderately and still in v good condition.

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    Feel free to share with us what gear or accessory you left on your car and almost cried as you saw it fly off while making that hard turn
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    I think I lost a water bottle by leaving it on the roof of the car, but it wasn't my car and we weren't riding then. Never found it either.

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    Haven't lost anything as I drove off. I carry my bike in the trunk and while getting the bike ready I've laid my water bottle in the frame of the trunk and then slammed my trunk closed and punctured my water bottle.

    I've come back to the car after tipping my water bottle up and squeezing it to get a drink the entire ride to get in the car, take the cap off a partially frozen regular bottled water (read ice cold!) and tipped it up to squeeze to get a drink and prominently dumped the entire bottle of ice cold water on my face unexpectedly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by J708 View Post
    I'm pretty sure I am not the only one who has this problem.
    When I took driver's training, one thing our instructor drilled home time after time was the importance of inspecting your vehicle's 4 corners for any forgotten items or hidden obstructions.

    After the last night of class I was amused to watch him drive away with the 8" tall binder that contained all of the class records perched on the corner of his trunk.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Artkansas View Post
    When I took driver's training, one thing our instructor drilled home time after time was the importance of inspecting your vehicle's 4 corners for any forgotten items or hidden obstructions.

    After the last night of class I was amused to watch him drive away with the 8" tall binder that contained all of the class records perched on the corner of his trunk.

    hahahaha. You shouldve gone to the school and handed him over his documents and see the look on his face.

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    Semi bike related...I was riding last weekend when I saw a car turn around the corner in front of me with a cupcake on the roof. By the time he had pulled ahead it had slid down to his rear spoiler. I don't think it was going to make much further. Somebody was going to be disappointed when they got home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrodgers View Post
    Haven't lost anything as I drove off. I carry my bike in the trunk and while getting the bike ready I've laid my water bottle in the frame of the trunk and then slammed my trunk closed and punctured my water bottle.

    I've come back to the car after tipping my water bottle up and squeezing it to get a drink the entire ride to get in the car, take the cap off a partially frozen regular bottled water (read ice cold!) and tipped it up to squeeze to get a drink and prominently dumped the entire bottle of ice cold water on my face unexpectedly.
    did you feel kinda dirty and violated afterwards for giving your self an unplanned facial ?

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    The SO. I really must work on my knots.

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    I left my wallet on the pillion seat of my motorcycle when filling with gas the other day, but it was still there when I got to my destination only a couple miles later... Lucky!
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    found a snow shovel on the beach a couple weeks ago
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    I never, ever, set anything on the car when loading/unloading. I open the car door and put everything on the seat. Routine...it's your friend.

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    I'm immune, No Car.

    several years ago I lost 1 glove then a couple years later the keys to my Apartment , out of a Pocket..
    Now I have my keys on a loop, over my head, or hanging on a Doorknob.

    who has Drove off after taking the front wheel off their bike to put it in the car , then drove off leaving the wheel Behind?

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    The other day, I was walking along the roadside when I spied especially interesting roadkill: a fish.

    Either fish have learned to walk, or it fell off/out someone's truck... Maybe some bird dropped it? I dunno, but definitely out off place, squished flat in the road by cars...
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    A couple of years ago I loaded my bike on a trunk bike rack and was traveling to a TT. About 45 miles into it I was doing about 60 MPH and happen to look in the rear view mirror, and much to my surprise (SHOCK) I saw my Fuji Aloha cartwheeling down the road. Believe it or not the only damage was a nick on the seat. Also, fortunately, no cars were behind me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Artkansas View Post

    After the last night of class I was amused to watch him drive away with the 8" tall binder that contained all of the class records perched on the corner of his trunk.
    Sort of like a sailing instructor giving me tips on entering and leaving a slip. We made a stop to fill up water jugs for his boat anchored off shore He put the filled jugs into the dingy because he was going to use the dingy to transfer the jugs to his boat. He tied the dingy to the starboard aft of the boat. He then backed out of the slip and the starboard side of our boat smacked the boat in the next slip. It acted like an anchor. Makes sense after it happens.

    I almost lost my bike once. I had forgotten to put 2 straps on. Fortunately, there is a third tube that goes around the down tube that apparently I had strapped on. When I looked in the rear view, I could see the bike hanging from that one strap.

    Lost a AM/FM radio that I had clipped on the handlebars, forgot about it and drove away.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bikecrate View Post
    Semi bike related...I was riding last weekend when I saw a car turn around the corner in front of me with a cupcake on the roof. By the time he had pulled ahead it had slid down to his rear spoiler. I don't think it was going to make much further. Somebody was going to be disappointed when they got home.

    You should have rode behind him as fast as you could and caught it as it fell off. A nice snack because finders keepers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Altair 4 View Post
    I never, ever, set anything on the car when loading/unloading. I open the car door and put everything on the seat. Routine...it's your friend.
    At first i just got lazy to keep going back and forth between car seat and back of jeep. Now im definitely going to take that extra 3 seconds and do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jbenkert111 View Post
    A couple of years ago I loaded my bike on a trunk bike rack and was traveling to a TT. About 45 miles into it I was doing about 60 MPH and happen to look in the rear view mirror, and much to my surprise (SHOCK) I saw my Fuji Aloha cartwheeling down the road. Believe it or not the only damage was a nick on the seat. Also, fortunately, no cars were behind me.
    I started out with my riding on a heavy Walmart mountain bike. It lived on the trunk mount bike rack. It was a full suspension goofy frame, thus quite difficult to get on and off. I never really even had to strap it. I would drive 70 mph down the road just fine with it sitting on the back of the car.

    Following year (last year) I bought my Giant Escape. Significantly lighter than my Walmart bike, and the frame is open vs. the tightly wedged suspension frame of the Wally bike. Put it on the bike rack in the shop parking lot to bring home. I get on the highway and glance in the mirror. Didn't fly off but I see my brand new bike flying in the wind straight out behind the car hanging on for dear life. Scared the bejeesus out of me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrodgers View Post
    I started out with my riding on a heavy Walmart mountain bike. It lived on the trunk mount bike rack. It was a full suspension goofy frame, thus quite difficult to get on and off. I never really even had to strap it. I would drive 70 mph down the road just fine with it sitting on the back of the car.

    Following year (last year) I bought my Giant Escape. Significantly lighter than my Walmart bike, and the frame is open vs. the tightly wedged suspension frame of the Wally bike. Put it on the bike rack in the shop parking lot to bring home. I get on the highway and glance in the mirror. Didn't fly off but I see my brand new bike flying in the wind straight out behind the car hanging on for dear life. Scared the bejeesus out of me.
    Did you load it the same way you loaded the MTB. If so, I bet you strap it down now. Those light bikes will fly off in a minute. :-)

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